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Friday?! Already?

Just as I caught myself thinking that December was moving along nice and slow.. here we are in the middle, and another TGIFF! party is upon us.  I finished the binding on this baby last night as I momentarily set aside a pile of grading to catch up on some netflix TV (re-watching season 2 of Glee, loving every minute!), and figured I might as well finish this one off and get it in the mail before Christmas.
I started this quilt sometime in the spring? summer?  as a simple piecing-- mindless sewing project to zip through the machine when I only had a short bit of time to sew.  The blocks grew, and grew.  It was fun to play with chunky scraps and I really let the size of the scrap determine the shape of the log cabin.. I didn't trim the logs down to any certain size before assembling the blocks. 

Actually, in the beginning I chain pieced a bunch of centers onto random sized strips and then cut them apart, pressing, trimming, and repeating for the next log.  I had no plan for the blocks and no idea how large I wanted to make them.  I though I'd just keep going til they looked big enough, then measure to find  the size most of them ended up being, and go from there.  In the end I trimmed them down to 11" square.  Some blocks have 3 rings of logs on all sides, some have only 2 rings on the white sides.  Whatever.  I was really not worried about anything with this quilt, and let it grow into its own.
I threw them up on the design wall last month and this layout just sort of happened.  No thought, just play.  I finished the last 6 blocks and pieced it right after Thanksgiving.  I was hoping to present it as a housewarming present when we travel to Chicago in January, but oops, I finished it early so it can be a Christmas present instead. 

I hope it keeps its new family warm..


  1. I love the log cabin! It is so fun!

  2. Lovely quilt. So nice and bright!

  3. Oh you can never go wrong with the log cabin pattern, a favorite of mine. Your's looks great.

  4. Really great! Love the grab and sew aspect of the blocks, works really well. Have a great time in Chicago! ox

  5. This is fantastic! I love everything about it, it just looks so organic and cheery! It's fun looking at all those scraps. I love the lack of worry, it has produced such a happy quilt :) Thank you for linking up to TGIFF!

  6. I love your approach to this, Jess. And the effect is fabulous! I have no doubt the recipients will LOVE it. Thanks for linking up to TGIFF!

  7. it's really really fun, Jessica! So bright and colorful and cheerful! It will make a great gift.

    thanks for linking up!

  8. I really like that quilt A LOT! What a lovely gift!

  9. Lovely colours and I love the wonkiness :)

  10. That's probably one of the more fun, sweet, log cabin quilts I've ever seen! Great work!

  11. Fantastic! Love a quilt that just sort of designs itself! lol Great job! :o)

  12. What a great project. I love the bright colors.

  13. What a lovely blog you have! I am now following you and can't wait to see future projects!

  14. Great quilt! Makes me want to go to the sewing machine right away! Congratulations!


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