Friday, June 14, 2013

going old school

Welcome to finish it up Friday! I was hoping to have my sewing room put together to share today, but that certainly didn't happen. Turns out I have a finished quilt top to share instead. I'll take it! :)
I went old school in the sewing department this week. I made several wonky log cabin blocks and put them on a white background. I realize this is soooo 4 years ago, but it was still fun to do. :) Isn't this such a happy quilt?
For the centers I fussy cut fabric that my sister bought for me in Sweden a few years ago. (Thanks Anita!) I think this was a great way to show case the fabric. A side benefit was using up some of my string scraps, which are always plentiful. The blocks are huge! 20" finished. When making my blocks I tried to mix up my color schemes to make it NOT make it look so much like me, but I don't know that I succeeded in that. It's really hard to work against your normal inclinations.
I haven't sashed a quilt in white for quite awhile now. I really dislike the colored threads showing through the front, so I tried pressing the final seams toward the centers. I hope that alleviates at least some of the problem. Still, there are lots of threads to trim before I baste! The quilt top is 60" x 80".
 
Do you have a finish to share today? If so, please link up to a specific post. Thanks for joining me!
 
Happy Friday to you!
xo

56 comments:

Hannah said...

I love it, Amanda!! Showcasing fabric is always fun :-).

Kelly Young said...

Soooo four years ago or not- it's a lovely quilt top! And if you had fun making it then its a success in my book! :)

-Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

Melissa Corry said...

I love those flowers in the center, and all the way from Sweden, cool!! Old school, new school, it is all beautiful!!

Sara said...

You are good for cutting all those tiny threads I usually leave them and then pout about it when it is done;) Sometimes. I was a dork one time and used a pink thread thinking I was being good about using up thread that I already had before buying more. Not so good on the back of white when you can clearly see it showing thru:/ What are you gonna do?!

I like the apples and orange in there. So bright and joyful!!

Jeanice Shelley said...

I don't know what is "four years ago" because I just started quilting! AND I love everything you do! Your tutorials have been such a help to me. Thanks for all your instructions, inspiration and sharing of your life with all of us.

Beth said...

I didn't log cabins were a thing of the past - I still like them! And I really like the cute centers.

Izzy said...

Log cabins are sort of timeless aren't they? I love your top, beautiful colours.

Michelle said...

Love your quilt top! I still have so many quilty projects I want to do...everything is new to me ;-)

1stteacher said...

Nice.
I'm glad you found a use for the fabric. I was afraid I'd made a bad choice because I'd never seen it or heard about it till now.

A Quilter's Mission - Vicki said...

I absolutely love this quilt top! The colors are happy!

Lorna McMahon said...

Those fussy cut blocks are sweet! What an awesome gift from your sister. You chose the perfect pattern for showing them off!

jan said...

I really love your quilt! The colors are bright and happy! I do the same thing with the pressing, but I also use 505 basting spray, and then I pin. Yep I overdo it. But the spray keeps all those little threads where you want them until you quilt it. Then the quilting keeps them there. i love your blog btw.
jan@http://sewandsowfarm.blogspot.com/

thisyearsdozen said...

Love your blocks.

I am just into quilting. Going into my 3rd year. Log Cabin blocks were one of the first I learned. Hope they will always be around.

Brenda said...

I know you're probably tongue in cheek about "going old school" but I wanted to say that it's a lovely, fun top and the recipient won't care how "in" it us.

Quilty Conscience said...

mmmm, old school? The log cabin? Wonky? All the white? I love it all! Yours was the first blog I ever followed. And your use of so much white let me begin to actually use all those scraps I've been saving for years. And making quilts I loved. Cheers to you! Toni

Anna said...

never out of style!!! beautiful!

Erica said...

I love the big, graphic centers of the block. Log cabins are timeless if you ask me!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Well; I guess I am old school then. I love it on white!! Sets your blocks off perfectly.

madfabriholic said...

"4 years ago" or, timeless? LOL... lovely top no matter what you call it!

capitolaquilter said...

It takes me about 4 years to finally get around to making things I want so it seems right on track! Fun Stuff.

Cloud CouCou said...

I wouldn't have a clue that the log cabins are old school! Love the flower fabric at the centre :)

beth said...

Love this happy, fun quilt!

Lisa said...

The apples are awesome!!! Such a fun, summertime quilt!!!

Glinda ♥ said...

Beautiful quilts never go out of style, hey? Another great finish - you so encourage and inspire the rest of us :)

natalie christensen said...

So Cute! Thanks for keeping me motivated every week.

Rachel said...

I didn't think there was so 4 years ago in quilting :)

Sarah said...

Love those fussy cut centers!

4 years ago I hadn't ever sewed a stitch, so not 4 years ago to me. :)

Pam said...

Love your top! Great center fabric. It's fun to revisit the past sometimes. :)

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

the fussy cutting looks great! Such a bright and cheery quilt :)

Suzanne said...

That's a great old school finish! It even has an apple for the teacher. :-)

Katherine said...

Pretty never is out of style! A lovely way to showcase those prints. Love fussy cutting and happy colours.

Happy weekend!

Jessica Christensen said...

I really like how bright it is, and it is always nice to use up string scraps.

DaiseyJayne.com said...

love the log cabins sashed in white, so fresh!

Esther F. said...

Even if it sooo 2009, we can LOVE it! ;-)
Esther
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Ali said...

Well I wasn't quiting 4 years ago - so it looks fresh and new to me! I love the fussy cut centres - perfect for this bright and cheerful quilt.

Lauren said...

Love this one. A beautiful quilt is always in style ;)

Janice @ Better off Thread said...

I never get sick of seeing wonky log cabins and bright colors on white. It's beautiful and I love those fussy-cut flowers!

Clair said...

Good job! I should make a log cabin quilt.

Michelle@factotum-of-arts.com said...
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Michelle@factotum-of-arts.com said...

What wonderful way of displaying/showcasing/framing those flower prints. Love it so flowers are so mod :-)

Linda said...

Super cute!

Love Of Quilts said...

Very nice!

Carla said...

What a beautiful, happy quilt top. What a nice sister you have. Happy Day!

SuperMomNoCape said...

Love the colours in this quilt. It's so bright and happy. I like that you fussy cut those center blocks of the log cabin.

Jeneta said...

Oh I love it! I always want to make the same projects as you!!!

Jen said...

This is such a fun quilt top!

Patty said...

Makes me smile!

marie bartels said...

It is really beautiful!!

Filomena Crochet said...

Wonderful!!!Wonderful!!!

hugs

Maria Filomena,
to PortugaL

butterflyangels said...

That is Super Stinking Cute!!!! squeegeatc at aol dot com

Rachel said...

Love the colors and the finish! Awesome!

karen said...

So 4 years ago? I remember wonky blocks from a lot longer ago than that.

When a block works, it is timeless.

Michele said...

I love it too. It isn't 4 years ago....it is today for sure.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

It's lovely and modern! Congrats on a great top!

Lea said...

Love this one, so Scandinavian:)

Mama Pea said...

It may be "so 4 years ago" (is it?), but I still love this whenever I see it. It's one of my favorite kinds of quilts.