Disclaimer: The fabrics, batting, and thread featured in this post were provided by Island Batik at no cost to me.
Hello! This month's Island Batik Ambassador's challenge is Cozy Cabins. I made this quilt, Log Cabin Star, based on a block I designed a few years ago, Shadow Star. You can learn how to sew a 12" Shadow Star block in this tutorial from 2013: Star Quilt BOM #3 ~ Shadow Star
The challenge was to make a log cabin style quilt that was at least 36" x 36".
Most of my fabrics came from the London Fog collection. I thought the 2-1/2" strips would lend themselves nicely to making a log cabin quilt....but when I added in the star element my blocks came out too large and I didn't have enough fabric for the whole quilt. So, I cut the strips for the quilt in half lengthwise to sew 8" x 8" Log Cabin Star blocks.
This photo shows the four center blocks, the diamond quilting beginning in the center, and a little peek of the backing fabric.
A close-up of the Log Cabin Star block.
This quilt is made up of sixteen blocks.
This photo gives a closer look at the London Fog fabrics. Aren't they just gorgeous? I love blues. I seem to have more blues in my stash than any other color.
Fun photo on my front steps. Because it's halfway between Halloween and Christmas you can see Santa's boot on the left and some Pumpkins on the right.
Another look at the quilting. I'm still having a blast playing with my walking foot.
Here's the white Aurifil thread I used to quilt the Log Cabin Star quilt. My thread stand has a flower my parents sent me from Hawaii. I like to have happy things around me while I sew.
I used the last little bit of the Hobbs Cotton Batting on this quilt. The combination of the Aurifil thread and the Hobbs batting quilt beautifully together.
A closer look at the green backing fabric. I had this left over from another project.
I bound this quilt using a combination of light blue fabrics. They blend together so well you don't even notice unless you look closely.
A pretty fold.
Because this is a log cabin quilt, I took a couple of glamour shots with my wood stove. It makes me think of a log cabin ~ rustic and warm.
Here's another angle. There's no fire going at the moment, but it will be in the 20's tonight. We'll be using it this evening for sure. I'll be sitting by the wood stove, under a quilt, cutting out 288 Island Batik fabric circles for another upcoming project.
Today I'm showing the Turn the Corner quilt. This couch cuddler sized quilt is quick to stitch and has a terrific eye catching look that co-ordinates well with nearly any decor. The pattern for this quilt is in the new Winter 2019 issue of Easy Quilts magazine.
Island Batik provided the incredibly gorgeous blue and white fabrics for this quilt. These fabrics belong to the London Calling collection.
The Turn the corner quilt is made up of two blocks. This one with darker fabric values...
And this one with a much lighter, brighter look.
The two blocks play beautifully together.
I used the The Warm Company's Warm and Natural batting ~ my very favorite all cotton batt.
I quilted a simple loopy meander in an all over fashion.
This quilt looks great in the sunshine over a wicker bench on my front porch.
In this photo you can see a close up look of the simple loopy quilting. Easy quilt = easy quilting.
A look at the backing ~ I think this fabric is called Universe?
The binding is made with the same blue dragonfly fabric as the outer border.
If you would like to make your own Turn the Corner quilt, the pattern is available in the new Easy Quilts, Winter 2019 issue. This should be available in your local quilt shop now. If you sew one, please send me a pic. I would love to see it!
Note: The contents of this subscription box were given to me by Quilty Box.
Did you have a nice Thanksgiving? I felt blessed to share Thanksgiving with my three boys. I am a little bit under the weather with a cold, but I still managed to prepare everything for my family. Now that they are older I had some help with the cleaning up, too. Here's a peek at the contents of the October 2018 Quilty Box (yes, I'm still a little bit behind!)
The Bundles of Inspiration magazine comes in every Quilty Box. This month features Carrie Bloomston. Read all about her in a short interview. Learn about her new book, and sew a cute Wonky Houses pattern, inspired by the Gees Bend quilters.
This month's fabric bundle is Wonder, by Carrie Bloomston, for Windham Fabrics.
I'll fan them out for a better look. I love these bright fun colors, whimsical designs, and words. Lots of words are scattered throughout the collection.
This blue vintage bicycle print is super cute! The Sewline fabric glue pen is part of this month's box. These are really handy for placing appliques and securing the edges of hexies.
My favorite part of Quilty Box is the new notions they include every month. This month includes the Bobbinator. It comes with 10 pre-wound bobbins. This cool tool turns your bobbins into a spool of thread you can use on your sewing machine. I can't wait to try it out. I must have 100 bobbins sitting around waiting to be used up.
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Yes, it's almost Thanksgiving, but I'm still in the process of catching up after a few hot deadline projects, so here's the October 2018 Quilty Box Mini!
What's inside? All this gorgeous quilty goodness! Each month's quilting treasures are carefully wrapped in tissue paper. Such a nice touch.
This month's Bundles of Inspiration features designer Carrie Bloomston. Tucked inside is an interesting interview with her (she loves to munch on chocolate whilst designing fabric), info about her new book, and her Wonky Little Houses quilt pattern.
This month's pattern card is for Wonderful Runner. Whip a few of these up for quickie Christmas gifts!
The Wonder charm pack from Windham Fabrics. I love this colorful collection.
My favorite item in this month's mini is this Wonderfil thread. Look at this color! I can't wait to quilt this into one of my projects. Such yummy thread!
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My As the Crow Flies table topper is home and ready for some turkey action!
Mr. Turkey seems a little bit alarmed. Lucky him, he's stuffed.
Here is a close up look at a corner of this quilt. You can see a bit of the fun I had quilting this one with a variety of motifs. The fabrics are so cute, too. Flowers, squirrels, pumpkins....oh yes!
This is an outdoor clothesline photo of As the Crow Flies. You can see a lot of the quilting in this pic, too. I will be using this quilt as part of my Thanksgiving table setting this year. Here in North Carolina it is sometimes warm enough to have an outdoor Thanksgiving, but it doesn't look like we are going to have that treat this year.
If you would like to sew your very own As the Crow Flies quilt, the pattern is in the November/December 2018 issue of Quilty magazine.