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2015-20 Log Cabin Twin

Log Cabin

This quilt is made of leftover blocks.  Yes, Really! Ninety Six leftover blocks!   When I made my Autumn Log Cabin (2013-20), I did not want to count the many tiny strips that went into these blocks.  I counted the first pile and then just cut strips till the piles of fabric seemed even in height.  Then I chain stitched the tiny logs into blocks.  I was aware I had cut logs to ensure I did not fall short.  The problem with not counting is that I cut a LOT extra and did not realize how many extra blocks I had made until I assembled the Autumn Log Cabin.  I ended up with 96 extra blocks!  That is a lot of cutting and sewing!  But the silver lining is that I had enough leftover for a twin sized quilt.  So making this quilt was quite painless, given the blocks were already constructed and just waiting to be assembled.

This quilt differs from the first because of the quilting thread.  I selected a gold toned thread for the blocks and an orange thread for the borders, both of which warmed up the overall look of the quilt.  I was quite happy with the resulting quilt.

2014-23 Cowboy Cabins

Cowboy Cabins

This quilt was created as a project for domestic machine quilting.  Normally, I do all my quilting on a longarm machine.  When I decided I wanted to enter a quilt in the domestic machine category at the fall fair, I had to switch my thinking to sit down machine quilting.  The blocks are all stitched in the ditch and the border is done in straight line crosshatching.  To keep it square and straight, I basted the project on the longarm before removing it to my domestic.  Basting it square makes a huge difference to the outcome of a project and it is much easier to quilt when the safety pins are not in the way.   This quilt took me 2.5 days to quilt on the domestic machine and it would have taken about 4 hours on the longarm.  The hours of extra work and my resulting sore shoulders reminded me of why I quilt by longarm!  I say “never again”, but I probably will do it another time after I have forgotten my aches and pains.

The cowboy themed Christmas backing coordinated well with the top and inspired the name “Cowboy Cabins”.  This quilt will be donated to the guild Community Outreach efforts.

2013-20: Autumn Log Cabin

Autumn Log CabinThis autumn toned log cabin quilt is my fall fair quilt for this year. One of my goals this year to make a quilt worthy of winning a first prize at the local fall fairs with a possibility of getting to the provincial level of competition.

How the main quilt competition operates in Ontario, Canada is thus:  A quilter enters a local fair.  When the quilter wins Grand Champion, Machine Quilting or Grand Champion, Hand Quilting (one of each at every fair), then that quilt goes on to the district competition later in the fall.  The quilt then competes against about 20 quilts at the district competition.  The winner of the district competition goes on to the Provincial level of competition in February where the winners of all 15 districts in Ontario compete for the provincial championship.  To win the provincial championship is a great honour!    I figure if I continue to improve my quilting skills, someday I might win at the provincial level!  It’s good to have a goal!

This Autumn Log Cabin quilt contains approximately 4720 pieces.  It took much longer to make than I anticipated.   For every stage, it took longer than I thought: cutting the fabrics, block construction, top assembly, borders, quilting and binding.   I wanted to give up several times, but I forced myself to stick with it.  And now it is done!!!  Hooray!

Here is a photo of the quilting, a design called Majestic Pines by Donna Kleinke of One Song Needle Arts.  All of the fabric in the blocks is from my stash.  When you cut the fabric up for 1/2 inch logs, you can use up a lot of small pieces of stash!

This quilt won Grand Champion, Machine Quilting at the Rosseau Fall Fair and at the Arthur Fall Fair.    My niece Hillary and her husband Gonzalo chose this quilt as their wedding quilt.


Work in Progress: Log Cabin – Update

??????????The log cabin quilt is progressing nicely.  The top is complete and it is now on the machine.  The quilting is quite dense and I can complete three blocks per hour.  There are still a few rows to quilt, so I will be spending a bit more time on this, but expect to have it complete tomorrow.  I’ll put the french fold binding on the front and then take it with me to the cottage for the weekend, where I can hand stitch the binding to the back at a leisurely pace.

Quilting Detail

The quilting design is Majestic Pines by Donna Kleinke of One Song Needle Arts.  I love both the artistic nature and the density of her designs.  The outdoor woodsy theme of this design suits this quilt well.

Work in Progress: Log Cabin

Log Cabin Blocks

Finally!!!  I have finished Log 21 of a group of 320  log cabin blocks that are destined to be my fall fair entry this year.  The blocks finish at 5.5 inches, with each log being a half inch wide.   When I started this project, it seemed like a great idea, but along about log 13, I was seriously questioning the wisdom of selecting this quilt pattern with such small logs.  Each log took an average of 8.5 hours to sew and press.  Multiply that by 21 logs and that is a lot of time spent on these blocks!

