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Thread: Simple machine quilting for a Log Cabin Quilt?

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    Hi! New to the forum here but look forward to it!

    I am finishing up my first log cabin quilt and as such, it is a busy quilt on it's own. Can anyone recommend a good quilting "pattern" or other, for the top that will not take away from the log cabin blocks but will still compliment the top? I was already thinking of using an invisible nylon thread for the top thread, but having a hard time figuring out exactly what to do with it.

    My layout is a barn raising set square with well defined lights and darks.

    Thanks!

    My 1st Log Cabin Top!
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    Wow , that is beautiful.....sorry I can't help you with the quilting part but there are lots of ladies here that can.

    I will be watching this one for a LC in blue is on my to do list. :)

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    I will have to do a log cabin. Every time that I see one I like it very much.. Yours is really beautiful.

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    I hand quilted my log cabin by simply going around each square of the block in the ditch. My blocks were finished at 4 inches and the in the ditch stitching looked great when I got it done. You could do the same thing by machine. Its a beautiful quilt. Log Cabin is one of my favorite blocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maryb119
    I hand quilted my log cabin by simply going around each square of the block in the ditch. My blocks were finished at 4 inches and the in the ditch stitching looked great when I got it done. You could do the same thing by machine. Its a beautiful quilt. Log Cabin is one of my favorite blocks.
    That seems very labor intensive even by machine. I'm sure it is beautiful though.

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    Patiently waiting for someone to chime in here with suggestions. I have a wall hanging that needs some TLC and I am not sure what to do either.

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    Beautiful quilt!!! How about feathers in all the light areas, using light beige thread,,, and feathers in the darker areas using a darker thread..???? Quilting will only enhance the beauty of this quilt. Great job!!

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    Beautiful quilt!!! I'm looking to see what others say. I have not finished a log cabin quilt yet!

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    I always do stitch in the ditch on mine. Like the color combo in yours! Great job!

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    Quote Originally Posted by whinnytoo
    Beautiful quilt!!! How about feathers in all the light areas, using light beige thread,,, and feathers in the darker areas using a darker thread..???? Quilting will only enhance the beauty of this quilt. Great job!!
    I agree on this. Anything swirly too. It's so beautiful and also in my top 3 for favorite patterns!! You did a great job :thumbup:

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    Your quilt is gorgeous! I think log cabins look great with SID on all the seams. Or feathers in either the dark or light areas (or both).

    If I use a monofilament thread, I prefer rayon or polyester to nylon. The nylon doesn't hold up as well over time and can be melted by an iron.

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    What a beautiful log cabin quilt. So glad to see the traditional red center too.

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    I quilter my sister's log cabin stitch in the ditch and then I added a tie in the center. It was my second finished quilt. She still loves it.

    Have you looked in the Picture Gallery to see how the other Log Cabins are quilted?

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    Here is the thread with all the pictues of Log Cabins.
    Maybe it will help. If not....you'll enjoy the eye candy! :D

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/user_page.jsp?upnum=2203

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    That quilt top is fabulous!!

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    Are you hand or machine quilting this?

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    Very nice quilt.

    Hint on the invisible thread though. Use the Polyester thread. Rayon and nylon will both melt under the iron and don't hold up as well. Sulky makes a clear Poly and a "smoke" poly for the darker squares.

    I've always liked feathered quilting on log cabins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Qbee
    Here is the thread with all the pictues of Log Cabins.
    Maybe it will help. If not....you'll enjoy the eye candy! :D

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/user_page.jsp?upnum=2203
    Thank you for this link! I just spent the last hour looking at all of the galleries. Such incredible talent! :D

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    I used SID on my courthouse steps and it turned out really well, but if I had it to do over I think I would include some swirly sort of patterns in the sashing.

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    Not much help,but I love your quilt!

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    Your quilt is very beautiful.. I love the log cabin and have made numerous ones. A lot of people will say quilt curves for staight patterns, but, I prefer to quilt 1/4" on either side of the seams on every other log. I like the way it makes things pop.

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    I finished a log cabin last year and had it quilted by someone with a long arm. She did an all over meander which turned out beautiful.

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    Pretty log cabin.I am wondering the best way to quilt a log cabin.

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    Here is a picture of mine, I did stipple and little hearts FM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    Quote Originally Posted by whinnytoo
    Beautiful quilt!!! How about feathers in all the light areas, using light beige thread,,, and feathers in the darker areas using a darker thread..???? Quilting will only enhance the beauty of this quilt. Great job!!
    I agree on this. Anything swirly too. It's so beautiful and also in my top 3 for favorite patterns!! You did a great job :thumbup:
    I have done this and it's beautiful. Another suggestion is an all-over theme such as flowers, cats, horses, are some.

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