Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Friday, February 3, 2017

A Rainbow Finish

At the beginning of this week, I was determined to Finish Something!  (You know the feeling!) There was only a little bit more hand quilting to be done on my Rainbow Log Cabins, so that was going to be the one.


I started this quilt in May of last year because the blocks were easy to make and my method of making them didn't require a lot of measuring or cutting with my rotary cutter, which was difficult with my broken wrist. After getting the top put together, I decided to experiment with hand quilting it, which I've never done much of.

It turned out to be a very enjoyable experiment!  (It was a good project for football season!)  I did straight stitching through all of the logs, which resulted in a square spiral in each block, and then used a template to mark leaf or orange peel shapes to quilt in the borders.  As I am such an untrained hand quilter, I knew this would be a learning experience, and it definitely was, but I'm very happy with the results.

I raided my leftover binding basket to make the binding, and it makes a fun scrappy addition to the quilt.


While hand stitching down the binding, I'm having fun visiting with these little guys.  There's more binding to be stitched and I'll work on that tonight along with a Longmire episode (or two!) on Netflix.


February's color for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge is turquoise, and that happens to be one of my favorite blocks of this quilt.  I also love the low volume scraps that I used in each block! 


Sharing at the RSC linky tomorrow over at SoScrappy, and looking forward to seeing what other kinds of scrappy sewing have been going on this week!










21 comments:

  1. Very nice! I love how you finished off the borders. It really sets off the quilt.

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  2. well done with the hand quilting, I quilted one this week and find it so much more relazing than machine though have 2 very sore fingers on my left hand!!

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  3. You are a much braver woman than I-hand quilting! It turned out just wonderful, congrats on getting this one done. Love the scrappy binding, totally a scrap quilt!

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  4. Congrats on this cute finish. I love it. IMHO your hand quilting is very nice for a "beginner". Pat on the back because you did an awesome job here. ;^)

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  5. Your log cabin blocks are perfect for hand quilting. No marking needed! Looks great. You are in the home stretch now, ready for a finish soon.

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  6. It's amazing how relaxing and zen-like handwork is right? I too love your aquamarine log cabin, terrific low volumes there too!

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  7. It looks wonderful and the quilting does too! :) Hand quilting is relaxing and it does result in such a nice soft look...

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  8. Always good to have another finish. Love the little owls on the back.

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  9. oh those owls are adorable. Love the scrappy binding too.

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  10. Nice, congratulations on your finish, such a good feeling.

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  11. Congrats on your finish!! That SEA GREEN block is SEW sweet!

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  12. Glad you tried hand quilting. What a nice job. Did you enjoy it? And will you be doing more of it?

    Cute, cute quilt, by the way!

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  13. I love this so much! I need to get back to hand quilting - I did it a couple of times and quit. Yours looks so pretty. Love the turquoise (my fave color family) and oh my gosh we LOVE Longmire! We are reading the books right now, and they are definitely funnier than the series, which is actually rather dark compared to the books.
    I love your corner blocks too. :)

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  14. YAY for the finish!! A football season quilt finished just in time for the superbowl!! LOVE it!!

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  15. Congratulations on your finish. It is a very nice piece and you did a good job on everything!

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  16. Congrats on doing the hand quilting on this lovely piece. Now you have accomplished two things: Learning to hand quilt and another RSC finish!

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  17. Lovely finish! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the hand-quilting process. I do love hand quilting, but I don't seem to make enough time for it.

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  18. Congrats on a gorgeous finish!

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  19. Beautiful finish! Love that log cabin.

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  20. It's wonderful, especially with the hand quilting! And a scrappy log cabin should definitely have a scrappy binding! Perfect finish!

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