Friday, September 7, 2012

Scrappy Barn Raising finished, hexies and bread!

Hey Everybody, I'm glad you're here!
Are you ready? Sitting down? Guess what? Tattatadaaaah :)  My log cabin quilt is FINISHED. Yes. :) The second finish this quarter so I'm happy I'll have something to post in the end of September at Rhonda's blog.  I  named it Scrappy Barn  Raising since that's the pattern the log cabin blocks form. And it is scrappy alright :)
I used the thickest batting I could find and I swear it weighs at least 10 pounds :) I've never made a quilt this heavy in my life. For the record, it's the largest quilts I made  to date. At times I had difficulties  moving  it under the machine, but I managed. If I wanted to put it on our queen size bed it could've been bigger. It measures about 70x90 inches. I did the binding by the machine because somehow I feel like machine sewn stuff lasts longer even though I love to do the hand sewing at the end. Which as a matter of fact I did. I usually leave the thread tails long when I do the quilting and tie the 2  threads  together on one side (mostly the top) then after binding I just  hide the threads between the layers by pulling the knots through.
I went on the JoAnn website  the other day and noticed that they sell batting by the  yard now. I decided to  get  wool batting next time just to try it. I'm not sure if I'll use a high loft batting again in a quilt this size. The sad thing is with all the quilting it's not even that puffy. Pfff :)
I took it outside this morning to snap some photos before washing it. My 6'4" Fiance had to stand on a small ladder to  hold it up so the bottom doesn't sweep the ground.
Following are the pictures, enjoy!

The scrappy binding:

Scrappy binding rolled up

The front:
Scrappy log cabin quilt

 The back:

 Close-up of the back quilting:

Close-up of the border quilting:

My helper who made sure that I took some breaks:

I made another Craftsy BOM letter block for another friend's baby:
Letter N made with hexagons

Finally I baked some bread using the recipe from Robin's Quick French Bread recipe. She directs to proof the dough for 15 minutes, but I found that the bread comes out too dense. I proofed it for 30 minutes (in the microwave as She advises), then kneaded it and proofed it for 30 minutes more. It came out perfectly. I divided the dough and instead of baking 2 loaves of bread I made some rolls of the second half.

This is it for tonight, I'll be linking up with Sew and tell FridayCan I get a WHOOP WHOOP?Show off FridayTGIFFHandmade parade @There and BackFabric Tuesday @Quilt Story

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check back to see my after-the-wash pictures! :)

'Til we blog again! :)


  1. And what a finish it is! Wow,I love your quilt,as well as the binding :) Glad to see that your helper was doing a good job ;) Enjoy your weekend.

  2. The quilt is wonderful and what a great back. Bread looks yummy!

  3. Very very cute log cabin quilt, I've yet to make one, but some day I will! They are just so cute! :)

  4. What a beautiful quilt you made and I like both sides, the front as well as the back. I also love the hexagon letter block! Such a great idea. And your bread looks delicious.

  5. Beautiful quilt and your quilting work is amazing! Love what you've done with the backing too.

  6. OH Kati, that log cabin quilt is fabulous! You did a really nice job on the quilting, too. Maybe it will puff up a little after washing ;) I almost always buy my batting by the yard at JoAnn's - I stock up when it is on sale or use the coupons. If I can save on batting, more money for fabric, right?!)

  7. Wow, a gorgeous log cabin quilt AND homemade bread?! Show-off! ;-) Just kidding. I'm visiting from Amy Lou Who's Sew and Tell and I LOVE your quilt. I love the way you nailed the value contrast, and I love how you combined a traditional pattern for the quilt top with a very contemporary-looking pieced backing, using the same or similar patterns. I just completed a drunkard's path quilt this week, almost exactly the same size as yours, also heavily quilted, so I can appreciate exactly how much hard work and wrangling you went through to complete this gorgeous project.

    As for the batting, Wendy Sheppard of Ivory Springs swears by Hobbs Tuscany Wool batting. She says it quilts like butter and it's light enough that it's not so difficult to maneuver on a domestic sewing machine, but that it puffs up nicely in between densely quilted areas almost like trapunto. You might want to give it a try next time if you're itching to quilt with wool.

  8. I love scrappy log cabin quilts. I adore the binding and that back!! I have to say your bread looks amazing!!!

  9. I love your quilt, especially the quilting on the border. Seeing your bread reminded me that my husband hasn't made any bread for a while (he's the breadmaker in our house), he say's he'll make some tomorrow.

  10. That is an impressive quilt! I love the scrappy-ness and your quilting. Just gorgeous!

  11. Oh wow, what a lot of work that is! And it looks so great. :) Thanks for linking up with TGIFF.

  12. Your quilt looks great! I love scrappy quilts. I made some sour dough french bread last week too!

  13. Love this quilt! I love the scrappy back so much! I'm planning on making a scrappy binding for one of my quilts. Wonderful work!

  14. Your log cabin quilt is gorgeous!

  15. Wow your quilt is gorgeous. I love scrappy! The back is fun also.

  16. Great finish! Don't you feel like yelling "tada!" ? It looks gorgeous! I love to piece the backs of my quilts, too.

  17. That is a gorgeous quilt and that scrappy binding is so pretty!


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