Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Log Cabin Blog Hop Quilts & drawing winner

I hope you've been enjoying all the Log Cabin Blog Hop posts.  Here is a quick look at all the fabric collections and quilts for this first blog hop of the year. Be sure and enter today for a chance to win one of the last fat quarter bundles from Island Batik - don't forget to enter here.

Week 1

Dashing Doors by Preeti Harris, Sew Preeti Quilts + BONUS GIVEAWAY!

Aprajita by Preeti Harris, Sew Preeti Quilts + BONUS GIVEAWAY!

Quilt by Sarah Pitcher, Pitcher’s Boutique LLC

Mardi Gras by Megan Best, Bestquilter + BONUS PATTERN GIVEAWAY!

Box Office by Pamela Boatright, Pamela Quilts + BONUS GIVEAWAY!

Brenda Alburl, Songbird Designs

Fairy Cabin by Emily Leachman, The Darling Dogwood + BONUS GIVEAWAY!

Quilt by Suzy Webster, Websterquilt

Quilt by Leah Malasky, Quilted Delights

Week 2

Quilt by Carol Stanek, Stitch with Color + BONUS GIVEAWAY!

Quilt by Gail Sheppard, Quilting Gail + BONUS GIVEAWAY!

Quilt by Brittany Fisher, Bobbin with Brittany

Quilt by Renee Atkinson, Pink Tulip Quilting + BONUS GIVEAWAY!

Hearts Galore by Jane Hauprich, Stitch by Stitch Custom Quilting + BONUS GIVEAWAY!

Quilt by Victoria Johnson, Forever Quilting for You

Brilliant Butterfly by Susan Deshensky, Lady Blue Quilt Studio + BONUS GIVEAWAY!

Mirage by Connie Kresin Campbell, Freemotion by the River

Week 3

Quilt by Lana Russel, Lana Quilts

Quilt by Julia Schweri, Inflorescence Designs + Giveaway

Quilt by Jennifer Thomas, Curlicue Creations + Giveaway

Quilt by Connie Kauffman, Kauffman Designs + Giveaway

Quilt by Lisa Pickering, Lisa’s Quilting Passion

Quilt by Denise Looney, Quiltery + Giveaway

Quilt by Kim Jamieson-Hirst, Chatterbox Quilts

Week 4 - the last day of the hop is the Zen Funk Collection  

Mania Hatziioannidi   - maniaforquilts.com 

Sandra Starley -utahquiltappraiser.blogspot.com

That's all the quilts in our Log Cabin Blog Hop.  Hope you enjoyed them!

The winner from my blog for 2 Stash Builder rolls is Diane!  Congratulations!

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Feb. Island Batik Log Cabin Challenge- My Day

I hope you have been following along with the Island Batik Ambassadors February Log Cabin Blog Hop.  There have been some great projects!

I love log cabin quilts!  I was really happy when Island Batik picked log cabin blocks for our Feb Ambassador challenge.  There are just so many ways you can create with a log cabin block.

I was sent a beautiful collection to work with called Squiggles, Dots and Lines by Deb Tucker's Studio 180 Design.  This is a lovely collection with blues, greens and purples.  Island Batik also sent extra yardage from the collection- one light and dark that could be used in my project.  This is a Fall 2023 collection and is in stores now.

Here's a photo of my bundle.  Lovely!

I decided decided to use a standard layout for a log cabin block using 2 1/4" strips.  I picked out a solid Island Batik called Fuchsia for the center blocks- it went really well with all the colors in the collection. There are 22 fabrics in this collection and I decided to use all of them except the white for this project.

 My first design used both of the two light blue fabrics for the first row around the square, but I found out I didn't have enough of one fabric after starting all the blocks!  After putting it aside for a night I decided to just save the partial blocks to make a row on the back because I knew I was going to have to piece the backing.  Problem solved!  You do have to be creative sometimes!

I made each block with one light blue fabric on the first row and the other light blue fabric on the second row which makes one half of the block all light blue. The other side of the block is a mix of the rest of the fabrics.  All the fabrics look good with the fuchsia as the center block.

I used Hobbs black 80/20 cotton batting since most of the fabrics were dark.  I'm liking this batting more all the time.  There is no bearding of light fibers coming thru with your quilting.

A blue Aurifil thread was great for the all over quilting along with Schmetz needles.  I find the Microtex needles work really well with batik fabrics and Aurifil threads.

I used the new Oliso Smart Iron that was sent in our Ambassador box. Oliso is a new sponsor this year and sent each Ambassador a new iron.  I have to admit it is taking me awhile to get used to the new features on the iron, but everyone raves about it, so I'm sticking with it.  I'll have more about the iron in future posts.

I decided to place the blocks so the light blue sides make diagonal rows that turn on an angle.  It's fun to play around with how to arrange the blocks.

First photo shoot on a windy day...

Here are a couple photos of the back of the quilt where I placed the left over blocks.

Be sure and enter the Island Batik giveaway this week (and each week of the blog hop).
Each week they are giving away two fat quarter bundles!

I'm giving away two Stash Builder Bundles.  Leave a comment below telling me your favorite quilt block to enter.  USA entries only due to postage issues.

Many thanks to Island Batik, sponsors Hobbs Batting, Schmetz Needles, Aurifil Thread and Oliso for products provided thru the Island Batik Ambassador program.