April 21, 2017

Block Recycle Challenge

I recently finished a quilt using this orphan quilt block as a starting point.  In this tutorial for Improv Pineapple Blocks, its called a half log cabin block, but seems more like a quarter pineapple block to me.

The Greenville MQG issued a recycle block challenge to make something quilted using an orphan block donated through our block of the month program.


Half Log Cabin or Quarter Pineapple quilt block

It was more difficult finding blues and greens that coordinated than I thought it would be.  The blues had a denim or chambry look to them.  I collected some possibilities.



The green was fairly bright and I really had to search for some almost kelly greens to coordinate.  That yellow on the right didn't make the cut.



Now, what was I going to do with this block?  I decided to carry out the 'pineapple' theme and just keep adding logs and triangles until I had a large enough top for a comfort quilt to use in our charity project.

I forgot to measure the size of the original block, but it was around 11" or 12" square.  Wonky logs would have been more modern, but I was limited on time and fabric and just kept the logs fairly straight.  Here's the top after a few rounds.


And after a couple more logs...


And, here's the completed top...



I spray basted it late one night out on the porch, brought it in and hoped a quilting design would come to me overnight.



This print by Studio E was perfect for the backing.  The fabric even says, 'Reuse, Reduce and Recycle' which I found at a yard sale for I think a $1.  It really looks better than it photographed.



I decided to just quilt in the ditch around each log and quilt diagonally across each log, all done with the walking foot.  For the bigger logs, you can't see it here, but I did add a couple more lines in between but didn't cross over the triangles.



Here's the finished quilt after it's been bound and washed.  I added the binding by machine, the same way as I explained in this post.

I quickly took the photo before I headed to the meeting so it's not the straightest.

Recycle Block Challenge Quilt
I mentioned this was a challenge and an outside judge, Melinda Hoffman, who is an artist friend of Faye Jones, the challenge coordinator. was invited to pick the winners.

Just look at the tote bag I received.  Faye, a talented artist herself, painted this and somehow made decals to apply to purchased totes.  And you notice in the upper right hand corner...first place. :)  I will put this tote bag to good use in Paducah next week.

You can see all the challenge entries here along with the other fabulous prizes and winners.

Decal made from original artwork by Faye Jones

Quilt Stats:
  • Finished size: 38" x 38" 
  • Pattern: Half log cabin tutorial by MQG
  • Fabrics: Various including Cotton & Steel, Carolyn Friedlander, Anna Maria Horner, Kona solids, Kaffe Fassett and more
  • Thread: Aurifil 50 wt., 2725 light wedgewood
  • Quilting design: In the ditch and straight line quiting with walking foot
  • Batting: 100% Cotton Warm & White by the Warm Company
  • Completed: April 2017

Linking to Finish It Up Friday, Finished or Not Friday, Whoop Whoop Friday, and Show Off Saturday





April 17, 2017

2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop - Week Two

It's the 2nd week of the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop.  Time to meet new bloggers from all three hives.  And, be sure to stop by our hive leaders who have guided us new or fairly new bloggers where you can enter the rafflecopter giveaway for some great prizes from some awesome sponsors.

Beth at Cooking up Quilts is introducing my fellow bee mates from the Better Bloggers Hive:



Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl is introducing the following new quilt bloggers from the Blooming Quilters Hive:




Leanne at She Can Quilt is introducing the following new quilt bloggers from the Let's Bee Quilt'n Hive:


It's always fun to meet new quilt bloggers and others will be introduced over the new few weeks so be sure it visit everyone!
  • Blog Hop Week 1 – April 10th 
  • Blog Hop Week 2 – April 17th 
  • Blog Hop Week 3 – May 1st 
  • Blog Hop Week 4 – May 8th

April 10, 2017

2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop - Week One

It's finally time for the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop to get started.  I'm excited to be participating again this year and am part of the Better Bloggers Hive hosted by Beth at Cooking up Quilts.

Over the next few weeks you can meet new quilt bloggers and some awesome prizes are up for grabs thanks to the many sponsors.

Week 1 of the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop starts today and below are the Queen Bees and links to the introductory posts for each new blogger.

Beth at Cooking up Quilts is introducing my fellow bee mates from the Better Bloggers Hive:


Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl is introducing the following new quilt bloggers from the Blooming Quilters Hive:



Leanne at She Can Quilt is introducing the following new quilt bloggers from the Let's Bee Quilt'n Hive:


It's always fun to meet new quilt bloggers and others will be introduced over the new few weeks so be sure it visit everyone!
  • Blog Hop Week 1 – April 10th
  • Blog Hop Week 2 – April 17th
  • Blog Hop Week 3 – May 1st
  • Blog Hop Week 4 – May 8th