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LOG CABIN IN THE FALL WOODS (another log cabin quilt)

LOG CABIN IN THE FALL WOODS (another log cabin quilt)

Fall is my favorite season and the only one I really decorate for. I believe that is one reason I go to Maine every September – the colors are so brilliant – the blue sky, the leaves, the ocean water.  I thought it would be fun to make a log cabin quilt in fall colors. Here is the start of my “Log Cabin in the Fall Woods” quilt.

Red and gold leaves for LOG CABIN IN THE FALL WOODS
Stock photo from Pexels

Basic directions:

I started to make a fall themed log cabin quilt from my fabric stash. The goal being to not buy any fabric to make this quilt top. It was not hard to find the right red, orange and purple scraps and cut them into the correct sizes and shapes:

4″ center squares (dark red)

2.5″ strips (purple and orange)

Purple and orange strips

When constructing the blocks, I only did two rounds instead of my normal three. When sewing two of the sides of the block are in one color (orange) and the other two in another color (purple). There is a total of 36 blocks to make this square quilt, or six rows by six rows. I like keeping the math simple.

36 Completed blocks

I cut many strips to start and ended up cutting more to complete the blocks. That really is fine, I am trying to use up scraps.

36 blocks done:

When the 36 blocks were complete, I set them together in what is called the Sunshine & Shadow setting or the Dark & Light setting. Whatever the name, it gave a different look to the purple and orange blocks. I only recently realized how many ways the log cabin blocks can be put together to make designs.

36 blocks sewn together for LOG CABIN IN THE FALL WOODS

At this point, the top for “Log Cabin in the Fall Woods” is 68” square and needs a border or borders to complete.  I lost interest and moved to another project. This project got hung on a hanger in the closet to be finished another time.

Adding the borders

I added more of the leftover strips to make the border to finish this quilt top. There are 5 borders to make the quilt the size I want.

Starting closest to the blocks, first border is 4″ in red print. The second border is leftover 2.5″ leftover purple strips. The third border is leftover 2.5″ orange strips. The fourth border is leftover 2.5″ purple strips. The final border is 4″ wide and a leaf print with metallic highlights.

Completed top for Log Cain in the Fall Woods.
Here is the completed top for Log Cabin in the Fall Woods

A completed quilt

The quilt was machine quilted in a large stipple design. The machine quilting was completed in May 2020 by RLM.

Finished size is 88″ square.

The backing is a solid purple sheet.

I did not buy any fabric for the quilt top. It is made of scraps or from fabric pieces already in my stash. Goal reached !!

Backing and machine quilting design.
Backing with quilting design showing.
Completed Log Cabin in the Fall Woods quilt.
Yeah! The completed quilt.

Another fall log cabin quilt – https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2009/10/log-cabin.html

Another log cabin – https://indianaquilter40.com/hot-chocolate-and-peppermint-quilt/

PLEASE NOTE: 
ALL PHOTOS AND WRITTEN CONTENT ARE MY OWN UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.

The Mystery Quilt Continues

Mystery clip art
Source: Bing clip art

I decided to do the mystery quilt that Bonnie Hunter put out on her blog during late November 2020. My goal was to complete each part as the directions came out every week. Real life put out some bumps and I am behind, so the mystery quilt continues…..

If you missed my previous post on this mystery quilt, please go here. In that post, I showed photos as I completed making parts 1 – 6.

I am not going to give details or sizes because you should to go to Bonnie’s website to get the complete directions. At some point this design will be put into a PDF pattern she will sell.

Fall color leaves
Source: Bing clip art

And the mystery quilt continues…..

Now I am in part 7 which is putting the components from the previous parts into blocks and sashing to complete the top for making the Grassy Creek Mystery Quilt.

The Main Blocks:

The first step in this part was making these Ohio Star blocks to be the center of the main blocks.

Ohio Stars for the center of the mystery quilt blocks.

Then adding the triangle components to the sides.

Adding triangle components to sides.

So the center block is complete. There is still the sashing and secondary blocks to make from the parts.

Main blocks of mystery quilt.

The sashing:

Sewing the gray strips together to make the sashing was easy but to me the most time consuming part of the entire process. For part 7 the red rectangles were added to each long end.

Sashing for mystery quilt blocks.

The final components to put together are the remaining flying geese blocks, HST, and red rectangles into a secondary block. This is where I am as of this morning – still needing to add the yellow and gray HST:

A section of part 7.

