I've had a hankering lately to do a quarter-square log cabin quilt, sometimes known as a chevron log cabin. I figured the easier way to do it, rather than totally scrappy - which can involve much decision making on my part - would be to establish a theme at the outset. And I 'd been buying new prints that look to me a lot like the type of prints you'd see on old feed and sugar sacks. I had to justify those purchases somehow, right? So I pulled out those prints and some others that looked like they could have been of the era, so to speak. Then I went through my aging stash of novelty prints and pulled out anything that remotely related to farm life.
|Cows and tractors and chickens|
I started with focal squares that finish at four inches and used two inch (finished) strips for the "logs." This makes for ten inch blocks.
|Pigs and chickens, barn cats and a mare and her foal, and another cow in the cornfield.|
I was able to cut pairs from most of the novelty prints. I succeeded in using up a fair number of those older fabrics too.
|Gardening tools, more horses, the farmhouse, and the kitchen cat.|
|Chickens, a goose, the mare and foal again, and the orchard out back.|
It was an effort to keep the same print from showing up too close to itself, and I didn't always succeed, but I'm very pleased with the results. Overall the quilt will finish at 60" x 80."