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Topic: Log Cabin Quilt. First adult-sized quilt. Made in 3 weeks  (Read 1175 times)
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« on: February 07, 2014 06:07:58 PM »

On my birthday, I challenged myself to do 26 things while I was 26.  Making a quilt was one of those.  I was ready to tackle this, and a good friend was getting married in a month, so I checked with her maid-of-honor about colors and knew that once I said I was making a quilt, I was committed.  So, I took on the crazy idea of making a quilt on my little brother machine.  I made a quilt once before on it for a charity gift, a preemie quilt, but nothing of this size.  I'm really proud of how it turned out.  The goal was for them to have something to sit under while watching a movie or something on the couch. It's about 75" x 54".

Making sure my cuts were right.

Strips ready to be machine-pieced.

How I pieced the squares. 48 total squares.

4 squares make this.

You know that moment when things line up perfectly?

Finished top.

I left the top on the window and woke up to this the next morning.  Stained-glass-like.  I like this concept for future window coverings.

Finished quilt. Quilting with stitch-in-the-ditch. Navy binding.

Hand-embroidered tag with my hand-writing. You know, for posterity's sake.

I'm glad I made this.  It was great giving it, seeing the smile on their faces when they unwrapped it.  The sore shoulders and back were more than worth that.  C&C welcome.
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2014 06:27:59 PM »

I hate it...because it is not on my bed  Grin Looks wonderful, and only 3 weeks??? Neat collection of colors.
This style of pattern can easily be paper pieced, which is faster than cutting all the pieces individual. You just place together and go, trim, repeat...for all the way arounds. Then stitch your panels together from there. But you can also use a quilt as you go method. Give a YouTube search a try. I am sure there are tutes on there for it.

Quilt as you go means that you quilt the individual panels first, square by square, then seam them. Not as bulky as sewing the whole thing. Which binds up in the machine.

Brother makes a good machine product. If I remember correct they were just a lower end offset from Singer, back in the day. But who knows who owns that now  Wink My oldest machines are my workhorses. They built them tough.

But a wonderful job. I am glad your friends liked it, and it does look fun in the window.



NEW REQUEST: Need quilting fabric with ONLY purple, grey, green. Solids or Prints in any combination/shades, but NO OTHER COLORS ALLOWED. HELP! They are hard to find.
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« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2014 06:56:40 PM »

This is beautiful. I love the little time-lapse gif. And the stained glass window thing is great, too. You really shared this project with us and I love it.

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« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2014 05:02:09 AM »

You did a really beautiful job, I know they were thrilled!

« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2014 07:31:11 AM »

This style of pattern can easily be paper pieced, which is faster than cutting all the pieces individual. You just place together and go, trim, repeat...for all the way arounds. Then stitch your panels together from there.

Now that I think about it, that would have solved a lot of the crazy lack of seam allowances in certain places. Well, you live and learn, right?  This was also my "make mistakes and learn from" quilt, so it's great getting feedback on how to make my future quilting adventures better.
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