Nov 19, 2009

Free-pieced log cabin quilt top

Oops! I miscalculated and I got carried away here. I made nearly twice as many blocks as I needed for this quilt top. My sewing machine was starting to kvetch--I had to stop everything and clean it and install a new needle (this particular machine doesn't need oiling.) Well, I guess that I could have just made a bigger quilt with those extra squares? Anyhow, I decided to put those blocks aside--they won't be wasted--I'll make a quilt with them someday soon. I really want to get back to that other quilt, the Shoo Fly one, that I started on at the same time as this one. So, I hunted through my stash and I found a perfect two-yard piece of brown fabric for the backing of the log cabin thing. I made the sashes from an off-white fabric that I like to use instead of the old-fashioned muslin. Even though I still have a few yards of muslin on hand, I've gotten spoiled, and I like the solid fabric instead. Meanwhile, I've been keeping my dining room table bare (except for meals) because I'm tying that denim quilt--that chore may take forever! So I can just sneak in this log cabin thing and pin baste it this afternoon. It can be my new "keep it on hand for emergencies" quilt.

9 comments:

True Blue Nana said...

I love your log cabins. I also like the white or off white sashing. I saw on another blog someone had used white. I never think of using it but it really highlights the colors. My mother always told me when doing a flower bed to put a few white ones it because it would make the colors pop. The same is true with quilts.

JustCindy said...

The blocks pop against the light sashing! Another beauty you have made.

jovaliquilts said...

Nice! I like the wonkiness of the blocks, so fun. I bet you'll be SO GLAD to finish tying the denim quilt!

BUMBLE BEANS said...

love seeing those blocks! to many is a good thing! nice job!

Mary said...

I love making log cabin quilts from my strings but I've never sashed them before. This looks really nice.

Sharon said...

I like the white sashing with your log cabin blocks. I heard one time that the pattern is then called "Cabin in the Cotton".

Good luck with the tying on the denim quilt. It can sure feel like forever, huh?

Deborah said...

It's always handy to have spare blocks!

Goosey said...

Spare blocks....I think that means you'll have to make two quilts! I love the bright colours in the blocks, very pretty

Nanci said...

It's so good to know that there are other people out there who can't count also.
Yeah I do that all the time...but it's the cutting, not the sewing of too many.
Heh, if you don't know what to do with them...I'll take them...
I do love the bright colours of the quilt...