When I committed to doing this mystery quilt, I involved another quilter who had never done anything by Bonnie Hunter or a mystery quilt. She was not sure about it but was willing. Her top has been completed for 3 weeks because she had way too much fun using scraps and piecing an unknown design.

That being said, for those of us who get bogged down in a design, someone else just flies through it and is done. Usually other quilters say that I am the one flying through the piecing of a quilt top – not this time.

So….just keep at your project, enjoy, and complete. I have not given up or allowed myself to work on another quilt top. This one will not be a UFO.

(PINK) FLANNEL ONE PATCH QUILT

Pink Flannel One Patch Quilt hanging on fence.

Today is a snow day here, and the temps mean I am happy to stay inside by the wood stove. I am looking through photos and quilt scrapbooks thinking about all the various quilts I have made over the years. The one pictured above, (PINK) FLANNEL ONE PATCH QUILT, was warm and loved.

(Pink) Flannel One Patch Quilt was never intended to be an heirloom. Yes, some quilts are made as heirlooms, some are made to be used (but not abused) and some are made to be loved to death. The fate of being loved to death is the story of this quilt.

I pieced it from a stack of left over mostly pink flannel blocks in 1994 – 1996. The blocks were cut 8″ square and there is no border. The backing was a pink flannel flat sheet. The “batting” was a worn white cotton sheet. It was tied with yarn.

My daughter (H) was the recipient of this and she also “helped” with the sewing and tying of the quilt. She was so excited about how soft and cuddly it was. She was four years old when we finished it.

We sewed it together so it looked like a pillow case, smoothed it out, and tied it. After that the open fourth side was sewn shut. It was a simple quilt and made to be loved to death.

She still thinks it was wonderful and did use it until it was a ragged mess that was finally thrown away when she went to college. H. has happy memories of the quilt itself and of us working on it together.

Pink Flannel One Patch Quilt

Finished size was 67″ x 80″.

Moral of the story….

The morale of the (Pink) Flannel One Patch Quilt is simply that not all quilts are made to live long lives and be beautiful. Some are made to be used, washed, played on and under, and just generally have a short life span – but the memories produced are for a life time.

https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2011/07/homespun-one-patch.html

https://indianaquilter40.com/dog-cat-quilt

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ALL PHOTOS AND WRITTEN CONTENT ARE MY OWN UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.

QUILTING BOOKS FOR TINY SCRAPS

Quilting Books for Tiny Scraps – I am not really sure how it happens, but I start with one shelf for quilting books and pretty soon they have taken over two. I recently decided that some weeding and/or organizing of these books was necessary. Doing this actually forces me to really look at the books – which can be a distraction because then I start thinking “I could do this quilt, or this one…….” And sometimes I even wonder what in the world I was thinking when I brought a book home.

Over the past 2 or 3 years, I have been trying to use up my scraps and also my stash.  These two books have wonderful patterns or ideas that I have based a couple scrap quilts on. They have patterns from easy to expert.  They are “keepers” for my personal library.

Another great book for small and tiny scraps.
QUILTING BOOKS FOR TINY SCRAPS

I was asked how I get books with spiral bindings.  After purchasing, I take the books to the local copy shop. There they cut off the binding and put on this spiral binding.  I like my quilt books this way because they lay flat when I am working on a project.  The cost is very reasonable – generally about $2-3 each book.

I truly encourage quilters to collect quilt books that are helpful to you, whether it is techniques, patterns, or inspiration. There are so many wonderful quilting books out there to choose from. We don’t need all the books, but building our own reference library of books that help us as quilters is a great boost to our quilting journey.

https://indianaquilter40.com/three-favorite-quilting-books/

https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2019/06/more-books.html

QUILT SHOW – Terre Haute, IN

Quilt show - Terre Haute, IN

Today is a dreary, gray, rainy day here. I thought it would be fun to “go to a quilt show” in Terre Haute, IN. I miss going to quilt shows (thanks to COVID) and thought all of us could use some new ideas and inspiration. Plus it will encourage us in our quilting activities.

The best part is that we don’t have to get out of our jammies, deal with rising gas prices, or see the show at a certain time.

