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

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:

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

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)
Section of brown and pink log cabin blocks

Here it is machine quilted! And it took 21 bobbins to quilt.

Machine quilted by RLM in Dec. 2019

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.

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:


The moral:

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.



  1. What a beautiful quilt!! I love that you are willing to try different color schemes and ideas for quilts. I think many quilters get “boxed in” to a certain color, pattern, or theme. You have taught me from this blog that it is just fine to explore and experiment with different quilt ideas. Thank you. I have been quilting at least 20 years and when I look at the quilts, they are all similar in colors or themes. I am working on a log cabin in purple and orange – I love it. Thank you for the encouragement to think outside the box. BTW, I am really drawn to this quilt, and think I will make one in pink and brown next.

    1. Thank you so much for the encouraging words. Your comment is exactly why I blog about my quilts. Quilting should be fun and a way to express yourself. Unless a quilter wants to be in a box (which is fine) there are so many ideas, patterns and fabrics to try. Happy quilting.

  2. Today I started on my own version of this quilt. My strips are only 1.5″ wide but still in browns and pinks. My plan at this point is to make a wall hanging for my bedroom. Thank you for the inspiration.

    1. This was a fun quilt to make from a color combo I had never tried before. I like how the quilt turned out. Have fun making yours and please send a pic when you complete it. Happy quilting.

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