HQAL: Log Cabin Update

I am always amazed at how quickly the three weeks pass but this time around I am amazed at the amount of hand quilting I got done. I wanted to remind you that this was a Quilt Block of the Month kit I had picked up at our local Goodwill. The design and instructions seemed way to complicated and time consuming for me so using most of the material included and adding a few choices of my own, I tweaked the design and went with a basic log cabin pattern.

At our last posting I had completed 5 out of 12 blocks. At this posting I have completed 3 more. On most of my updates I’ve simply shown the same 1 block since the process is just repetitive quilting. Today a peak at 4 blocks together.

The back is taking shape with some puckering showing too.

I have a number of other hand quilting projects in the works that I am dividing my time between. I am so thankful for the accountability of this quilt along to keep me on track and moving forward with this one. I should have her done for a fall roll out: and so appropriate with her fall colors.

Until our next posting ~

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.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrin, and Daisy

HQAL: Log Cabin Update

I wish I could say I have made monumental progress this time around but I haven’t. I did get 1 more block quilted though, which makes 5 out of 12 now. They all look the same, so here is a reminder of what I am working on.

I wanted to add a bit more visual appeal to this posting which is easy since on Friday my husband and I took a short drive out to the town of Lynden to visit his sister. Founded in 1874 by Phoebe and Holden Judson, some sites say American pioneers others Canadian, by the turn of the century, a group of Dutch settlers immigrated and settled there, this began a huge influx of Dutch settlers. As the town grew so did the Dutch influence. By 1950 the town had more Dutch families than non Dutch. While the demographics are beginning to change the Dutch influence remains as does the Dutch language spoken by many. Driving through town, the flower displays were simply amazing ~ here is just a few of the photo’s I snapped.

Slow but steady, I am making progress on my Log Cabin quilt, enjoying the process and the beautiful outdoor spring weather. Like most of us, I have a few other projects in the works that I am alternating with.

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.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrinDaisyConnie, and Sherrie

HQAL: Log Cabin Update

Three weeks can seem like an eternity when I am waiting for something special to happen. It doesn’t even have to be special, let’s say an appointment, like taking the dog to be groomed. But three weeks in terms of posting my quilting progress, always seems like just days since our last posting and this week is no exception.

Checking back I had completed 2 blocks and part of a third at our last posting. This posting I have completed four blocks. Below, a picture from last time.

With all the blocks the same there’s not much visual change, in fact none, so I won’t post any additional photos.

Below is what the back is beginning to look like

I won’t say working on this is boring, I’ll say monotonous and to add a bit of zip to this posting I wanted to show you another hand quilting project I have been alternating with this one. It is the Scap Dance Pachanga Mystery Quilt Along hosted by Carol ~ From My Carolina Home.

I thought it would be fun, and it was, joining this Quilt Along, however it just reinforced something I already knew about myself. I don’t do well reading directions ~ I must have the visual to make sense of directions. I did ok up until ‘some point’ and when it came time to begin putting all of it together, I realized I had missed a few beats here and there. With pattern pieces already completed I was not giving up. I had picked the table runner for the project and decided to continue and make a table runner.

I almost hate to say this, but I am thinking ahead and will be putting this aside for a Christmas gift.

Now I am off and looking forward to catching up with the others in this hand quilt along. You can join me by clicking on the links below.

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.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrinDaisyConnie, and Sherrie

HQAL: Log Cabin Update

Hi all ~ Another three weeks and some progress. At our last posting, I had sandwiched the quilt top with its batting and backing. I showed you a picture of the back material. Using three materials to make one big piece πŸ™‚

As you can see below I now have two blocks quilted. I have a third block started.

I am toying with adding a pattern to the center square to give a little more interest to the block.

Along with this, I was pushing with another hand quilting project for a daughter. You may remember I had posted about two National Parks panels I had purchased. Zion and Denali Parks. My daughter and son-in-law arrived for a long week end visit (from Alaska) last weekend and I wanted the Denali panel done for her. I got it finished and was excited to surprise her with it. (she loved it)

It’s been a busy fun filled last three weeks and I am looking forward to see what the next three weeks brings.

Please join me in checking in with the others in this hand quilt along to see their projects in the works πŸ™‚

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.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrinGretchenDaisyConnie, and Sherrie

HQAL: Log Cabin

At our last posting I showed you this picture of the my log cabin quilt. I had finished piecing all the blocks together.

As you can see above it looks like I created sashing but I haven’t. It is the blocks. In my construction of this I should have added that step.

For this posting, first I added on to the bottom and right side with the coordinating material of the block to balance the off balance look (of the photo above) I lost the look of a larger block since that light green material looked like the sashing once I pieced it all together. I am not unhappy with it, it’s a lesson learned πŸ™‚ Next, from my stash I found the perfect fabric and added a (real) 3″ border. I now have the top portion completed.

