First Year Quilt: Part Two


The kit for this quilt has been moved from my old house to the new one and finally to my Little Cabin in the Woods. I first mentioned this project here. When I last shared my progress the pre-cut fabric strips had been starched, carefully pressed and trimmed to size.

IMG_5117IMG_5140_1Since that previous post I have been very busy assembling the quilt blocks. The pattern is a scrappy log cabin. All of the blocks have a red center. Twenty of the center squares measure 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″. The remaining sixteen squares have a center of 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″. The shop I purchased the quilt kit from was called Acorn Quilts. The author of the quilt included wool fabric to construct an acorn shaped applique for the center of each of the 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ squares. While I am sure the acorns were very meaningful to the pattern’s creator, given the name of her shop, I don’t share the same enthusiasm. I have elected not to include them on my quilt.

Also changed was the order in which the fabric strips were added to the centers. The instructions and the included photo told the quilter to add the dark fabrics on two of the log cabin sides and light fabrics on the remaining two.

IMG_8886The segregation of colors or shades creates an auxiliary pattern. While the original pattern or arrangement is what initially caught my eye I chose not to follow the directions. Instead I began each square by first surrounding them with one round of each of the required light strips, then dark strips. I repeated that rhythm one more time. The finished quilt top looks very different from the pattern but I am overjoyed with the outcome.

IMG_8733Recently I assembled the thirty-six blocks first into rows and then the rows into a quilt top. The quilt top currently measures 65 1/2″ x 65 1/2″. The top has been carefully pressed and added to my stack of quilts waiting to be finished.

The next step would be constructing the quilt’s backing fabric, but that’s being saved for another post.

Here’s a photo of the quilt top before sewing the rows together.

IMG_8741So what do you think so far?

 Cindy Anderson of In A Stitch Quilting

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