Log Cabin Quilt – in five months, not one day!

I am so pleased to announce a FINISH!  The log cabin quilt started in January was completed yesterday; binding, label and all! This was a project begun using the optimistically titled book, ‘Make a Quilt in a Day log cabin pattern’ by Eleanor Burns.

The blocks are set in a 'whirligig' pattern and I quilted using a continuous spiral.  The quilt measures about 68" square.

The blocks are set in a ‘whirligig’ pattern and I quilted it using a continuous spiral. The quilt measures about 68″ square.

Thankfully, I persuaded my husband and #3 child to help me with a photo shoot yesterday evening as today has seen a massive change in the weather – the rain is bucketing down! This is good news for the plants in our dry garden but not good news for the brick layers out the front!


We are in to the second week of having an extension built on to the front of our house. It’s been exciting watching progress and I have drawn a rather whimsical parallel between the methods of the workmen and the creation of a patchwork quilt!   Please indulge me… We’ve seen the builders work very hard at digging out deep trenches to accommodate the footings; then begin the process of filling in the trenches with concrete, breeze block footings and then back-filling using lumps of old concrete, bricks, stones etc from the spoil heap before smoothing the whole lot over with more concrete!  This reminds me very much of the process of piecing a quilt: that initial stack of fabric being cut into pieces, rearranged and then joined up again to create another piece of fabric! 😀


Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts’ Finish It Up Fridays and Prairie Sewn Studios.

(I’ve just looked out the front of the house – the damp proof membrane has been laid and now serves as a pond liner – I’m sure that wasn’t on the plans…)

The pond outside out front door!

The pond outside our front door!


About allisonreidnem

New Every Morning – About Me Hi! I’m Allison, an obsessive patchwork-quilter who has no desire to be cured! I’ve been developing my skills and knowledge by paying attention at my local quilting group and by putting my questions into the computer search engine. I’m so grateful to the generous people who have taken the time to share their knowledge with me in person, via YouTube videos or their blogs. I’m intending my blog to be a link into the worldwide patchwork and quilting community and a means to contribute helpful hints and inspiration as I continue to discover more about this addictive craft. So, why ‘New Every Morning Patchwork and Quilting’? Well! I am a morning person! I often wake in the wee small hours and think through design and quilt construction issues. My woolly–headed evening brain finds such issues far too difficult to resolve! If I’m disciplined enough to be asleep by 10pm, I can be up cutting, piecing, pressing and quilting before sunrise! By the time daily family routine kicks-in I’ve had a satisfying, soul-feeding creative fix. (I should mention that ‘family at home’ is: my patient, faithful husband of 27years; and our equally patient 16 year old son, who acts as our in-house IT support complete with sighs and rolling eyes! Older daughter and son have both recently flown the nest). Not only do I find early mornings my creative time I also find it a time for receiving spiritual nourishment. I often find myself humming a gentle chorus and reflecting on God’s constancy as another new day dawns. ‘The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning, new every morning; Great is thy faithfulness, O Lord, Great is thy faithfulness.’ Edith McNeil’s chorus is based on verses from the Bible – Lamentations 3: 21-23.
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7 Responses to Log Cabin Quilt – in five months, not one day!

  1. Pretty!! I’ve long wanted to make a log cabin quilt. Someday… 🙂

    • Thanks Melanie! I really enjoyed using a ‘traditional’ colourway – the darker fabrics are William Morris prints – with the red ‘hearth’ centre squares.

  2. Colleen says:

    Congratulations on another finish ! It looks really nice ! I’ve always wondered if they really are “quilt in a day” 😉 Lucky you with the new addition 🙂

  3. katyquilts says:

    Love the setting of this log cabin! A new addition, how exciting!

  4. msminnesota says:

    Your log cabin (in months and months) looks great! I almost pulled out mine today to add the borders but didn’t quite get that far!

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