Wednesday, June 27, 2012

a little fling

At the very last minute I brought along some of my smallest scraps last weekend.  Sunday Morning Quilts had inspired me to create miniature log cabins with only one round and lots of contrast between the center piece and that round.  I figured a baby boy quilt was in the works, so I pulled all shades of blue, green, yellow and orange, with a sprinkle of red.  And, before I got tired of making them, I had a grid of 16 blocks!

by me

What a fun way to use little scenic scraps, like the Meet the Gang folks, Laurie Wisbrun's trucks and the like.  I even let the Good Folks scraps play.  It was all about using them up!

all from scrap!

Today I made a few more, having decided on finishing at 25 blocks.  This bit of batting thrown over a curtain rod is standing in as my temporary design wall. Works!

temporary design wall

Just after dinner I added Kona Spice, which is a rusty orange color that's a good bit less saturated than the log cabin blocks themselves.  I wanted an offset layout, but with only a yard available, this is as good as it gets.   Right now it's 33" x 43".  I'm just thinking to make a crib quilt so this is physically big enough, but I'm not sure if it's visually right.  Do you think I should add a border?  Maybe a solid or near solid to enlarge the quilt and enforce the offset placement?  Or, does it look right already?

a little fling... does it need more?

One thing's for sure, I love that Spice with these fabrics.  It's bold, but rich.  Reminds me of an old, rusty tractor.  I see it in a baby room with natural wood tones and perhaps some weathered furniture?

  a little fling

Blocks finish at 4" square.  Start your squares at 2" or so for the same kind of proportions I have here.  And, be sure to choose fabrics that really contrast to the center!

4" finished scrappy log cabins

Now, seriously, do you think it's done?  And then I get to imagine how to quilt all that negative space...

59 comments:

  1. I like it. I was initially thinking I would add a small royal/navy blue border but I'm not completely sure... maybe just a thicker binding of a contrasting color?

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  2. I love it - but I keep getting the feeling there needs to be one errant log cabin block floating around somewhere - maybe in an additional border?

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    1. That's a cool idea! I don't know if I"ll make it happen here, but clever for sure.

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    2. I had the same thought as Anya. A very cool scrappy binding would also be a great way to finish it off.

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  3. I really like it the way it is. I thought about a white border for a second, but scratched that. Maybe it would look better with a color besides white, but I think there's too much going on with the scrappy blocks to really settle on one particular color for a border, which is why I thought white. But I really think a white border would take away from it. I think it's pretty sweet as is :)

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  4. I agree with Kim - I think it's done, but that you should have something contrasting around the edge.

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  5. Just A W E S O M E! I'm amazed at how all those graphic fabrics seem to meld together with that spicy background. When I saw the blocks--huh? But alltogether? Just Awesome...

    Sure had me wanting to run over to my fabric stash and dig them out and just sew them together even if they're eyesore together but knowing they'd look good in the end with that spicy spice fabric. I just honestly don't if I'm brave enough though.

    Yours are simply AWESOME!

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  6. It looks awesome! I like it as is, but if you were to add a border I agree with Kim for a navy border. I think it would really frame it.

    Such a fun quilt!

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  7. It looks really great, I would like to see a border around the blocks to offset it on the rust. Maybe in a yellow? It would give the illusion of the "blocks" looking like a giant log cabin sitting on the rust background. Does that make sense?

    dxx

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  8. I love it just as it is with a really contrasting binding. Maybe a thicker binding so that contrast stands out.
    Such an amazing idea. I want to not have so many other projects right now so I can make something fun like this!

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  9. I really like it how it is! In fact I let out a big wow when I scrolled to the pic with the Kona Spice. You could maybe try a slightly wider binding to frame everything?

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  10. I love it as it is. And I agree with everyone on the binding, yellow perhaps?

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  11. I love it so far! I would maybe add one or two blocks to the top left hand corner if you feel it needs some balance. But I guess it depends on what you're going to do with the quilting.

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  12. It would be nice to applique something in all that space...and a black and white border.

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  13. what a fun little quilt! wonderful idea, Rachel!

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  14. i think it is perfect! i do love the solid you chose and i think a scrappy binding would tie it all together.

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    1. Oh, a scrappy binding would be perfect. Great idea!

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  15. Love the simplicity! Maybe a little something on the quilt back would add some baby boy playfulness.

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  16. Looks perfect. I just read Angela Walter's new book called "Free-Motion Quilting". There are a lot of awesome ideas for quilting negative space.

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    1. agreed. I was thinking i should try something free motion.

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  17. I think it's great how it is, i wouldn't add anything else other than quilting and binding

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  18. Love that spice surround- and offset too. So cool- oh, I mean warm.

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  19. I like it the way it is. I agree with the other comments About adding a contrasting binding - or a scrappy one!

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  20. I say a rust binding and you're done. Then the focus is on the great blocks!

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  21. I love this!! I just finished reading Sunday Morning Quilts myself, and loved the same ideas you're using here. Can't wait to see how you finish this one!

