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Thread: Log Cabin quilting?

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    I'm in the process of making a lap size Log Cabin quilt. The only quilting I've done has been stitch in a ditch.

    My thought is to have someone else do "fancy" quilting on this quilt, although I don't know. Is "fancy" stitching done on Log Cabins or is it only in the ditch?

    If it makes a difference I am putting it together as a Fields/Furrows pattern.

    Thanks much,
    Ginger

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    i've seen many log cabins quilted in the ditch and they turned out lovely. additionally, i've seen them with curved and swirly designs and still look beautiful. not much help, am i :)

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    I use circles when quilting log cabins.

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    It is up to you what you want. The quilting can impact the design and how the eye sees the quilt. Stitch in the ditch will reinforce the linear geometric pattern of the log cabin blocks.

    Something curvier will soften the rectangular pattern of the block pieces.

    If you want to emphasize the rows and furrows layout you could do dimensional quilting that follows the layout.

    It is amazing how the quilting can change the look of the finished quilt.

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    Hmmm, does anyone have pictures I can look at? I tried googling and didn't come up with what I want to see.

    Lisa--when you say "dimensional quilting that follows the layout" what do you mean?

    Sorry--I've only made 3 quilts and that was years ago. I'm just getting back into this.....

    Thanks again Ladies!
    Ginger

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    do a search on this site...I've seen Charisma do decorative stitches on log cabins and came out beautiful...maybe search Charisma since she posts allot of quilts sent to her for long arm quilting

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    nice idea with decorative stiches.

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    Welcome to the board from Southern California!!

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    Ginger,This is your quilt and should reflect you!Do what ever you want that you like!

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    Thanks for the Welcome!!

    I'll try the search here. I haven't done that yet as I'm still finding my way around the site-

    Ginger

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    I've done plain meandering with good invisible thread.

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    Ultimately it is up to you as to how you want it to look. Whatever you chose will be the right choice.

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    My experience has only been with stitching in the ditch. I wondered what people did with log cabins.....if there was a design that would look nice on it or if I should stick to the ditch.

    Thanks all-
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    Quote Originally Posted by gingerd
    Hmmm, does anyone have pictures I can look at? I tried googling and didn't come up with what I want to see.

    Lisa--when you say "dimensional quilting that follows the layout" what do you mean?

    Sorry--I've only made 3 quilts and that was years ago. I'm just getting back into this.....

    Thanks again Ladies!
    Ginger
    Here are pics of a couple. The blue Log cabin is a pic of my 2nd quilt I ever made. It is hand-quilted in the ditch & then just did a kind of cross hatch in the border. I've done similar w/feathers in the outside borders & think they are really pretty.

    The Court House Steps was done w/just diagonal lines all around the borders, as the top was made to be set up & quilted at a 100th Country Fair & the people who stopped & quilted were invited to "autograph" the top.

    So depending on the size of your borders, anything is acceptable = like all quilts - it's your preference/choice.

    Good luck & be sure & share pics of your finished quilt

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    It'll be beautiful, whatever you do! Follow your own instincts and you'll be happy! Welcome from Alabama!

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    Thanks for the pictures!

    Shirley, I love the Court House Steps! What a neat idea. I had planned to go to a quilt fair this past weekend and I've broken my toe. Consequently no walking around for me until some time in November!

    I also like your stitch/ditch with the diagonal lines thru it. That looks nice too.

    Aww, what's a gal to do???

    Thanks again!
    Ginger

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    Quote Originally Posted by gingerd
    Thanks for the pictures!

    Shirley, I love the Court House Steps! What a neat idea. I had planned to go to a quilt fair this past weekend and I've broken my toe. Consequently no walking around for me until some time in November!

    I also like your stitch/ditch with the diagonal lines thru it. That looks nice too.

    Aww, what's a gal to do???

    Thanks again!
    Ginger
    OUCH - That's a bummer. Hope it doesn't slow you down for too long. (a good excuse to HAVE to "sit" & just quilt) ;-)

    Take care & may all you quilts be filled w/love.

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    before my mid-arm I did a log cabin on my DSM. I used a WALKING FOOT and followed the disign lines, it was a barn raising layout, came out great!

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    Hi from Louisiana. Want to make a Log Cabin quilt someday. Good luck with yours.

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    I have done stitch in the ditch on the log cabin part and then did the scrolls on the borders, looks good. Good Luck

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    Here are some LC's I've sent out to quilted and I think the quilting is gorgeous.
    SID looks fine too but I just love the curves that 'fancy' quilting adds.
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    These are beautiful!

    Thanks so much for sharing your pictures-

    Ginger

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    Where do you stitch in the ditch, around each block or stitch in the ditch at each strip? I have only done free motion quilting (meandering) on my log cabin quilts and they look fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady-T
    Here are some LC's I've sent out to quilted and I think the quilting is gorgeous.
    SID looks fine too but I just love the curves that 'fancy' quilting adds.
    BEAUTIFUL QUILTS!!!

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    Welcome to the board! Stitch in the ditch is good, but I personally like to put Baptist Fans on my log cabins. Old time block pattern with old time quilting design. There are endless ways to quilt so it really is what you prefer and like the best :)

    Christine
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