Friday, May 11, 2018

Hello, spring! Cabins of Carolina quilt

The Cabins of Carolina quilt by Sara Gallegos and Denise Schober is a breath of fresh spring air!
 This quilt, made using our Mayfair collection, was featured in the May/June 2018 issue of Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting magazine, as well as in episode 3102 of the Love of Quilting show.
"Cabins of Carolina" by Sara Gallegos & Denise Schober; quilted by Denise Scholber
Featured in Love of Quilting May/June 2018

Q. How did this quilt begin?
Denise Schober: It was originally created for a mystery quilting event. We wanted a design where students could make one block the first day and one the second day, and then have lots of variations to put the quilt together.
Sara Gallegos: I landed on a log cabin block (because it’s simple) and a Carolina Lily block. The original quilt was made in red, black, green and cream Christmas prints.

Q. What attracted you to the Mayfair collection?
DS: Love of Quilting asked us to remake the quilt in other fabrics (for the tv show and magazine). Sara chose the spring-like Mayfair collection and we worked together to pick specific fabrics.
SG: We liked that each color group had lights and darks, as well as different scale prints. I also loved that there was a large-scale floral to play with in the wings of the flying geese and in the outer border.

Q. How did you choose the soft yellow solid for the background?
SG: I wanted a solid to set off the blocks—something soft, but not stark. This buttery yellow was perfect! It created such a happy, springy quilt.

Q. You mentioned layout options. Tell us how you decided on the final layout.
SG: We played with several different layouts and ultimately decided that the medallion in the center created the most dynamic version. Also, Denise is an accomplished longarm quilter, and this design left a lot of negative space where she could play.

Q. What do you like best about the quilt?
DS: I like the simplicity of the two blocks. This quilt is so springy and bright—it just makes you feel good.
SG: My favorite part was constructing the no-waste flying geese. My favorite thing about the quilt is how two fairly simple blocks came together to create a very special quilt.

Q. Tell us about the machine quilting.
DS: When I teach, one of the things I ask my students is do you want to see the piecing, the stitching, or the depth of quilting? We chose to let the fabric and the piecing do the talking, so this quilt has an edge to edge quilting design.

Follow Sara at and Denise at

Find Out More: See the entire Mayfair fabric collection here
Find the kit here.
Find the 3100 series DVD which features Cabins of Carolina here
Find Love of Quilting magazine May/June 2018 issue here.

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