Back at the sewing machine!

It was about time I reacquainted myself with my sewing machine…

So, yesterday, I filled the dishwasher, put a load of laundry in the washing machine, watched the season finale of Downton Abbey

and having run out of excuses went down the stairs!

Jean’s quilt top had been sitting on the side for a few months. I said I would quilt it for her to donate to philanthropy at quilt guild. She only asked me a few times how I was doing… A good place to start?

I found a nice piece of fabric in my box for the backing and some Quilters Dream batting and soon got it pin basted. A few hours later and it was quilted too. Why not attach the binding? Then a quick wash and a spell in the dryer and it was finished! That wasn’t too difficult.

Here it is looking all warm and cosy against the sprinkling of snow we got last night. Jean is a master of the scrap quilt. Virtually no pieces are too small or too odd for Jean to include in a quilt. This one is a study of all shades of greens set off with a red and white check in the sashing and binding.


I just used my number 4 stitch, widened and elongated, for nice wavy line all-over quilting and 30wt Sulky Blendable thread. With the Dream Cotton batting it’s super soft ready to keep somebody warm in the near future.



What next? My stack of log cabin blocks from December have been waiting to be stitched together. It did take me a while to decide what to do with them. With no advance planning and no extra of the printed fabrics I just had to make them work. We need 36″ finished square quilts for our log cabin challenge at Naperville Modern Quilt Guild…  I added 32 solid squares to the 32 pieced ones. They each finish at four and a half inches so those logs are 1/2″ wide.

I think I like it. A sort of de-constructed barn raising setting?


Now it’s on the design wall, waiting for inspiration to strike on the quilting… I have some ideas but I think I will wait until I get back from QuiltCon…

I’m flying on Thursday morning. The excitement rises.



  1. Greta said:

    Catherine, that log cabin quilt is gorgeous!! It reminds me of some kind of pixelated digital image…I love it!

    February 19, 2013
  2. Stephanie Rose said:

    I LOVE the log cabins Catherine! I can’t wait to see how that comes together. I am anticipating a great time at QuiltCon and will look forward to your posts. Happy and safe travels.

    February 19, 2013
  3. Vicky Laws said:

    Love Jean’s quilt – your log cabin looks amazing – my one attempt at a log cabin was using Wooly flannels – the first three rows went together beautifully – the last 3 rows were at least 4-6 inches longer.. Have a great trip to QuiltCon.

    February 19, 2013
  4. Joanne Harmata said:

    I like the way the log cabin came together! looks great with the white squares and splashes of color… it makes it look like the color is growing into the white spaces. Enjoy the warm Texas weather!!

    February 19, 2013
  5. Catherine Perrin said:

    Love the log cabin, would love to see it when you have quilted it .
    Do you always wash your quilts when you have finished them?

    February 19, 2013
    • catherineredford said:

      Hi Catherine! No, I rarely wash my quilts… This one needed it for the look I was going for with the quilting. I am interested to see how the quilts are displayed at QuiltCon, looking washed, or “new”.

      February 19, 2013
  6. Gill said:

    Loving the log cabin one particularly!

    February 19, 2013

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