Log cabin quilt,
Oh how I have missed thee...
Please don't think I had forgotten you,
you've been on my mind a long time.
I placed the first stitches in you years ago,
and kind of hid you in a cupboard for a while,
and packed you up and moved you.
But don't think this was how it would end.
I was just waiting for the right time to reconnect with you again,
and oh have we reconnected old friend.
As I promised, this year I will dedicate more time to my quilting as well as my garment sewing. So on New Years Eve I decided to end 2011 as I meant to begin 2012, with more quilt sewing. I dug out my log cabin quilt I began working on in 2009, and sorted out the different fabrics that I had cut into 1" strips and piled into a paper bag for storage. I had forgotten how much I loved the blues, reds and creams. I was also a little shocked to see just how many 1" strips I had actually cut? I must have been in a bit of a cutting frenzy that weekend.
Over the weekend I added 16 blocks to my 14 already sewn up - that's 30 total now! yippy!
My MIL had fun arranging different combinations (oh and that pinwheel quilt? I promise to share more on that soon).
~ A diamond / square arrangement, I really wasn't sure about this ~
~ The more traditional log cabin layout, I like this one ~
These blocks are foundation pieced using the template found here. I simply copied the image to Microsoft word and enlarged it to a size I was happy with. There are many good tutorials online on how to foundation piece. Here is a good video that explains the basics. (Tip: Always use 'foundation paper' to sew with, as normal paper is too thick. Foundation paper can be found on eBay).
A log cabin quilt is the perfect quilt for someone who enjoys the sewing process but is apprehensive about making a quilt because of the quilting involved. A log cabin quilt can be secured using the tradition tie method, which does not involve any quilting. The tying method is a legitimate way of finishing quilts and was employed in the past by women who wanted to make up utility quilts quickly.
Are you inspired to make a log cabin quilt too?
Also, it's been such fun connecting with you all on Ravelry! Who knew there were so many sewer/knitters out there :-)