Quilt of solid colors with center star, and card trick borders

This show was held in Terre Haute, IN in January 2006 by the Vigo County Quilt Guild. I attended this quilt show for many years because it was just plain fun. I came away with ideas for my own quilts because of the lovely quilts hanging at the show. And the guild folks were always so nice to visit with.

Trip around the world quilt done in solid fabrics.

Why go to a quilt show?

I will go to any quilt show if I can fit it into my schedule. Check out the vendors – yes. Talk to other quilters – yes. Bounce quilt ideas of complete strangers at the show – yes. But for me the best thing about any quilt show is to see what other quilters do with patterns, fabrics, and their own creativity.

Quilt show - Terre Haute, IN

I usually end up asking myself, “why didn’t I think of that?”

Quilt: Mariner's Compass center with star and 9 patch blocks around it.

If you get a chance to go to a quilt show, no matter how big or small, try to go. Look, ask questions, enjoy the camaraderie, and come away with lots of new ideas.

Red, white and blue quilt with appliqued eagles in the center.

Quilt shows are found in any city or rural area. Bigger national shows are easy to find on the internet. I find smaller or local shows by asking at fabric stores, checking other quilt blogs, networking with quilters, or looking through quilt magazines.

Scrap quilt in all hexagons.

These quilts are in no order. They are just colorful and fun.

Solid fabrics look like woven ribbons against black background.

I am not a purist, so I make some quilts to be hand quilted, and some to be machine quilted. So I always study how the quilt was actually quilted – machine or hand?

Two geometric quilts in solids or batik fabrics.

What is the quilting pattern? Does the quilting blend in, or is the quilting meant to be seen? Is the quilter experienced or starting out?

Blue background with Chinese lanterns quilt.

What is a quilt challenge?

Two wall  hangings - one is flying geese and one is a woven pattern.
Two challenge quilts – the floral fabric in these had to be used in the quilt top.

I personally love to see “challenges” by a group of quilters. A quilt challenge is when the same fabric or same pattern is used in all the quilts of a challenge. Give several quilters the same pattern or fabric guidelines, and they will still have very different quilts when done.

Here are some ideas for quilt challenges.

To a quilt show we will go

Fellow Quilters Unite….. well maybe not, but let’s go to quilt shows if possible. It is so much fun, and just a great way to meet others who have the same interests we do.

Quilt show - Terre Haute, IN

Other quilt show posts:

https://indianaquilter40.com/quilt-show-in-paducah-ky-2006-part-2/

https://indianaquilter40.com/quilt-show-powell-wyoming-1994

Please note that all photos and written content in this post are mine.

TWO CELTIC KNOT PILLOWS

Celtic Knots
Source: Bing clip art

These Celtic Knot Pillows (hand quilted and embellished with beads) started out as a single pillow and project. They started with the purchase of some historical looking metallic trim that I hand sewed small white beads within the design. I had so much fun making one that I did a second one.

The hand quilting and embellished trim really made for a one of a kind item.

Mixing large quilts with smaller projects is fun and allows me to have several projects going at the same time.

Navy pillow:

The navy blue fabric is silk and made for easy hand quilting. I drew the design with a white chalk pencil using a stencil. Then I carefully machine sewed the trim to the fabric – I had to be careful to go slowly so I did not catch on the beads. The pillow is finished with the envelope (see below) and off to a local auction it went.

This same stencil was also used in this Irish Chain quilt on this post.

Navy blue silk pillow with beaded trip and quilted Celtic knot.
Complete and ready to go to the auction !

Burgundy pillow:

The burgundy pillow is also silk fabric and again hand quilted so easily. This one is a gift for a local woman who helped me sew some clothing (in my opinion, complicated compared to quilting). The method was the same for both pillows.

This stencil was also used in this green and white Irish Chain quilt on my old blog.

Burgandy silk pillow with beaded trim and hand quilted Celtic knot.

The pillows are sewn together and finished with the envelope method. See: https://www.domesticimperfection.com/how-to-make-envelope-closure-pillow/.

Batting for both pillows is a good quality polyester I had on hand.

Both finished at 18″ square.

You can make yourself some fun, funky or personalized pillows by using stencils and trims similar to these Celtic Knot Pillows.

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ALL PHOTOS AND CONTENT ARE MY OWN UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.

QUEEN ANNE’S STAR WHOLE CLOTH QUILT (hand quilted)

I love to hand quilt. However I am choosy about which ones I spend the time on to hand quilt. I found the pre-marked top, Queen Anne’s Star Whole Cloth quilt, and knew it would be worth the many hours to complete with hand quilting.

