Thursday, November 5, 2015

Quarter Log Cabin Quilt


As I completed the last stitch and clipped the threads on this quilt last night, I was reminded of why I love quilting like I do. This project allowed me to pull all the red, white and blue fabric that I wanted without concern that they would clash. I cut strips (and strips and strips) willy, nilly. I didn't have to press or use a ruler for that step. I sewed these without design plan or deep concentration -- I call that mindless sewing and it is the best kind when sewing while doing something else at the same time. Like talking with friends. Or when I just have a few minutes to sit down at a sewing machine. A mindless sewing project means that I, in fact, get to sew and don't have to focus on complicated construction techniques. I made these blocks over the course of several weeks. I basted it and quilted simple straight lines on Tuesday and finished hand stitching the binding, as I said, last night. Even though I've made many, many quilts, I still love the satisfaction I get from creating something beautiful and useful. I laid this one out on the living room floor and admired it. I admired it until I scooped it up, grabbed my camera and dashed outside in between rain showers. As I type I can hear the swish, swish, swish of the washing machine as it does it's magic on this brand new quilt so that I can snuggle under it later today. 

I heart making quilts.

-dana

13 comments:

Jenny said...

bravo Dana!

Jacque. said...

It is beautiful, Dana! Great job...and ya gotta love mindless sewing!

KaHolly said...

It's just lovely!

Deb said...

This is exactly the kind of sewing I love. This one is perfect.

dolores said...

You are sooooo right....sometimes its just the satisfaction of pulling fabric through the machine. Someone once asked me why I sew with charm squares....isn't that boring and uncreative? No....sometimes it's just about the act of sewing and putting a light and a dark square together and that's all you have to think about and you can just enjoy the process...the patterns...the color...the light....the sounds....the creation!:)

Kar said...

Holy Moly!!! I think this is the cream of the crop of all the quilts I have seen you make. And you know (or should by now) that scrappy makes me happy! Just dang awesome!!!

Sharon T said...

Your beautiful words touched a nerve and brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for voicing what I feel in my heart. Love your quilt!

diane said...

Another beautiful finish.

Wanda H said...

This is gorgeous!! Did you use a base fabric for stability? To allow you to use random strips? I love this and I am trying to get my head around it!! Such a beautiful scrappy quilt!

Laney said...

Love this quilt Dana! And love your description of the happy process too!

the girlfriend gap said...

I love this. When it stops raining can you show us a picture of the whole quilt? Are your strips all cut the same width? Thank you. : ) Janita

Jackie said...

Awesome! I am going to quilt, one day. I will.

QuiltNut Creations said...

mindless sewing is the best. beautiful quilt Dana