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Vintage-inspired Log Cabin Quilt

You may remember a few weeks ago I started a vintage-inspired Log Cabin quilt. Well, she’s done!

I’ve been so excited to show her off in all of her glory, but I’m sorry to say the pictures don’t do it justice.

Part of the problem is that this is the biggest quilt I’ve made in a while! It finished at 80″ x 80″. It’s hard to get a good photo of a quilt that size. (I realize I could put it on my bed, but then I’d have to do too much cleaning to take a pretty picture ๐Ÿ˜‰ so this is these are the best I’ve got for the moment.)

I thoroughly enjoyed making every last block of this quilt. There’s something I really love about making log cabin quilts. I think they’re one of my all-time favorites.

I ended up making a square quilt this time – 80″ x 80″. I thought about making it bigger for a bed size quilt, but had decided the purpose of this quilt is for carrying around for whatever sounds fun from Sunday naps to picnics outside. Also, this one is all mine. I mean I’ll share it sometimes, but it’s mostly for my own pleasure.

I finished my blocks at 10″ x 10″ making 64 blocks altogether. You can read more about the size strips I cut as well as tutorials for making your own Log Cabin quilt blocks here.

We’ve had such cold, rainy weather for the past few weeks so I’ve been waiting for some sun to get pictures outside. I also wanted to take advantage of the gorgeous blossoms that have come into bloom over the past few days, so I tried to get a decent full body shot, but as you can see, my valiant quilt holder’s arms had to really stretch to even get it this wide. So it’s not the best picture.

(Full disclosure: also, our neighbors were in their front yard and I was feeling like a dork, so I kind of rushed it. We may need to try again. My husband – to his everlasting credit – is the best sport. It’s only me that has the dork complex.)

While as much as I love the overall look of the quilt, it’s actually the fabrics up close that I love the most. Log Cabin quilts are so much fun for going all-out scrappy. They’re great for actually using your actual scraps too.

As I mentioned previously, I went “controlled scrappy” on this one, sticking to a pastel palette with fabrics that are vintage reproductions or the like, for the most part.

I cut up years worth of stash favorites for this quilt and it was so much fun to finally put them to use. Why do I wait for the “perfect time” to use stuff? I finally decided this was the perfect time. I think I need to make more perfect time quilts.

I once heard Jen Kingwell teach that the best quilts have over 100 different fabrics. There’s something magic about them .  I fully agree and I think I can safely say this one meets that criteria.

I was also fun to throw in some of my own fabrics for this quilt. Prints from my Gretel collection fit the palette just right. I also used the pink gingham with daisies as the backing fabric and the red heart stripe on the bias as the binding. Worked out pretty perfect.

So there she is (this quilt is totally a ‘she’) in all of her glory. Melissa of Sew Shabby Quilting did the machine quilting for me with the allover Little Flowers edge to edge design. I love that it give it lots of all-over texture, but the curves of the flower petals give it some softness.

 

UPDATE: I finally got some pretty pictures of this quilt with the orchard blossoms near my house.  You can see more of those “Springtime in the Rockies” shots here. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Have a wonderful Easter weekend my friends!

 xo

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47 Comments

  • Reply
    t
    April 19, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    Congrats on your vintage vibe finish. Definitely a keeper!!

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    Carole Moore
    April 19, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous! I just added a lot cabin scrap quilt to my to do list! Thank you for the inspiration!

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    Katie
    April 19, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    It is beautiful! I love the secondary diamond design. Scrappy and cohesive!

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    Karen Seitz
    April 19, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    I love this one too. I’m glad it turned out as you imagined. Have a wonderful Easter!

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    Little Quiltsong
    April 19, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    This is gorgeous!! I too love Log Cabin Blocks – and you did the layout so super special. The low-volume sections remind me of little nooks and crannies with pops of colours showing through. A real treasure Amy!

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    Allison
    April 19, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    Gorgeous!

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    Audrey
    April 19, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    Love love love love love love love love love this quilt. Simply love it

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    Sharon Mann
    April 19, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    Oh my goodness, that is absolutely the prettiest quilt I have ever seen!

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    Aqua Paisley Studio
    April 20, 2019 at 12:10 am

    It’s so lovely!! It makes me want to raid my scrap bins and make a log cabin quilt too :).

    • Reply
      Amy
      April 20, 2019 at 12:06 pm

      Ooh, I bet your scrap bins would make a stunning log cabin quilt!

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    JEAN
    April 20, 2019 at 4:43 am

    Ooooo, Amy! Your very own girly log cabin quilt is absolutely gorgeous! Enjoy! And Happy Easter!
    -Jean โค

    • Reply
      Amy
      April 20, 2019 at 12:06 pm

      Thank you, Jean. xo

  • Reply
    Doreen
    April 20, 2019 at 5:29 am

    Thank you for posting some absolutely beautiful eye-candy for Easter! Awesome quilt in every aspect- fabric, backing, log cabin design, and quilting. Definitely a keeper!

  • Reply
    Donna Weeks
    April 20, 2019 at 5:49 am

    Inspiring, Gorgeous, Absolutely lovely.

  • Reply
    Quilting in Maine
    April 20, 2019 at 5:57 am

    Love the vintage style. Inspiring!

