Friday, November 14, 2008

More Cabins and More Christmas

I had a lot of fun working on the log cabin quilt I shared in my last post; while making that quilt, I discovered that the log cabin really is one of my favorite blocks. Of course I love the intricate designs of some of the more difficult quilt blocks, but I find that I really do have a fondness for simplicity in design. I decided to make some more log cabins and rounded up my Mary Englebreit "Isn't Christmas Jolly" fabric to play--I cut lots of two-inch strips and started building my cabins. In the end I had enough strips to make nine log cabin potholders; I used this great tutorial from Stephanie to make them. You might notice the one rogue potholder made out of pieced triangles...there are enough triangle scraps from every tablerunner I made to make a potholder--so I'll be making quite a few more of the triangle-pieced ones as well!
Today I'll share two of my Christmas quilts made from the same pattern, the "Yellow Brick Road" pattern by Atkinson Designs. The first one I decided to make into a tree skirt. I made the quilt, had it quilted, and then (and boy was it ever hard to do this) CUT up the middle of one side, cuttting a circle in the center of the quilt. I bound the quilt like normal, leaving plenty of binding to make the ties.
This other "Yellow Brick Road" Christmas quilt is just a throw. I wish the colors showed better!

This will be a busy weekend...I hope to get lots of projects accomplished (including finishing my Secret Santa swap gift). First, though, I need to clean a little and cook fish tacos for my oldest son and 15 of his college friends who are coming to town for a weekend visit!

11 comments:

Stephanie said...

16 college boys? That's a lot of tacos.

Love your potholders. You did a great job.

I've done a couple of yellow brick road quilts. One is all flannel, front and back, for ME. I can't imagine how you felt cutting into your quilt. Yikes...but it's a beautiful tree skirt.

Renee said...

:) Only my second quilt ever was yellow brick road, and I did the same thing you did - make it my tree skirt. Yours, of course, looks much better -- with quilting, binding and ties. Mine was only quick turned and tied, but it brings great memories every year I take it out.

Carrie P. said...

Whew! you are going to be busy this weekend. What a great idea for the tree skirt. I actually made the same quilt in blue and yellow fabrics.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Sherri your blocks are great I have some of this fabric, and I was not that keen on it, but after seeing what you have done with it I have to change my mind..

lissa said...

It was nice to meet you in Blogland via Camille's blog.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Yum fish tacos! The yellow brick road versions are great. I love the ME fabric blocks you are making. You're busy just like the rest of us gals. Busy is good. Mostly. I'm way behind on things but I guess I work best under pressure. Have a nice weekend.

Red Geranium Cottage said...

Great potholders!!! I love that fabric. I never get tired of looking at it.
You've been busy!!

Pink Lemonade Bags said...

The pot holders look fabulous! What a great way to use up your extra pieces!

ivoryspring said...

Wow, Sherri! You seem to have a never ending supply of Christmas quilted goodies. I enjoy seeing them!

SandyQuilts said...

Darling. Your tutorial link has too many http thus it takes you to an 'error page'.

Christine said...

I love log cabins too. Your pot holders are so sweet. Love the fabric you used. And your tree skirt looks terrific ... never made one of these.
Christine