Log Cabin Challenge 2

Here is my 3rd quilt for the annual BIMQG challenge. This year the challenge is a log cabin design. In my previous post I showed my Mod Minni quilts. Here I have done a more traditional but improv log cabin.

I started with a basket of scraps in a pleasing color pallet most of which were left over from previous quilt blocks or recent sewing projects.

I really enjoy the freedom of improv piecing. My rules include… No measuring. No ironing. Just grab fabric and sew it into 1\4 log cabin blocks.

Once the blocks were made I filled in with some Kona Cotton Ash. My go to gray fabric. Again the fill in pieces were kept wonky.

I kept the quilting simple by mirroring the log cabin blocks.  The free motion quilting was done on my 1978 Bernina 830 Record which I found at a garage sale for $10.

You’ll notice there isn’t a binding on the quilt.  I sewed it right sides together with the backing then turned it thru the opening I left. I like the finish but I’m sure there must be an easier way to accomplish this same look.


For more Mini Quilt Challenge pics check out the BIMQG 

Enjoy and Happy Sewing!


Lowlander Style – Design and Print your own fabric

I sold my vintage travel trailer or caravan, as they’re called in some places. Don’t worry I bought another one. The Lowlander was my travel buddy while the kids were small. We had some amazing family adventures on the coast. For Christmas I wanted to give the kids a momento of our vacation time in the 1969 Timberline Lowlander. Yes, there is a Midlander and a highlander but the Lowlander was home to us for 2 1/2 weeks each summer.

A friend suggested printing fabric with a picture of the trailer then making pillows for the kids. Enter Spoonflower. I had the original sales brochures which I scanned before selling the trailer. With a little photoshop magic I cropped and touched up those images. Uploaded them to Spoonflower and ordered fabric. All printed on Kona Cotton of course.

I found Spoonflower to be very user friendly. Saving your images as .jpg makes it very easy to upload and manipulate in their program. Once uploaded the size, scale, repeat and fabric can be adjusted. You can even print an 8 x 8 inch swatch for $5 to check color. I was too impatient to wait for swatches. My order included fat quarters, half yards and a yard of the larger images.

I have to admit I was quite impressed with the quality. The image printed beautifully with clean and crisp colors. The Lowlander pillows are so fun and happy!! The kids (they are quite grown up now) loved them. After the holidays I made one for my self, thinking I was going to put it in the new vintage trailer Lola but it hasn’t left the house yet. I love it. It’s my favorite pillow.

Check out that zipper. I’ve always done envelope type pillows but I am loving the zipper as a design element on the pillow. It really pulls out the red of the car.

Let Yourself Go in a Lowlander!!!


What Goes With What? Sun Print 2015 by Alison Glass

Alison Glass Sun Print 2015 Kona Cotton solids from Robert Kaufman

Today I’m happy to share with you Sun Print 2015 from Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics. What a beautiful vibrant collection Alison has created!  Truly a feast for the eyes!

Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Solid coordinates for Sun Print by Alison Glass

From Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Grellow, Coral, Tulip, Lilac, Watermelon, Jade Green, Pickle, Ice Frapp, Breakers, Royal, Grass Green, Indigo and Graphite.

Alison Glas Sun Print for Andover Fabrics

Here’s the fun part!!! I have a Charm Pack of Sun Print 2015 to giveaway!!! Leave a comment on the blog about what you would like to make with Sun Print. I will select a winner on Tuesday April 7th. Best of luck to you!

Interested in the first Sun Print collection? Take a look at the What Goes With What post on the Pink Chalk Studio blog post.

So happy to be back on the blog! Moving 30 years of my life has taken it’s toll and 2 months. I must say it felt so great to be playing with color again. More color projects are in the works so check back soon. I have some great collections to share with you!

Enjoy and happy sewing!

What Goes With What? Doe by Carolyn Friedlander

Doe collection by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman from What Goes With What.

Doe by Carolyn Friedlander with Solid Coordinate.

Welcome to What Goes With What? I’m so happy to continue color matching designer fabrics. Robert Kaufman has graciously provided all 303 Kona Cotton colors for my happy little color matching needs. Sweet! Right?!

First up is Doe from Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman. The natural earthy palette is clean and simple with a hand drawn character to the lines.

Kona Cotton coordinates for Doe by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman from What Goes With What.

Kona Cotton coordinates for Doe by Carolyn Friedlander.

From left to right, here are the Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton colors I chose for Doe.

Kona Cotton Sage, Prussian, Titanium, Tangerine, Latte, Fog, Yarrow, Shadow, Meringue, Cream and Snow.

Doe Coordinating Kona Solids  Carolyn Friedlander.

Picture courtesy of Carolyn’s blog.


Carolyn chose a beautiful selection of solid coordinates specifically for Doe The colors are designed to complement the palette. Check here for a list of all the colors in the Roll Up.

Doe by Carolyn Friedlander on the What Goes With What? blog.

Here’s the fun part!!! I have a Fat Quarter Set and a Roll Up to giveaway!!! Leave a comment on the blog about what you would like to make with Doe. I will select 2 winners on Sunday January 25th. One person will receive a full collection FQ Set of Doe and the other Carolyn’s Roll Up coordinates.

Enjoy and happy sewing!