Thursday, November 3, 2011

When Harry Met Sally

Have you ever worked on a quilt project that you just couldn't sleep? You were so excited to see it all come together that you would sneak off to your sewing machine for hours at a time?
I make alot of quilts but I must say that this happens to me a couple of times a year.  I even dream about sewing the quilt when I do sleep. I know this may seem extremely odd to some of you, but for those that have caught the fever they will know exactly what I am talking about.
My quilt is featured in the current issue of American Patchwork and Quilting.
While I was making this quilt, I thought I should name it When Harry Met Sally. You all know the hiliarious movie starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal?

If you read my blog often you know that I like to mix different moda designers lines to challenge myself on fabric combinations. I choose two totally opposite groups, Little Gatherings by Primitive Gatherings and paired it with Etchings by 3 sisters. Just like the movie where two total strangers meet, these two fabric lines seem strange to include in the same project.
But I love it!

As I sewed the dark browns, blacks, tans, blues and greys on one side and then mixed the soft romantic floral on the other side, I couldn't help but think of this movie and the power of opposites attracting whether in a chick flick, real life or a patchwork quilt. Throwing in some medium fabrics on both sides for the "Clash Factor" helps make it all interesting.


The Log Cabin block is one of my all time favorites. I made larger blocks for a graphic look. The color and layout options are endless. You can find all the instructions on how to make this quilt in American Patchwork & Quilting, but I have taken those same blocks and given you several layout options below.

I didn't name it When Harry met Sally for the magazine but will probably always refer to it as that.

So with any quilt I make I have a few scraps left over. It isn't enough to make the quilt but it will get you started and I am giving it away here along with a copy of the magazine.

Leave a comment and tell me your favorite quilt block.
I will pick a winner Saturday night the 5th of November.
Make sure you have an e-mail address that I can contact you.


my beautiful scraps

this isn't a great picture but I had to introduce Bo's new puppy, Cassie. A black lab with huge feet just like my boys!

Thank you for stopping by. Good Luck and Happy Quilting.

COMMETNS FOR THE GIVEAWAY CLOSED.

The Winner is
charlotte said...



I love the idea of mixing two such different lines. How clever of you to have come up with that. It never would have occurred to me. I love the log cabin. I also love the simple 9 patch.


November 3, 2011 6:31 PM

72 comments:

  1. Yes, that is one of my favorite blocks, too. I love the graphic nature of the log cabin - how it can look so modern in one setting, and so comfortable and traditional in another. Lovely job.

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  2. The Log Cabin block is one of my favorites also. It is so versatile as it can be precise, scrappy or wonky. I love the colors of this quilt. Nice work!

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  3. Funny the log cabin is my favorite block and barn raising the grouping I do most. I've wanted to do a big contrast quilt but hadn't thought of those two lines together. May have to think about it. PattiO

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  4. I'm a sucker for log cabin blocks. There are so many layout possibilities and I love to use up my scraps making them.

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  5. A traditional nine-patch has always been my favorite, and I never wanted to do a log cabin - UNTIL NOW! I love your quilt, and I love your layout options, especially the zigzags and diagonal stripes. I can't wait to make a few log cabin quilts!

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  6. I subscribe to this magazine and have your quilt marked as a must do project. It really is beautiful. Picking a favorite block is really tough though. Log Cabin was the first block I made when I started quilting and I loved it, still do, but I think I'll have to say Churn Dash for mine. Of course that's my mood today...tomorrow may be different. *wink*
    Thanks so much for a chance to win this great quilting treasure. Hugs...

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  7. Congratulations, what a beautiful log cabin quilt. I love that you have mixed the two collections. I have too many favourite blocks.

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  8. Love those fabrics and the colors you chose. I'm at Quilt Festival and was at the Primitive Gatherings booth last night. Love their stuff. I could go crazy there.

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  9. I love the flying geese version. Why, you ask? Really, if you knew me, I strongly dislike triangles. Love the effect, but not the trimming. This sure is pretty. I love log cabins, but I think the sawtooth star is one of my favs.

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  10. Wow! How nice to see so many variations of setting for one block together. Yours is eye catching. I have only hand quilted one for a client. Must put that on my to do list...........Thanks Georgeann

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  11. This is a beautiful quilt - thank you for sharing. I, too, like the log cabin for its ability to show so many sides.

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  12. What a gorgeous quilt! I love the color combination. My favorite block? Well, perhaps it's New York Beauty, although I've never attempted it.

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  13. I have ALWAYS wanted to make a log cabin quilt and yours is so beautiful! I'm so inspired! My fav block is a simple 9 patch.... congrats on the magazine (oh-- and cute puppy!)
    ~robin
    welchrobin@hotmail.com

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  14. Lissa!
    LOVE IT!! BEAUTIFUL quilt!! I love the 3 dimentional-ness of it!! Beautiful job!

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  15. I love your log cabin quilt. Log cabin is one of my favorite blocks, too, although I'm always amazed at how much fabric they take. It seems like you lose a lot in the seam allowances, but it's a great way to reduce your stash, and I haven't ever seen a log cabin quilt I didn't like. Thanks for the different layout ideas.

