Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Log Cabin Challenge - Island Batik Ambassador Challenge with Primo by Ebony Love


Finally!  I am so excited to share what I made for the Island Batik Ambassador Log Cabin Blog Hop.  It's been so much fun to see all of the beautiful projects made with the fabulous Fall lines from Island Batik!  Each of us ambassadors was given a generous bundle of fabric for this challenge and asked to create a log cabin quilt using as many of the fabrics as we could.

The line I had to use was Primo, by Ebony Love of Lovebug Studios!  It's a fun collection, with lots of lovely color and different patterns.  I found the perfect project in a new book I happened to buy last year:  Cabin Fever: 20 Modern Log Cabin Quilts.

The project I chose to work on used 2 1/2 inch strips!  Bingo - there's a die for that, so I got to put that Accuquilt Go cutter to work along with the die that cuts three 2 1/2 inch strips in one pass.  I cut three strips from each fabric - 25 in all.  It didn't take long at all - I love it when I can use the Go! cutter to make my work easier!  Then I cut strips from the solid white batik as well. Now it was on to to work sewing up all my blocks, making two quarter square log cabin blocks using each fabric.  They were all just so pretty, and really fast to sew.
So it was about at this point that I realized I was going to end up with a quilt that would finish around 84 x 84 if I used all the blocks I had made.  What to do?  I could make a smaller quilt plus a baby size quilt.  Or I could make two quilts that would each finish at 60 x 60 - which ended up being my decision.  This way I could use the lighter colored blocks in one quilt, and the darker colors in the second.

And that's how I ended up making two quilts for this challenge!  I think it was a great decision - I was able to use all the fabrics, and I didn't have to make a giant quilt.  They are both quilted with a swirl design using 50 wt Aurifil white thread.  One large spool did all the piecing and the quilting!  (Did you know that the Fat Quarter Shop is hosting a Sew Down challenge with Aurifil thread?  Fun!)

One is backed with the solid gray Island Batik fabric.  Love it!
The light quilt is backed with a large piece of the Primo yardage I received, plus leftover pieces from the rest of the Primo fabric left from making the blocks. The binding on this one is the same light coral, I just love the diagonal print on this!  I used the same batting for both quilts - Hobbs Heirloom Premium Cotton batting.  This batting is just so soft and has the perfect amount of loft to feel so cozy - it's like a cloud in the quilt!  This is great batting for free motion quilting on your domestic machine.

The binding on the darker quilt is the navy print with red triangles.  It really frames this quilt perfectly!
Aren't these colors amazing?  I love how the white makes them really pop!  I tried something new on the quilting.  I used one of the Chrome needles provided by Schmetz.  It was awesome!  I used the size 12 and it went through two quilts and didn't show any signs of dulling.  Sometimes when you are quilting batiks, there's a lot of popping as the needle dulls, but I didn't notice any with the Chrome needle - I'm impressed!

I did break out the light pink thread in the Sardinia Pink Color Builder box to top-stitch the binding on - it blended nicely and looked great.

Hopefully you like these fabrics as much as I did, because I am going to give away a mini roll of the leftover fabric from cutting the strips!  There are two 13 inch strips of most of the fabrics - a couple of them have shorter pieces because...oops, I miscut a few pieces.  It happens, and luckily I was able to use the leftover bits to make the corrected cuts so there are a few shorter pieces.

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Make sure you visit the other two bloggers that are featuring Primo today - I can't wait to see what Maryellen and Jennifer made, it's absolutely amazing how different all the quilts have been during this hop!

Wednesday, February 26

If you haven't done so already - here's one more chance to enter the Island Batik giveaway for precuts from the Sunset Blooms collection by Kathy Engle for Chris Hoover of Whirligig Designs.

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55 comments:

tubakk said...

I love log cabin quilts, and have made lots of them. Your quilts are so beautiful.

tubakk said...

I love the pattern on these fabrics so much. If I should name a line, I would call it Swirling summer.

Liz Horgan said...

I think my second quilt was a log cabin.
I love your design--such a different take!

Nancy L said...

I have made two log cabin quilts, and am hooked!! I loved making them and think they may be my newest favorite design.

Denise said...

They are beautiful Pamela.

Joyce Carter said...

Beautiful quilts Pamela. Making two quilts instead of one to show off the fabrics was a great idea.
Yes, I have made lots of Log Cabin quilts, but I have always used the traditional pattern. But, with this Blog Hop, I have seen so many new designs that I would love to try to make something different. Thanks for sharing today and for your giveaway.

Cecilia said...

Yes, I’ve made 2 log cabin quilts, but since I gave them both away, I want to make one for myself. Your quilts are beautiful! Thanks for sharing.
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Sewgirl said...

I have some variety of the log cabin with leftovers that I had from a Christmas BOM. It turned out really nice. I like log cabin quilts. Your's turned out beautifully too. Thanks for sharing!

rosemaryschild said...

I am fairly new to quilting & have not made a log cabin quilt yet! Thank you, Susan

Julie said...

I made matching log cabin quilts for my 2 sons about 30 years ago.

@lutzcats said...

Yes, a few...time for another!

