Do you remember our need for camping quilts? I guess camping quilt is a bit of a misnomer since this will be used for camping and the beach and picnics. I really should call it a drag-around-everywhere quilt. I’ve been sorting scraps, cutting strips, and sewing log cabins since July — not continuously, obviously — and I lugged a ton of scraps to the quilt retreat and back. When I left home I had the red, yellow, and orange log cabins done. When I returned home I had finished purple and green. Last week I made a whole bunch of blue blocks and over the weekend I got the whole thing together.
The quilt top measures about 68″ x 85″ and has a total of 80 log cabins. After I sorted my scraps by color I trimmed the pieces into squares and strips. Each log cabin has a 3″ square — before sewing — at the center and the strips for the logs are 2″ wide before sewing. I had two rules while making the blocks: 1. do not repeat a fabric in any given block, and 2. just use the next strip you grab from the pile, no editing. I cannot tell you how many times I pulled a strip to add to a block and thought yuck! but sewed it on anyway. Sometimes the yuck ones turned out to be favorites, sometimes they were just fine, none were so bad I had to rip them apart. I also made all the log cabin blocks I could from each scrap pile so I had some variety to choose from when laying out the quilt. That also means that there is a sizable stack of pre-made log cabin blocks just waiting to be used. I already have ideas for 3 more camping quilts so I know they’ll be coming in handy.
One of my favorite parts of this quilt is finding the fabrics from any number of projects. There are lots of Virtual Quilting Bee fabrics in there, most of Katie’s dresses, baby quilts for friends, bed quilts my mom made, pillows, bags, backpacks. It just makes me so happy to see all that in there. I just love the whole thing so much it’s going to be hard to take it camping. But seriously, when we do we just might have the best bedding in the campground.