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September 20, 2017
Logs in the Pale 11 from Virtual Quilter

Logs in the Pale 11


Went outside to water the garden and forgot about it being the middle of the week, and you might be waiting for your break away from the humdrum by looking at a small collection of Log Cabin designs.

Logs in the Pale 12

I have chosen the right designs to share today, as it is the day I am trying to get everything loaded onto the new computer, and the colouring of these designs just may keep me cool and calm during that process.

Logs in the Pale 13

The changes in the designs are about as subtle as the colours, so I had to spend time looking closely ...

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September 14, 2017
True North - in a special cabin from Daphne Greig

I love it when quilters send me photos of quilts they have made from my patterns!  Joy F. sent me this photo of True North, a pattern I designed to use Northcott's Oh Canada fabric.

Joy told me that the quilt is 'proudly displayed in a log cabin that used to belong to my great great great Canadian!'

I wanted to know more about the cabin and Joy sent me pictures of the cabin its history. Here is the information from Joy:

The log cabin is on the Big Rideau Lake (about 1 hour south of Ottawa ...

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September 8, 2017
Scrappy top is off the floor from Love Laugh Quilt

This is my VERY favorite kind of quilt!

The messy kind of quilt.
The FREE kind of quilt.

The kind that involves DUMPING scraps out

The kind where you use STRINGS that are ANY size
and you GET what you GET!!!

The kind that incorporates all KINDS of scraps...
even the clothing kind!

The kind of quilt that takes me on an

This quilt lived on my design floor for a couple of weeks.
It was hard to get around it.
The Scraps were PILED next to it.....
and NOW it's pretty much DONE!


I ...

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August 30, 2017
Cabin Fever Quilting 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 from Virtual Quilter

Cabin Fever Quilting 21

The only reason to make a Log Cabin quilt using all light coloured fabric would be to show off the quilting design.

Cabin Fever Quilting 22

Of course, you can also show off the quilting design if you just use creative quilting on the light parts of the design.

Cabin Fever Quilting 23

Choices … light …

Cabin Fever Quilting 24

… light …

Cabin Fever Quilting 25

… or a bit of dark.

I like the last one.

More next week … giving you a few minutes to virtually retreat in a Log Cabin.

Filed under: Cabin Fever Quilting, Log Cabin Quilter's Mid Week Retreat, Mid Week Retreat, Quilt Tagged: Log Cabin, Log Cabin Mid Week Retreat, Mid Week Log ...

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August 9, 2017
Log Jam 76, 77, 78, 79, 80 from Virtual Quilter

Log Jam 80

It is mid week again, which means time for a very short retreat from the world at large to look at some Log Cabin designs.

Log Jam 79

I like the windmill in the centre of the one above.

Log Jam 78

All the blocks are basic Log Cabin blocks, with a few made with all light or all dark fabrics.

Log Jam 77

We are now living at the southern end of the Flinders Ranges, which is a very old range worn down by time, and one of the features of the flora of the area is the Flinders Range wattles, and this is the time of year ...

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August 8, 2017
Cross Steps Quilt ~ free pattern from Charm About You

This is a bold quilt, with rich purple, mustard yellow and cool greys. I love traditional Log Cabin and Courthouse Steps blocks and I played with them to create a modern and striking quilt.

The blocks are simple to make but the placement of dark and light fabrics completely alters the look, it also gives a brightness and movement to the quilt. I was pleased that this translated well from my scribbled design!

I used the Creative Grids Log Cabin Trim Tool Two to make the blocks, which meant it was quick as I didn't have to measure all ...

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July 23, 2017
Military Log Cabin from Lost Quilt Come Home Page

Carmen is searching for a log cabin quilt that she made for her son, Benjamin. It was last seen during 2016 in Grand Rapids, Michigan at her son’s apartment. It may have been taken by a roommate or roommate’s friend. They didn’t realize it was missing until recently.

This full-size quilt is mainly blue. It includes the different military branches put together in a log cabin style. One the back is a typed message for her son. It has a red border. It was made about 10 years ago. It has a label sewn to the back ...

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July 5, 2017
Logs on the Pile 42, 43, 44, 45 from Virtual Quilter

Logs on the Pile 42


Logs on the Pile 43

Not a big change, and it is still interesting.

Logs on the Pile 44

More change this time, but not sure that I like it as much as the first two.

Logs on the Pile 45

Another interesting one, but I prefer the first two.

As always, more next week, mid week … which usually falls on Wednesday.


Filed under: Log Cabin Quilter's Mid Week Retreat, Logs on the Pile, Mid Week Retreat, Quilt Tagged: Log Cabin, Log Cabin Blocks, Log Cabin Quilter's Retreat, Log Cabin Variation, Mid Week Log Cabin Retreat

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July 1, 2017
Turtle Speed but surprisingly productive from ColorBar Quilts

I am still managing to get some sewing in now that I have gone back to work and have to commute two hours a day it is just extremely slow compared to what I have been able to accomplish over the last few years. 

I have managed to piece three tops all using my scraps so that is a big happy dance. Still have lots of scraps to work through but have plenty of inspiration so eventually I should see a dent in them. Right? I might just be dreaming. 

I finally finished this WIP from 2014...Girl in the ...

