Wednesday, December 28, 2011


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Quilts for Christmas gifts are the best!  I got one last finish in for the year and I love how this quilt turned out.  I love traditional log cabin quilts and I'm so glad I finally finished one.

Would you believe that I bought this fabric {2 jelly rolls} 4 years ago when I was a new quilter?  And incidentally, along with the fabric, I also purchased a pattern to make this quilt which makes me laugh. This was obviously way before blogging or discovering the online quilting resources that we have today!

Do you ever finish a quilt and wonder what the heck took so long?  That's certainly my feeling here because I finished most of the blocks way back when and even started sewing the rows together.  And then it sat and I can't even remember why. 

Details... it measures approximately 65"x65".  I don't know why but I love square quilts.

It is backed with a vintage sheet... my favorite detail is the print only at the bottom.

It's bound with a print from the Whimsy line {I think}.  I love it when fabric lines play well together. :)  On my last few quilts I have been cutting my binding strips 2.5" wide but I went back to 2.25" strips with this quilt and I'm sold; I really like the skinny binding. 

On Christmas Eve I hand stitched the binding to the back while watching a marathon of Real Housewives of New Jersey {nothing says Christmas like over-the-top everything!}.  Hand stitching the binding just might be my favorite part of the quilting process.  I know all the cool kids bind their quilts by machine but I still love finishing a quilt by hand and I even get a little sad as I finish my last few stitches of the binding...

I quilted it with a meandering free motion pattern which I like against the angles and lines of the blocks.  And speaking of the blocks... I made them long before I understood much about color values so thank goodness you can see the "stripes" fairly well.

We are off to visit family later this week so barring a bout of of insomnia, this quilt will be my final finish of the year.  Next up... finishing the last little bit of quilting on my Chasing Chevrons quilt and binding it!


QuiltNut Creations said...

So very very pretty! This line has always been one of my favorites.

Jessica said...

Gorgeous! Love the backing!

Kirsty@Bonjour said...

Well done, a finish and a UFO no less! Good way to get ready for the new year. Love the sheet on the back too, very nice. Have a good trip.

Marg said...

It's lovely. Well done on finishing it before Christmas.

Lynne said...

What a lovely finish for the year.

Nanette Merrill said...

It is fabulous. I am so proud of you for using your "old" fabric. Gotta love those housewives!

Pat said...

It is a lovely quilt! I love the vintage sheet for the backing.

Tif said...

that's just absolutely beautiful!

folksmith said...

love the log cabin quilt, it turned out really nice and the fabric on the back is great also. i love to finish my backs with something different. makes it a nice surprise.

Karen said...

Love it..I totally agree with you on 2.25 binding and hand stitching...really my favorite backing with a sheet!! Awesome :)

mac said...

Love the quilt - always wanted to make a log cabin and haven't. Finished my Christmas quilt half an hour before the recipient arrived. She loved it.

suemac said...

Your quilt turned out great. I am in the middle of a log cabin quilt. It has been sitting while I quilted up all of my pieced tops that I had hanging around. I can't wait to get back to it.

Katy Cameron said...

Love how this has turned out, great movement of colours, and that bit of print on the backing is fab! Oh, and I machine bind, but I'm not cool, just lazy ;o) (oh, and that's how I learned lol)

Julie said...

I think this looks great. I love it.

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