Scrappy Quartered Log Cabins








oh hi!  you managed to make it down here after all that dizzying explosion of scrappy colour?!  is it too much color and pattern?  i don't know, but i DO know that these blocks were a lot of fun to make.

inspiration from Sunday Morning Quilts - my first but definitely not last quilt from that book!  (yes I recommend this book if you have any amount of scraps)

this quilt is a true mash up of my scraps.  just any strip that was long enough qualified.

oh yes, and the quilting.  this is the second quilt that i sent to Chelsea, together with my single girl.  this one she did a big swirly flower design which works well with all the straight lines in this quilt.

so my final thoughts on sending out a quilt for long arm quilting?  the biggest point to me is that i LOVE the finished product.  no worries on the 'perfect quilt show' look that isn't really my thing.  it really does feel like a quilt that i quilted myself (except of course better because it has perfectly even stitch length and the design is consistent)  i will definitely consider sending my largeish quilts in the future.

another concern that i had was that it wouldn't feel like 'mine'. so yes, there is a certain good feeling i get from making a quilt from start to finish, but somehow these two quilts don't feel like any less of an accomplishment.  they still feel like mine.  i still feel good about them.  i'm definitely not giving up quilting my own quilts for the most part.  i really do enjoy every step in the process of making a quilt.  but i will say that free motion quilting a twin size or larger quilt is kinda tough on my little sewing machine!  so it feels really good to have this option for 'special quilts'.

the expense?  well, it's not free, just like all good things!  i actually didn't shop around much for price.  i chose Chelsea partly because she's a modern quilter so i knew she'd 'get' what i wanted, and also because she's from Canada so i knew shipping would be cheaper.  i think her pricing is very comparable and reasonable, and she was lovely to work with.  

so i'm happy to say that my long-arm quilting experience was/is positive and i encourage you to try it!  although if you've only ever had your quilts custom quilted, i also encourage you to try quilting one yourself!

40 comments:

  1. Well let me be the first to say its gorgeous! I send out my bigger ones too. I just can't free motion well enough to be happy with it. Enjoy your new quilt. Are you out of scraps now? Not likely.....

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  2. Love the back.... Such a creative and calm compliment to the front.... All your quilts are so lovely.

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  3. It's awesome... these scrappy quilts are my favourite kind :o)

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  4. What a beautiful quilt! Scrappy are my favorite kind of quilts. I have the same book and need to look through it again to get inspired by it. Wonderful job! :)

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  5. What an incredible quilt. I just finished a top from Sunday Morning Quilts (the, ahem, "Sunday Morning" quilt) and it is SUCH an incredible book. Your scrap-plosion makes me itch to dump out all my scraps and sew 'em up!

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  6. Absolutely gorgeous! I love it!!

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  7. It's beautiful, as usual. This quilt has been on my to do list for quite some time, hope to get to it soon.

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  8. I would love a quilt like this! I'll just have to keep working on 'creating' the scraps I need to make one.

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  9. I love all the scappiness ... Wonderful. I have the Same Feeling about making the quilt from Start to end, but FMQ is still an adventure for me with big quilts - to much fabric on my lap ;-)

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  10. First I thought that I don't know where to look first, my eyes are restless. Too much pattern maybe. Or / And too much colour. BUT. This quilt is exactly what a quilt should be (originally): made from what you have, scraps, leftovers, reused maybe? Turned into something nice, useful, soft. That's what it should be, no? So I really really like this quilt. And as I keep thinking about buying the book I think I will try to do so soon. As Aylin / Nilya said: I love the scrappiness. :)

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  11. Gorgeous quilt. It's the kind of quilt I'm afraid I'll never be able to make but just I love the look of it.

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  12. Love the colours! It is beautiful!

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  13. I think it's perfect! GORGEOUS!
    pretty pictures too!

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  14. Congrats on a lovely finish. I have sunday morning quilts and it's well worn and bookmarked. there are so many great projects in it.

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  15. Jolene, I really love this quilt. It's so bright and happy, and seems perfect for snuggling under to watch a movie or read a good book. Scrappy quilts really are my favorites. There's something so harmonious and soothing about all of those colors and prints sitting happily together in one quilt.

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  16. I am getting my Sunday Morning Quilts NOW!! Love the scrapiness. Colors are a knock out!!!

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  17. Love it! Despite being so many different fabrics it still works and looks great. :-)

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  18. Saw it on Pinterest and had to repin right away - it's GORGEOUS. Love the explosion of colours and prints - it's a very happy quilt, and it makes me happy to look at it!

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  19. I absolutely LOVE this! You did such a wonderful job and I love love love all the color! So pretty!

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  20. love this....it just sings doesnt it? i am persuaded to send my next special quilt ( daughter house warming gift) out to be quilted-exciting!

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  21. Gorgeous, as always!! Are you living in Hawaii now? My sister live on the North Shore of Oahu and loves it!!

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  22. Great quilt - love all the colour. I've just finished a log cabin too - not quite as bold as yours, but colour filled for sure!

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  23. Ditto to what everyone else has said. I LOVE LOVE it. Congrats it's beautiful and so awesome.

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  24. Sunday Morning Quilts is one of my favorite books.

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  25. How many ways can I say LOVE?!

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  26. Gorgeous quilt! Sunday Morning Quilts is one of my favorite books too.

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  27. It's so beautiful!! Love your mix of scrappy colors!!

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  28. That is one of my favorite quilting books and I love your version of this one. It is fun and beautiful. I have been thinking through what I want to do with a growing pile of scraps and may just try this one.

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  29. It is lovely! Funny thing is I was terrified of machine quilting and now it seems that is the best bit for me!

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  30. What a happy, bright and fun quilt! I love it.

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  31. I was just paging through this book last night. Your version is gorgeous! So pretty. Hey, now, do I feel an entry to the Festival of Strings? This one would fit in beautifully!

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  32. Hi Jolene! I just got to learn more about your blog/work because the book "Modern quilts from the blogging universe". Everything here is beautiful! I loved your quilt! I also like the book Sunday Morning quilts and this pattern is one of my favorites too! Thanks for sharing your experience on sending out your quilt for long arm quilting. Very helpful!

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  33. This is awesome! Love the way it comes together. (Thanks for the shout out too!)
    Calgary has some great long armers, if you're ever in town. Andrea Harris is new on the scene, but I love what she's done for me. Definitely with a modern twist.

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  35. I completely LOVE this!! I have some scraps just waiting to be used and this would be perfect!

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