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June 29, 2017

If I wasn't obsessive about quiltmaking before, I'm quickly getting there ----
My latest project was a 24" mini-quilt with 36 4" log cabin blocks.  The quilt contains 468 pieces with 216 DIFFERENT  fabrics.  That's a lot going on in a 24" square.

Unfortunately, it didn't make a dent in my supply of tiny scraps!

Don't call me a hoarder of fabric --- I'm the curator of an extensive private textile collection that spans five decades! 

I'm joining the following:
Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop Whoop Friday
Crazy Mom ...

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Log Cabin Love from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

As novice quilt collectors, Teri and I (Kara) have stumbled upon some wonderful finds in our early collecting days. We do not have infinite budgets, so the quilts we have purchased have been on the low end of the cost spectrum, but usually appraise well above what we paid. I make sure my husband knows that little fact when I come home with an old (new to me) treasure. 

While vacationing in Maine in the fall of 2016, a friend and I did some antiquing in and around Wells, Maine. I wrote about some of the things we saw here ...

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June 26, 2017
Log Cabin Baby Quilt Finished from Quilting Stories

Log Cabin baby quilt

Log Cabin baby quilt

Log Cabin baby quilt

Log Cabin baby quilt

Log Cabin baby quilt

Here is my last post before leaving Greece to spend the summer in France. Despite my troubles after injuring my spine, I managed little by little to finish hand quilting this baby quilt for my seven months' old grand daughter. It is the reason why the quilting is rather basic...

You can find HERE my Log Cabin tutorial. 

HERE the references for the measurements of this baby quilt and the fabric line I used.

Wishing you all a beautiful summer holiday!

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June 24, 2017
"Under the Haystack Fast Asleep" ~~ Finish from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I've been on a tear in an attempt to use up some of the blue fabric in the stash. It's beginning to become a burden. Actually it's more like seasickness. But I'm determined. I have one more quilt top complete and ready to go on the long arm for quilting. This one, though, is complete and ready to go to a baby boy.  I'm calling it "Under the Haystack Fast Asleep."

Did you notice the green chair. It's part of the set with this orange chair. 

 For this quarter square log cabin, I decided ...

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June 11, 2017

I've tried to think a little out of the box on my last few projects. 
So to change things up a bit this week, I decided I would start something really traditional ---- a log cabin with reproduction fabrics.
For me, traditional-type quilts are the most fun to make.  I'm always inspired by antique quilts, as that is where my quilting travels began 50 years ago.  Plus, I'm intrigued by all of the reproduction fabrics on the market today.
If I can pull out 100 (or more) different fabric scraps for a project, the fun just increases.
I ...

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June 10, 2017
Start with blue and ask questions from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

If you've read my post from Sunday or Monday, you know that I have been sick. I still don't know what that crud could have been, but thank goodness, it's gone. Just in time to help Rory and Meggan with the girls while she recovers from a procedure.

However, I did manage to get into the studio for a little while on Tuesday and Wednesday before coming to Rayne. 

A few days earlier, I visited Cynthia Brunz at Quilting is more fun than Housework... and saw her green quarter-square log cabin project for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge ...

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June 3, 2017
Classy and Scrappy from Quilting & Learning

This crazy month of May is almost over - and it's still raining in Ottawa. Hopefully not enough to cause more flooding! Everything is very green when the sun does shine :-)
I haven't been quilting as much as I think I should. But I have been reading books (not audio or even digital). What a treat!

Classic side of the placemat
Classic side of the placemat

This weekend I made a placemat for a very special friend. Tipi was one of my mother's best friends. She didn't want anything big, but said that a placemat would be great. She mentioned dark red ...

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May 31, 2017
Five months in from ColorBar Quilts

I went back to full time work this month so there is not much sewing but I am still plugging away at works in progress. My long arm is still in the shop waiting for a part to be organised to fix it so I have not been able to get any of my quilt tops finished. Just keep adding to the pile.

Since my sewing time is limited now I always seem to have improv scrappy projects on the go.  These projects are great when you don't have much time. I never know where these pieces are going ...

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May 26, 2017
Hands2Help completed quilt...heading for Happy Chemo from Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc.

Sarah, who blogs over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, has been providing an outlet for quilters to provide quilts for several charities for the past few years.

She picks three charities from those suggested to her and provides the information on the size and type of quilts that are needed for each.

I have done quilts for the past 2-3 years and have been happy to do so since I know that I am sending to a group that needs the quilts.  Many times my quilt guild has made quilts only to be unable to find a group that ...

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May 19, 2017
Found: Log Cabin Quilt from Lost Quilt Come Home Page

Jo Ann Smith found this quilt at a thrift store in New Jersey, and she hopes someone might recognize it and claim it as theirs.

This quilt was made in 2014. It has a label fused to the back, lower right corner. If this is your quilt, please contact Jo Ann at to confirm what is on the label.

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May 13, 2017
Where do I begin? from Jean's Quilting Page

 It's been a busy month and I'm behind on blogging so I don't really know where to begin. I haven't done much sewing myself, but I've had a lot of classes. Unfortunately, I  didn't take a ton of pictures, so I will share what I did take.

I had 9 students in last week's Explorer Tote class. It was busy busy til the end, hence no pics. No one finished their bags in class, but two came in to share their totes with me....Susy (above) and Nancy P. (below) used the same ...

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