Happy Wednesday...I actually didn't plan to work on my scrappy log cabin swap quilt yesterday, but it was one of those days where I just needed to sew some straight lines and keep things simple. When I finished sewing my blocks together it was almost dusk...but just light enough to get a few pictures to share!
I actually started off sewing the blocks together with some sashing and posts, but it just wasn't working for me, and I unpicked several seams before deciding I wanted this very untraditional look for my quilt!
It was love at first sight for me with this quilt. When I was invited to swap some blocks and saw the digital mock ups of the quilts that could be made, I was smitten. I think I might have to make another one of these quilts...this design would be a wonderful project for different fabric lines by one designer (there is an Instagram swap going on right using only Bonnie & Camille fabrics), and it would also make a terrific Halloween or Christmas quilt.
If you are thinking about making this quilt (more info on all of the details can be found in this post), I do have a few tips to share now that I've sewn my blocks together.
First, it is really important to use larger strips for the outside of your original log cabin blocks (I used 3" strips for my last rows on all of my blocks). The blocks will most likely need to be trimmed to a uniform size, and it really helps to have extra fabric to play with around the edges. Since some of the blocks I received weren't as big as others, I trimmed all of my blocks to 9 1/2". I used a 9 1/2" square ruler to do this, and it went super fast.
Another tip is to start with a good sized center square. Some of the centers were almost lost because by the time they were cut in fourths they were pretty small. I was glad I had started all of my blocks with a 5" x 5" charm square.
This was such a great quilt to make...I am thinking about adding an outer border, though...just to make it a bit bigger. My quilt currently measures 54 1/2" x 72 1/2". I'm going to add wider borders on the sides and narrower borders on the top and bottom to finish it up...the challenge is going to be finding the perfect fabric...or maybe the two or four perfect fabrics...it is a scrap quilt after all!
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day!