Sunday, 5 July 2020

#lindaslogcabin - a solo sewalong

Hello, hello. I decided to hit the overflowing scrap basket under my sewing table again and see what I actually had in there. As I sorted, I tossed up for ages about maybe making an all-one-designer quilt from my AMH strips & strings. Nah, been there, done that! 

Then I looked around at the mess surrounding me on the floor. Little scrappy strips of fabrics all tossed together, a real mix of designer, bark cloth, gingham, and a healthy dose of Denyse Schmidt fabrics, lots of cream based neutrals and muddy mediums. I loved the look, add in a few darker fabrics and it's a quilt just waiting to be made! 

And so off I went… making wonky, scrappy 11 1/2" log cabin blocks, with a palette very much inspired by Jolene from blueelephantstitches
I used my favourite shade of vintage blue/green for the center blocks. In a wildly scrappy quilt like this, it can be nice to have a little touch of continuity between the blocks.

Of course there are several layout opportunities, 
here's a few I faffed around with while I pondered my final decision. 

dark with light

light with dark


this way creates rows of mini mountains

fields & furrows

Love small patchwork piecing, the repetitive kind. 
Cut, stitch, press, trim … again and again.

and steadily sewing along, with four more today . . .

Aren't scraps amazing fun!
Thanks for stopping by, Linda


  1. I love making scrappy log cabins, they're so easy to make and they do use up fabric! Happy stitching!

  2. That does look like fun! I love all the different design choices you have with those log cabins!

  3. Fabulous -- SO scrappy and SO SO SO wonderful.

  4. If it ever cools off inside my house (it was 86F yesterday inside), I want to try some of these. Interesting using the turquoise for the centers.

  5. Oh, yeah! I like where this is going! What a wonderful mix of fabrics and that little touch of turquoise in each block is the perfect touch.

  6. There is something rather meditative about these types of blocks. As you say...cut, stitch, press, repeat. And the classic log cabin is such a versatile block to play with too!

  7. Nice use of your scraps Linda, and a super mix of fabrics.

  8. A real scrap quilt in progress. Have you finished clearing out your aunt's house now?

  9. Lovely log cabin blocks Linda, sewing scraps together is a lovely way to spend the day, I'm enjoying using up my scraps too.

  10. Log cabins are such fun to play with! It's going to be hard to decide how to set them because all your arrangements look beautiful!

  11. The blocks are stunning with all the different fabrics. Sometimes a random pile on the floor can throw up some great combinations!

  12. Log Cabins are the perfect way to use scraps and I especially like the random abandon of your strip widths. It's fun to play with the layouts, too. Have fun.


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