Scrappy Log Cabin Quilted Pillow {Finish}


Scrappy Quarter Log Cabin Quilted Pillow


Scrappy Quarter Log Cabin Pillow - Spiral Quilting

My scrappy quarter log cabin pillow project is finished and I love everything about it. I love the scrappy fabrics, the colours, the feline backing, the texture (which I randomly run my fingers over) and mainly the enjoyment that making this cushion gave me over this past week.

You know when you enjoy creating a project so much, that you try to slow it down, just to prolong the process? Or is that just me?

After making up a number of these little improvisational scrappy quarter log cabin blocks and trimming them down to 5" square, I sewed them together into a 4 x 4 configuration. I spray basted the top to a piece of batting and then left it on my sewing table to think about the quilting. 



I'm a sucker for spiral quilting, so went ahead and did that, circling around from the centre and just eyeballing the stitches as it went about. I used my machine foot as a guide, but added approximately 1/4" extra space from the previous stitch line. I'm sure the "space" varies between around 1/8" to 1/2", but I'm cool with that. It's improv, right? Anything goes.

The texture was already lovely, but I decided that some hand quilting was needed, so I used some perle 8 cotton in a neutral ecru and stitched within the lines. This took a couple of evenings to do and I finished off the quilting on Friday night when I joined Cheryll and the girls for FNwF. Go check out what everyone else worked on right here.

This morning I settled on and old Cotton & Steel canvas print, designed by Sarah Watts, called 'From Porto with Love' for the backing. Once I'd cut and centred the big cat, I finished it with an envelope style opening. 

It's the perfect size for an 18" cushion (pillow) insert and is now sitting happily on my couch. Slowly, slowly I'm trying to replace old cushions on the couch with fresh new handmade covers. A change is as good as a holiday... or so they say.

This week I finished another book and really enjoyed it. 

Truths from an Unreliable Witness by Fiona O'Loughlin is a very honest and at times, quite shocking memoir by one of Australia's favourite comedians, Fiona O'Loughlin. Fiona shares her life story, her long battle with alcohol and drugs and the way it has shaped her life, her children's lives and her family life - all the while performing stand-up to sold out shows around the world.

It's book 4/26 of my 2021 goal. Yay!

Linking with FNwF - WWL 

18 comments

  1. Love it! Love everything about it....the quilting, the cute cat backing( I am a cat lover) , the log cabin design and the fabrics. Looking forward to seeing the next one.

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  2. Oh this is adorable, wonderful finish.

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  3. The perfect backing for a fun cushion.

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  4. Your pillow is so bright and cheerful. Love all of those scrappy fabrics and your cute backing.

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  5. I do so like the spiral quilting. It looks so good against the perfect squares.

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  6. Wonderful quilt design. Finished very well!!! Anyway, Broadway Fabrics is here with an amazing Quilt Patterns from Notions Supplies. Check the dazzling range now!

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  7. Gorgeous! I love how you combined hand and machine quilting stitches on this project! Simply scrumptious!

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  8. Nice and bright cushions, there never seem to be enough of them :-)

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  9. When I saw this pillow on Instagram, I immediately loved it, but now that I can see the quilting closer, I like it even more! A combo of machine quilting and hand quilting is one of my favorite things to do with a quilt. I just haven't yet done it with a pillow. It's so effective! And I'm curious about what you said... that you spray basted it to a batting. Is that all you did before machine quilting? Or did you add a backing before quilting it? I've never machine quilted a top and batting ONLY, thinking the batting fuzz wouldn't be good for the feed dogs. Tell me more. Now you have me wanting to get moving on my current quilt top, so I can get to hand-quilting. Sitting down for evening hand stitching is something I very much look forward to. Thanks for sharing this pretty with us! As for the book, I've found I don't have much success finding Australian authors in my US library apps. Though there are a few - Kate Morton comes to mind. Thanks for the recommendation.

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  10. Lovely cushion ... both sides equally as pretty.

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  11. I love everything about that cushion too....
    Hugz

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  12. Wow, that is so fun! Love both sides of this lovely pillow!

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  13. Oh, I love your new pillow, both the front and back! It's so cheerful and fun!

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  14. you are so so inspiring Anorina.
    I love the pillow cover so much

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  15. Beautiful pillow...and yes, I love the cat too.

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  16. Really love the quilting , and the colors just speak to me! Stay safe and sew on!

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  17. Such a beautiful pillow! Love the hand quilted touches--brilliant idea! Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

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  18. Such a wonderful touch--adding the hand quilting to your machine spiral quilting!!! Love the improv front and the cute panel back, too!!!

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