Saturday, June 17, 2017

Surprise Baby Quilt

DH forgot to tell me one of his co-workers was expecting... He forgot for about nine months. The surprise was on me when he mentioned the birth. Fortunately one last log cabin top remained.

It only took a couple of days to quilt and bind this charmer. The larger light areas occur because some of the log cabins are entirely light fabrics rather than half light/half dark.

Half-inch logs in lights and darks create this scrappy quilt
Log Cabin baby quilt

Given all the tiny pieces and the fact that baby quilts must be washed frequently, each log is secured by quilting. I alternated groups of straight line with wavy lines. {It's a multistitch zig zag choice on my machine.}

Quilting and binding on Log Cabin baby quilt
The green insert was needed to complete the back. It's bound, separately, with the same seahorse fabric as the back.

Quilt Details
Size: 44" x 44"
Design: Log Cabin variation
Batting: Mountain Mist Cream Rose 100% cotton
Thread: Guterman grey cotton
Quilting: Straight and zig-zag lines with walking foot

DH and I went to see Hamilton for our anniversary.

Orpheum Theater in San Francisco
Wonderful show with excellent cast. The stage was this single set throughout with the cast moving additional items in and out as needed. The curtains never rose or fell.

Hamilton stage set
Dinner included a view of the Bay Bridge as the sun set.

View of the Bay Bridge from Perry's
The next day we enjoyed fish tacos at the Woodhouse Fish Co.

Woodhouse Fish Co.

I loved our seat in the corner of this vintage cafe.

Charming decor in the Woodhouse Fish Co.

Enjoy the day,  Ann

29 comments:

  1. What a great gift--good idea to quilt down each piece!

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    1. Thanks, Karen. They sent me a photo of their darling baby on this quilt.

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  2. Beautiful log cabin--I like the wider neutral spaces in it...nice work hugs, Julierose

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    1. I am liking more light areas these days, too. It was a fun change to make all light log cabins.

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  3. How wonderful that you had a top all ready to go. And you can't go wrong with Log Cabin! Do you often quilt with Cream Rose. I used to use it for hand quilting, and just tried it for the first time with my machine. She wasn't fond of it--sounded like a hammer on nails the whole time. But I do love the weight and scrunchiness of the quilt. Beautiful pictures of your anniversary outing! Congrats!

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    1. When I started Mountain Mist was the only all cotton batt and the lightest weight. They don't make the original brand any more but I still
      Prefer this very lightweight batt. Not like I really need warmth here. The other batt I use is Hobbs 70/20. Mainly for t-short quilts. I haven't noticed a different sound.

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  4. The layout on this is so clever. What size are the blocks? I'm sure the lucky recipient will be thrilled!

    Happy anniversary! It sounds like you had a wonderful time. :D

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    1. 5.5" finished; 1/2" finished logs.
      They sent me a photo of their beautiful baby on the quilt. That was nice.
      We had a delightful anniversary. Thanks.

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  5. Gorgeous quilt. Thanks for the quilting idea you gave me with those straight lines and wavy lines.

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    1. I've seen those wavy lines on other quilts and was excited to work it out on my machine. A different look.

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  6. Men! The quilt is beautiful and will be much loved. Lucky you had it on hand! Happy belated anniversary. Glad you went out and had a fun time.

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    1. I've found having some quilts on hand is very useful. These small ones are great ways to use leftovers from larger quilts.
      It was a fun anniversary.

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  7. Love this little quilt. Too bad it's your last one. I guess this means you'll need to get to work on more. (Sorry about that bad news.) I love the light/dark and the setting is striking. It looks fantastic!

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    1. Well, I have those little coin medallion tops ready to quilt. Always good to have something on hand.

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  8. Thanks for a memory from the distant past. I went to the Orpheum once on a date in 1963. SF Has changed so much since then, but that has not. I have so many memories of 17 years living on the Peninsula.

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    1. Lucky you to have lived here in a quieter time. The Orpheum is beautiful inside.

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  9. a lovely quilt I struggle with log cabin. Sounds like a great time you had and congratulations to you both for your wedding anniversary

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    1. log Cabin can be pesky. I have to trim frequently to keep them from bowing out. Thanks for the wishes, Margaret.

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  10. what a special baby quilt... so much work in it! The special outing must have been so exciting. Loved seeing the pics and imagining myself going there!

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    1. It probably was a lot of work but since those blocks were a leader/ended project I never noticed how long it took.
      This was a special anniversary; we had a marvelous time. You have many more historic places where you live, I'm sure.

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  11. Wonderful baby quilt. The wider and narrower light strips add so much interest. It's great that you had it done!

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    1. I like the spacing variation those light blocks add, too. If I was really smart I'd have finished quilts waiting rather than just tops. Ha. Like that will happen.

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  12. Thanks for sharing the photos, happy anniversary.
    Nice baby quilt, lovely color.

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed them. We had a delightful trip.

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  13. So fun to go to that theatre: I got to see the Phantom of the Opera there quite a few years ago: stunning! Your log cabin quilt is quite amazing; so many small logs!!! I don't know if I could give such a time consuming quilt away!! :-) And where do you live, that you could make it to SF? I'm up in Healdsburg. Hugs, H

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  14. Beautiful quilt! I think that knowing one of those was in my future.... I might think about having a kid - ha ha!! It is truly gorgeous!

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  15. What a pretty quilt! It is good to have at least a couple of tops around for those emergency quilts! When I have no pressing projects I try to whip up baby quilts just so I have a just in case stash of finished quilts. That stash has come in handy more than one time.

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  16. Love your setting of the blocks Ann, quite, quite different!

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  17. A belated happy anniversary! Sounds like you had a great time. I too like the setting here - it may just be a way of dealing with the all-light blocks but it looks intentional and effective, so nice job!

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