Mendocino log cabins

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Look, look! I (finally!) finished a quilt top. This was probably the biggest reason for the lack of productivity this summer (by the way, it’s another boy!). I finally feel interested in sewing again, and there’s even a bit of time for it now that Max is back in preschool, but then we started a construction project at our house which displaced my sewing space. This one was finished up at the dining room table amid the plastic walls and construction noise.

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I received a surprise fat quarter bundle from Windham Fabrics a while ago of the reissue of Heather Ross’s Mendocino. It seems I just can’t resist Heather’s prints, because even though I still wasn’t really feeling up for sewing, I found myself diving into my stash for coordinating prints and cutting them all up into strips for this log cabin quilt.

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I like the mix of prints in this line – lots of bold colors but then also a number of low volume prints on white or peachy-colored backgrounds. I opted to use the orange, gold, fuchsia and plum colored prints from this line for this quilt (though don’t worry, the reissue does include those great aquas and browns too!)

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I’ve always been intrigued by this type of log cabin quilt, but have always shied away as I find log cabin blocks a bit slow to construct. I opted to make 10-15 at at a time and chain pieced them and was pleased to find that they came together rather quickly.

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I thought I’d make it baby sized, but then realized I should really up the number of blocks and make it more of a bed sized quilt for Hazel. It should end up about 60″ x 75″ or so, which should work well in a toddler bed (and hey, should she decide she’s not into it, I’ll gladly put it to use myself as a nice lap quilt!)

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It was really fun to get to sew with Heather’s fabulous Mendocino line again! Thanks, Windham Fabrics, for giving me the opportunity to do so! The reissue of Mendocino will be available next March, I believe.

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