Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Log cabin quilt continues.

Log cabin quilt, 

Oh how I have missed thee... 
Please don't think I had forgotten you, 
you've been on my mind a long time.
I placed the first stitches in you years ago,
and kind of hid you in a cupboard for a while,
and packed you up and moved you.
But don't think this was how it would end.
I was just waiting for the right time to reconnect with you again, 
and oh have we reconnected old friend.

As I promised, this year I will dedicate more time to my quilting as well as my garment sewing. So on New Years Eve I decided to end 2011 as I meant to begin 2012, with more quilt sewing. I dug out my log cabin quilt I began working on in 2009, and sorted out the different fabrics that I had cut into 1" strips and piled into a paper bag for storage. I had forgotten how much I loved the blues, reds and creams. I was also a little shocked to see just how many 1" strips I had actually cut? I must have been in a bit of a cutting frenzy that weekend.

Over the weekend I added 16 blocks to my 14 already sewn up - that's 30 total now! yippy!

My MIL had fun arranging different combinations (oh and that pinwheel quilt? I promise to share more on that soon).

 ~ A diamond / square arrangement, I really wasn't sure about this ~

 ~ The more traditional log cabin layout, I like this one ~

These blocks are foundation pieced using the template found here. I simply copied the image to Microsoft word and enlarged it to a size I was happy with. There are many good tutorials online on how to foundation piece. Here is a good video that explains the basics. (Tip: Always use 'foundation paper' to sew with, as normal paper is too thick. Foundation paper can be found on eBay).

A log cabin quilt is the perfect quilt for someone who enjoys the sewing process but is apprehensive about making a quilt because of the quilting involved. A log cabin quilt can be secured using the tradition tie method, which does not involve any quilting. The tying method is a legitimate way of finishing quilts and was employed in the past by women who wanted to make up utility quilts quickly.

Are you inspired to make a log cabin quilt too?

Also, it's been such fun connecting with you all on Ravelry! Who knew there were so many sewer/knitters out there :-)

Sam xox


  1. I love log cabin quilts. My first quilt was a log cabin. And, such tiny strips and squares. You're doing a terrific job! Enjoy. Lane

  2. Hmmm yep still tempted by the log cabin... in mini size though a la your chicken pincushion! Love the second block arrangement by the way! The blocks look amazing!

  3. Glad you were able to reconnect with your logs. Along with all the other things destined to send me to be flogged for 1,000 lashes in front of the quilting gods, I always foundation piece with regular old A4 paper... mainly because a pad of graph paper to draw my paper piecing patterns on is a hell of a lot cheaper at the local stationers on sale than the foundation paper ;o)

  4. Loving the log cabin Sam, isnt it nice to drag out those UFO's (unfinished objects) and find new energy for them! i love it, ive managed to finish a few of these this year myself. Also in your new years plan you talk about tutorials, i have a couple of suggestions. You could do a interactive dress making blog, so pick a pattern and show people step by step week by week how to make it and we could upload our pics as we go. Im a good sewer but am always terrified by trying to make clothes cause i dont know all those little tips and tricks you probably know. Oh and im terrified of hemming! Always a problem if you actually want to finish something lol. Anyway ill stop rambling, just some thoughts for you. Take care and have a great week.