Wednesday, December 14, 2016

building a log cabin quilt

Last Saturday I decided to pull out my log cabin blocks. I thought it would be fun to try to double the amount that I had made...so my goal was to make 18. In one day. (Yes, I was delusional!)
It's a  s  l  o  w   process. Making 14 blocks at a time takes awhile....
...AND it's messy!!! (This is just the tip of the iceberg. ha!)
A few days and hundreds of seams later, I have a total of 34 blocks complete. I only need 132 blocks for a king size quilt, so I'm about 25% done. That's encouraging, at least! This quilt is definitely a labor of love, but it's going to look so good on my bed.

Each block is 9 1/2" unfinished. The complete measurements for the blocks can be found here.

28 comments:

Emily Camfield said...

It's beautiful!

excuseme23 said...

I think log cabin quilts are wonderful. Your choice of low volume fabrics here is simply perfect. I look forward to seeing the finished article.

Julie Bagamary said...

Beautiful!

Patchwork and Play said...

I agree with the other commenters- it is beautiful and wonderful!

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

Log cabin blocks will always speak to me, and these bright, scrappy blocks framed by low volume fabrics are certainly no exception! They are a labor of love, but at least doing groupings of them lend to chain piecing and progress.

Frog Quilter said...

Log cabin has always been a favorite pattern. My inch and a half drawer is jammed full.... Need to do something about that.

Nicole Beauchamp said...

All that scrappy goodness on the floor. Sometimes I would just love to have a bag of someone else's scraps for the sake of fun and variety. I am loving the log cabin up on the wall. Keep it up. Can't wait to see the end result.

claudia said...

Dang! Only 132 blocks? Your blocks so far are beautiful. I love the colors you are working with.

Ariane said...

This will make a wonderful quilt for your bed.

quiltytherapy said...

That is a labor of love. Looks great though!

Kay said...

Beautiful and bright, and a fantastic way to use up tiny scraps. x

powertoolswiththread.com said...

I admire your ability to choose those colors that work so beautifully together. I can't wait to see the finished product. Do you have a small ironing station nearby to press? Is it a messy hairy square until it's done or do you trim as you go? I'd love to see your building process.

Southern Gal said...

Just AMAZING!

Hedy Hahn said...

I think the key to making these blocks is to iron all your scraps first and then get out the Accuquilt and cut them. I am ready to do this next year too. I have tons of fabric that need to be cut up and I just hate to do it. Your quilt is amazing and I'm so glad you posted this picture, it's my kind of quilt and I have the fabric for it. Don't need a king size, but a gueen would be nice.

Suzanne said...

Wowsers! This is a step beyond your normal craziness :)

The thing that impresses me is these blocks are scrappy and precise. It's one thing to make wonky log cabin blocks where almost any size log can be added but these require extra cutting (and hence make more scraps). I'm cheering you on!

patty a. said...

The blocks are looking wonderful! Log cabin is one of my favorite blocks. I have a top all made from late 70's fabrics. I started hand quilting it, but then it got set aside. Years later it was pretty dirty and I no longer used polyester batting, so I took out the bit of hand quilting I had done, removed the basting, and washed the backing and the top. I haven't got to quilting it yet, but this time I will be free motion machine quilting it and replacing the batting with 80/20. I will be checking in to see your progress! It is going to be stunning!

PegP said...

Looking amazing so far!! Perseverance is key!

Sam said...

Yummy colors! Thanks for the colorful pick-me-up.

Terri said...

So bright and pretty! Log Cabin is my favorite block but I've never made a quilt for myself.

Karen said...

This is going to be a gorgeous quilt! (It already is :)

Rita Montgomery said...

Gorgeous. Log Cabin is my favorite block. :-)

JoAnne in southern California said...

So beautiful! It will go faster than you think! Thanks for sharing it with us. Merry Christmas!

janequiltsslowly said...

I love the look of this! Its going to be amazing when you are finished. I think I would start with a bit wider strips to finish faster. ;)

Bernie Kringel said...

The first quilt I ever made was back in 1977. I was in high school and decided I wanted to make a quilt. I made a queen size log cabin. I loved it then and still love it now. It has been used to the point of being terribly worn.

This log cabin is going to be amazing. Keep making those blocks - the scrappy brights with the low volumes is so cheerful.

Nicole said...

Love the colour palette you're using. Have fun making the rest of the blocks.

Crystal_235 said...

Beautiful. I would love to make a log cabin quilt sometime in the future!!

Live a Colorful Life said...

THIS will be the epic quilt you have been wanting for your bed. :)

Janice Holton said...

I am a bit behind on reading my email. Wow! Love the bright, happy fabrics you are using on this log cabin. Hope you'll share a pic of it on your bed when it's all done. 😊