QM Scrap Squad: Melvas Log Cabin Quilt Saga

We didn’t have any trouble rounding up a few quilters to be part of our Addicted to Scraps sewing team this year. Their job is to take Bonnie Hunter’s blocks for Quiltmaker and turn them into unforgettable quilts.

Every regular issue has a block from Bonnie in a column called Addicted to Scraps. See all of the past blocks. The summer issue features Log Cabin Love, a nifty little Log Cabin quilt block with a creative twist: its center is a half-square triangle.

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Melva Nolan from Trinidad, Colorado made a quilt using Log Cabin Love blocks. And it turned out to be no small matter.

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A photo Melva had saved for years served as inspiration.

Melva began with the intention to make a throw-size quilt in blues and browns, but about 20 blocks in, changed her mind. She’d been musing over a couple of things in her “save” box, including the layouts above and below.

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This Log Cabin quilt also influenced Melva’s design.

To pull it off, Melva made 108 blocks using her scraps, supplemented by her Addicted to Scraps friends when she worried about running short. Soon it was on her design wall and then it was ready for quilting.

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Ready for quilting

Melva used wool batting and loved the results. She snapped a picture of the finished quilt.

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OH NO!

OH NO!

Look carefully at the left side of the quilt. There are a couple of blocks out of sync. She didn’t see them until she looked at the photo, and Melva was not a happy quilter. She says, “I tossed it aside in disappointment.” I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t feel the same.

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Melva decided to take everything apart and fix the mistakes.

Melva is a better woman than I am, because she was determined to fix the quilt. Keep in mind that she was sewing on a deadline for Quiltmaker—and deadlines always add more stress to sewing. She took out the quilting, unsewed the blocks, rotated them properly, sewed them back in by hand, and replaced the quilting.

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The blocks were carefully handsewn back into the quilt.

Here is her second “finish.”

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Melva’s second finish

She apologized for the rays across the top, but personally, I think that God just decided to bless her persistence. You can kind of hear angels singing the Hallelujah Chorus.

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Melva’s quilt label

 

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