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Improvised Log Cabin Quilt Finished

This quilt grew out of an advanced case of clutter frustration. I was tired, tired, tired of having bags of scraps sitting all around my quilting room. I swore to myself that I would get rid of all the scraps from at least one of these bags. The red bag was my starting point because I like red and Valentine’s day is coming up.

I took all the scraps that were a couple of inches square or larger and made them into improvised Log Cabin blocks, using a stitch-and-flip method. I really loved the results. But how to use them in a quilt? Here’s my solution:

Improvised Log Cabin Quilt on Bench

Improvised Log Cabin Quilt. 48″ x 70″, backed with Polartec fleece fabric. Machine pieced, machine quilted, and machine bound.

I made a tall column of the improvised blocks and flanked the blocks on both sides with a subdued white print, which I stippled to give it an interesting texture.

The red and white palette make me think of this quilt as a Valentine’s quilt, although it doesn’t have any hearts anywhere.

Here’s the whole quilt seen from above:

Improvised Log Cabin Quilt Flat


Improvised Log Cabin Quilt Folded DetailHere’s some more detail of the red blocks:

Improvised Log Cabin Quilt Block DetailAnd a view of the folded quilt:

Improvised Log Cabin Quilt Folded Detail 2

So how did my clutter reduction go? I do have a lot fewer red scraps (although my scrap bag is by no means empty.) And I made a quilt I really love. This is the first really modern quilt I’ve ever made. Of course, I had to buy the white fabric because I didn’t have a large enough quantity of white print. But I’m going to make a second quilt from this same basic design that uses only fabrics I already have on hand. I’ll post that one when it’s through.

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  • Lori Smanski February 4, 2013, 10:57 am

    This is really pretty. I love all the white space that is quilted. The red makes it look fantastic. You did a great job with your log cabins.

  • Mary Marcotte February 5, 2013, 8:16 pm

    Love this! Simple but definitely modern and fresh. Looks like a good way to piece a small quilt quickly and eat into those scraps, and the red border really gives it a clean, finished look.

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