Friday, July 1, 2016

4th At The Cabin Quilt

So excited to share this new finish that has been sitting in the "to be quilted" pile for almost a year. (wow, that is crazy long)   You might remember that I was so very fortunate to be asked to participate in a super fun 4th of July Log Cabin Swap last July along with several of my amazing friends from Moda.   And in August, we received all of our blocks back and I played with quite a few layouts, and eventually decided upon this one.   And then the quilt top sat, and sat, and sat.  Really, I can't believe it has been a year, I suppose time really does fly   . . . .but what better motivation to get it done that another 4th of July rolling around.  So, with 3 day's to spare . . . . here is 4th At The Cabin :)

 

I can not even begin to explain how excited I am to have this quilt for the 4th this year ;)   I just love that every time I look at it I think of all of the amazing ladies that had a hand in making the blocks.  Such a treasure!!!  


And, of course,  I love, love, love it's scrappy goodness!!!  This is totally making me want to just start sewing up all of my scrappy strings.   I just love how you can mesh together so many wonderful fabrics and have such an amazingly happy outcome ;)    And I made a scrappy red binding from all of the bits of leftover scraps from other bindings to keep the scrappy goodness going ;) 


And I am so wanting to make more log cabin blocks again now that I pulled this back out again ;)  They are just so fast and oh so much fun to make.  And they burn through a whole lot of scraps, double bonus!!!  I am thinking I need to make another one but in Christmas reds and greens.  So fun!!


And I am super excited about the quilting on this quilt because I totally tried something new.  I couldn't decide whether I wanted to quilt it in red or navy, and then I remembered Angela Walter's post here on how she used 2 threads at once and thought, why not!!!


And I absolutely loved it!!!!  I used 2 spools of So Fine Superior Threads in the top and an Omni thread in the bottom and I didn't have any problems at all with the tension.  And since it is for the 4th, I figured it very appropriate to quilt my little all over Firework design.   And I just love how the thread shows up Navy on the red fabrics and Red on the Navy fabrics.  So cool!!!


And when I took the quilt off, I got another super fun surprise.  The two threads added extra weight in the quilting that made the quilt feel super strong and super snuggly!!!!  It just feels like one of those quilts that I used to sit on for the 4th that my grandmother tied with all of its weighty goodness   It will be just perfect to snuggle up in while watching fireworks.


And that is 4th At The Cabin!!!!  I am so, so, so glad that it came out of the "to be quilted" pile and finally got finished. Totally one of those when you wonder why it took you son long to finish, but now it is done and I have a feeling it will be enjoyed each July for years to come!!!  A huge thank you to all of the wonderful friends at Moda who did this swap and helped make our new 4th At The Cabin quilt :)  


I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!!

Linking up this finish to Sarah's and Amanda's ;)
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23 comments:

  1. This is so much fun! The layout you chose is perfect and I love the idea of using two threads at once instead of using variegated thread.

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  2. You did such a beautiful job of this quilt - layout and quilting. Love it!!

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  3. Such a lovely quilt and lovely to read more about it. I hadn't heard that you can use two threads at once on a HQ - really like that idea and will store away to use in future!

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  4. Love it! I've been wanting a long arm forever and seeing yours make me want one even more!

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  5. Hi, Melissa: I have been looking for a pattern for a patriotic quilt to make for some friends. Yours seem so perfect! Where did you get your pattern? Is it the same one from Erica Jackman, another MODA designer? Or is there another Stacked Squares pattern? Thanks a lot!

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  6. Melissa, absolutely an astonishing Log Cabin!
    Love the idea of the quartered blocks and the layout you chose.
    Enjoyed going back to your post on this from last July.
    Indeed it would also be great in festive reds, greens, some gold for Christmas.

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  7. what a great looking quilt! And you had two threads going through the needle at one time? Or did I get that wrong? And the fireworks quilting is perfect for it! :-) Have a happy 4th! Hugs, H

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  8. yay for you - I LOVE these blocks and love how they turn out!!

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  9. Beautiful! I have never thought of using two threads at the same time while quilting!
    Sandy A

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  10. This is the prettiest happiest quilt ever.
    I adore it.

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  11. Very inspiring- certainly does make me want to pull out my scraps and sew too

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  12. Oh wow it's stunning! I love the layout you went with and the fireworks are the perfect quilting pattern. Such a clever idea to use the two threads as well, it's amazing how differently they show up!

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  13. what a great quit and so good that so many people have made the blocks it will look amazing too in Christmas colours

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  14. What a fun quilt, great finish!

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  15. WOW! That is gorgeous! May I ask what size your blocks are? Where there any "rules" in your block swap or just red, white blue? Thank you for any help.

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  16. WOW! That is gorgeous! May I ask what size your blocks are? Where there any "rules" in your block swap or just red, white blue? Thank you for any help.

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  18. WOW! That is gorgeous! May I ask what size your blocks are? Where there any "rules" in your block swap or just red, white blue? Thank you for any help.

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  19. I love your quilt! Makes me want to start one myself right now; but I can't as I have way too many works in progress already.

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  20. I love the layout you have chosen.

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Thank you so much for your sweet comments. I just love hearing from you!!
Have a Happy Quilting Day :)

Melissa