log cabin block swap

Friday, September 18, 2015

I have seen lots of quilty swaps on instagram over the last few months. If you've been hanging around for the past couple of months, you'll have seen posts each month about my #webeelate swap I'm in. I now see why there are so many... they're so much fun! And sort of like puppies and babies, you can never have too many (unless you're a Duggar or a puppy hoarder, then yes. yes you can have too many).

One that I got into is a Bonnie and Camille for moda log cabin swap. The rules were simple. Make a log cabin block using a charm square for the center and 2 1/2 inch strips for your final layer, and it has to measure 20 1/2 inches before cutting it into quarters. Keep 12 of the quarters and mail the rest, then 36 from other quilters will be mailed back mid-October. Simple enough!

Confession: of all the quilts, I had never had any desire to make a log cabin quilt. However, that's a traditional log cabin. These are scrappy, random, and beyond colorful. I love all of the b&c fabric lines, and a fun, mindless-sewing way to connect with other quilters (because log cabin blocks are literally mindless-sewing-simple)? Yes. Yes, yes, yes.

I had goals of finishing my August #webeelate blocks (a couple of days late) + the fireworks quilt top + the b&c log cabin blocks before the end of August. The #webeelate blocks needed to be out much sooner than that, but the fireworks had no deadline, and the log cabin blocks weren't needed until October 1st. My deadlines usually work in my favor, because I work well under a little pressure. This was unrealistic, though. My goal quickly changed to having the #webeelate blocks + log cabin blocks done and mailed by the end of the month. I ended up having the b&c log cabin blocks done over labor day weekend. Not too shabby!!

I absolutely love how it turned out. I am so excited to mail these 36 blocks off to California, and receive 36 out of 8,000 blocks from around the world that are a part of this swap in mid-October!

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