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  16. My favorite block is the log cabin. I love your quilt and the idea of using opposite fabric lines. It worked out perfectly!

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  17. My husband saw that quilt and commented on how much he liked it. I was in awe of the fabrics you chose, because they are total opposites! I'm hoping to make it for him now.

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  18. Scrap quilts are my favorite, so I think string blocks are the best!

    Your quilt is beautiful!

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  19. Your log cabin is beautiful. I have log cabin blocks that I made about 15 years ago that I've never made into a quilt. This may just be the inspiration I need to do to.
    Right now my favorite block is any type of string block. I love how random scraps can be sewn together to make something beautiful!

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  20. Such a beautiful quilt! Love the combination. I love geom├ętric desIgns and i love the disappearing nine patch. Congrats On your work!

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  21. my fave block would be a..........all of the traditional, stars, flying geese, pinwheels, etc. it is so hard to choose one. i love your quilt lissa!!

    stacey
    stacey@staceysplace.com

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  22. Lovely quilt, and the last pic with the puppy - dah! My go to, favorite block is a 9 patch friendship star in all it's variations.

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  23. Log Cabin is my favorite block of all. I love all the different patterns you can make from this one block, and I also love how versatile it can be just by your choice of fabrics. From scrappy, to patriotic, to shabby, to modern they all work, and each one of them looks fantastic.
    gmp505@aol.com

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  24. I really KNOW what you mean *LOL* Beautiful quilt :)

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  25. Beautiful quilt! I love the log cabin block too. It's so versatile and forgiving. And fun to make! I dream about projects all the time. Sometimes I'll be FMQ or designing or shopping for fabric. Once I had a nightmare that a house guest made a quilt with my favorite pile of fabric! HA!

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  26. I like the log cabin too. This is a beautiful quilt - thank you for sharing.

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  27. Love it! And the name is perfect. I've been wanting to make a log cabin quilt and love the streak of lightning setting, so these would be used for that.

    Thanks!
    Sandy A

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  28. My favorite block is the Ohio Star. There's just something about star blocks in general--I'm always drawn to them. I especially like scrappy star quilts.

    I'm currently obsessed with finishing a quilt, but for a different reason that you--this was one of my first quilts and I made so many mistakes sewing it together. I've practically worn out my seam ripper tearing out poorly constructed blocks. I've finished the first row and I love the way it's going. I just want it done so I can move on!

    Etchings is my current favorite line of fabric. I would not have thought about mixing it with Little Gatherings, but they look terrific together. Maybe my next quilt will be a Log Cabin...

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  29. Both of those fabric lines are just so beautiful! I'm working on an applique project w/Etchings and you're right it's just beautiful!!! But would love some scraps to make some other wonderful project.

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  30. I love how you think! The story behind it is just as fun as the quilt itself! I'm not putting in for the scraps because I just recently won Fresh Fabric Treats from you. Thank you! More 'must makes' added to the list. Right now, my favorite block is the Granny Square block...I'm still working on that other quilt of yours!

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  32. Your quilt looks wonderful! I really like log cabin quilts and it is on my to do list. My favourite block would be Dresden Plate. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  33. I adore this quilt! Log Cabins are wonderful. I made a very large block log cabin for my father a few years ago. The centers were very big too! It is all in tans, black and creams with a little rust too.

    I would love to win the giveaway for my DIL, who would love to make quilts. I think giving her a project in the works would be great!

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  34. Log cabin blocks have been a favorite of mine for a long time. I've made several log cabin quilts for beds and as wall decor. Actually I have a king size log cabin quilt about 3/4 done. They are a great way to use up scraps. I'd love to win your scraps! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  35. Your quilt is beautiful~! My favorite block is the card-trick. I just like the way it looks.

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  36. "When Harry Met Sally"...one of my all-time favorite movies! And, of course, the scene in the restaurant..LOL...and that the older lady that says, "I'll have what she's having..." priceless and that it was Billy Crystal's mother.

    Sorry, I've rambled on about the movie and you were asking about a favorite block ~~ I'm thinking a good Log Cabinned Pineapple...with the center of each Pineapple block having the red square! A warm, inviting fire-red!

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  37. It's a gorgeous quilt, I love the name, I just don't have the patience for a bed size log cabin :) Fave block, well just a simple nine patch, so versatile :) Thank you for sharing, and your scraps oh , be still my beating heart!

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  38. My favorite is log cabin!!! I love your quilt!!

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  39. My favorite block is any basket block. I started a log cabin quilt several years ago at a retreat using 1" strips & you inspire me to pull it out & get it done. I love the fabrics you used & would love to win your strips.

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  40. Your log cabin is awesome! My fav block is the log cabin and I have made two log cabin quilts from scraps. I love scraps and I would love to win your scraps. I would put them to good use.

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  41. Log cabin blocks are so fun to make. Love yours! Oh, I could have lots of fun with your scraps!