Blue hand quilted Queen Anne's Star Whole Cloth quilt.

The finished size is 92″ x 100″.

About this quilt:

Queen Anne’s Star Whole Cloth quilt has a medium blue linen top, wool batting, and the pre-printed muslin back. I put the pre-marked side up in the quilt frame so I can see the design to do the hand quilting. This one only has 5 spools of quilting thread in it, unlike the Welsh Beauty (https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2009/09/welsh-beauty-wholecloth-quilt.html) which had 7+.

Package label for Queen Anne Star whole cloth quilt.
Packaging with pre-printed top

I used Hobbs wool batting (http://www.hobbsbatting.com/products/hobbs-tuscany-batting/hobbs-tuscany-100-wool-batting/ ) for this quilt and it was so easy to stitch. This batting still has the lanolin in it, and even with the extra weight of the linen it quilted so easy.

Binding is the same blue linen as the top (2.5″ strips). I folded the strip in half and ironed. It was then sewed down by machine on one side and finished by hand on the other. I also hand cross stitched tag gives my initials, place, date (2009) and sewed it to the muslin back at a corner.

I have a quilt frame that is in the living room (wonderfully cozy in winter as the wood stove is in the same room). My kids were teenagers before they realized that a quilt frame is not standard living room furniture – it had always just been part of their life.

Look at the beautiful design and quilting:

Quilted feathers on Queen Anne's Star whole cloth quilt.
Feathers from blue linen side.
Muslin side that was pre-marked for Queen Anne's Star whole cloth quilt.
This side was pre-marked – beautiful design.
White muslin side of Queen Anne's Star whole cloth quilt showing hand quilting stitches.
More of the hand quilted design
Quilted feathers in Queen Anne's Star Whole Cloth quilt.
Quilted feathers
Queen Anne's Star whole cloth quilt hanging over laundry line.
Looks and feels wonderful.

I love the look and texture of hand quilting. Just as good is a beautiful and useful finished quilt.

Another whole cloth project that I did:

https://indianaquilter40.com/queens-crown-1/

NIGHT FLIGHT (or a Flying Geese quilt)

Night Flight complete

Flying Geese is a well known and much loved block among quilters. The pattern is fairly easy to make and can be arranged in other ways beside the traditional Flying Geese quilts. I like darker backgrounds, and thought that “Night Flight” (or a Flying Geese quilt) was a good description of geese flying through a night sky.

According to some books in my personal library, this setting is called “Dutchman’s Puzzle”.

Close up of the flying geese

 All the “geese” in this quilt are Jinny Beyers fabric that I had a stash of. Add solid black fabric for the background. I put a lot of hours into this quilt and it was finished from start to finish in 2008.

Making the “Geese”:

For this quilt, I started with 5″ squares. I drew a line diagonally and then sewed a generous quarter inch on each side of the line to make 2 half square triangle (HST) pieces that I matched and sewed up the center to make each “goose”. Yes this is a time consumptive, but I prefer the accuracy and less stretching of the triangles.

In order to put the design together, I simply laid the pieces out like a magazine photo I had seen.

I used to spend a lot of time working with triangles, but over the past 10 years or so I have gone to using the half square triangle method because of the accuracy, and the way triangles tend (for me at least) to really stretch out of shape, which is means a lot more squaring up to make the blocks fit.

When I show other quilters how to make these Flying Geese blocks, I use this method. The size can be adjusted easily to any size triangles desired.

Another close up of the Flying Geese.

Backing and Machine Quilting:

The backing is not a match to the front at all. In fact, I think it is a super ugly fabric (my own opinion). This fabric was on sale for a great price and is good quality cotton. Another plus is that it was on hand. The budget would not stretch enough to cover another back, and the machine quilting.

Backing of quilt.

Finished size is 100″ square.

Machine quilting is an all over cloud design by RLM in July 2008.

Binding the quilt:

The binding is 2.5″ strips cut from the leftover Jinny Beyers fabrics. It is sewn into a long strip, and ironed in half (1.25″). I machine sewed the raw edge down on the front, flipped it over to the back and hand stitched down.

Here is another view of Night Flight (or a Flying Geese Quilt) completed. The black background makes the “geese” shine.

