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stacy-log-cabinA scrappy log cabin has been on my Quilting To Do List forever. I love log cabin quilts. Especially those in a barn raising layout. My first attempt to sew a quilt was with an Eleanor Burns “Quilt-in-a-Day – Log Cabin” book.

It didn’t go so well but I was not deterred. Fast forward a number of years and I am machine quilting this scrappy log cabin for a quilter friend.

stacy-log-cabin2Oh, my scrappy goodness!

stacy-quilting-detailI wanted to keep it for myself!

Just recently I have begun using the Inklingo .75 inch Log Cabin Collection to print scraps of log cabin strips for a quilt project I plan to start in the new year. The quilt blocks are going to have an extra .75 inch red square running through the middle separating the light and dark fabrics similar to the EQ7 block below.

log-cabin-blockWith the extra squares, the log cabin blocks finish at 8.25 inches. I am planning a 12 x 12 block layout [144 blocks total] in a barn raising pattern. That means I need to print 144 light strip sets, 144 dark strip sets and 1584 small red squares. There is a Combo printing option in the log cabin collection I am using that allows me to print a complete set of strips on a 6.75 x 10 inch piece of fabric.

srappy-log-cabin-EQlayoutThis is a non-scrappy rendition of my planned quilt layout in EQ7.

counting-shapes-EQAs long as I color every strip in the block with a different color or fabric in Electric Quilt, I can use the Fabric Yardage Chart to tell me the number of shapes I need. This is how I figured out how many small red squares I need to print. (The yellow fabric in the chart above.) You can find the Fabric Yardage Chart in EQ7 under File > Print > Fabric Yardage.

scrappy-log-cabin1My stash is woefully lacking in lights and neutrals and I didn’t have enough different fabrics to print 144 sets of log cabin strips. During Thanksgiving week I was house sitting for another quilter friend who lets me comb through her scraps and use whatever I want. She has her scraps sorted by color in a dozen or more baskets. You can see 2 of the baskets in the top righthand corner of the photo above. Thanks to her generosity, I was able to add enough fabric to my light and dark scraps to print out all the strips I need to finish my quilt. Note the plastic bag with stacks of log cabin strips already printed and cut. I am almost done with the printing. There are a little over 50 dark fabrics left to print and cut. I need to find the perfect red fabric for my small squares and then I am ready to start sewing my scrappy log cabin in 2015!

The Inklingo Log Cabin Collections come in 3 different sizes.

I was first introduced to the concept of using up scraps as leader and ender projects when machine piecing other quilt tops on Bonnie Hunter’s old Quiltville website. If you are not familiar with leaders and enders, Bonnie has written about it here. At the time, I had 2 inch squares saved up because I had planned to EPP a scrappy hexagon flower quilt. I discovered Inklingo before I started that EPP project and (thankfully!) used Inklingo to print my scrappy .75 inch hexagons instead. I used those 2 inch squares in scrappy Irish Chain leader ender projects.

I think I made (and sold) a full-sized and 2 lap-sized quilts and 2 of the quilt-backed windows.

I’ve also done some 9 Patch blocks as leader enders and used larger scraps for the alternating blocks and setting triangles. Both of these quilts have 130 9 Patch blocks.


I toyed with the idea of some sort of applique on the alternate blocks for the first 9 Patch quilt before I decided to just go completely scrappy.


While I was finishing up quilt tops in October and November, I completed another 130 9 Patch blocks using 2 inch squares. This new set of blocks is made with 5 light fabrics and 4 dark fabrics. I am revisiting the idea of applique in the alternate blocks. Maybe some type of flower? There is an On Point Inklingo Collection that includes squares with appliqued hearts. Maybe something like this EQ7 layout?

9 Patch Leader Ender5

Inklingo 4.5 inch On Point Collection

I wouldn’t have to include the applique hearts on every alternate block. I’m hesitating because I’m not sure I need another project that includes applique. I’ll decide what to do sometime next year. Maybe I’ll have one or two of my current applique projects done at some point in 2015. I do need another leader ender project though.


I still have lots of 2 inch squares. Maybe it’s time to start another scrappy Irish Chain project. (Lots of maybes to consider…)

Linda Franz likes to rewrite movie scenes with witty quilting commentary. [See her blog post here and check the Inklingo Facebook page.] I tend to think of song lyrics when I am designing quilts. Probably because I am usually listening to music. Sometimes the lyrics inspire a quilt design. Or a blog post title.

I was playing around in EQ7 with some quilt blocks in a sampler-style quilt that could be made with Inklingo Collections a while back. When Linda posted to her blog, Billions of Inklingo Stars, I decided to change it up and include only blocks with stars. [Linda’s post title reminded of a line from the old Eagles song, Peaceful Easy Feeling which is where my post title comes from.] In the end, I changed direction again and used quilt blocks made with Inklingo collections that could be fussy cut.

Here’s the result. With EQ7 I could have positioned different fabrics in the blocks to give me the look of fussy cutting but opted not to. I will be fussy cutting / printing my fabrics for this quilt.

Billion Stars wo sashing

I couldn’t decide if I liked all the blocks smooshed up next to one another and added some sashing with more stars to separate the blocks. These are 18 inch blocks with 4.5 inch sashing. This design uses quite a few different Inklingo collections–Free Diamond Triangle Square [makes 4.5 inch LeMoyne Star], 6 inch LeMoyne Star, 9 inch LeMoyne Star, 9 inch Inklingo Star, 4.5 inch Castle Wall, 6 inch Castle Wall and 9 inch Castle Wall.

Billion Stars w sashing

Then I decided to go for broke with a billion stars all around.

Billion Stars w sashing dbl stars

I like this one. It’s one of the three new projects I want to start. I have some fabric set aside for this but need to purchase fabric for the sashing strips and enough yardage of white fabric to use for the background bits in all the blocks. And I need to finish up two more projects before I can start anything new. House rules. [I did manage to get three quilt tops together in the last two weeks.]


My focus in 2017:

Sewing in 2017

  • 1 Year of Stitches embroidery project
  • Hexiflowers (aka Grace's Garden)
  • Death Star pillow
  • Tonopah Nevada topographical map
  • 1855 Wales Center map
  • Winnie the Pooh map
  • Ethan's Quilt
  • Thea's Quilt
  • Rachelle Fae CQ block
  • Machine quilting with a walking foot

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