Monday, 16 March 2015

Scrappy Log Cabin Quilt - Ta Da!

It's been a funny old week. Last Monday, I had 3 dental implants fitted. My teeth are the product of post war dentistry (where dentists were rewarded for doing things to your teeth) and as a consequence I have had 4 teeth removed in the past. I decided now I'm a lady of leisure to have the implants ( after some research) and duly went along. I declined the sedation offered ( I am an anaesthetist ! and think sedation, which is very tricky even in trained hands, should be avoided if at all possible) but then again, I am also very stoical and knew it wouldn't upset me like it does some people. Everything went to plan and it only took an hour. I was put on a course of antibiotics as is usual after having foreign bodies drilled into your bones. I had  underestimated how under the weather I would feel for some time afterwards. My mouth is really very sore and as both sides of my mouth are involved ,eating is difficult and painful. The antibiotics have also reeked havoc- I won't go into detail as that would be tmi! It's left me feeling a bit low, which is not like me.
Anyway, I have forced myself to finish my scrappy log cabin quilt, which I had never planned to do but as is often the case with these things, is now a firm favourite. I joined in the #scrappylogcabinqal on IG and then had to see it to fruition.

It's raining outside, so I can't get any sunny pictures sadly! This photo does not truly convey the lovely colours. I bound it with Kona Midnight again ( like my blue chequers quilt) because it matches the back so perfectly and I had used some Kona Midnight in the log cabins but I added two small flashes of colour as well.

 The design evolved organically again. I made 20 log cabin blocks which exhausted my supply of longer scrappy strips. Fortunately, I had a smallish piece of the Kona Robins egg which I was able to use for the border. However, I didn't quite have enough to go all the way round, hence the coloured blocks in the border at each end to make up the deficit. The back is more of the Lizzie House constellations.

I quilted it with an overall pattern called Greek Key, again using freehand free  motion quilting, not a pantograph. This gives a slightly more graphic look which I like.
I had never intended to make this quilt, but it has turned into one of my favourites. I'm going to be sad to send it off to Siblings Together!
Quilt Stats
Size: 58 x 71 inches
Top made up of scrappy log cabins
Back : Lizzie House constellations
Binding: Kona Midnight
Wadding : Hobbs 80/20
Quilted ( top and bottom threads) with So Fine 50 wt in light grey ( 408)
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  1. I hope you feel better soon Carol, I'm sure all the pain will be worth it in the long run. What a beautiful quilt you've made (another one, my goodness you're on a roll with these blue quilts!) and I love the little bits of colour in the border too. A bit like a key on a graph. I hope you make a speedy recovery.

  2. LOVE your quilt! The colors and the scrappy log cabin blocks are perfect, and the "border enhancement" is great! I once used small blocks in a border for the same reason and that ended up being one of the things I loved most about the quilt. I hope you will feel better soon!

  3. Sorry to hear you have been suffering. I too am a product of no fluoride in the water and very well off dentists and a consequent mouth so full of metal it would do the iron man proud! But the quilt is beautiful. Just love the touches of contrasting colour. They really add something. I must be braver with mine!

  4. Ah Carol that all sounds pretty grim, I hope you are soon back to good health. This is another stunning blue quilt! Are these all the scraps left over from the other blues? Siblings together will be delighted to receive it I'm sure.

  5. I love your quilting, Carol! Maybe you needed something to take your mind off the pain. Respect is due to no anaesthetic for your implants. I had root canal on one tooth last year and couldn't have done it without it! Hope you're feeling better soon. And I might come and steal this quilt! I hope I can get my blue improv one to look as good.

  6. I hope you're feeling better by now; I think you're really brave to have that work done voluntarily, and without sedation! I love the quilt, especially those dashes of colour among the blue - bravo!

  7. such a lovely quilt! dental work is always traumatizing for me. i'm impressed you declined the sedation. wow.

  8. Wow you having work done without anaesthetic! I remember between daughter number one and daughter number two having to buy 'extras' every time I was prescribed antibiotics, strangely between daughter number 2 and son I wasn't afflicted once! I've not been on antibiotics since my son was born so time will tell how I fare from now on!

    I love your quilt and for me the finishing touch is those little squares in the border.