Way back in January, I joined in the It's a New Year Sewalong over at Sew Can She. To participate in the sewalong, you only had to make one mini log cabin and sew it into something. You could, of course, make more.
As the name implies, the blocks are tiny, measuring 4.5" square before sewing. Well, I wasn't going to stop at one. I could envisage a whole quilt made from mini log cabins. Four mini log cabins with sashing to make a larger block finishing at 9" square. Put some wider sashing between the blocks, add a border or two and I'd have a quilt top.
The biro and seam ripper give some perspective and show just how small the individual blocks really are.
I chose to do a light / dark design in two colour ways, using only fabric from my stash. Next time, I'd replace a couple of the light colours, that look a little dark. If you look closely at my Peter Rabbit quilt, you'll see a few fabric scraps left over from the mini log cabins. Yes, I started the Peter Rabbit quilt AFTER the mini log cabin quilt and the Peter Rabbit quilt is finished.
It didn't take as long as I thought it would, to whip up 36 mini log cabins and join them together to make 9 large blocks. However, as with any sewalong, there was a deadline; the end of the month. The thought of rushing madly to add sashing, borders, then baste, quilt and bind didn't appeal and so I stopped.
Why did I stop and not just continue at my own pace, forgetting the sewalong? I'm not sure, but instead I began the Peter Rabbit quilt, and then at some point the strip quilt was started. I have finished the strip quilt top. It's basted and ready to sew. Somewhere along the line I also began another quilt; a panel quilt that doesn't involve any piecing. It's also basted and ready to quilt.
So that makes three quilts started, but not finished. When I sew clothes, I almost always finish one garment before beginning the next. I've often wondered why quilters have so many Works in Progress going on at the same time. Now I know!!!