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A Log Cabin Scrap Quilt Finish!

IMG_3951Over the weekend I finished this scrappy log cabin quilt!  It feels so good to finish a large project.  It was one of the most enjoyable quilts to make, for it had so pieces from many earlier projects.  I decided to quilt it with an all over angle design, however in each block I chose at least one piece to roughly outline.  I like the way that the pieces pop when I do this, and I decided not to worry about how straight (or not!) these lines were.  I like the overall effect, as well as the freedom I felt while making this quilt.  I truly love improv, and the creative process that goes with it!  We had a lot of fun taking pictures of this one

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I backed this quilt with part of a king size duvet cover I ordered from West Elm over the holidays on clearance for $20!  I can’t resist a sale, and a king size duvet will back at least 3 quilts.  It is not quilter’s weight cotton, which I guess is the price to be paid, but since this was a scrap quilt I am not too worried about it.  Besides, what is better than pickle and grey chevrons to complement the busy front!

I used a scrappy binding and actually machined bound this quilt, following this tutorial I found on Cluck Cluck Sew.  We are going to put it to good use at home, and more than anything I just wanted to finish this so I could feel free to move on to other projects.  This is the second quilt I’ve machine bound, and I really like it.  Hand binding is much cleaner, but this is fast and efficient.  I often find my projects getting stuck at various phases of creation, and binding is one of them.  I also tried to roughly match the binding with the quilt’s color gradation.  I may have to try this again with a little more accuracy in the future, as I’ve seen some great quilts with matched binding.

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Lessons learned from this quilt include the importance of basting correctly the first time.  I spent a lot of time smoothing bubbles out and re-basting throughout the quilting process.  There is a lot of room for improvement, which is why this is a quilting journey I suppose!

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