My sewing friend and I made this recently for Project Linus. I bought a layer cake and a charm pack from Connecting Threads (on sale!) and we did a simple snowball pattern. Except...we were a little lax on the corners and didn't trim them off, so they came out a little thick and therefore irregular. No problem – I suggested we call the quilt Sea Glass, after the little pieces of glass you find on the beach that are worn into irregular shapes. It's a design element, that's all.
This quilt could really use some quilting, like some waves through the blocks. I, unfortunately, am entirely too afraid to try free motion quilting, so there it is. I am contemplating putting abalone buttons on the corners, but embarrassingly enough, I can't find my bag of buttons at the moment. But anyway.
We use the self-binding method whereby the backing is bigger than the top, and then it's brought around to both border and bind the blanket with mitered corners. I like this, it gives the blanket a soft cozy edge. The only drawback is you really can't use batting, but since it's fleece on the back, it actually works out alright.
I made this quilt awhile back...and yeah, I posted it before, but it's good for another round, don't you think? From time to time, people get interested in this pattern on various forums, and mostly they think it looks incredibly hard. And yet...it's not!
The technical term for the block is Quarter Log Cabin, because you start in the bottom corner and build out. Then you sew them together into blocks of four. The only tricky part is hoping your seams are accurate and that the strips line up nicely, but what I learned from this is that you can't see any imperfections from a distance...
In an effort to encourage others to try this pattern, I've provided a graphic of the layout. It's a total of 36 blocks, six by six, put together into blocks of four and then assembled like a nine-patch block. Not hard at all. The only word of caution I would offer is to make sure the last log is quite different from the starting square. I had planned to end my blocks in red, but then that had a red log poking into a red square, and that did not look good, so I had to add the blackish border, making my blogs even bigger than anticipated, but it all worked out in the end.
Hope this helps people wanting to make this quilt – feel free to ask me any questions!
How did I come up with this name for my blog?
I will never be recruited into the Quilting Police – I am not a perfectionist when it comes to quilting. I prefer my quilts done (not that I don't have plenty that are only partly done and many many more in the dream stages). I also like to get a deal on fabric, and I like to use up my fabric efficiently. I created this blog to show the method of my madness...
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