On that winter day, Hot Chocolate and Peppermint just sound so good. I can almost smell them both. There are two really great things about this quilt – it used a lot of scraps, and there are no calories involved.
I have to admit that it took a long time for me to warm up to log cabin quilts. I didn’t like how they looked, and I really didn’t like all the seams. The first one I can remember making was a just plain scrap one and it just did not appeal to me. I immediately gave it to another family member. See: https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2011/09/log-cabin.html
However, the years have flown by, and I have come to really like them for the ease of going together, the flexibility of size and colors, and the way they look – everything from classic antique to modern.
Hot Chocolate and Peppermint Quilt was the result of having so many brown and pink scraps. I decided on a whim on Nov. 15, 2019, to pull the browns and pinks out of the scrap bin and box of already cut 2.5″ strips, and just go for it making log cabin blocks. I completed the piecing on Dec. 2, 2019.
The hardest part was finding something in my stash for the center blocks. I finally settled on a white with black print words that had short positive sayings. it also became the narrow inside border.
Making the Hot Chocolate & Peppermint quilt top:
I set the blocks in the “straight furrows” arrangement because it seemed to work best with the colors.
Let me confess here that I have never made a brown and pink quilt before – they are just two colors I do not like separately. My thought was that they would look hideous together – wrong! I am super pleased with how this quilt top turned out.
My daughter asked if I was sick when she saw it because she knows how much I dislike these two colors.
The top finished at 100″ square. I used these sizes to make Hot Chocolate and Peppermint Quilt:
- Center blocks 4” square
- Strips 2.5”
- Inside border 2” (between the blocks and the pink dotted border)
- Second border 2.5” (pink with brown dots)
- Outside border 4” (brown with white dots)
Here it is machine quilted! And it took 21 bobbins to quilt.
It took me another 18 months to get the binding and tag complete. The binding is a pink and white toile. This fabric finished the quilt up nicely.
And here is the paisley backing.
I have made more Log Cabin quilts since then – it amazes me how different they look, even though the blocks are all made the same:
Here is another look at scrap log cabin quilts from another quilter:
Quilters, I hope you will take the time to make at least one quilt from a pattern that does not really appeal to you. It may surprise you and become one of your favorites to make.
Happy Quilting Day!!
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