Day 53

Happy Hallowe’en! The rain broke long enough for kiddies to have fun outdoors.

No sewing today, just a squeezed-in 10 minutes of playing with the pictures of blocks. Kind of meh on the layout given in the pattern but I think I’ve found a winner! Will try it out with the actual blocks before committing. It would make the quilting easier too, so that’s a point (heck, a lot of points!) in favour of that one.

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Day 52

Ta – done! All sixteen blocks for my rainbow log cabin quilt are done. And don’t be disparaging….it may only be sixteen blocks but they’re BIG. Twenty four logs in each block take some time to sew.

I will try layouts tomorrow I hope. We’ll see what Mr. HWQ, the kids, and the Hallowe’en excitement have to say about that though.

Since the blocks are so big I don’t have enough space to try different layouts (I’m pretty sure which one I’m going to do but I want to have fun playing first). So I photographed all the blocks, and printed the pics in colour. Now I have a 4″ photo of each block to try layouts of. Much easier to fit on a table this way….

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A3, A4, B3, B4 blocks
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Day 51

So . much . sewing . today! My four year old has discovered playmobil and played quite happily for hours this morning. And if you’ve got little kids, you understand how golden this is. So I sewed. And sewed.

Got another five logs put on all the log cabin blocks, which means I’m really close! And the blocks are really big now, which is why it is taking a long time to sew each log. I’m in the 17-20″ size now. I would actually be done today except I had decided to make the blocks bigger. As written, the quilt would have been 74″ square which is a bit small I think. My size will finish at 86″ which works well for a queen.

Progress shots from this morning!

Mid morning today!
Mid morning today!
blocks a and b
Packing up for the day!
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Day 50

Sewing but not quilting today. Hallowe’en prep continues apace and I think we’re done. I rigged the shoulder harness for Swoops the owl to rest on Athena’s shoulder, sewed the buttons along the top of the chiton, and made wrist bracers. (Think superhero style wrist cuffs for those). I got some holographic shimmer stretchy fabric and they look super. Best part is a happy girl.

And perhaps tomorrow there will be a happy mama doing some quilting!

(I did also spend a wee bit of time making two blog posts for the Blogger’s Quilt Festival hosted by Amy’s Creative Side. I’m in the MODERN category and the ORIGINAL DESIGN category.)

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Blogger’s Quilt Festival – Original Design Category: Ugly Xmas Sweater Quilt

Welcome to my blog! It’s a new blog and a modest one at that, but you’ll find that I work hard to quilt every day. This is where I record progress, triumphs, and sometimes failures.

Right now I’m sharing a triumph in the blogger’s quilt festival – original design category.


This quilt makes me happy. So very happy. And it has a great story too, which always makes a quilt better I think. Every year in my city the Rotary Club hosts a massive community garage sale fundraiser. Three years ago I found two grocery/carrier bags full of fabric and quilt blocks. I asked the bored teenager “how much?”… Shrug…”2 dollars?” “YES PLEASE!” Inside were a few pieces of excellent fabric, some snail trail blocks done in polyester solids and calicos, and some of the ugliest Christmas fabric I had ever seen. And so the idea was hatched to make….an ugly Christmas sweater-style quilt.

Ugly Xmas front

I tried out Seminole Patchwork for some of the rows, fussy cutting, paper piecing, and more. I tried to include many elements of Fair Isle sweaters, ugly sweaters, and Christmas crafts (the snowflakes and the Swedish Hearts). Here are close-ups and commentary for some of my favourite bits.

Seriously, wtf were they thinking with these two fabrics? Nordic mittens, native drums, and elf ice skates? Who designed it and who approved it? NB: the quilting is bad on purpose. Background has snowflakes swirling in a beige vortex.


Two of my favourite fabrics: (L) brass instruments, saxophones (which are NOT a brass instrument), Celtic-y things, and holly. In gold. (R) Nativity scene fabric. The least said about that, the better.


Cute fabric, nice colours. But why would a string of holiday ornaments be dripping chocolate? WHY?


Can’t be Christmas without a little ho ho ho!


This fabric was awesome! It had these little heads inside a snowflake, floating on a blue background with white dots. Pictured are the snowman and cardinal. There was also a cross-eyed bear and a fawn. The star points and backgrounds fabrics are colours I thought were kind of yucky. And remember, bad quilting on purpose!


Something this ugly and distasteful needed an excellent backing to redeem it. So I went with the only choice, “Hurry Down the Chimney” fabric by Alexander Henry.

Ugly Xmas back

And this quilt took a third place (small quilt category) in my guild show earlier this year.

Christmas is coming and I get to use my quilt soon! Thanks for letting me share it with you.


Name: Ugly Xmas Sweater Quilt 
 Designed by me! Inspired by traditional Fair Isle sweaters, and the current pop culture trend of ugly Christmas sweaters.
Fabric:  Lots of ugly, vintage, and poorly designed christmas fabrics. Backing is the wonderful “Hurry Down the Chimney” fabric by Alexander Henry.
Dimensions: 40″ x 67″
Quilted:  FMQ in  30 wt Sulky variegated red/green/white thread.

I am linking up (for the first year ever!) with the fabulous and formidable Blogger’s Quilt Festival, hosted by Amy’s Creative Side.


Blogger’s Quilt Festival – Original Design Category: Ugly Xmas Sweater Quilt