Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Log Cabin Quilt in the Rain

Well, its about time. I can finally cross something off of that list I made at the beginning of the year!  This is my oldest UFO patiently awaiting its binding:


Its the second quilt I ever started back in 2008 and if you look closer (let's not and say you did), you can see that I had no idea how to sew a consistent 1/4" seam. Those strips are all over the place, but you know what? I love it anyway.




It measures 64x67 and in all actuality, it should be square, but those pesky 1/4" seams probably have something to do with that. Don't know what possessed me to choose a pattern that used 1.25" strips. You would think a quilt such as this would be a stash buster, but remember, this was only my second quilt so it turned out to be a stash builder. :) I seem to be on a roll when it comes to stash building.

 One day the strips began complaining that they were tired of being strips and it was past time they be sewn into a quilt. This actually started out as a different Log Cabin quilt with appliqued stars, but when I set the blocks out and added the stars, they just sat there looking grumpy.



 Finally I settled on this setting and happy contentment was reached.



The afternoon light really brought out the colors.

I just had Jackie quilt a stipple across it. I love stippling. It seems to make the quilt extra cuddly and I make most of my quilts to cuddle with. I stitched on the binding (my favorite part) when I was at my Mom's a couple of weeks ago and I planned on taking a picture or two on the way home through my beloved hill country. Wouldn't you know, it rained for 5 hours of the trip and by the time I drove out of the rain, I was no longer in the hill country. I was super excited about the rain though and I tried to coerce it to follow me home. Alas, my attempts went unheeded.

I grabbed this one and only shot when it wasn't absolutely pouring. I walked across the road, dodging raindrops and slogged through the bar ditch, to drape my quilt gingerly across the fence. I had to stop when I spied this spot. If you look close behind the quilt, there is a cross set amongst the rocks. I'm spending a lot of time on my knees lately and it made me think that although my quilting brings me, and hopefully others, much happiness, I should always keep my eyes on the cross.


Our daughter was home this weekend (yay!) and she broke it in so it is now officially a part of the family.

I'm jumping in on the fun over at Quilt Story for their  Fabulous Fabric Tuesday Party this week. Heather and Megan are uber talented and very gracious to let us all crash in on the party fun.

19 comments:

Erin @ Why Not Sew? Quilts said...

i think it's beautiful!

Carol said...

I agree with Erin, the quilt is beautiful and I love log cabin quilts, they are a fun pattern, I am working on my 3rd log cabin quilt.

JMF said...

I love the quilt, and what better sign than a cross in the background!

little apple tally said...

Love the darks and the lights. Inspires me to get busy.... well, almost!

Sallie said...

I love it!

Saska said...

Hard to beat a log cabin! You did a good job getting a UFO done...I have more than several on the shelves.

Hard to beat a clothesline to hang a quilt on to show off!

quilt happy said...

love that quilt

Cathy H said...

Your quilt looks great......

Theona said...

Simply beautiful . . . from a distance! Just kidding, just kidding! Ducking and running!!

Sue Daurio said...

what a wonderful quilt...got me in the mood for some log cabins. I adore the pattern

Deanna said...

The quilt is beautiful. But, that last picture is a prize winner. I would be tempted to have it enlarged and hung in my sewing room.

Karin said...

I´m in love with this quilt! I love the colors, the logcabin, how you put the blocks together.... just everthing. I think I just changed my mind and I will make a scrappy quilt like this....... I need to start cutting 1.25" strips besides my 2.5" sqares.

Good to hear that you had some family-time with your daughter!

Janet said...

I love this quilt! It has bright colours, my favourite, and just the right amount of contrast with the white/beige. Wonderful!

BunkHouseQuilts said...

Well, I think it's fabulous! I love the colors and the pict on the fence is really spectacular! I'm glad you got it finished to enjoy.

Alycia said...

Oh its beautiful!! who says all seams need to be 1/4 inch??? That just a suggestion - right?

I love it draped over the fence - what a great back drop!!

Denise :) said...

Karin, I love, love it! The colors are marvelous and I'm so happy you finished it -- it's a happy quilt!! :)

Shelly said...

That is a fabulous quilt! I love that scrappy binding.

Donna said...

I just ran across your blog. Your quilt is stunning! I love your cross stitch bear also. I haven't done cross stitch for a while, but I am well aware that it takes a very long time!

The Cozy Quilter said...

So nice to finish an old UFO! The lighting was perfect for your pictures.

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