Saturday, April 29, 2017

April One Monthly Goal

Finishing my Fiesta Log Cabin quilt top was my One Monthly Goal for the month of April. It is also one of my projects for the 2017 UFO Challenge at Patchwork Times. I am very happy to say that my goal has been reached!

I started the Fiesta Log Cabin quilt in 1998, piecing 36 Log Cabin blocks, joining them together, and adding borders. Unfortunately, I was never happy with the finished look of this quilt top. It was an awkward size (55" square) and I didn't like how the borders turned out.
Fiesta Log Cabin, 1998 version
I decided to remove the borders, stitch more blocks to make the quilt rectangular, and maybe change the border design. Here is my first attempt with an extra row of blocks added to the top and bottom, plus a new possibility for the borders. At this point, the center of the quilt measured about 42" x 56", and adding borders would take it up to 54-56" x 68-70".
I still wasn't wild about the borders, so I decided to eliminate them entirely and add another row of blocks all the way around the quilt, taking the pieced area up to 56" x 70". That meant making 32 more blocks to add to the 48 that were already done. 
Fiesta Log Cabin, 56" x 70"
I considered going with an asymmetrical setting, but decided to stick with the centered Barn Raising set. The blocks have all been joined together into a quilt top, and that was my goal for April. I'm happy with the way this top turned out, and look forward to getting it quilted sometime soon. I think I have enough of the lighter print for a back. Speaking of the fabric, here is a closer shot featuring both prints.
I am linking up with the One Monthly Goal--April Finish Link-up at Elm Street Quilts and with the 2017 UFO Challenge at Patchwork Times.

Julie in GA


  1. this is incredible--love those prints together--lovely hugs, Julierose

  2. What an interesting project to tackle! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish.

  3. Love the final version you worked out! Congrats on meeting your OMG and on getting another UFO one step closer to being off the list.

  4. It is inspiring the way you've persevered to create this quilt top. From removing the borders, to adding another border block and considering going asymmetrical, you've created a beautiful work of art. Thank you for including the close-up photo showing the familiar pattern - well done!


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