It’s been a while since I’ve completed a rescue quilt, but today I have a fairly small Log Cabin quilt that I just completed last week. Not the most precious I’ve done, but I loved the bold, contrasting design and colors.
Let’s dig in!
The Rescue Quilt series is about finishing up quilt tops that were never completed.
The goal is to honor the quilt maker who made the quilt top by completing their project, to not waste good craftsmanship (usually done by hand), to ogle long ago yummy fabrics, and to breathe in a little old inspiration and make it new again.
Want to get started on finishing your own Rescue quilts? Here are a few articles to get you started:
- How to clean them
- how to find them
- Why you should label your quilt.
- Also, check out this pinterest board of “Inspiring Vintage Quilts” and be sure to follow me there!
About the Quilt
I found this rescue Log Cabin quilt on Ebay, like I do most of the time and I didn’t pay much for it. It was smaller and caught my eye and I thought it would be a quick finish for me. Sometimes it’s nice just to get one this size and price to practice my free motion.
I really quilted it to death, took my time, tried to cover every quarter inch of it with stitches. It’s a Log Cabin design with all the blocks made exactly the same in differing navy blues on one side and peaches on the other. The fabrics felt a bit on the cheaper end, not so silky as they are now, but with a bit of coarseness.
I’d guess that it was made in the 80’s, but it’s a guess. The fabrics reminded me of my grandmother’s and I knew that’s when most of her’s were purchased.
The blues are less bright than they are in my pictures. They are much more navy.
About Log Cabin Quilts
Just in case you don’t know, a Log Cabin design is one of the most recognizable in the quilt world. It’s considered very traditional and became wide spread here in the US in the 1860s. There’s many different versions of the design, but it’s made by sewing rectangles on alternating sides of a center square. The center square can sometimes symbolize the home hearth or a guiding light. The quilt design has been said to symbolize the pioneer spirit.
I like how the quilter made the blocks all similar. And it has a scrappy look to the quilt, but it’s not really scrappy. The same 8-10 fabrics are used in the whole quilt. The peaches vary much more than the blues do and I really like the effect.
What I’ve done
Because of the quality of the fabrics, I worried that it could one day go thread-bare which was my thinking when I spent so much time on the quilting. I’ve made it super strong, and quilted it with swirls and elongated curls. I machine bound the quilt too, using the ditch method.
Scrappy Low Volume Backgrounds
- Lots of options available
- For backgrounds and for blocks
- Get a guide here
Pattern – Log Cabin
Size – 60×60″
Blocks – 36 blocks, 10″ finished
Top Fabrics – Rescue quilt
Backing Fabrics – Blooms in Gray
Binding – Pure Solid in Peach Sherbet
Thread – Microquilter in cream for quilting
Status – This quilt is for sale here.
This quilt has me wanting to make a log cabin quilt of my own. I was asked to add a few submissions of quilt designs to one of the parenting company of several quilt magazines. They ask every few months and sometimes I’ll respond with a design, but they’ve never chosen to accept them. Ha! But I like that they ask, because they always have a topic that they want to cover and I’ll go to the computer and design up a quilt on that topic. Well, one time the topic was log cabins and I designed this quilt that I’m antsy to give a go. It was not accepted. Finishing this rescue has me wanting to dig up that design go for it. Maybe I’ll be showing it to you next year sometime.