HQAL: New Project Decision Time

I am standing at the cross roads of decision making for our posting for the HQAL.

At our last posting I had completed The Dahlia Project. A cousin, who I am very fond of, fell in love with it and asked me to make him one – he’d pay. “Of course you won’t” and together over text’s and photos we found a panel he loved and the perfect backing material. I’ll be working on hand quilting that but its not my pick for my new project.

I purchased two beautiful panels off of the Zulily site in November. They are Riley Blake DesignsNational Parks by Anderson Design Group. Denali for a daughter who lives in Alaska and Zion for another daughter ~ a special memory of summers spent at our Utah cabin situated between Zion and Bryce Canyon.

For the backing material I ordered off of Joanns online and found two fabrics I think will work nicely with them. I have used different batting over the years, with not all batting the same (as we know) but for these projects I am using Fairfields 80/20, also from Joanns. It works well for me. Both will be hand quilted projects.

BUT – I needed a new hand quilting project for the HQAL and both of these will be easy for me and I wanted something that would be challenging and a bit out of my comfort zone. I do have the tulip quilt which was a big contender, but haven’t purchased a backing material yet. I decided to leave her on the quilt rack for later.

Looking for inspiration for my next project I kept eyeing the precious table runner on my coffee table sent to me by Susan of https://desertskyquilts.com I love the log cabin pattern and have never pieced or quilted one.

My thoughts jumped to an old and I mean old Quilt Block of the Month kit I picked up at the Goodwill in 2011. Looking through my stash I found it. It wasn’t exactly what I remembered.

I like things simple and do better with visual directions rather than written and once I opened the kit and began to read through the directions, a cloud of doom and gloom descended over me. With just a few pages of the directions shown below, this in anything but simple. In fact, I am pretty sure I don’t have everything I need.

There is quite a bit of precut material – – – – I decided I am going to work on piecing 12″ basic log cabin blocks using this precut material.

I’ll make my own templates using these directions

It’s decided, I will be starting my first log cabin quilt. I made a practice block, adding a sweet brown/leaf material to the mix. Hopefully I will have enough material to make 16 blocks all the same. If not – well let’s cross that bridge when I get there.

Now I am off to visit the posts of the others in our group. Please join me in taking a look at their fabulous hand quilting projects in the works.

Hand Quilt Along Links

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another. If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

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12 thoughts on “HQAL: New Project Decision Time

  1. Deb January 3, 2021 / 8:31 pm

    The panels are pretty, take a little thinking on knowing just how to quilt them though. Your log cabin block looks great! Log cabin quilts are so wonderfully traditional.

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    • Sharon January 3, 2021 / 11:06 pm

      Tradition and hand quilting go together so perfectly. Those panels will take some thought and creativity to really make them sing πŸ™‚

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  2. kathyreeves January 3, 2021 / 8:34 pm

    That block looks so cozy and warm, I think you’ll enjoy this much more than the kit! Love those national park panels, your girls will love them!

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    • Sharon January 3, 2021 / 11:07 pm

      Thanks Kathy – this kit was crazy confusing for me. As Deb mentioned above, I do love something more traditional and I need straight forward on directions – this kit hit neither points πŸ™‚

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  3. Susan Nixon January 3, 2021 / 11:42 pm

    What a great project. It will make a lovely log cabin, one of my favorite blocks to make – either controlled or just whatever comes out of the scrap box next. =) One of my favorites to make! A cabin between Zion and Bryce sounds like heaven to me!

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    • Sharon January 4, 2021 / 3:13 pm

      Thank you Susan. I am excited about this quilt and spent yesterday cutting out the material only to discover I ran out of one to have the blocks all the same, back to the drawing board on that πŸ™‚ I thought of you – and knew I might spark a interest with the cabin – its in Hatch πŸ™‚ I need to send you a pm about it πŸ™‚

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      • Susan Nixon January 6, 2021 / 5:22 am

        Yes, please. You know what? Just find the closest fabric you can. In the overall scheme of things, it probably isn’t even going to be noticeable.

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  4. Karrin Hurd January 4, 2021 / 12:15 am

    Great projects you have to work on! Happy Stitching and Happy New Year!

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    • Sharon January 5, 2021 / 9:28 pm

      Thank you Nanette – I have already run out of the green and have just ordered 2 different green fabrics (hopefully one will be right) to change out the original precut material.


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