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September 3, 2021
Three for Margaret from Night Owl Quilting

Margaret sent this very unique Lake Views quilt.  The pattern is by Doug Leko of Antler Quilt Designs and features Holly Taylor's  Lake View fabric.  Margaret recently moved to the lake full time, so this quilt couldn't be more perfect.

Margaret selected the Ripples pantograph, and it finishes it off perfectly.

Next up is a lovely Log Cabin quilt.  How can you go wrong with a classic like this?

The breath of the gods pantograph was the choice to finish this one.

And last but not least is something completely different - a modern quilt pattern that Margaret found ...

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August 24, 2021
It's Always a Pleasure to Switch Out the Old Quilt in the Hoop For a New One from Quilty Folk

This quilt has been in the hoop for longer than any other quilt in years. So very happy to see it finally come to a good finish and give me an excuse to move on to another quilt! It's an AHIQFlowers prompt where I took great liberty in the interpretation of one of those intriguing Unconventional & Unexpected scrap quilts. 

AHIQFlowers quilt finish!

As you can quickly see when looking at the picture of the original quilt, there were no flower shapes involved in the original make. Somehow though, {to me}, the scrappy mess down on the lower right corner ...

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June 6, 2021
Scrappy Saturday ~ 30s Repros Log Cabin Blocks from Life in the Scrapatch


Happy Scrappy Saturday Sewing! 

It is 90F degrees outside today and my knee is still aching,

so I am staying inside and sewing scrappy this Saturday.

This block is for a scrappy log cabin quilt.

I am using the "Paper Bag Scrap Method" for choosing my strips.

Whatever strip that comes out of the bag is the next to be placed.

This makes a truly random placement plan,

I am thinking I may add a white tone-on-tone sashing 

between the blocks in my quilt. 

This is a 5 inch block, made perfect by these easy to use foundation papers.

I ...

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May 26, 2021
A Log Cabin Quilt with Mystery from Ann Quilts

I really fell in love with this "homey" log cabin.  It's such a cozy look - and feel, too, as the fabrics are well-loved and very soft.

Family history says it was made in Virginia for the owner's mother, at or shortly after her birth, so in 1920-22.  The fabrics support that oral history, and it's a lovely collection of fabrics from the 1920s.

The mystery is that the top row of blocks was cut off at some point, and then reattached.  You can see that the straight furrow design reverses at the top row.  The reattaching was ...

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May 10, 2021
W00t from Jean Swenson

May 2021

The design for this baby quilt began with the owl fabric, that I fussy cut to showcase the owls. It will be donated as part of this year’s Hands2Help Challenge being hosted by Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict @fabricaddictquilts. The cute owl fabric is the last of this fabric which I had previously used in Hoots, which went to Little Lambs Foundation for Kids for the 2018 Hands2Help challenge. This quilt is also heading off to Little Lambs Foundation for Kids @littlelambsfoundationforkids for this year’s challenge.

The log cabin blocks were made ...

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April 28, 2021
spring steps from Charm About You

I do love surprises... and happy mail... and quilt making (especially for a good cause)! 

For this months Aurifil Artisan challenge we were sent five fat quarters of Kaffe Fassett fabric to use in a project.

I knew I was going to make a quilt. I don't use red prints very often and spent a while auditioning fabrics to go with the bundle. Initially I pulled pinks and oranges, other warm tones because that's my vibe. It all looked too samey though and the Kaffe prints didn't stand out enough. So then I pulled a whole rainbow ...

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April 15, 2021
Extra Time Just to Get it Right from Quilty Folk

Do you remember the Big Kiss quilt? Over the winter I decided that it probably needed more attention and pulled it out of the finished quilt top drawers for further scrutiny. {Or maybe it wouldn't quit haunting me?} After much pondering, I finally decided to go for it. The applique that I decided on has been prepped and waiting for quite awhile, just patiently waiting their turn in the queue!

Big Kiss quilt top is finished! 

It's kind of a bold looking border, but very simple in terms of hand work. Then of course,  I made it more ...

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March 10, 2021
Variety is the Spice of Life from Appalachian Quilts

We are still in the process of remodeling....Hubs finished his bathroom and mine is gutted.  Tile is laid and grouted.  Putting the tile around my tub is next.  Our house hasn't been updated since it was built in the 70s.  EVERY house we have lived in - we have remodeled.  It seems like we just get them finished and we have had to move.  *sigh*  Between job transfers, Pops getting sick, etc. there has always been something.  This little farm is supposed to be our retirement home.  We started with the outside because that was important to us.  Through ...

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March 1, 2021
Design Wall Monday - March 1, 2021 from Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

Good Morning Quilters! March 1st, a new month, and I have been working on the two quilts on my design wall.  Plus other projects as well.  I think March will be a good month of progress on the UFOs.  Here is the design wall: Still lots of brown and white, but the Wedding Ring quilt has all the edge triangles now cut, and the rows are getting assembled.  I can see the finish line, which will spur

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February 23, 2021
Summer Lake Log Cabin from Night Owl Quilting

Lori brought me this Summer Lake Log Cabin quilt with a request for custom quilting.  The pictures of this quilt are a bit deceiving, as the contrast between the light and dark hand dyed fabrics are much more dramatic in the photos than they are in person.  Lori was hoping custom quilting would help to enhance the pattern.

