Tuesday, January 17, 2012

i *heart* this wall hanging

This was a spur of the moment project - I gave a presentation on quilts last Friday and decided on Wednesday to make something in wall hanging/table runner size.
 I thought about just doing a heart out of scraps and HSTs - similar to the star in the Made in Cherry Quilt Along.
While Googling, though, I found this on eQuilters, and decided to go for it.
Oh.My.Goodness. I'm now addicted to log cabins. I just let loose and cut anything from neutral or pink/red scraps. I'm very much a matchy-matchy (anal) person, so letting clashing fabrics in was a bit terrifying. 
For a while, I couldn't "see" the heart at all - I posted a picture on Facebook and it wasn't until I looked at it on the computer instead of the wall that it looked right.
Now I want to go buy a huge pile of fabric so I can make it EVEN SCRAPPIER.
I'm not thrilled with the quilting - some swirly free-motion would have been better. But I can't do free-motion, and Paula was busy with the OKC quilt show, so this is what it got.

My blocks are 8.5" unfinished, with 2.5" centers and 1.5" logs. I put the same red in the center of each cabin, even the all-neutral blocks, because it's cute heart fabric.
It finishes at 24x32" and is backed in muslin.

Oh, and the emus I mentioned on Sunday?
Sticking its head inside the white truck. It managed to get two bags of food out of the cars in front of us. We rolled up the windows.
Up close and way too personal with a llama.
Feeding zebras.
{At the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch outside of San Antonio}


  1. Great little heart quilt! Good for you on the quick finish!

  2. I love the Log Cabin heart quilt. The scrappiness (I think that should be a word) makes it fun.

  3. What a great idea! I love the variety of layouts with log cabins, and this is one I've never seen before. Thanks for sharing it! Love the wildlife pics, too! :o)

  4. I love your heart quilt. Every year at this time of year I think about getting a Valentines Quilt and don't, but yours is one I would love in my house!

  5. Might we have been separated at birth?? ;-) I'm the anal type, too, and all of this modern bloggy scrappy fabulosity is inspiring me to step outside my box. By the way, I've lived in Pennsylvania, California, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Moçambique, and Texas; but I had a head start back in '92. :-)

  6. I love this heart quilt - thank you so much for sharing your project and the link. I may have to try one myself!

    I lived in San Antonio about 12 years ago and visited the wildlife park. Love the pictures - took me down memory lane.

  7. Love the heart! I am sorely lacking in Valentine's decor & this is right up my scrappy alley!

    I would have rolled up the windows too! eek!

    Whoop Whoop!

  8. Hooray - you're ahead of Valentine's Day already! Really cute :-)

  9. The heart quilt turned out great! We went to the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch back in 1990 when we were traveling through that area. Also saw the River Walk and rode on one of the boats too. It was a fun trip for us.


  10. Such a pretty quilt!! I love those log cabins too!! Whoop whoop!!

  11. It's beautiful! I love how the bottom corner blocks have red centers in them instead of plain! Great job! I'm here from Sew Darn Crafty link party.

  12. What a cool heart and I agree, log cabin blocks are addicting!

  13. I really love your log cabin! It is just beautiful.

    I grew up in Austin -- and I've never been to Natural Bridge. Looks like we may be missing out on something fun!

    ~Michelle (LemonadeGal)

  14. Love the mini quilt! It's awesome! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

  15. You got it done fast, and wow it looks great! Yes log cabin blocks can be addicting.

  16. Cute! What a fun wall hanging for the month. Thanks for linking up to Slash the Stash!