Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Cabins, Cottages, and Christmas

Last week I showed you some strips ready to be sewn. This was a project that wasn't on my list, but when a great opportunity comes--you don't pass it up! A friend arranged for a fantastic teacher to come to our little town and teach a class on super fast log cabin piecing--of course I signed up. I "shopped" in my stash and was happy not to have to purchase any fabric. We spent three hours sewing in class during which time I nearly completed all 16 log cabin blocks.
I spent about 3 more hours at home, and here is my completed top! I love it...it ended up with just the ratio of blue and green fabrics that I envisioned. I am contemplating doing some applique' in the light areas of the quilt--but for now I must set it aside and keep going on Christmas projects!
I received my cottages yesterday--it was so fun opening them! I love them all, but I had to share just a few with you. Carrie added an applique snowman, curtains to the windows, and a window in the door--it is absolutely beautiful. Nanette's cottage has a Santa on the roof, and children peaking out the windows! And Amanda's cottage also has children that can be seen through the windows stacking presents and decorating the tree. Nanette and Terri went all out to make this a most enjoyable swap--and they even included a delightful reminder for all of us!
I had better post a couple more Christmas quilts so that I don't get behind...this one is a sampler I made during 2007. It is a fun lap-sized quilt that we keep in our family room during the holidays. I used all scraps for this quilt as well!
And here is my Christmas House quilt (made from a Thimbleberries pattern). I made this quilt while we were building our home a few years ago; this was a very stressful time, and quilting helped me keep my sanity...I was dreaming all the time that we could move in before Christmas...and we did move in on December 23rd! So this little wall hanging holds a special place in my heart!
And finally, a binding I have been...my table runner tally is up to 14, and so I've been spending some time machine-sewing and then hand-sewing the bindings. I was worried about mitering the corners, but it's actually going quite well!
Actually, I have been working on something else lately...I'll share it with you soon!


Eileen said...

I love it when someone makes a log cabin with fire in the hearth :-)
Lately I've been seeing them with appliqué in the white..it looks great.

I have been waiting for someone from one of the other groups to show their cottages! You got some really wonderful ones there!

Terriaw said...

Dang, you have been crazy busy and productive! That log cabin looks really cool.

hetty said...

Great log cabin! You certainly stitched them up quickly. The cottages are really nice too. And your Christmas quilts are wonderful.

Jennifer said...

Wow! Those are just beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

KrisinTN said...

I am so jealous! I thought I had gotten a lot done yesterday, and then I came to your page and well...today I need to work harder.

Stephanie said...

Love the little cottage wallhanging with a story. Those are the special projects.

Wasn't it fun getting your cottage swap package?

Kevin and Vicki said...

16 blocks in 3 hours....You are a maniac at the machine! I love it, it's really pretty. The white is SO white.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Wow they are all so lovely. I think log cabin blocks are some of my favorites to sew because you can do so much with them. I'm glad you like the cottages. It will be fun to see what you do with them.

Renee said...

Have you ever tried doing the binding all by machine? This is my new favorite technique. You sew the binding to the back and turn it to the front - lining the edge up with your stitched line. Then you use a blanket stitch or decorative stitch in coordinating thread to stitch it down. Great for wall hangings and table runners made en mass.

Liz said...

Wow... you are so talented!

Carrie P. said...

You are so talented. All your quilts are fantastic. I hope to see some applique on your log cabin quilts.

ivoryspring said...

WOW, Sherri - I am thoroughly impressed!

I can't believe you were able to work that fast with the log cabin blocks - the quilt top turned out so beautiful.

And the cottages are simply adorable!

Paula said...

I like your log cabin quilt. Blue and green are a great color combination!

I love it when I see a fabric I own. I've just about used up all of my fabric that you are using in your border.

Amanda said...

I love to make log cabins, too. They're sort of mindless, but feel like you're driving in circles. lol

I'm glad you liked my cottage. Weren't they fun to make? Thank you for mine. I love it. I'm not sure what I am going to make with my cottages. It will be fun to see what everyone else is going to do.

I set up a link list on my sidebar so everyone that visits my blog can click to see what everyone in our group is doing with their blocks.

Mary said...

I received your cottage block and wanted to say Thank You, it is adorable. Hugs, Mary
Love your blog too, banner is so cute!

Rhonda said...

Hi Sherri,
Thank you for sharing your Christmas quilts and projects... so very inspiring! I feel like working on some Christmas projects now. :-)

Everything is wonderful! I especially like the tree skirt... might have to make one for me.

Rhonda said...

Hi Sherri,
Thank you for sharing your Christmas quilts and projects... so very inspiring! I feel like working on some Christmas projects now. :-)

Everything is wonderful! I especially like the tree skirt... might have to make one for me.

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