Finally - I've finished my mini log cabin quilt. And I am so pleased with how it's turned out!!! It's taken nearly four years from start to finish, but I've done it, and it feels good.
This quilt began when I took part in a mini log cabin sew along over at Sew Can She. The only requirement of the sew along, was to make one mini log cabin, then turn it into something. I knew straight away that I'd make a quilt.
As the name suggests, the mini log cabins really are tiny, measuring only 4½" as stand alone blocks.
Here's how I put everything together, to make a quilt ending up at 39" x 39"...
- Sew 36 mini log cabins - instructions over at Sew Can She
- Join sets of 4 mini log cabins into a larger blocks with sashing cut to 1" (resulting blocks measure 9")
- Join 9" blocks with sashing cut to 1½"
- Add a border cut to 2½"
- Add a border cut to 4"
I went with lines of wavy stitching - easy to do and looks rather effective. It's by no means perfect, but I'm getting better. The front lies nice and flat, the back not so much - all part of the learning curve.
I think (?) I need to spend more time sandwiching the three layers together, getting the backing taut. Any suggestions welcome.
Rather than cut binding, I've used the backing fabric, loosely following Cluck Cluck Cluck Sew's tutorial. Even though I wanted a quick finish, I hand sewed the binding instead of machining. If I'd machine stitched, the back wouldn't have looked right with the combination of the binding and quilting stitches.
When I began sewing the mini log cabins, I fully intended to sew the quilt for myself. Somewhere along the line I decided that it would go to charity, and kept with that thought right up until it was finished.
Proudly showing it off to Mr TMW, and he enquired who it was going to, saying he really liked it and they were his colours.
I'd previously talked to Mr TMW about making him a quilt, but he was less than enthusiastic - I think because he was worried he mightn't like it, and he wouldn't want to hurt my feelings. Nor would he want to use it if he didn't like it. A bit of a quandary for him.
And so I asked if he'd like the mini log cabin quilt. Yes, please! Totally made my day!!!
Do you know where your quilts are headed when you begin sewing them?
I shopped from my stash to make this quilt - every piece of fabric, even the backing. This is a feel good quilt in so many ways.
You can read more about the making of this quilt...
I'll be adding the mini log cabin quilt to the Quilting & Patchwork link party, here at Threading My Way.