Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Something from Nothing

DONE!

I only meant to clear out a bunch of old strips - none of the strips seemed like they would "go" well together, but sometimes a person has to try new things.  The last logs were the darkest - good plan!  I WAS trying out the Creative Grids 6 inch Log Cabin Trim ruler, feeling positive and smug that it would add nothing to the process but,  uhhhh, I WAS PLEASANTLY SURPRISED with the accurate result!  The original casually-cut leftover strips were anywhere from 2 inches to "sorta" 1 1/4 inches. Narrow strips have a tendency to wobble and stretch during construction and pressing, and the ruler is designed to trim up the logs perfectly after each round.  Logs finish at 3/4 inch. 


The back - it is surprising how homely fabric cut into squares and set into some sort of pattern can make a pretty backing!  I've used this technique frequently, cutting the squares at various sizes, depending on the size of the quilt.  How far back does that red gingham go?

I found it helpful to draw the backing needed onto graph paper to help determine how many of each square was needed.  Save the extras for another quilt backing.

This will be a donation quilt - but I LOVE looking at it for now!

9 comments:

lalaluu said...

Thanks for letting us know how a tool worked for you. I'd love to read more about bloggers' experiences with different tools. Wow - that looks simple, but yes, a lot of work in planning on that back. Always lovely to use up the stash, no matter how old! Beautiful top. I love the setting you chose.

Janet O. said...

May be made from leftovers, but they made a striking quilt!
I have wondered if that ruler was very helpful. Thanks for the review.

Tanya said...

It is an absolutely gorgeous quilt!

Scrap and quilts said...

Congratulations on this wonderful finish. I love how the colourful little strips work together. Beautiful!! ;^)

jagarland said...

very nice quilt and great us of your scraps. Also, thanks for your review on the log cabin trim ruler. I'm always hesitant on buying a new ruler, they are expensive and sometimes turn out to be useless. I'm glad you liked it.

Gypsy Quilter said...

Truly gorgeous!

Vic in NH said...

A lovely creation and so much better when all from stash! Not sure but I missed what the overall dimensions are, medium small if 6" blocks, maybe?

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Elsie Montgomery said...

Your scrappy log cabins are the best!

Vicki W said...

Something special from nothing!