Lee said...

I have made one log cabin quilt - traditional block and I plan to make a few more. I do love the twisted or wonky style too! Tks!

Lori Smanski said...

What a great decision to make two quilts this size. I love how you went with one light colored and one darker. They are lovely. I have made a log cabin block, but it just never went any further. I have so much inspiration from this blog hop. Thank you. quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

tac73 said...

Several years ago I made a log cabin quilt for my husband. I am thinking of making a new more modern version now inspired by all the lovely ones in this hop.

Sharon Aurora said...

I haven't made a log cabin quilt yet, but I am inspired by the quilts that I have been seeing during this blog hop.

Barb said...

I have yet to make a Log Cabin quilt, but recently bought a special ruler so it is in my future!
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Quilting Tangent said...

No, I haven't made a log cabin.

Diantha said...

The first bed sized (twin) quilt I made was Courthouse Steps, which is kind of a variation on the Log Cabin block.

Yolanda said...

No, I have never made a log cabin quilt but would like to do that.

dkjones said...

I haven't made a log cabin quilt in years, but this blog has made me want to!

Barb said...

Love this pattern for Log Cabin--May be trying it out!!
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Carol Andrews said...

Love your quilts! I’ve ace a curvy log cabin in blue/white this past winter, but a granddaughter has claimed it. Now I’m saving Batik fabrics to make one for my bed!

Angie said...

I have not made a log cabin one yet. Enjoy your day! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom 🌞🌷

Farm Quilter said...

I love log cabin quilts - definitely one of my favorite blocks!! Love your quilts...the fabric is yummy and I like the way you made two quilts, light and dark!

Paula said...

I love the Island Batik blog hops. There are so many great ideas! Thanks for participating.

Paula said...

Oops, submitted too soon. I've made log cabin blocks for sampler quilts, but not an entire quilt. I have the curvy log cabin ruler for my quilt and the Island Batik fabrics would be great.

Bonnie58 said...

Gorgeous. One of the first quilts I ever made was a log cabin quilt for my daughter. Thanks for sharing

Kathy E. said...

I haven't seen a block like yours before and I love it! The modern blocks are always attractive to me. So cool that you ended up with 2 quilts as I'm sure both will be treasured! I have made 2 projects using the quarter log cabin block and I just love making them, especially with scraps.
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Nancy A: SewingGranda@gmail.com said...

I have made 3 log cabin quilts.

Ellee said...

My first quilt was a log cabin. The design is so versatile. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

VA said...

I haven't made a log cabin quilt yet but would like to one day soon.

GranChris said...

First I love both of your quilts. Yes I have made lots of Log Cabin quilts in the past. They are fun and not too hard.

Kelly Dee said...

Two for one, brilliant!

The Quilted Dog said...

My very first quilt was a log cabin, & I’ve been making them ever since!

Anna brown said...

Yess it was my very frist quilt...love yours...happyness04431@yahoo.com

Cindy Shelley said...

Yes I have made a log cabin quilt....king size for my daughter's wedding.

Beth said...

I made my brother a log cabin quilt, and I've made smaller log cabin projects.

Linda said...

I have not made a log cabin quilt but it is on my bucket list!

cghundley said...

Lovely quilts and
great decision on
making two. I have
not made a quilt
before.
Carla from Utah

teachpany said...

Both are so pretty! Our fabric collection is the same, but the designs are so different!

Delaine said...

Log cabin quilts are beautiful, but I am sad to say that I have not made one yet. Seeing all of the awesome quilts in this blog hop has inspired me though. Thanks!

Gail said...

I have made log cabin hot pads, but not a large quilt. I think it would be fun.

Linda H. said...

These quilts are gorgeous! Batiks are my favorite and these are stunning.

jellybean said...

I have only ever made a few log cabin blocks not a whole quilt yet loving your take on the block

Jennifer Fulton Inquiring Quilter said...

So cool that you made two quilts! This is a lovely collection.

Allison said...

The very first quilt I ever made was a log cabin and I still have it.

Emily said...

Twice the log cabin fun! Love the two quilts!

Dawn F said...

I've never made a log cabin before, but would like to try the traditional block someday!

CyndyL said...

I love log cabin quilts, I don't do my blocks in 2 colors I pick all my scraps from a color group and make mine. Your quilt's are nice and bright the way I like them.

Pamela said...

Yes, I have made a log cabin quilt,in a traditional pattern. And I'd love to try something like yours. I love the clean modern look and the beautiful fabrics! Thanks so much for sharing this!

Angela Bowling said...

Two quilts are always a great idea. My problem is getting one made. You are a smart person.

Angela Bowling said...

Log cabins are my favorite quilts. I like to be able to use all of my scraps. I have made a pineapple type of log cabin and I didn't like it as much. The regular log cabins are more to my liking.

Angela Bowling said...

Twisty Turny would make a good batik name.

eileen said...

I made one log cabin quilt, many years ago...but many blocks used I small projects.
Lovely quilt!!

Isis said...

Am discovering log cabin blogs, made Christmas placemats last year and now a tablerunner for spring - the possibilities are endless.