I made this chevron quilt for my friend’s firstborn niece!! I used this tutorial by Elizabeth Hartman and expanded the number of HSTs from 36 to 100! Finished size is 40” x 40”.
picklesandwine sent me a question about my log cabin block dimensions, so I thought I would write up a quick little blurb about the ones that I’ve been making lately!
To make one of my log cabin blocks, you need lots of scraps that are at least 1 3/4” wide and range in length up to 9 1/4” long.
The centers are 1 3/4” squares and the first log that you piece is the same size.
When you have your two squares together, you should have a short strip that measures 1 3/4” by 3”.
Rotate your block by 90 degrees and add your next strip - 1 3/4” x 3”. Again, rotate by 90 degrees and add another strip that is 1 3/4” x 3”. You should now have a center with 3 sides.
The last log to complete your mini block should measure 1 3/4” x 4 1/4”.
Keep building your blocks outwards (and stop when you want to - if you want a block larger than 9 1/4” then go for it)! The length of the logs increases by 1 1/4” every other log, so it should go something like this:
- cut (2) 1 3/4” x 1 3/4”
- cut (2) 1 3/4” x 3”
- cut (2) 1 3/4” x 4 1/4”
- cut (2) 1 3/4” x 5 1/2”
- cut (2) 1 3/4” x 6 3/4”
- cut (2) 1 3/4” x 8”
- cut (1) 1 3/4” x 9 1/4”
The log cabin is a traditional block and there is a lot that you can do with it - I strongly recommend Modern Log Cabin Quilting by Susan Beal - her book is stuffed with knowledge and great projects!!
Please send me questions if you have any!! Cheers and Happy Quilting! xo
I finished this quilt about a week ago and just now snapped a photo for tumblr! I can’t think of a good name for it, but I broke all of my normal rules the second I decided that this quilt was going to be mine!!
I finished this chevron quilt this past weekend. I’m not going to lie, the vision I had for this quilt is nothing like it turned out to be (due mostly to a lack of patience on my part). In fact, when I finished piecing it, I thought it was so ugly that I was happy to fold it up and never give it much thought again. But for some reason, my dad was quite taken with it, so I quilted it for his Father’s Day present.
As I made this quilt, I learned a lot about myself as a quilter. I’m scrappy. I enjoy mixing and matching fabrics from my own stash, making it work when I have to, and combining fabrics from different regions and periods of my life. I felt detached from this quilt because I used all solids (predominately shot cottons, but when I ran out of those and was too lazy to go to the quilt shop, I dipped into my regular cotton solids), and solids don’t tell the same story that prints can. The only fabric in this quilt that has any significance to me is the lavender shot cotton - and I know it because it was part of a half-yard bundle I got in NYC on a trip I took last summer. Otherwise, this quilt lacks the secret stories that my other quilts hold for me. All together, this quilt was really important for me to make because I feel much closer to understanding my style.
If you want to make the quilt, I made slight modifications to this tutorial. I’m going to try the pattern again (for sure!) with prints.
Finished! I made this zippered pouch for the Vancouver/Portland Modern Quilt Guild swap using the block I made for the Michael Miller Cotton Couture challenge (I had every intention of submitting it, but forgot…). I slightly modified this tutorial that I found when I searched for patterns.
I made this tote bag for the Portland Modern Quilt Guild’s February charity drive - Craft Hope’s littlest warriors project. Craft Hope is collecting hats and tote bags for children fighting cancer and the PMQG is sending off members’ donations on March 12th. My goal is to make AT LEAST one more tote.
Susan Beal, the PMQG 2012 President, wrote up a small tutorial for making a tote bag, which I loosely followed to make mine. I used wonky log cabin blocks that were intended for a quilt - but they measured 12x12 so they were perfect for this project.
This post is stuffed with links, so click away and be inspired :)
Happy March, Tumblr Friends!