Friday, December 6, 2013

Christmas Quilts Past, Part 3

My first quilt was a log cabin, made in a class based on Eleanor Burns' Quilt in a Day book.  While I was working on that quilt, my sister told me she was pregnant so it became a baby quilt for Nicholas , who is about to celebrate his 21st birthday (yikes!).

This is my second log cabin quilt, made using fabric left over from the three scrappy star quilts in Monday's post. 

 
By the time I made this quilt, I knew about longarm quilting so I "outsourced" the quilting for this one.  I has an all-over design of holly leaves using a varigated red and green thread that shows up very nicely in the light portions of the quilt. 

 
I've been thinking about making another log cabin quilt; that may go on my "list" for 2014.   But something for my short-term list are embellished kitchen towels.  I made these a couple of years ago, super easy, and they make a good hostess gift, teacher gift, or gift exchange-type present. 

 
I bought the base towels at Target; you can get similar at Walmart, Home Goods, or Bed Bath & Beyond.  I sewed strips of fabric together, then sewed the ric rac at the top and bottom edges, turned it under and top-stitched to the towel, turning in a quarter inch at each side.  I added prairie points to the towel in the middle; not difficult but it does take more time. 
 
I'm looking forward to a crafty and quilty weekend; I hope you have some fun planned too!
 
 

3 comments:

straythreads said...

love the traditonal Christmas colors! very nice great towels

Mary Truax said...

Hi Cathy. Thanks for sharing your Christmas quilts and tree skirt. The patterns you chose really showcase the beautiful fabrics. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


JoAnne said...

The quilting on the log cabin does show up nicely. It is a pretty quilt. I love the towel idea. I've seen the idea before, but sort of forgot about them. I have some scraps of a great fabric I was wanting to use. I may make some of these! Thanks.

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