Below is a close up of the perfect coordinating fabric I chose.

I have two different fabric choices for the backing. I may have enough of one to use but if not I am going to split down the middle and have the backing with two different fabrics.

I hope everyone is beginning to lean into glorious spring weather. I am looking forward to more sunny warmer days here. It’s still a bit colder than I like and far too much rain still. Now, off to visit the pages of the other hand quilters and catch up on all their wonderful projects. Until next time πŸ™‚

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.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrinGretchenDaisyConnie, and Sherrie

HQAL: Log Cabin

It’s our standard 3 week check in time. I always look forward to visiting everyones page and seeing what’s going on. This 3 weeks has brought us into March. Can you believe it? Three months into the new year already. Hoping everyone’s been well and enjoyed great progress. At our last check in I was here. I had all of the blocks completed.

For this check in I have a flimsy

During the night I started thinking about her and decided I possibly needed an extra border before going ahead. This morning taking a good look I realized before a border I still need to extend the border that was created on the top and left side to the bottom and right side. Then the additional border, perhaps. My thought for that is, I want make this a bit larger. She is measuring at 4′ x 4′

I am sure I have mentioned I have 3 panel quilts I am also hand quilting right now. Another Dahlia panel for a cousin and two Nat’l Park panels. I have been alternating between the four projects.

Time to do a bit of blog hopping, visiting the other quilters. Have a great three weeks and see you next time πŸ™‚

This hand quilt-a-long is organized by Kathy at the link below. It’s a great way to keep motivated on your project. If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join us please contact her.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrinGretchenDaisyConnie, and Sherrie

HQAL: Log Cabin

At our last posting I showed you my progress on the Log Cabin Quilt. I had completed 7 blocks of a re-design of the kit Arbor Lane. Using the original material that was included in the kit, I added the green, a perfect online purchase match.

Winter weather is the perfect time for quilt creationing. I was able to complete all the blocks needed to now turn it into a flimsy. It is measuring a little over 4′ x 4′

Turning to my fabric stash I was delighted to find a few yards of a perfect brown patterened Concord Fabrics Inc material to use for the backing. One seam will do it. I was not able to get a ‘true color’ picture of the fabric with the poor lighting so I passed on showing you it. It is very similar to the brown pattern in the block only instead of tiny leaves it has a tiny flower pattern.

And now to spend some time visiting the pages of the hand quilters at the links below. Please join me πŸ™‚

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.Β  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrinGretchenDaisyConnieMonica and Sherrie

HQAL: Log Cabin

At our last 3 weeks posting I made the decision for my next project. I decided on a kit I’ve had for some time. Arbor Lane

Once I got it out, read the directions, I knew I was going to tweak the design and go with a basic log cabin. Below is the material the kit came with.

Using the dimensions on this chart, I made my templates and pieced together my first trial block. As I began cutting out the rest of the material for the blocks, I quickly discovered there wouldn’t be enough green.

I had some green fabric on hand but it was flimsy and had a slight sheen. Another practice block told me ‘no’ right away. Trying to avoid in store shopping, I took a chance and purchased two additional greens from Joann’s. I was delighted I had one perfect match.

Lighting and space is always an issue but I love the colors and look of these blocks.

Here’s a shot showing the true colors and patterns better.

Now to do some blog hopping and visit the pages of the other hand quilters. Please join me πŸ™‚

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.Β  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrinGretchenDaisyConnieMonica and Sherrie

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.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrinGretchenDaisyConnieMonica and Sherrie

HQAL: The Dahlia Project ~ Completed

I totally surprised myself with this finish. Here is where I was at our last posting. I only shared sections of finished leaves.

I had filled in quite a few of the outer layers of leaves with just about half dozen or so to finish. Before I knew it I was creating my own bias tape for the border using the backing fabric. I cut out 4 ~ 1t yard strips ~ 2 1/2″ wide plus a bit more, sewed together, pressed down the middle, then folded both sides in to middle and pressed…homemade bias tape πŸ™‚

View of the backing and the bias tape

And here is The Dahlia project finished

Thank you for all the encouragement. I started this in July. Six months of working on this payed off. It was slow going at times as other projects took center stage for completion but I truly loved working on this.

Not sure what I will be working on for my next project. I did buy two other panel pieces, one highlighting Utah and another highlighting Alaska and if any of my daughters are reading this I may have just given away a surprise. I also have a gorgeous tulip quilt top I picked up at out local goodwill ions ago that is very sad and begging to be finished. You may remember it:

I imagine the decision can wait till our next posting. For now wishing you good health and happiness, a lovely blessed holiday season. Stay safe and keep on hand quilting…..

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.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrinGretchenDaisyConnieMonica and Sherrie