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
And 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:
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.
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.