When I finished my first quilt, I fell in love with quilting. I excitedly told my mom that I wanted to make another one. She took me the next day to buy fabric for my second quilt. We selected another quilt from this book.
Because I had loved my original log cabin block, I decided to make a log cabin quilt.
I finished piecing this quilt in 1994, and decided to hand quilt it because I didn't want to tie it. (Machine quilting wasn't as common back then.) But before I did quilting on a real quilt I practiced on this baby panel.
Once I felt comfortable with hand quilting, I began the long process of hand quilting my Log Cabin.
I used two different colors of thread. Pink for the centers and lights and turquoise for the darks. I just quilted it in the ditch around the "logs." It took me six years to finish the hand quilting. I finally finished it in 2000, the summer after I got married.
Here is the back of the quilt. The way the light shines through the quilt is pretty awesome.
I love this quilt, but if I ever make another one it will be machine quilted! Because of the hand quilting, it feels more like an heirloom quilt.
Quilt Stats #6
Name: Barn Raising Log Cabin (very original)
Pattern: Log Cabin from Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!!
Size: about 84 by 84 inches
Batting: low loft 100% polyester batting
Date finished: 2002
What I learned:
- I will only hand quilt something if it will really show. Why put that much work into something that isn't seen?
- I really don't like the polyester batting. It beards and the fibers work up through the quilt.
- Hand quilting a bed quilt takes a LONG time!
- A Log Cabin is a very good beginner quilt and there are so many things you can do with them.
Do you have a harder time using the quilts that are hand quilted?