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I finished the Log Cabin Quilt --one of the "Found Vintage Quilts" I purchased last summer at a local church rummage sale.  

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Problems to Work Out:

Wonky Blocks:
This Vintage Log Cabin quilt had wonky blocks, a lot of bubbling extra fabric.  I worked with the blocks as they were--by applying spray starch and iron heat/steam, to make the fabric contract a bit, to make them behave better.   Check out Kelly Kline's how to video



Batting:
I like Hobbs 80/20 batting in a roll 96" wide by 30 yards.  My long arm machine and frame like it because the loft is just right, makes a good looking quilt, and it is  stable and washes very well.  


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The original quilt top was constructed more than 20" longer than the width.  I removed one row to improve the ratio.  Added some borders to finish around 92 x 104 queen size.

3 log cabin electric.jpg  Adding borders to increase size--to make a Queen Size quilt.

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I drive the long arm machine with my dominate right hand, and use my left hand with fingers spread wide to push the quilt fabrics slightly downward.  It compresses and smooths the bubbled areas.  The hand compression technique has the same effect that "Spanx" under garments provide.   Ha. Ha.

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Adding wild borders, adding a weird striped binding.  

Finishing: turning the binding and hand stitching.  I've got the quilt across my lap and legs, supported by a hassack, in the living room listening to TV.

18 log cabin electric.jpg  23 log cabin electric.jpg  It's done.  I put it on the dining room table to photograph it.  

Getting it Right:
I put a dark navy border on the quilt to begin with.  Jon said he didn't like the dark blue.  So I took it off. 

I installed a black and white border--similar to other fabrics found in the log cabin blocks.  Then I didn't like it. 

Finally, I went for the bright colors.  More electric.  Hence, its name Electric Log Cabin.

Seems like weird quilts sells fast.  I'll let you know how this one goes at the first show Memorial Weekend. 

3 quilts done this winter.  7 more to go.  Then I'll start building purses, and cell phone carriers.  I love to sew.  I'm so addicted.  Thank you for looking at my work.  


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That quilt turned out really well. You did wonders with it.[smile]

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Quilting is addicting.  Thank you for sharing your work!  You are so inspiring.  I am now "retied" (almost).  Don't need to go in 5 days a week anymore.  Hubby sold our business and has gone to work as an employe for the new owner.  I have retired but still help with wrapping up of the old business.  Have a big stack of inventory sheets to price and add up on my sewing table right now.  Main focus for this month is also decluttering of the basement, which is a chore I put off for many years as we buried out heads in the sand until last summer when we dealt with our wet basement issues.  Had a backhoe man come in and dig around the foundation, installed new tiling around the foundation and backfilled with peacock.  Now that my back has healed, I'll be better help in the spring for dealing with cleaning up broken old tile pieces which mixed with the left over dirt that was spread over our lawn.  Then e can reseed and think about landscaping (something low maintenance, no more hedge trimming chores).  Hoping to get back to quilting projects as a part of my regular routine within the next week or so.
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Quilting is addicting.  Thank you for sharing your work!  You are so inspiring.  I am now "retied" (almost).  Don't need to go in 5 days a week anymore.  Hubby sold our business and has gone to work as an employe for the new owner.  I have retired but still help with wrapping up of the old business.  Have a big stack of inventory sheets to price and add up on my sewing table right now.  Main focus for this month is also decluttering of the basement, which is a chore I put off for many years as we buried out heads in the sand until last summer when we dealt with our wet basement issues.  Had a backhoe man come in and dig around the foundation, installed new tiling around the foundation and backfilled with peacock.  Now that my back has healed, I'll be better help in the spring for dealing with cleaning up broken old tile pieces which mixed with the left over dirt that was spread over our lawn.  Then e can reseed and think about landscaping (something low maintenance, no more hedge trimming chores).  Hoping to get back to quilting projects as a part of my regular routine within the next week or so.


Glad to hear you are mending well.  Retirement is great, right?  Enjoy yourself.

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I am into the 1930’s style and fabric quilts but I really really like this quilt.
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Cool-giving these old quilt tops new life and a modern attitude!
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It came out very nice!  I think the wild border fabrics were a perfect choice!
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