Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Lovely Little Logs

You might remember me blogging about the Mini Quilt in a Bag swap group over on Flickr a few weeks back. I really enjoy it because it's one of the few swaps where you actually have some influence over the fabrics that appear in the final product.

Swap leader Tracy keeps it interesting -- every round of the swap has a different theme. For this last round, the theme was "Lovely Little Logs", and the rules were as follows: send your partner a small swatch of fabric, which they in turn must use as the center squares of a log cabin-themed quilt. Using that center square as inspiration, the quilter selects the remaining fabrics in the quilt.

I was fortunate to be paired with bloggy friend Sudi-Laura (aka Isaacsmama on Flickr). She sent me a solid red fabric to use for her block centers and, as you can imagine, there were a million and one ways I could have gone with that.

I decided to dig deep into my stash and found a bunch of leftover "Swell" jelly roll strips from this bag. Along with a few more coordinates from Amy Butler, Sandi Henderson, and Heather Bailey, my idea was born.


Rather than traditional log cabin blocks, I decided to made quarter log cabin blocks ... a variation that I've really been loving lately.


For my quilt, I send Sudi-Laura a 1/4 yard cut of an older Urban Chiks print from their "Blossom" line. It featured little teal birds, and I couldn't wait to see the direction that she would take with it.


Another non-traditional take on the log cabin block! It's so graphic -- I love it. And what you can't tell from the picture is that the thin white strips are actually 3-D -- that is, they're like piping that's sewn into the seam. It really adds some visual interest and gives this quilt a little extra "oomph"!


I know it's hard to tell, but I just had to show the backing because the bird print I sent has tiny little coral-colored dots in it, and Sudi-Laura managed to draw that color out and find a backing that matches it PERFECTLY!


Thanks so much, Sudi-Laura! I hope you like your little quilt as much as I like mine.

20 comments:

  1. These are awesome! I still can't believe you are a man! we have a shop (Missouri Star Quilt Co.)and I am always surprised at the number of man quilters. I still think they are going to say "just kidding", but they don't! Great Job

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  2. cool swap! i like the one you sent and the one you got! there are so many possibilities with a log cabin block!!

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  3. LOVE your quarter log cabin ... it is adorable and the fabric looks awesome together!

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  4. Love those quarter log cabins - I'm going to ask our bee inspired to make the same type of blocks for me this month! Beautiful!

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  5. Love them both!! I need to catch the next round, since I love the idea of picking the fabrics!! :)

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  6. Love your logs .... especially the first ones.
    Andi :-)

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  7. What a cool swap! Both quilts look great. I like the graphic style of your partner's quilt.

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  8. Your guys are both sooooo lucky;) Both quilts are teriffic;)

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  9. wow - they're both fantastic quilts, I love them!

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  10. So quick question here, what do you actually do with all your quilts from mini's to larger sizes?? Just curious here.

    Great color combo and I love the faux textures that 'pop' right out of the quilt.

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  11. Both are fantasic! What a great swap!

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  12. They came out so beautiful!

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  13. I love the quarter log cabin blocks. Is there a link you can share with info on how to piece those together?

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  14. I love both of the variations! The log cabin is one of my favorites, there is so much you can do with it.

    Excellent choices by both of you! How fun!

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  15. I love those little birds! I think its been my favorite bird fabric yet, maybe because they are nice and little and polka dot ish. :) Thanks for stopping by and linking, I always love seeing what your up too! -Allison

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  16. I've just been looking around your blog and I'm very impressed! You are the first man quilter I've heard of, that's so cool!! I'm only just starting to get into quilting and I'm loving it. I'll be keeping an eye on you from now on.

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  17. Your Log Cabin is gorgeous! I was so inspired, I attempted to do a patriotic wall hanging using the 1/4 Log Cabin.
    Mine didn't turn out very well, but I did give you a shout out on my blog!
    Happy Quilting!

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  18. Thank you, John for sending me directions. I think I am going to try this block with my new Nest Jelly Roll! I love reading your blog and seeing your colorful creations.

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