Log Cabin finish

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I finished my “Libby’s Log Cabin” quilt top this past week!

I debated about a border but finally decided against adding one.  I thought a plain  border would be too… well, plain.  And anything else would be hard to match the quilt fabrics.  This size will be a nice winter throw I think.

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Now I just need to choose a backing fabric and get it quilted.  I’ll share when I get it’s all finished!

 

Log Cabin blocks

Sometimes I just can’t believe how time flies while I’m busy puttering with this project or that.  It’s been awhile since I’ve had a chance to share what I’m working on but the weather has been nice and we’ve had guests and I just haven’t gotten to it.

I have been working on some things though.  One is a small project that I gave up on since it just did not come together like I wanted it to and then there’s this log cabin quilt.

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This is the quilt kit that my husband gave me for Christmas and it looked like a fun and easy project that I wouldn’t have to think too hard about.

It’s called “Libby’s Log Cabin” by Marianne Fons and it’s made up of these reproduction reds, browns and creams that give it a very “country” look.

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The center of the Log Cabin blocks are these red & cream Variable Star blocks that are put together with a very clever method that allows you to make them really quickly.

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The pattern calls for cutting large and small squares.  The small red squares are lined up on the largest cream square, a line is drawn down the center and then everything is sewn 1/4″ on either side of the drawn line. (The seam lines are drawn here.)

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After sewing, cut down the middle & press the small triangles open.  Now you have 2 weird triangles.

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Then you add another red square to the bottom of each of the weird triangles and sew 1/4″ from the center of those and then cut down the middle again.

And guess what?  Now you have 4 flying geese blocks!

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Clever, right?  So these turn into the points of the Variable Star.

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Then the block gets built similar to a Log cabin block.

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The quilt consists of 20 of these big blocks so I’m about halfway through.

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Hopefully I can get this finished in the next few weeks.  The pattern doesn’t call for a border for this quilt and I’m not sure how I feel about that.  The finished size is 60″ X 75″ so it says it’s just a throw or a lap sized quilt.  Of course it’s a kit so it doesn’t include any extra fabric but it might be easy to add a cream colored border that would match the rest of the fabrics.  I have enough of the dark red for binding although if I make the quilt bigger I might not have enough.

Before I get ahead of myself, I think I should finish all the blocks first and put them together!  I’ll think about adding a border while I do that.