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I used a Buttermilk Basin for the spring wool mat.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Log Cabin Blocks

Looking through some of my quilt books for a gift idea, I came across a smaller size fall quilt design.  The design was not the gift idea I was looking for but it struck my fancy.  You know how we look through our quilt books and see something anew?  The fall quilt did that for me.  I know I have seen the pattern in the book a few times but this time I saw it with new eyes.  The problem was that the sashings and border were all little log cabin blocks that finish at two inches.  And I would need 48.  Before making the applique blocks, I wanted to be sure I could tolerate making 48 little paper pieced log cabin blocks.  I sewed one as a sample and it was easier than I thought it would be.  So for 3 1/2 days, I made little log cabin blocks.



I made extra blocks as they are from many different fabrics and I wanted to be able to eliminate if necessary when I actually start putting a quilt together.  This is different for me to make the sashing and borders parts before doing the main applique blocks.  All the log cabin blocks were made from my scrap basket.

I also want to share with you something I saw at an antique shop in West Virginia while we were on vacation.  It is one of the Smithsonian reproduction quilts made from the Harriet Powers Bible quilt.  It was marked $150.00.  No, I did not purchase it.  I have seen two of them on E-Bay and go for a higher price.  Seeing one of these in person, I was able to see what poor quality stitching the applique has.

You can read about the uproar that the reproduction quilts caused here.

Karen

24 comments:

  1. WooHoo--tiny log cabin blocks!! Love it, Karen! But then, you knew I would. : )
    You have made more of them now than I have. I have only made a few for ornaments. This is going to make an incredible border on a little quilt.
    What an interesting read about the Harriet Powers quilts. I was oblivious to the uproar over these reproductions--but then I was totally unaware of the reproduction quilts themselves. This confirms what I have suspected all along--I live on the fringes of the quilting community.

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  2. OH, what a great idea for my brownish strings!! Love, love...I always visit your blog each morning watching for inspiration. I have read about that brew-ha-ha about the reproduction quilts, but have never seen one in person.

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  3. My those are tiny blocks. I'm sure the quilt is going to be wonderful!

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  4. I love those log cabin blocks...they're wonderful! :0)

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  5. Love the little log cabins... so sweet! Can't wait to see how the quilt progresses! The information about the reproduction quilts is very interesting and all new to me!

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  6. Funny I pulled out my tub of plaids that I need to decide what to do with. I want to make a log cabin sometime, so maybe this is the right time. Some are homespuns so they are pretty stretchy so paper piecing them would solve my problem. Looks like I have some cutting to do. I probably won't get to stitching them till the new year but I would be nice to have the strips ready to go. Thanks for the info on the reproduction quilts. There is a big difference in the Chinese and real quilts, but non quilters might not know.

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  7. Oh! I love those tiny Log cabin blocks!! I can' t wait to what they are going to border. I think paper piecing was the way to go with those for sure. I have never heard anything about the Simthsonian reproduction quilts until today. Interesting story. I am trying to picture a mob of quilters protesting in front of the museum!

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  8. Love the log cabin blocks and it is a nice design for a bed quilt. I do have some flannel to make one for me, still debating on a design. Fun to find a quilt, but I agree, the stitching is not up to our standards;)

    Debbie

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  9. AMAZING TINY LOG CABIN BLOCKS !!!

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  10. Preciosos esos bloque tan pequeñinos !!!!
    gracias por el enlace
    me gusta leer todas estas noticias de historia
    saludos

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  11. I just LOVE those little log cabin blocks! As I've mentioned, log cabin blocks are my most favorite, and in mini size ... fantastic! Like others, I hadn't heard a thing about those reproduction quilts. Hello, my name is Kathy Klueless. ha!

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  12. Your tiny log cabins are super sweet. It will make a great border for your appliqué. Oh, I remember the uproar and we quilters were absolutely shocked at the Smithsonian's decision to export these designs and to have them reproduced so cheaply. I was glad the quilting community rallied and the museum stopped. I guess quilters do have power!

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  13. Those are some super tiny log cabin blocks. You must have one amazing scrap basket! I can't wait to see them in a border.

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  14. What a coincidence... I am also working on log cabin blocks. Mine are Court House Steps. The idea was to use up some of my scrap fabrics. Looking forward to seeing yours finished :)

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  15. Woww those blocks are really tiny aren't they? Thanks for the story about the Smithsonian repro quilts. i went off and read the link you gave us. It was very interesting, and from the comments on the post, some people still seemed to be annoyed about it 15 years or so later.

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  16. Very interesting read. I don't think I could have passed up the Bible quilt that you saw for $150, especially knowing the story of it now.

    Love your little log cabin blocks. Sweet!

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  17. Interesting back story on the Smithsonian quilts. If I had run across one, I think I would have purchased it had I been aware of it's history. Thanks for educating me and by the way, I LOVE the log cabin blocks!

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  18. Thanks for the link to the uproar about the repro quilts. Love your little log cabins.

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  19. The log cabin blocks are so sweet and tiny and i love the fabric colors!
    I have always loved the H Powers quilt and considered making it. It is impossible to find a pattern - I'm off to check out your link.

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  20. Great little LC blocks. Good approach to make them first, and some extras. Your extras will make a sweet little doll quilt or placemat. I'm still thinking about your
    placemats :-)
    Those imported quilts are quite the hot topic!

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  21. I remember reading about that uproar. I'm so glad they stopped reproducing them.
    Your blocks are so tiny and cute!

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  22. 2" log cabin blocks!!! I can't imagine, but they are adorable! Of course, I love log cabin blocks!

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  23. I have always loved Log Cabin quilts and yours are so tiny and adorable!!
    My very first quilt was a log cabin wall-hanging size and I still have it hanging in my craft room, lol.

    Tanya

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