I typically post about a quilt only when it is finished – done done with the binding on.  However, I am so proud of myself for sticking to this project, that I have to celebrate their completion.  Many other gorgeous quilts have sung their siren songs, tempting me to abandon this one and dive into a new one.  But no, I resisted, held fast and conquered Block 21!  Hooray!

Tomorrow, I will play with layouts on my design wall.  I already have two good options, but want to be sure before I start the assembly of the top.  My choice of layout will likely be affected by how I decide to quilt this one.  Since this will be a competition quilt, I have to quilt it with dense custom quilting.  I will choose a layout that supports a design that I can do well within a maximum of two days quilting time.

There will not be a lot of dithering time since I have entered this quilt in my guild’s September quilt show.   The September date lulled me into thinking I had lots of time to get this finished.  But no, I don’t!  The quilt has to be ready for photography on Thursday of this coming week.  That gives me four days:  One to assemble the top, two to quilt it and one to hand stitch the binding.   Yikes!  I will be very busy this week finishing this finished.  No rest for the wicked, they say.  I have always wanted to be a wicked woman.  I must be on track to achieve that goal!  LOL!

Project 2011-16: Autumn Pines Table Runner

Autumn Pines Table Runner

I had two leftover blocks from my son’s university quilt. Orphans don’t get to
stay in my sewing room, so here they are made up into a table runner.

The colours are perfect for our summer cottage and I get to keep a reminder of my
son’s university quilt. I finished this small project last week just in time to enter in the fall fair. I finished hand-stitching the binding in my car as my husband drove me to the exhibition hall to deliver my entries. Done feels good!  I also liked the first place ribbon it won in the table runner class! (Big Grin!)

Here is a photo of my son’s University Quilt.  I finished it in December 2010, a few days before Christmas, so I cannot count it in my 2011 goals – One completion per week throughout 2011.

On a side note, this quilt won grand champion at the fall fair and advanced to district competition where it again won first place.  Now it goes to provincial competition in Toronto in February 2012. I do not expect it to win there, but I am still pleased it made it that far!

Project 2011-15: Miss Piggie

Fall Fair Silent Auction Quilt

You can dress her up, but you can’t take her out. This quilt, named Miss Piggy, started her life at my house as a literal sow’s ear. Miss Piggy will never be a silk purse, but she definitely looks better than when we started.

For a number of years, my work required extensive international travel, which severely limited my quilting time. (It did facilitate very interesting and abundant fabric purchases, but that is another story.) However, because I had made a personal commitment to make quilts for all of my nieces and nephews and the children of my close friends (Total of 42 quilts required), I was feeling a bit of pressure to get some quilts done, despite my quilting hiatus. Thinking creatively on how to increase my quilt production, I got the bright idea to buy some quilt tops on eBay.

Miss Piggy was one of my eBay purchases. She looked MUCH better in the online photo than she did in person. When she arrived at my home, I found her peaked with bra points, rumpled with puckered and tucked seams and ruffled with flared edges. She could not possibly lie flat, even with aggressive pressing.
Embarrassed at my less than prudent purchase, I stuffed her into my flimsie
cupboard for about 5 years. Since my recent retirement, completing UFOs and
getting them off my conscience is a priority; so Miss Piggy gradually made her
way to the top of the pile.

In August, after fixing some of the more challenged seams, I loaded her onto
the long arm and did a fairly dense feather meander. I prodded and stretched
and manipulated her to get her to quilt flat. By the time I had her quilted
into submission, she sported only a couple small tucks and pleats, but they are
not readily noticeable. My husband says the pleats give it an old-fashioned
character. I’m not sure I agree, but she did turn out much better than I
expected. In fact, taking a second look at her, it is hard to believe she is the same quilt. Maybe she will be presentable in public after all!

A royal blue binding has since been added. Miss Piggy was then donated to
the “Home-Made” table of the Rosseau Agricultural Fair,  Aug 27th. Fair
visitors bid on the donated items and at the end of the day, the highest bidder
gets the item. All proceeds support the fair, so hopefully someone else will
appreciate Miss Piggy and bid her up. This fair is in cottage country, so she
will likely be purchased with someone’s summer cabin in mind. A perfect place
for Miss Piggy.

FYI, Rosseau is located at the northern most point of Lake Rosseau, one of the
three big lakes in Muskoka. This is the lake where Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell and Martin Short and a host of other celebrities have cottages, but I am pretty sure that they will not be at this very small community fair! No worry about Goldie bidding on this quilt! LOL!

Update:  My next door neighbour, Andy,  was the highest bidder on the quilt.  He is thrilled to have a quilt – one of his life long dreams.  Andy says he is taking it to his hunting camp, but I think he may have been teasing me.