Sunday, August 1, 2010

WIP Patriotic Log Cabin Quilt


This little project snuck in before all the other projects on my *to do* list.  I have no idea how that happened!  Well, okay, yes, I do know …

DSC01373After making this quilt for Stacie’s It’s A String  Challenge, I still had quite a few of these leftover:

DSC00887They’d been sitting on my cutting table for over a month, and they kept staring at me.  I kept telling them they had to wait their turn.  I tried hard to ignore them, but they kept bugging me.  I finally decided I had to do something with them or else they would drive me crazy! 

So, I  decided I would do a patriotic log cabin quilt … how hard could that be?  I’d already made one log cabin quilt about 4 years ago:2100252090052745537VSxnkP_fs

So, I looked through my collection of books and magazines for a log cabin pattern, and finally settled on a traditional design.  After making my first unit, I realized I didn’t exactly follow the pattern when sewing the white and print logs.  I didn’t think it was a big deal so long as I was consistent, so I happily sewed 15 more units.

And here’s the *block* with 16 log cabin units; it measures 26-1/2 inches square:DSC01527

Do you notice anything?  Maybe not, but the design is a little wonky … the red squares do not line up and the “steps” of the white logs are not consistent!  NOW I know why the pattern said to sew the logs in a specific order … who would have thought it made any difference?!

Originally, I thought I’d just make this as a small table topper, and make more log cabin units following the pattern.  But the more I looked at this, the more I really liked this *wonky* look.

I think I’ll make 11 more blocks and use a 3 x 4 setting.  I think that should be a good size for a Quilt of Valor quilt.  So I’m off to make more log cabin units …

Here’s wishing you a great Sunday!


  1. Some mistakes turn out not to be mistakes after all! I love your block. :-)

    LOL! I, too, have learned that some projects will just NOT wait they're turn--especially if you leave them lying around in plain site. ;-) I've been burying mine in the closet in hopes that their clamoring is a bit more muffled--but I can still hear them.

  2. I love these partiotic quilts, the colors are wonderful. I have one of my own that is my absolute favorite quilt I ever made. Glad you joined the Wednesday Weigh-In group. Welcome! Stephanie