Dust Off a Quilt Book Bloghop - Day 3 is my Day!

Welcome to Day 3 of the Dust off a Quilt Book Bloghop, I hope you're enjoying the finished pieces everyone has been sharing. I love the idea of getting inspiration from and using what we have. One blogger has a project from a book dated 1977! Now there's a book that has been well-loved :) although not quite as well loved as me :P

Sometimes I need some extra motivation to finish - or start - a project. It seems that I love to collect patterns, techniques and tutorials...but I don't really use them! I have bought many digital patterns and they just sit on my drive, and I have several boxes of quilt magazines that sit in the shed. Needless to say, I also have a smaller collection of quilt books on my shelf. I have culled this collection to be only unique techniques or specifically complicated designs that I just can't give up. When I saw the sign-up call for the Dust off a Quilt Book Bloghop, I quickly entered my information!

I have been editing my craft room the past 3 years or so. I don't keep full magazines anymore, just the most interesting patterns or articles in 1 binder. My book collection has been reduced from 2 full boxes to only about a dozen...which actually made the selection of what to make for the bloghop much more difficult!

You see, I only kept the most difficult and intricate patterns, the ones that are truly worthy of a quilter's bucketlist. My favourite Judy Martin Log cabin book, Dear Jane, three-dimensional quilting, Creating an Heirloom Quilt....oh, the beauty! Unfortunately all those projects are also months long! I signed up in late November, had a busy Christmas order season then took a few weeks away from the machine in January to reboot. That gave me about a month to find a pattern and complete a project - NO PRESSURE :D

My Log Jam quilt

For Christmas a few years ago, I asked for the book 75 Fun Fat-Quarter Quilts by 14 popular designers. I had been (and continue today) following the blogger team of Jo and Kelli Kramer and they have a pattern featured in the book. Their pattern uses the churn dash block, and I didn't want to deal with HSTs this month, but I did find a great quilt called "Log Jam" by Kate Carlson Colleran that I could make using a jelly roll and charm squares - less cutting means quicker to finish, right? Well the cutting was done easily in an afternoon along with the cutting for another quilt I will post about very soon!

block detail

This pattern was designed for fat quarters, but since everything was based on the 2.5" strip, I figured a jelly roll would do the trick. Not quite. I had to find some close enough fabric matches in my bin to get all the bars. And the collection I chose didn't have a lights vs darks or even small vs large print to divide my bars into. Hmmmm, the pattern relies on 2 colours with the small neutral squares doing an Irish chain kind of look. I decided to throw caution to the wind and just sew a scrappy, unplanned bunch of strips and see what happened!

Lovely view of the driveway and my newest quilt!

I have quite a collection of charm squares - I keep using them for those microwave bowl covers - so I figured I'd have lots of those in grey or blue to make the pieced diamonds at each intersecting block corner. Again, I failed to actually count what I had in the box so I had to pull fabric from yardage to build the right colours for the quilt. I varied from the pattern here as it called for 4.5" QST units but I wanted a fast and dirty solution, so just cut 5" charms in half as an HST and made a template to cut the corners off each block. Those offcut HSTs came in handy when I needed to lengthen the quilt, so I turned them into cute squares separated by white strips.

Using the offcuts to build a top and bottom border

By now, I'd used up a lot of the month and only had 3 days to finish the quilt! So I went with a free motion flowing loop of about 12 inches wide repeated across the quilt.

Flannel backing in a purpley pink invites snuggling

I've had this purpley pink flannel sheet on my shelf for several years, and I figured since I was dusting off an old book, I could also use up some old fabric! I like the snuggly feel of the flannel in comparison to the smooth almost cool feeling of the cotton top. I used a pink floral from Connecting Threads as the binding. I totally love that I had everything I needed to make this quilt on my shelves. It's very rewarding for me to be able to know I can have an idea and find what I need in my room to make it happen!

My version of Log Jam - a scrappy, happy quilt!

This quilt finishes as a twin and I will be setting it aside for my booth at the local Spring Farmer's Market. With such pretty pinks and blues, I think it will make some girly girl's room complete :)

Please visit the other bloggers on this week's bloghop! They've all done a great job so far creating new projects and putting a twist on old favourites :)

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