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Monday, May 23, 2011

Not Square Anymore!

Here is my quilt in its finished form. I am very happy with the layout and the way it looks. I'm also very happy that it is rectangular and not square! You will also see that I added a row of blocks to separate the two light rows (remember I didn't like the two light rows being so close together). I decided not to border this as it was already getting quite large. My 6'1" husband had trouble holding it up as it is and since I'm hand quilting, it is plenty big for me! This is how I decided to solve my "square" problem. I made 12 more log cabin blocks but instead of doing them half light and half dark, I did them all dark (they are not this dark).



I then added them to two sides, creating a rectangle instead of a square.



I was pretty happy with the way it looked laying on the floor.



The biggest problem with this layout I'd chosen, was having to do all the half square setting triangles. I hate those things!! I love the way quilts look set on point, but I rarely do them because it's such a pain to do those setting triangles. Last summer at the retreat, I saw someone using this Marti Michell ruler. She explained how it made making setting triangles perfect and easy. I did not believe her, but when I got home I went a bought the ruler anyway.



I am here to tell you, she was right! My triangles were easy and came out perfect!! I am so happy with this quilt, next up will be pictures of the hand quilting so far.
Until next time,



-Karen

15 comments:

Diane said...

one of the prettiest log cabins I've seen!

Stray Stitches said...

Your quilt top is gorgeous!! I look forward to seeing your handquilting :)

Litamora's Quilt & Design said...

Oh my gosh! What a stunning quilt! Love it!
Wish you a great and creative week,
Laila

Karen said...

I think you found a very good solution to making the quilt rectangular. I was thinking it would need to be done with all dark log cabin blocks and that is just what you did.

Quilt Hollow said...

Absolutely beautiful and to know that it came from two other very special quilts!

Stephanie said...

Beautiful! Glad you solved your side triangle dilemma. I love blocks on point. Happy hand quilting.

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

LOOKS GORGEOUS!!!! wowza!

QuiltSue said...

It is gorgeous. I'm looking forward to seeing how you quilt it.

Janet said...

That is such a beautiful log cabin, you came up with a great setting to make it rectangular. Big cheers for planning to hand quilt it.

libbyquilter said...

a very effective resolution ~ this quilt top is beautiful~!

can hardly wait to see it quilted.

:-)
libbyQ

*karendianne. said...

Karen, I have to tell you this. I've been looking at this for a couple of days trying to find the right comment. It's so perfect. It left me sorta speechless. I figured out what I like about it so much. I like the way you think and create. This is beautiful but amazing at the same time. It's a real reflection of you and I just dig it!!! You've done a lot of work but this one, watching you work thru it, well - it's impressive. (and no I'm not full of it either. Just being brave to be real.)

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

You're a genius! And the quilt is totally amazing.

Wendy said...

Your quilt is stunning, Congrats to getting it done.

ytsmom said...

I love that you didn't believe about the ruler, but bought it anyway! Quilters!!

donnaquilt said...

gorgeous! thanks for including the changes you made in the size & the easy way to deal with setting triangles. I see tools, but i never know if they're worth buying until i see a demo or until someone else recommends them.