Leftovers V – Circle Log Cabin

Back in 2011  I started collecting turquoise blue and brown fabrics for my Blue Odyssey Quilt.


I ended up cutting way more fabric than I needed.  As a result, I had piles of left over strips and little pieces. First I made ‘Leftovers I’ with more than one thousand 1-3/8″ x 2-1/2″ tiny rectangles.


Then came Leftovers II.  For this one I tackled the pile of 1-1/2 inch strips.


Then came Leftovers III.  I made a good dent in the huge pile of 1-1/4 inch strips.


Leftovers IV combined the 1-1/2 and 1-1/4 inch strips to make a HST string quilt

LogCabinInspirationAnd now there is a Leftovers V.  Initially I had planned to integrate some spare blocks from some of the previous Leftover’s series.  Then I saw this pin on Pinterest and fell in love with the block. I have always loved Log Cabins but I’ve never made one. This Pin inspired me to totally rethink my design, take the plunge and make my first log cabin.

I used EQ7 to experiment with laying out the blocks to get a design I liked.  I came up with these three:

Design1      Design2      Design3

Although I liked the feel of design #3, I went with the first one because it gave me a nice shape in the background that I could have some fun with free motion quilting.

I started by making log cabin blocks in 4 different colour ways.


And then arranged them into the final design of the quilt top.


I knew I was going to do a lot of dense quilting in the background so I did quite a bit of ditch work to stabilize the quilt.


I used a combination of wavy lines and a freehand feather motif in the log cabin blocks.


Then I started tackling the diamond shape in the background.


This is the finished quilt.


I incorporated a diamond and a circle into the free motion design in the background.



I like the detail of the quilting on the back of the quilt.


5 responses to “Leftovers V – Circle Log Cabin

  1. Hi Deb, What a beautiful job. Love this quilt! Are you done with the leftovers yet from this series (chuckle)?

  2. Wow! Your quilting on these blocks is fantastic! I really love this “leftover” quilt!

  3. I am always completely enchanted with your Leftovers series work! The quilting on 5 is wonderful. I like how the feathering looks like flowers of some kind in the circles, and the celtic-cross look in the background sections is super neat in this quilt.

  4. The quilting is just stunning!!!

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