I used a different quilting motif in each of the sections to help enhance them.  For the outer border I stitched in the ditch between the pieced piano keys.  The greek key element was subtle in the next border, so I  used ...

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February 22, 2021
Design Wall Monday - February 25, 2021 from Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

Update:  Oops, I put the 25th in the title when I wrote this late last night.  It is the 22nd, but I’ll leave the title alone as some have already linked to it.   Maybe I am in a hurry to get to spring.Good Morning Quilters!I felt like I made progress this week.  Here is another finished May Day Basket block:I have another one ready to start, and shall work on it this afternoon.  I also made more

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January 31, 2021
Easy Star & Loop de Loop Quilting Meander + Rulerwork Tutorial from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

In today’s tutorial I give you a play-by-play description as I quilt my latest design Star Sign.

You can follow along so you can learn how this easy star and loop de loop quilting meander, and see how I use it to work around the log cabin areas of the quilt, filling the space evenly and working around the star blocks to avoid getting stuck.

I also show you an introduction to ruler work, which is the technique I used inside the stars to make them pop.

This is the last in our mini series on the Star Sign ...

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December 7, 2020
Building Blocks: All About Precut Fabric from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Precut fabric saves time and effort when creating quilting projects.

Precut fabric revolutionized the quilting world. The quilting skill was historically passed down through teaching – one would learn the intricate and mathematical approach of measuring and cutting fabric by hand from the generation that came before. Anyone who has pieced a quilt knows it’s difficult work! Before you could even consider your project or layout, all the fabrics must be cut from bolts or repurposed from used materials. The margin for error was extraordinary, a single miscalculation could jeopardize an entire quilting project.

Quilting is now easier and more ...

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July 3, 2020
Simple Log Cabin Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

The Simple Log Cabin Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.

Life on the American frontier was hard. There were prairies to tame, trees to fell, and fences to build. There was butter to churn, laundry to scrub, and water to fetch.  

Despite such labor-filled days, those resourceful pioneer women found ways to whip up easy patterns like the Log Cabin block. These simple, pretty quilts were used not only as bed coverings, but as windows, room dividers, and doors, too!

The Simple Log Cabin Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.

This week Jenny is working on a Simple Log Cabin with a traditional red center square to represent the heart of the home—the hearth.  Click HERE to learn how ...

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June 19, 2020
Irish log Cabin OP 2626, 27, 28 from Virtual Quilter

A Single Irish Chain block is pieced like a Chimneys and Cornerstones, a variation of the Log Cabin block, so it seemed logical to me to colour the Irish Chain blocks like a Cornerstones block … and mix in the other Irish Chain blocks.

Interesting effect with some of the blocks washed out!

I have just realized that I have only used Single and Triple Irish Chain blocks … need to find more time to play with these!

I also seem to have misplaced Irish Log Cabin designs in straight settings … setting out on a search party to find that project file.

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May 16, 2020
Courthouse Steps from Ann Quilts

Lately, I have been reaping the benefit of getting to the age of downsizing.  And the benefit has been adopting quilts from many directions.

Not that I really have room or reason to have them myself either, except for being able to write about them here and share them when I teach.  That's good enough, I figure.  But really, the main reason I say yes and bring them in is that I love them and want to give them a home.

I am reminded of my brother- and sister-in-law who kept the garage door open a crack and a ...

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April 20, 2020
Mini Log Cabin Quilt Block Tutorial – Mini Block #16 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Log Cabin blocks and traditional quilts go together like peanut butter and chocolate. Seriously good! We pieced a pretty big Log Cabin quilt together for the walking foot quilt along. Now let’s make it mini!

Do you know what helps me the most? Sharing the video! Please share this video with your quilting friends, or even consider including the photos in your guild newsletter. I would LOVE that!

Looking for a pattern for the Mini Log Cabin quilt block? It’s all in the video! I’m trying something new with these Mini Block Monday videos and including all ...

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April 6, 2020
Final Finish of 2019: A Brother's Coordinated Quilt from The Quilting Hermit

If you may recall, I made a "Twig Cabin" quilt for my first son back in 2016-2017. I realize that I never posted a finished picture of it, so this is going to be a post combining both quilts.

Twig's quilt was a 'streaks of lightning' layout of log cabin blocks. I backed it with an adorable print I had bought in Korea.

Blues, greens, oranges, and browns
These foxes are just adorable
When I had a second little boy ("Sprout"), I knew I wanted to do another log cabin block quilt in the same colors, but wanted it ...

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February 24, 2020
Moving Things Along from Quilty Folk

Directions From a Local is a true blue finish! The hand quilting went very quickly and then it was just a matter of getting the binding properly attached. A quick look through the stash totes, and no worries, plenty of fabric to choose from for binding possibilities. 

Directions From a Local is finished!
Not surprisingly, I ended up sewing scrappy pieces of odd blue fabric together for the binding as that color seemed to have the very best effect. Some of the fabrics had been in the totes for a very long time and I had begun to question why ...

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February 12, 2020
Logs on Point + 91, 92, 93, 94, 95 from Virtual Quilter

Time for a short break. this weeks selection of Log Cabin designs are set on point, and use a variety of the Log Cabin variations. I am wondering if I could use the outer part of the first one as a border around some applique blocks.

Love the not very pointy star in the one above!

And the one above is very interesting.

Another very interesting design.

I just noticed that there are five different borders created with Log Cabin block variations in these five designs.

I have had my five minute break and spent it opening a new project ...

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