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  22. It's beautiful and I would finish it as it is. I also love the offset blocks. As for the quilting, I did concentric 1/4 circles on something similar in may (http://www.anniemacoriginal.com/2012/05/purple-postage-stamp-baby-quilt.html). If you are comfortable with circles I think that'd be awesome!

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  23. I really like these blocks! I think a scrappy border or binding would set it off perfectly! I also like the idea of a stray block or 2 in the solid. Great idea, I love how it looks.

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  24. I think it looks fantastic!

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  25. I am with the skinny border frame camp. Don't you just love "Sunday Morning Quilts." Awesome book.

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  26. I think a (mainly) white binding would finish this off nicely, but I'm the last person who should offer suggestions!

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  27. I do think it is done. I would bind it with more scraps. Thanks for the inspiration! I love Log Cabins... of any size!!

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  28. I agree with some of your other commenters that a contrasting binding would give it the finish you're looking for.

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  29. I think a scrappy binding is the way to go and will finish it off perfectly - once all that space is quilted it will tie together perfectly!

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  30. Think of all the pretty quilting you can put in that negative space! This quilt is great!

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  31. Fabulous! Yes, I think it's done. You could add a scrappy binding to give it a nice frame, but I think that's all that's needed. Awesome!

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  32. You could add a high-contrast applique to the big blank area for balance, maybe echo one of the pictures in the center blocks.

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  33. Ooh, you're right! Spice is awesome with these blocks! I think with some fun quilting and Nicke's suggested scrappy border, it will be lovely! If you are looking to add something, maybe a thin line to the left inserted? Either way, I love how it's turning out! I'm glad you kept going with the squares!

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    1. That's an interesting idea - to insert a line. Hm...

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  34. oh! i'm loving this. a lot. :)

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  35. Yep, it's done. Add a scrappy binding in the same fabrics and it'll look amazing

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  36. This is definitely fun and so inspiring! Love how it is offset and the color you chose to be so distinctly solid. Looking forward to seeing how you choose to finish...

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  37. It needs some color movement either as a scrappy border or a scrappy binding. I love your blocks having variations on the same color...so pretty!

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  38. So much fun with the contrast in the blocks. I like it as it is without a border, but just some funky quilting to complete it :o)

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  39. So cute! I think that it would be done, but maybe with a scrappy or multi-colored binding? What about using quilting "blocks" to mimic the center blocks in the the negative space?

    You're getting me motivated to go and tackle my scraps, too!

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    1. Mm... interesting idea. Wish I could try them all without having to unpick!

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  40. That looks great! What an awesome way to use up scraps. I thought the blocks were larger than just 4" when I first saw them =D

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  41. I agree with Jacey on the solid line to the left of the blocks, just to add some extra "spark" to the design as a whole. And of course, a scrappy binding or one to match the strip you might use within the quilt itself. Just an idea! Beautiful little blocks, wonderful idea to use up the scraps on hand - I have sooooo many, I could do this too.

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  42. Everyone had such great comments! I like it the way it is and would suggest a mostly solid binding with an insert of printed fabric to guide your eye. For the quilting, I love the idea of a plaid design for a boy. I'm not sure I can write what I mean, but you would quilt straight lines in a pattern of different widths which you repeat the pattern every 6 inches (or whatever) both the length and width of quilt. I guess pretend as if you were quilting in the ditch on plaid fabric???

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    1. Ooh, that plaid suggestion is really cool! Thanks for that.

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  43. I love it the way it is! Beautiful quilt and a great way to use some scraps!

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  44. Yes! The Kona spice is perfect for these blocks. It's amazing how color can shift and take on new qualities when paired with other hues and values. I also love how scrappy these started out.

    P.S. I might add a border for the very reasons you stated. It would be nice to use a slightly darker color around the same hue as the spice to create depth.

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  45. I can totally see some random 'handstitching' in the solid. Very cute quilt it will be.

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  46. I like it as it is! It looks good!! As for the negative space, I think maybe some hand stitching in contrasting colors,

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  47. IMHO, it is finished, i would use the beautiful kona spice fabric as the binding also. anything else, would pull your eye away from the "off center blocks" .. Quilting is all the negative space needs. Job Well Done My Friend! Always inspiring here!

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  48. I just finished a baby quilt much like this one (one off set large scrappy log cabin surrounded by creamy yellow)
    I thought about a border at first but instead used a binding made of scraps and it looks just right! good luck!

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  49. Ack, I super super love this! I love the way you positioned the smaller blocks in the quilt top, and the colors are great! I've had my eye on some of the quilts in that book, too-- I think sewing with scraps is my favorite thing to do :) Can't wait to see how you finish it!

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  50. Oh yummy spice. What a wonderful combination of colors you have there, Rachel! As soon as I saw your layout this FMQ came to mind: http://www.ohfransson.com/.a/6a00e54ed037198833015391cda747970b-pi , but in a larger version. Can't wait to see what you do, you're choices are always great!

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