Improvised modern half Log Cabin blocks are finished

Last July I had a once in a lifetime trip to the outdoor Quilt Show in Sisters, Oregon. While I was there I attended a super class with Heather Jones where I made three blocks for a quilt. Here it is, December, and I am so pleased that the improvised modern half Log Cabin blocks are finished. Let's see how and why it took so long, shall we?


When I first got home, I slapped the 3 blocks I had created in class up on my design wall. I thought, I can whip this up fast enough, one more block.

If you look at the original post, you can see that the quilt we were making was 4 giant blocks. It appealed to me for a variety of reasons on of which were the big blocks. henry-quilt-re-2

Once I got the 4th block done, I had a brainstorm. I could expand this and make a new quilt for Henry. Brilliant but there were a few other things I had to finish first.

I finished our King sized quilt plus new pillows. Then I some table runners for book clubs and holidays. Speaking of holidays there were Halloween costumes which involved lessons and sergers.


It didn't seem fair to finish Henry's quilt before Zara's as she had been waiting for a long time. I also had some guild challenges and Kleenex covers to make. I think you are getting the picture of why I am just getting the blocks done in December.henry-quilt-re-4

Before I made more blocks I did some measuring, odd for me I realize. A twin is about 72" by 90" as are the twin bats I have. This meant creating some different sized blocks.

I was pretty glad that this was a super modern quilt with so much improvisation going on. If you remember, I am not even using a rotary cutter, all of these strips are cut with scissors.

henry-quilt-re-10I made one smaller block and it met my needs so I made another. Now the quilt blocks will be wide enough. However, obviously not long enough.

This weekend I made a pretty big push and finished 3 more huge funky blocks. I am happy and thinking this might be finished in 2017. I just have to even them all up, make the top, make a back, quilt and bind it.

You know, 2018 would be a good year for a finish also!

Sew happy!

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