Mendocino Mermaid Wonky Log Cabin Quilt
It took me nearly a decade, but I finally finished my Mendocino mermaid quilt!
Back in 2009 I started sewing wonky log cabin blocks as if it were my job. I couldn’t get enough. Now I have a pile of wonky log cabin blocks hanging out in my craft room closet. I made several attempts at finishing this particular quilt, but finally made the plunge recently when Heather Ross re-released her mendocino line, allowing me to purchase a (somewhat) matching backing piece for this quilt.
We’ve come a long long way together, baby…
I dug through the backlogs of my blog and found all the times I posted about this particular project. Dang!
- mermaid bags!
- Mendocino Quilt Blocks
- mendocino progress
- It’s like Roswell up in here.
- Confessions of a Chronic Project Starter
Here are photos of the finished quilt, which I gifted to my new niece for Christmas. I worked with Whitetail Quilting in Fridley, MN to do the long-arm quilting and had a wonderful experience with them. Their prices are low and their turnaround time is speedy. They have a massive catalog of patterns from which to choose. The best part about them is that a very sweet husband and wife team runs the business. I’m more than happy with the results of their quilting.
You’ll notice that the backing doesn’t quite match the rest of the fabrics. I didn’t know that the re-release of the mendocino line had tweaked colors. I think it works even though the colors are much warmer.
I just adore the quilting pattern (abstract seaweed) with the backing fabric on this one. In the past, I’ve accidentally chosen quilting patterns that compete with the design. Now that I have more experience (with quilting and with design), I was able to choose something that works with the fabric pattern.
I’m so glad that this quilt is finally finished. This year I hope to finish another one of the quilt tops that has hung out in my closet for a decade.
Are you a project starter? How do you manage to finish projects?