HOT CHOCOLATE AND PEPPERMINT QUILT

Top of Hot Chocolate and Peppermint quilt (browns and pinks).

On this 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.

The three borders - a white w/ black writing, a pink with brown dots, and a dark brown with white dots.
Three borders

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 really like separately and My thought was that they would look good 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)
Section of brown and pink log cabin blocks

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:

https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2009/11/log-cabin-la-hannah.html

https://indianaquilter40.com/a-road-trip-and-beautiful-quilts

Here is another look at scrap log cabin quilts from another quilter:

Https://www.diaryofaquilter.com/2019/04/vintage-inspired-log-cabin-quilt.html

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 !!

Clip art - a cup of hot chocolate with peppermint stick.

Author: IndianaQuilter40

Made first quilt by myself in mid teens. Addicted to quilting. Love using simple quilt patterns and giving them a twist so they are my own....Live in central Indiana. Raised in Montana. Have traveled and worked all over US and in Germany. Certified medical coder, HIM manager, and medical record auditor. Married for 30+ years to a wonderful guy who likes my quilts. We have grown children and starting on grand-kids.

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