Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Fourth Log Cabin Quilt Finished

The fourth small log cabin is quilted and bound. The top is from last year's leader/ender project. (There were five in all.)


I'm using the new-to-me plan for the back. Four WOF reds create the sides: two quarter-yards, one third-yard, and one half-yard. That made the length 47", enough to overhang the top. The width is only 40" so I sliced it about a third of the way across and inserted a cream quarter-yard remnant. Look closely; the top of that strip is a different fabric so it reaches 47", too. This one is so pretty.


Straight lines with the walking foot on the lights combine with free motion loops on the dark. Tami's recommended marking the middle of the dark to keep the loops aligned. Great idea.
Quilt Details
Size: 44" x 44"
Pattern: Log Cabin, zigzag variation
Batting: Mountain Mist Cream Rose 100% cotton
Thread: Gutermann cotton sewing thread in navy and white
Quilting: Straight line with walking foot and free motion loops

Stephie at Dawn Chorus Studio continues discussing how long it takes to make a quilt with Kaja Zeisler of Sew Slowly. Kaja is a master improvisor and hand quilter. Stephie has written a thoughtful article; take a look.

Remember the AHIQ linkup for improvisational and utility quilts is next Tuesday, March 22. Kaja and I hope you'll join us; there's always lots of good reading.

Edit: Linked to Finish it up Friday.

Enjoy the day,

27 comments:

  1. Loving your zig zag LOG CABIN--beautiful lights/darks. you have just started me on a new leader-ender adventure....hugs, julierose

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    1. Yours will be wonderful. I can't wait to see it.

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  2. What a lovely design created from leaders/enders! Once again--Ahhhmazing!!

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    1. Think of all the thread I saved. ;-) It does help get baby gifts out more quickly.

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  3. Ann this is just a stunning log cabin, love the colours, the setting and the straight line quilting following the zig zag!

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    1. Thanks, Maureen. I like the straight line stitches, too, but it was good practice making the loops.

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  4. The straight line quilting in the light area makes it look like there is rick rack along the edges. I like the pieced backing too. It looks kind of like you used some bandanas in it. Wouldn't bandanas be fun in back or front!

    I can't seem to get into the leader/ender frame of mind when sewing for some reason. I've tried. I don't think I'm ever prepared with the cutting part of two projects at once. What are you using for leader/enders now that you have finished the fifth leader/ender log cabin?

    Congrats on the finish.

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    1. This is what's left of a bandana design fabric. At one time, I meant to make real bandanas with it. They would make a nice back; lots of colors.
      I'm making some HSTs and pinwheels now. It must be something simple. These were good because of one width for all strips but lots of strips made it hard to keep straight.

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  5. Beautiful quilt! The back is so interesting too! Thanks for the AHIQ reminder!

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    1. I know you've done some great improv this month. Looking forward to next week.

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  6. Punching those quilts out! I always enjoy log cabin quilts, I love the zig-zag, light and dark contrast.

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    1. Ha, Janie. These tops were finished last year. I'm on a roll to complete all my UFOs.

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  7. Ooh, it's wonderful Ann! Your loops turned out great. It must feel nice to have another finish to add to your pile. :-)

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    1. Thanks for the advice, Tami. They improved over the quilt. :-) It is always great to finish something by the gifting deadline... and in time for show and tell at the quilt meetings.

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  8. Wow! Great idea for a chevron pattern! That back is just wonderful. My favorite is the color...love, love that burgundy red! I'll be back for AHIQ links--those are always fun!

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    1. Red's my favorite, too, Mary. These blocks make good baby quilts and I need several soon.

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  9. I like this a lot, and would be quite happy with your pieced back on the front of a quilt. You are getting through your UFOs at a good pace.

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    1. Yes. When i think about the backs a bit, they can look as good as the front. I love getting these tops finished. Several are needed soon for baby quilts.

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  10. This is a great quilting idea for a log cabin quilt! I like that contrast of straight lines and curves. 1/2" strips! That's a lot of sewing. It must feel good to put it in the finish pile. Great job!

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    1. Thanks, Monica. These log cabins make lovely baby quilts. Sometime I'd like to try with mediums or brights. But I'm taking a log cabin break for a while. It's always good to get these finished.

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  11. What a wonderful Log Cabin quilt - thanks for all the details. I've never used that batting.

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    1. Thanks for the note, Barb. Mountain Mist was the first batting I ever used and this is a newer version. I like it because it's very light and thin. (We don't need a warm quilt in Texas.)

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  12. This is great Ann! I love everything about it and the back is just as good as the front. Do you find it hard on your hands to quilt a logcabin (as it's got so many seams)? The loops add a lovely organic quality to the strong geometry of the design. - inspired!

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    1. It might have been hard to hand quilt but no problem with the machine. And it's fairly small so there's not a lot of weight to move around. I'm so glad Tami suggested the loops. They were lots of fun to quilt.

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