Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Scrappy Log Cabin Block Fun

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.

When I heard that the inspiration for this swap was the quilt "Scrapper's Delight" from the book Sunday Morning Quilts: 16 Modern Scrap Projects Sort, Store, and Use Every Last Bit of Your Treasured Fabrics I remembered I actually had the book. I spent some time perusing it again, and I believe I have my next scrap quilt project in the works...the cover quilt from the book!  


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!

 

19 comments:

Hildy said...

Love your top! I have the book (my mom gave it to me for xmas) and I have a lot of scraps so perhaps I'm making this after all. I think to find the perfect border can be really tricky perhaps a low volume would work best (I love the Circle of Love form the new Sweetwater collection).

KathyinMN said...

Wow-that turned out great! Can't wait to see what you do with the borders and how you decide to quilt it up. thanks for sharing your work.

Teje Karjalainen said...

Hi Sherri! This is fantastic! I haven't really made any strip quilt and I feel this pattern would be perfect for all the hb's shirts I collect for their great fabrics. x Teje
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Susie Hoover said...

One word ... beautiful!!

Carla said...

It's lovely. Looking forward to a full on shot ; )

Tracey Holzer said...

Very cool!

Melissa Corry said...

Love your quilt top!!! It turned out so cute!!! I still can't decide how I want to sew mine together ;)

Sinta Renee said...

I love this quilt Sherri! It is a fun one... especially doing a theme like patriotic!

Sigi G said...

I love how you 'organized' this quilt top. Amazing too, how all the fabrics work together, though they came from so many different sewing 'hands'. Looking forward to seeing your finish on this!

Baa. xxx said...

It looks fantastic!

Michele said...

Beautiful! I do like it without the sashing.

Karen said...

Thanks for sharing the photos and especially the tips on your quilt. This one is on my bucket list for certain!

Needled Mom said...

That is gorgeous and your choice of settings is perfect.

carol fun said...

This turned out FABULOUS! Thanks for the helpful hints... I think I'd love to do one in Halloween fabrics... thanks for the inspiration!

Becky said...

Thanks so much for posting photos of this quilt! I have lots of patriotic fabric and I even have the book Sunday Morning Quilts. Great combination!

KMSC said...

Beautiful, fun quilt! I love it. Thanks for the tips because this might be a fun quilt-along for my small quilt group.

mascanlon said...

Such a fun quilt!

Kim said...

It looks great, I am participating in the Bonnie and Camille swap and am so enjoying pulling out all my scraps to make the blocks.

Penny Duncan said...

This is so beautiful!!!!

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