  • Reply
    Janet
    April 20, 2019 at 6:06 am

    What a beautiful quilt!! Love the scrappiness of it. You are inspiring me to make another log cabin- they are fun!

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    Debbie
    April 20, 2019 at 6:44 am

    I love it! I have many of the same fabrics…scraps…itโ€™s calling me to make this beautiful log cabin!

    • Reply
      Debbie
      April 20, 2019 at 6:47 am

      Would 2.5โ€ strips be too wide for this?

      • Reply
        Amy
        April 20, 2019 at 12:05 pm

        You can make a log cabin quilt with strips of any width – it will just change the proportions of the block. I’m sure there are tutorials for log cabin quilts with 2 1/2″ strips. I would definitely google that – then you can get a visual of how they look too.

  • Reply
    happyquiltingmelissa
    April 20, 2019 at 6:46 am

    Such a beautiful and special finish!!! What a treasure for you!!!

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    farmhousequiltsblog
    April 20, 2019 at 6:50 am

    It turned out gorgeous! Now I have to make one too…๐Ÿคฃ. And if you moved next door to me I wouldn’t think you were dorky at all..I would run over and help you photograph that quilt!

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    Rosemaryflower
    April 20, 2019 at 7:04 am

    Amy, this quilt is really pretty. I clean my kitchen floors because that is the best place and lighting to get photos of my quilts. That is the ONLY reason I clean my floors, hahaha
    I really love this quilt

    • Reply
      Amy
      April 20, 2019 at 8:21 pm

      Haha! Sounds like a great motivation to me!

  • Reply
    Sandra B
    April 20, 2019 at 8:19 am

    Awesome quilt, Amy! Scrappy quilts are my favorite, and this one is beautiful!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Happy Easter!

  • Reply
    Sally ChristiansenSally Christiansen
    April 20, 2019 at 9:09 am

    I love this quilt! It is so pretty, thanks for sharing.

  • Reply
    Jane Cisneros
    April 20, 2019 at 9:16 am

    Stunning and sweet and perfect. Love your layout! The combination of old and new in log cabin designs always brings a smileโฃ๏ธ

  • Reply
    Susan Olsson
    April 20, 2019 at 9:35 am

    Beautiful quilt. I love it!

  • Reply
    Janice
    April 20, 2019 at 11:11 am

    It turned out beautifully. I started my own scrappy log cabin quilt yesterday and saw this post last night. You’ve inspired me.

    • Reply
      Amy
      April 20, 2019 at 12:04 pm

      Oh, I love it! And I relate. Every time I see a log cabin quilt, I want to start a new one. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply
    Jocelyn
    April 20, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    I love it! So pretty!!

  • Reply
    Jill
    April 20, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    Beautiful. I love following your blog.

    • Reply
      Amy
      April 21, 2019 at 9:09 pm

      Thank you, Jill.

  • Reply
    Jeanne L Hoerr
    April 20, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    Stunning, Amy! That will be a quilt to treasure for years to come ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Patti A.
    April 20, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    You are so right to want to keep it for yourself. At least for awhile. It is so sweet! Happy Easter to you also.

  • Reply
    Elaine Papworth
    April 20, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    This quilt is stunning, and one of my all time favorites! You are amazing! ๐Ÿ˜˜

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    Jane Sprague
    April 20, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    I’m totally with you about log cabin quilts. They’re fabulous to look at and even more fun to make. The best thing about them is that they invite you to snuggle into them! I love yours, and thank you so much for sharing it with us!

  • Reply
    Allysgrandma
    April 20, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    Oh Amy, I just LOVE IT!!

  • Reply
    Cindy Stulken
    April 20, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    Itโ€™s beautiful! Thank you for sharing your love of quilting with us!

  • Reply
    Brenda
    April 21, 2019 at 5:42 am

    This is stunning. Definitely you should be keeping this for yourself. It turned out wonderful. I have never made a log cabin. But I have a book of log cabin quilt block patterns. I am excited to make one. Have a Blessed Easter

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    Linda
    April 21, 2019 at 10:36 am

    I also enjoy making scrappy quilts with lots of color and the visual interest of many, many fabrics. This Log Cabin is one of the best Iโ€™ve seen. Thank you, Amy, for sharing it, and for all the inspiration you provide to us quilters!

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    Lynette
    April 23, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    Beautiful and inspirational! I love it! Happy to hear it’s all yours, we often forget to treat ourselves!!

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    Adrienne
    April 23, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    Incredibly gorgeous Log Cabin Quilt. Lots of love, care, planning, and thought went into it. Plus, all the time and effort of doing it. Really beautiful.

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    Krystyn D
    April 24, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    Beautiful!

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    marcusandlauren
    April 24, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    Wow! I love this so much! I haven’t popped in to your blog in awhile, but was wondering what you’ve been up to. You do NOT disappoint! ๐Ÿ™‚ Gorgeous work, Amy!

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      Amy
      April 25, 2019 at 9:52 pm

      Thank you! xo

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    Gwyn
    April 25, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    All I can say is, “WOW, WOW, WOW!!” It came together fabulously! Great inspiration for those of us who have a log cabin on our bucket list. Thank you for sharing!

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    Jennifer Graham-Rateliff
    May 10, 2019 at 6:23 am

    Red and white is always so sharp looking, while the other colors are fresh and bright. Really fabulous!!!! Love your quilts!

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