Sunday, June 03, 2012

Two Finishes!

Lib Logs (and Prosper)
31.5 inches square

Ta Da!  Here is my liberated log cabin quilt - all finished!  I had this done in time to take to my class with Gwen Marston a few weeks ago, which was my goal.  I wanted to show Gwen my finished project from the class I took with her on Liberated Log Cabins last year.  

You can read more about this quilt here and here.

I've just been calling this "Lib Logs", but that's not a very catchy, creative title.  I need to come up with something better before I do the label for this!  Anyone have any suggestions?? 

Edited to add:  Thanks for all the suggestions for the name!  I've decided to go with something I came up with at dinner the other night:  "Lib Logs (and Prosper)".  It's silly and it makes me smile!



I did all-over "organic straight line" quilting . . . which means there's not really any straight lines. *grin*  And I'm really happy with how it worked out.  The quilting seems to unify the whole design.  The whole quilt top is rather flattened from the quilting, which I think lets the design of the piecing show up well.  When Gwen saw this, she asked me "Do you want me to show you how to keep your quilting lines straight?"  She had a great big twinkle in her eye when she said that!  Love it!

I quilted around the big dots in the aqua.  It just seemed like emphasizing those dots was the right thing to do!


Here's a detail shot.  I like how the green border fabric that is in the log cabins makes that part of the block seem to be transparent . . . like there's an empty place in the log cabin and you can see the border fabric "showing through" there.  


One of the triangle borders.  Can you see that subtle triangle?


One of the pieced insert borders.  And more "transparency".

This was a fun class to take and a fun quilt to make.  It's my new favorite!

Indigo & Cheddar
21 inches wide x 19 inches high

I also finished Indigo & Cheddar, from the Small Quilt class with Gwen this year. (see previous post)  I machine quilted this with the "fake hand-quilting" stitch on my machine.


Here's a detail shot.  It doesn't really look like hand-quilting, but it's different from plain machine stitching. 

I went outside my comfort zone with the binding.  Gwen suggested I use this red fabric.  I was dubious, as it wouldn't have been my choice at all.  But I decided to trust Gwen and I love the way it looks!  I also tried the binding method I saw at The Quilting Edge blog.  I didn't do a perfect job, but I think with some practice it will go better.  It was slick and I can see me doing more of this!  It's certainly faster than doing it by hand, and easier on the hands as well.

Kathy over at Inspired by Antique Quilts has been inspired by this little quilt to make one of her own!  Isn't that fun?  Go check out what she's doing.  I can't wait to see what she'll come up with.  I know it will be wonderful.

25 comments:

  1. Wonderful quilts. Maybe it's my screen, eyesight or the heat but the LL has the effect of blocks melting together.

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  2. I just took another look at the cheddar quilt, and I love the little red squares. They are unexpected and really add to the quilt. I have told other people about the quilting you did on the log cabin quilt. I am still quite impressed with it, and how you did it. I used your technique on a very small quilt I made for AAQI last month. I really like both your quilts quite a bit.

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  3. The little cheddar quilt is very cute and the LL is fabulous! I like that name. I think you should keep it.

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  4. If you use clear poly thread on top and a thread with good contrast in the bobbin, it will look like hand quilting. Sometimes you have to adjust the tension to make it work.

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  5. How exciting to take a class with Gwen Marston. I love your liberated logs...very pretty! I especially like the "sticks" border.

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  6. How about 'Logs on Spots' or maybe' Spotty Logs'. It's a great quilt! I love the colors and asymetry of it all. I love the cheedar and Indigo too. Always a great color combo! cheers, Claire W.

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  7. Oh my goodness I love love love that lib logs - and I like the name too, I'm terrible at naming things, lol. The quilting is PERFECT for it!!! Love what Gwen said to you about keeping your lines straight, lol. Your indigo and cheddar is wonderful too - what kind of machine do you have?? I seem to recall having a stitch like that...

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  8. How about Log Jammin'?

    I like the way the quilting turned out on Indigo and Cheddar.

    I've discovered that binding method too. Have done 2 name quiltlets that way and it is so easy.

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  9. They came out great! Your colors are spot on!!

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  10. wow! i love your quilt with it's perfect blend of greens and blues! the quilting is wonderful for the pattern too.

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  11. great quilts! I especially love the liberated log cabin - what a fresh color combo

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  12. You sure have been busy! Love them both. Actually, I think I like the name "lib logs". Other suggestions are cute, too. I'm with you on the red binding!

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  13. I love your Liberated Logs quilt. It is so much fun to look at and the colors are wonderful. Love the story about Gwen and the straight lines. That's Gwen alright! The red binding for the blue and cheddar is spot on.

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  14. Great new title and love the quilting! Great story about Gwen - thanks for the smile!

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  15. Wow! Indigo and Cheddar is finished already! I think we've become converts to the small quilt movement. It looks fabulous with the dark stitching and red binding. Also love your liberated medallion. It looks great in the photo. I'm so glad I got to see it--and you!--in person.

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  16. LOVE LOVE LOVE Lib Logs and Prosper (the quilt AND the name). Congratulations on an awesome finish!

    Indigo and Cheddar is cool, too - but my heart belongs to Lib Logs!

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  17. congrats on the new-found but well-deserved fame. I love the lib log and prosper quilt too! yum!

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  18. Ya know sometimes it is good to come in late and comment...I never knew how that fake quilt stitch worked, and Exuberant Color explains. I will try that eventually. But I also like it the way you used it. Did you lengthen the stitch or use it as is. I have a little cheapie Brother with that stitch on it.
    You picked a good silly name for the LL. I will probably always call it..."the one I thought had a cutting mat for a border". But that is WAY to long.

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  19. Your log cabin is lovely. I like the way you told us about some of the details, it made it even more interesting. I like the pale blue border and the checked border too.

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  20. got a good giggle from Lib Logs and Prosper hee hee hee. love the quilt, really beautiful colors. the quilting is great. the 9patches is beautiful too - great fabric choices there too.

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  21. A fun read and such eye candy. Indigo and Cheddar--what fun surprises.

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  22. I adore your liberated log cabin quilt! very nice!!

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  23. I am in the middle of quilting a doll quilt. Then I remembered your quilting here and I wanted to come and see exactly what Exuberant Color said to use. Clear poly. Okay. I should be able to remember that! I am using plain old thread with that stitch.

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  24. I really like your LL quilt- beautiful fabric selection and design. I bet Gwen's classes were fantastic.

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