January goal = completed!
Miss Crayola Creepy 9:58 AM Completed project
Earlier this year I announced that I was going to make monthly goals/challenges for myself to complete. Some would be hard, some would be easy, but all would push me out of my comfort zone a bit. January's challenge was to make a log cabin quilt using scraps. I have always been kind of mesmerized by log cabin quilts, but had never made the time to sew one. It seemed like there would be a lot of cutting and measuring involved and I wasn't sure if I wanted to commit to a project. I was half right, there was a lot of cutting, but not so much measuring.
I debated on what to do with the sashing. If I pieced together the fabric from my scrap bag the quilt might end up being a little on the crazy side. Or the crazier side if some of you think it's crazy the way it is now ;) In the end I decided to cut into fabric that I had been hoarding because the print was a good contrast and because there were three yards of it. Technically, I didn't buy it for this project and it wasn't a scrap from a previous project. The only thing purchased with this quilt in mind was the batting.
The pattern used was from the book Modern Log Cabin Quilting: 25 Simple Quilts and Patchwork Projects* and it won't be the last time you hear me mentioning it. I plan on making the quilt on the cover with the Liberty fabric I have been saving from my trip to England.
The finished product is 84 inches x 84 inches, the biggest quilt I have made, and I won't lie, I struggled with it. When it comes to following a pattern I have no problem, but free styling without a pattern is more stressful to me. For some inspiration I took the Creative Quilt Backs Class* and was happy with how it went. To be honest, I didn't watch all the lessons, but the ones I did watch were helpful in planning out the back and helping me get the angled and mismatched look. My biggest regret was not angling all the pieces because they look cool that way!
There are some definite flaws though. Along the top back the fabric was different lengths (should have trimmed everything down :( ) before sandwiching everything together. When I taped it down there were different tensions throughout which meant a few sections weren't pulled taut enough. Because of this there are wrinkles. I'm not losing sleep over it though.
The suggested quilting was maybe ten or fifteen lines on the diagonal. I started there, but it didn't seem like enough to me, so I quilted across the blocks and stitched in the ditch for a few rows. In the future I would like to try some free motion quilting even though it intimidates me.
This is my first quilt of the year and it won't be my last. In fact, I'm going shopping next week for fabric. Yes, I'm treating myself to some new fabric for this one! :)
So, I know this is going to make me sound like a total cheese ball, but when I look at my quilt I get such a sense of fulfillment. It took a LOT of time to make and it's full of memories. When it was being sewn I would look at all the different fabrics and remember who they were meant for originally. There are bits of the first quilt I ever made which was for my grandma, pieces from grocery totes I sewed my friends, and scraps from some of my early garment sewing projects. The quilt is laying on my couch and it is something that I see everyday. It makes me really happy when I look at it.
Are there any other quilters out there? Do you have any favorite quilting blogs that I should go lurk?
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