Happy Monday, everyone!! It’s another beautiful, hot and humid day here in the south!! As I am writing this post (on Saturday), we’re supposed to have a high of 97 degrees, and we’re under a heat advisory from 9 AM to 9 PM – whew!! ? Let me just say, I will be staying inside today unless I just HAVE to get out for something!
Today, I help kick off the My Favorite Quilt Block Blog Hop, hosted by Carla of Creatin’ in the Sticks! Thanks, Carla, for hosting this fun event!
When I signed up for this blog hop and started thinking about my favorite quilt block, I couldn’t pick just one! There are so many I love, so I decided on a combination of two favorites!! I’ve always loved logs, and of course there are stars!
I will start by showing you the first log cabin quilt I ever made. I was trying to remember just when I pieced this top and have decided it was somewhere between 1986 and 1991. I have no idea the exact date! I know my daughter was very young and I’m pretty sure it was prior to my beginning nursing school. At any rate, I had Eleanor Burns’ book Quilt in a Day: Log Cabin Pattern, and a desire to make a log cabin quilt! I’m not saying Eleanor was pulling my leg <smile> but I did NOT finish this quilt in a day! This was the first big quilt I ever made. It took a few weekends, but I eventually got it completed. I dug it out of the closet this morning and was quite surprised that it was still in fairly good condition – meaning it might just get quilted now! LOL I draped it over my design wall and here is the center. There are more borders not shown as it actually was made for our king size bed. The colors certainly date this quilt!
I recently purchased the book Extraordinary Log Cabin Quilts by Judy Martin. So I decided to use a pattern from it. The quilt I really love is called Main Street Log Cabin, of which a small bit appears at the top of the cover. However, I did not want to make the whole quilt, so I adapted the pattern using EQ8. I love this program!! While on our weekend getaway several weeks ago, I found the perfect fabric at a shop I visited on the way home, Cotton Blossom Fabric Shoppe in Ridgeland, MS. I love Island Batik fabrics and unfortunately, none of our fabric shops carry it. So when I find it, I buy it!! Otherwise I have to order online, which is fine, but I really enjoy “petting” the fabric! ?
Judy gives excellent instructions on cutting and fabric requirements for the quilts in the book. Since I made mine smaller, I used EQ8 to guide me with the fabric requirements. Basically I made multiples of four separate blocks from the book and a variation of a saw tooth star block for the center.
I forgot to take a pic of the block that bridged everything together, but you can see it below as I was putting it together. Let me just say that cutting 16ths of an inch with a ruler only having 8ths of an inch markings can be quite
And here I present the flimsy, Cabin Star! The hubs makes a pretty decent quilt holder! ? Sweet Chloe wanted in the pic but I managed to edit her out! She is pretty much a camera hog! ?
I have some more purple fabric and may decide to add a small border around it. I’m having trouble deciding how to quilt it though. Any ideas? I welcome your comments below.
Quilt Stats: Cabin Star is made of 21 blocks for a current measurement of 40 x 40 inches. Fabrics – Island Batik Paisley Dots in teal(ish) green and purple (except for the logs in the center star). The center log fabric came from my stash and loved the way it pulled the purple and green fabrics together. The background fabric is Island Batik Foundation Neutrals Almond. You can’t really see it in the picture but it has swirls of soft color in it. I just love this background fabric! Cabin Star was pieced with Aurifil thread and my Pfaff Creative Icon.
Lessons Learned: The hubby makes an excellent quilt model! Chloe loves the camera. Cutting 16ths is pretty much guess work when you only have a ruler that measures in 8ths. If I find Island Batik fabric in a shop, I buy it! While I still love some of the blocks I loved 30 years ago, my color preferences have definitely changed, and I think my piecing skills have improved dramatically!
Thanks SEW much for visiting. You can find the schedule of bloggers for this week on Carla’s website, Creatin’ in the Sticks! Please take a some time and visit my fellow bloggers on the hop today. They are:
Words & Stitches
Songbird Designs (you are here!)
Days Filled With Joy
I hope you enjoyed seeing my favorite quilt blocks and projects! Until next time…