Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A Finished Scrappy Log Cabin Quilt

After a week of having the contents of my overflowing scrap bin scattered on the floor my family is relieved to see the end of this quilt.  And although my scrap bin should be a whole lot lighter, it doesn't seem to have made much of a difference.


36 blocks (+ 1 block used for the back of the quilt)
333 pieces of scrap fabric!
Finished Quilt measures 56.5 inches x 56.5 inches.


I have many favorite pieces of fabric, and in this case also many snippets of favorite log cabin blocks. All log cabin fabrics were from my scrap bin, but I was selective about color, print and scale whilst piecing the blocks.  


Log Cabin Block cutting and piecing instructions can be found here: Log Cabin Progress and Tutorial.


The back of the quilt features a single (left over) log cabin block whimsically set on a solid Kona Cotton (Ash) background.  As always I love the grid created by the quilting lines, and find it is more obvious on a solid fabric background where it is not competing with any print/design.


For binding fabric I was a little indecisive in choosing between a black/white pin stripe or a classic red/white pin stripe.  Both would have suited this quilt but in the end I went for a touch of simple sophistication


This quilt is a Christmas present for a dear friend;  a non quilting friend who doesn't understand my fabric obsession, nor my passion for making quilts.  However, she regularly stops by here and has more than once remarked how much she likes my blankets ....  I know she will ADORE this quilt!

My plan for a Handmade Christmas is slowly unfolding.  Are you creating for Christmas?
Rita

50 comments:

  1. Anyone would adore this blanket!!! It is gorgeous! I love the black and white stripe - you just can't beat it and by the way, didn't you know that scraps breed in the bin?

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  2. Love it! And love your fabric choices. You must have an awesome scrap bin! Very, very nice!

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  3. Thank you for showing this quilt. I have a simple four patch that I am getting ready to quilt. I have decided on stitch in the ditch and a simple x through the middle like you did.

    Then I see all of these beautiful quilts with feathers, etc. and feel guilty for not wanting to take the time to do some fancy quilting.

    This quilt reminds me that some quilts simply call for beautiful straight line quilting. (Also much easier on my home machine.)

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  4. I have to admit that when I first saw you making this quilt, it didn't appeal to me, it was too busy. But now that I see it finished I think I appreciate it a bit more. Something about not seeing the forest for the trees, until now?

    I'm supposed to be making things for christmas, and that is my goal for this month, but I still haven't started! Tonight I started working on my next quilt pattern instead....

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  5. Rita, what stitch length did you use while quilting this? I am thinking of using a longer stitch next time I quilt so I am taking inventory :)

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  6. Several things intrigue me about this quilt. One is the simplicity of the backing. Second is the use of the white for the sashing. Hmmm

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  7. Beautifully Done! You are an inspiration, I love your quilts, and thank you for sharing!

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  8. Oh yes, she will love it!! And with that number of scraps she will most certainly recognize the amount of work even if she isn't a quilter. You're a very generous friend!

    I agree you chose a great binding.

    I always love to see your finished quilts and it seems there is always one "Rita feature" that really sings. That single, offset block on the back (with Pips, no less) is the cat's meow.

    What's next??

    PS - You've inspired me......you'll fall OVER when I say this, but I don't have a scrap bin because I hate clutter. I feel like a pseudo quilter, like I'm somehow cheating the rules of the game. Sad thing is, I really, REALLY love the look of scrap quilts. I really need to figure out how to start managing scraps so I can do something really fun like this. You've inspired me here!!

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  9. Love your quilt and your fabrics.Awesome!!

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  10. Love Love this quilt, I want to put this on my to do list. You have great fabrics.

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  11. I love how this quilt turned out! I couldn't resist pinning it: https://pinterest.com/iftoyscouldtalk/quilts/. :)

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  12. Hey Brooke- you can send ME your scraps! :)

    Rita! It's gorgeous! Just one question, how do you get your seems to lay so flat! It always seems to me that mine are literally bulging at the seams!!! Please tell!

