Thursday, August 19, 2010

Getting Ready

I'm getting ready to go on my first retreat!! I'm really excited. I'm going with my friend Kim, who is teaching one of the quilts from her book, Scrap Basket Surprises. In trying to get some projects together, I found these log cabin blocks I started a couple of years ago.
After making wedding quilts for both of my children, I decided I wanted to use the scraps and make a quilt for me. I love log cabin quilts but have never made one, so that decision was easy.
Since both the wedding quilts were signature quilts, I had lots of small strips of the fabrics left. As I fingered thru all the scraps, the name came to me. It's called "Wedding Memories Linger" for when I look over the blocks, my thoughts linger and I can remember working on each quilt as we prepared for the weddings (2002 and 2007).
I recently saw a post by Wanda in Exuberant Color of her batik log cabin and it reminded me of my stack of blocks. I have struggled with deciding which layout to use, which is why my blocks have languished in drawer for almost 3 years! But seeing her play with several different layouts, I was inspired to finish mine!
These are several different layouts I'm playing with. Knowing me, the finished quilt may not look anything like these, but at least I took pictures to remind me of which ones I really liked. I also bought a batik last year that I think will work perfectly as a border.
So my goal for this project at the retreat, is to finish the number of blocks I need for whatever layout I choose. Fortunately, I don't need too many. I've found the box of scraps and they are ironed and ready.
I've got a couple of other projects I'm taking too, but no time to take pictures. Wish me luck and lots of happy sewing :).
Until next time, make something beautiful,


Terry said...

Love the log cabin blocks! This is going to be a beautiful quilt when you get it put together! Have fun at your retreat! :0)

Wendy P said...

Someday I'll get to go on a retreat! Have fun and be sure to share pics of your finished log cabin top!

Darlene said...

Oh, I love it and I especially love the memories. A retreat! Have lots of fun.

Linda C said...

What a lovely quilt and a lovely name, made all the more special by the lovely memories you will have.
Thanks for sharing.

Carla said...

Karen, this is a great idea! Have fun at the retreat.

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

Perfect! I love those blocks! I'm really excited about the retreat. See you in the morning!

Karen said...

My kind of colors in your log cabin quilt. It can come live at my house any time you get tired of it.

carol fun said...

Those blocks are beautiful - you can't go wrong no matter how you put them together. Have a great time at the retreat!

Vivian said...

What fun you two will have at the retreat. Now, be a good girl and listen carefully as Kim instructs you, OK?
I thought of Wanda's (Exuberant Color) latest log cabin quilt as soon as I saw your beautiful blocks. And the name you've selected for the quilt is just perfect.
Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy the retreat!

QuiltSue said...

I love the colours in those blocks and the name is just perfect.

Have a great time at the retreat.

Janet said...

It's going to be beautiful, good luck and right now you're probably having a great time because you'll be there stitching away. I love the name, very inspired choice.

MamaT said...

I hope you have (had) fun on the retreat. The log cabin is beautiful. Be sure to let us see it when it's done.

Millie said...

Karen, I love your log cabin quilt blocks. I think you must have made every quilt in Kim's book by now...aren't they all so pretty.

Exuberant Color said...

I like the colors in your log cabin. It is great to have memories attached to it too. I hope you are going to show us the finished top soon.

Cathy said...

Beautiful quilt and I love the name you came up with for it!

Kathie said...

oh this is just beautiful
I just love log cabin quilts
I need to make another one
love that black in the center just adds so much warmth to this quilt
so did you finish it on the retreat?

Diane said...

I have tried to send you an email to reply to your email about the Trail Mix quilt top at the retreat. I am having a very hard time finding a place to check my email and get it to go through to you so I decided to contact you this way.
Your email to me asked if it mattered about the shirting fabrics, lights and creams and pastel or dark prints. I used everything. I did tend to go more toward the dark prints instead of the pastel just because that is what I like.
I am glad you liked the top and I know you will LOVE making it. Stay in touch so we can stay motivated.

Valentina said...

What a super special quilt! And I absolutely love the border fabric.
I hope you had wonderful retreat!