3412: Home to Kentucky

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Home to Kentucky features two traditional quilt blocks, the Log Cabin and the Ohio Star. Sara Gallegos and Angela Huffman teach the tried-and-true methods for constructing these blocks. The result is a traditional, tone-on-tone quilt that will always feel like home!

You may be asking why a quilt featuring modified Ohio Star quilt blocks bears the name Home to Kentucky. The fabric line, Susanna’s Scraps by Betsy Chutchian for Moda Fabrics, is partially inspired by the journals of Mary Susanna Lunsford Brown, who emigrated from Kentucky to Texas in 1857. Something about the colors and the quilt blocks felt like Kentucky; whether Mary Susanna Lunsford Brown ever returned to Kentucky, I don’t know, but home to Kentucky is straight where my heart went when I saw the quilt!

Sara’s quilt is based on My Country, by Cheryl Miller, which originally published in Love of Quilting May/June 2014 issue. Sara’s version appears in the 3400 series pattern eBooklet and Love of Quilting November/December 2019 (available September 2019).

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My Country (left) by Cheryl Miller is a spectacular patriotic quilt. The browns, creams, and muted reds in Sara’s version (right), called Home to Kentucky, softens the design slightly, but still have enough value contrast to make the design work.

While they worked, Angela and Sara talked about strategies for organizing your Log Cabin strips. “I don’t know if you remember at the tips table,” said Angela, “but somebody wrote in saying that she used an old silverware tray to keep all of her ‘logs’ organized.”

“Our viewers are so clever!” said Sara.

We have to agree! Emily Sargent’s tip ran on the 3200 series, and was published in Love of Quilting July/August 2019 issue. She wrote, “Before cutting fabric for a Log Cabin quilt, I label two silverware trays (one for lights, the other for darks) with the measurement of each log patch. It works wonderfully to prevent the fabric lengths from getting mixed up!”

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Emily Sargent, of Borger Texas, submitted a tip about using utensil trays to organize Log Cabin strips. What a handy tip!

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