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  13. I love this quilt so much!!
    If you had put it in your etsy shop, I would have been sorely tempted!
    Your friend is quite lucky!

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  14. Gorgeous, and what a wonderful use for all those scraps. The plain backing is awesome, it really shows your nice crisp quilting lines.

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  15. Oh, the quilt is gorgeous! I love absolutely everything about it!!!

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  16. This is indeed another great blanket. Love the subtle colours and log cabins are my favourite too.
    But as your scrap bin isn't (much) lighter yet, I am afraid you will have to make a few more ;-).

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  17. Absolutely love it, think I'm a bit too fixated with making quilts with sashing at the moment, but it always looks so good!

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  18. Oh I adore this quilt! You have lovely scraps!! I totally love the one block on the back too, it looks great!

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  19. I am in the midst of making a scrappy red and white log cabin quilt. It is satisfying but it does take a lot of work.

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  20. It's wonderful! The quilting is delightful, and the binding was the perfect final touch.

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  21. What a fortunate friend!! Another super fresh and beautiful quilt, Rita.

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  22. Just gorgeous! And isn't it funny, even when you use scraps for a project, it often doesn't seem to make a dent in the scrap pile?

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  23. scrap bins seem to grow on their own when nobody is looking!!! this is so pretty. i love the colors

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  24. The quilt is absolutely gorgeous. My hand made plans so far extend only to cloth books for my grandsons.

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  25. My husband, when attempting to get my attention or push my buttons, will ask how my "blankets" are coming along!

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  26. As usual, a beauty Rita. Scrap quilts can be a real minefield and are not necessarily deceptively easy. Planning is still needed....without it looking like you've planned. Lucky friend!

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  27. Another fabulous quilt, Rita! Your friend is a lucky person! I'm creating for Christmas, too--a quilt for my folks, a pillow for my grandmother, and a few other odds and ends that just might get done before the 25th!

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  28. i love the quilting a lot. it is so simple but the diagonal line sets it on fire. i love it.

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  29. Beautiful quilt Rita - I guess since I am a "quilting" friend this one is not for me? I wonder what else you are planning to make for Christmas - can't wait to see...

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  30. Very inspirational! Your friend will have a beautiful blanket :o)

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  31. It is beautiful and I am sure your friend will love her new "blanket"
    So many great scraps in your quilt. It is fun to look at each block.

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  32. I am new to quilting so I don't have a stash yet but I can't wait until I do. Love how it all came together. I just finished hand-quilting a small lap quilt and fell in love with the finished product more and more as I stitched those squares.

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  33. wow! your quilt is stunning! i love it and you're friend is extremely lucky!

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  34. Beautiful! That's so funny because a friend of mine who I recently gifted one of my quilts to, called it a blanket as well :) and I love her for it! I know your friend will love this one!

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  35. Lovely, charming, one I would like to own. All these come to my mind when I see this wonderful quilt. Your work is great.

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  36. I think this is the most perfect quilt possibly ever! I love it!!!

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  37. This quilt is great! I love using up scraps and I'm totally into log cabin quilts. I just made one for my daughter. I think piecing the blocks is so theraputic.

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  38. I love the look of your log cabin blocks. I have an overflowing scrap bin as well, but if I actually did something with it, my cat wouldn't have anywhere to sleep!

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  39. Beautiful, I love your scrappy log cabin blocks.

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  40. it is brilliant! I want to have lots of scraps to make it! I am still working on the other scrappy quilt from you, but this one is on my list!

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  41. Lovely, as usual. I'm sure your friend is going to adore her new "blanket" LOL!

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  42. What size stitch do you use when you machine quilt? I am just starting to machine quilt and can't seem to get a size stitch i like.

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  43. Love this quilt and the binding is delish!

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  44. This is beautiful. I just love your style! I'll be coming back here to find inspiration for sure - thanks!

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