Night Flight quilt

Challenge yourself:

Pick a simple pattern like this one, and adjust the size to what you would like to work with. Work through the pattern using the photo of the quilt you chose as the guide. Most of all, have fun.

Here are two links to other info on Flying Geese quilts –

https://indianaquilter40.com/the-great-migration-quilt/

https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2010/04/flying-geese.html

PLEASE NOTE: 
ALL PHOTOS AND WRITTEN CONTENT ARE MY OWN UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.

TRIANGLE CHARM QUILT

Triangle Charm Quilt displayed outside.

TRIANGLE CHARM QUILT – So my quilting buddy (SB) and I had the brilliant idea to do some charm quilts using the same fabric packs, but we did different patterns or ways to put the charm pieces together. I simply took my 5″ squares and made half square triangles from them. I added enough “charm” pieces from my own stash to make the top big enough to suit me.

The green sashing and brown posts were out of my stash. I just wanted someplace for my eyes to rest and all those triangles were busy.

I pieced the Triangle Charm Quilt top during March to May 2002. It was fun, and it was fun to work with some different fabrics I would not have bought otherwise.

Clip art - triangles

I kept track of the charms by keeping the fabrics in baggies by main color. Since the point of “charm quilts” is to only have one piece of each fabric in a quilt you will want to find a way to know what fabrics you have already used.

The definition I found for charm quilts “…when quilters make a charm quilt, no fabric is used more than one time in the quilt“.

This was machine quilted in May or June 2002 by RLM.

Finished size is 83″ x 82″.

Other charm quilts:

https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2011/08/2000-millennium-charm-quilt.html

https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/how-to-make-a-charm-quilt-4145708

I encourage you to do one charm quilt in your quilting journey. They can be as simple or complicated as you want, but it is a good excuse to use fabrics you would not normally use.

Clip art - triangles

ARE YOU DROWNING IN SCRAPS TOO??

Tub of scraps.

Are you drowning in scraps too??

My 2020 goal was to use as many of my scraps as possible. I made the “executive” decision that any fabric a quarter yard or smaller went from the shelves into the scrap bin back in March when I did a total cleaning of the sewing room.

Fabric scraps.

I took every single piece of fabric off the shelves, went through every drawer, looked in every project box….scary stuff. Some of those things I hadn’t seen in years. So after the dust cleared I decided that even though I already had a list of 12 UFOs I wanted to finish this year – I was going to use as many of the scraps on hand for those projects as possible.

More scraps.

I love all my fabric and that includes the scraps. When I decided that any fabric a quarter yard or smaller went into the scrap bin suddenly there were four bins instead of the previous two. Ugh.

I needed some inspiration on how to deal with the scraps. Pintrest, Facebook, and other quilt blogs were fun to look at. However, I discovered that other quilters have oodles of scraps too and are trying to find ways to use them.

Quarter yard pieces of fabric.

I do not have a scrap organization system:

The scraps are simply thrown in the bins.

I actually like this system for now because I am just taking out handfuls, ironing them, and cutting them into 2.5″ strips, 3″ squares or tumbler shapes. I went to the local dollar store and purchased see through plastic containers with lids for these standard sizes and shapes that I use in my quilt making.

Tumblers.
3" squares.

The continuing challenge:

My personal challenge is to use as many of my scraps up in 2021 as possible. I have been cutting strips, squares, and tumblers as time allowed during 2020 and have several see-through plastic bins of each now.

The thought as I cut up the scraps into standard shapes and sizes that the scraps would be less. Oh so wrong. I think they multiply while in those bins. I started the year with two bins of scraps, and am currently at four.

Challenge yourself:

Are you drowning in scraps too?? For 2021 find quilt designs that will utilize your scraps. Making scrap quilts is fun, and gives a feeling of not being wasteful. If you are tired of your scraps, trade with another quilter to give you some new fabric to work with. Have fun.

Ideas for using scraps:

https://www.redpepperquilts.com/2019/11/japanese-stash-buster-quilt.html

https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2019/07/windmill-blades-one-patch-quilt.html

https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2015/05/really-scrappy-quilt.html

https://indianaquilter40.com/basketweave-nine-patch

https://indianaquilter40.com/scrap-rectangle-party-quilt

PLEASE NOTE:  ALL PHOTOS AND WRITTEN CONTENT ARE MY OWN UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.

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