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  42. How awesome is it to have your quilt in APQ magazine! Congrats! Your quilt is beautiful. My first ever quilt was a log cabin and we have had a romance ever since. But I am a sucker for a star block. I love them all! I have lost count of how many star blocks I have made over the years.

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  43. Oh I love this quilt, and and the love cabin block! I am amazed at all the different layouts and looks from the same block! I really want to make a log cabin quilt!

    Jenny in Florida

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  44. I love anything with a star I must admit. I have a small quilt made of Log Cabin and Courthouse Steps blocks that I had quilted. It's my favorite quilt.

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  45. It's a toss-up for me - sawtooth stars and log cabins...and maybe ohio stars, too :)

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  46. I love to mix the fabrics up. Much more fun than just using one line. The only log cabin I've ever made, is my quilted jacket. It was fun. I'd love to win these fabrics and the magazine. My favorite quilt block is usually the one I'm working on at the time.

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  47. Lisa, Love the quilt and I thought you probably used some of the primitive gatherings in it... I do think it turned out too wonderful. The Log Cabil block is also my favorite with the Dresden plate a close second.. Thanks for the give away!

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  48. I love the idea of mixing two such different lines. How clever of you to have come up with that. It never would have occurred to me. I love the log cabin. I also love the simple 9 patch.

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  49. Love your quilt! My favorite blocks are baskets and log cabins (in the barn raising setting). Thanks for the chance to win!

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  50. Beautiful quilt. I love the sawtooth star block. Thanks for the chance to win your scraps. :-)

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  51. I love "When Harry Met Sally" and could give you a list of my favorite quotes, One being: "When you meet the person you want to spend the rest of your life with, you want the rest of your life to begin immediately."

    I am a new quilter and am in love with scrappy quilts! I love log cabins where some of the strips have been made of different triangles, square and rectangular pieces.

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  52. Love your quilt featured in the magazine. I think the log cabin block can be really versatile as far as setting the blocks together. I'm also a nine patch and bear paw block lover.

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  53. Most recent favorite is the pinneaple block. But maybe bc I am working on those now!
    -amy

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  54. I love the log cabin block & really love your quilt with those fabrics. Might have to try them myself!
    Wow!!

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  55. Beautiful quilt! I have made one log cabin quilt and it took me forever to finish. I started it when my daughter was in middle school, put it away for a while, rediscovered it and finished it by the time she was married. It did turn out very nice and I get compliments on it. Why did it take me so long? No reason - I'm just slow!

    I think my all time favorite block in anything to do with stars.

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  56. My favorite quilt block is the log cabin for its versatility. Love that quilt! Little Gatherings and Etchings together, When Harry Met Sally fits it perfectly. I watched that movie today, always love to see the windswept tulip quilt on her bed. Cassie seems to be a sweetie. Thank you for the gorgeous, inspiring quilt.

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  57. I love any block with a star! I love this quilt and the fabrics you used. I would have never thought to pair these two lines. Love how it turned out!

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  58. I think I have more than one favorite, but I know there are some that I definitely don't like! It seems that I'm always including a churn dash block or a star one. I adore sunbonnet sue, she's just so whimsical. Log cabins are simple, but when combined in different layouts can look so intricate. I could go on, but I won't, lol. Thanks for a giveaway.

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  59. I have a few faves, but Log Cabins are toward the top of my list--probably because of the layout options. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how you mixed such opposing lines of fabrics. This is so BEAUTIFUL. It has inspired me to be a bit more daring on my next project. Thanks!!

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  60. My favorite block is Ohio Star.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  61. Well, I sure hit a lucky post!! Not only do I love Log Cabin block, but I want fat 1/4 bundles of both of those lines!! I never thought of mixing them though, and it's beautiful! I might love Log Cabin because it was the first block I learned from beginners class many years ago. We used 1" strips (yes, we did!). It was to also teach us accuracy. I made a table runner from Cristal Cartars book - then the Santa face. Even at 1" I was hooked!!
    It would be awesome to win this!!

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  62. I love how this looks from a distance! Great layout options, too.

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  63. Love your quilt!! The colors make the pattern pop! My favorite is the string block. I love the Log Cabin too! Thanks for a chance to win this giveaway! :)

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  64. Beautiful quilt! My favorite blocks are anything with stars. Thanks for a chance to win!

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  65. Your quilt is gorgeous!!! One of my favorite blocks is the pinwheel.
    I would love to make a log cabin quilt in the barn raising setting. Thanks for the chance to win.
    onlybas@aol.com

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  66. What a beautiful quilt. I love log cabin quilts.

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  67. I am new in the quilting world and have been happy with the nine patch, but it would be wonderful (and a little scary!) to try a log cabin. Your quilt is awesomely beautiful - I love your fabric choices and the light and dark blocks. You are very talented!

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  68. I loved all your arrangements. It is so amazing how just flipping something can make a totally different look. That is a great quilt. Actually, my favorite quilt block is the log cabin and I probably make some variation every other quilt I make. I like to sew strips together!

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  69. I love how the log cabin block can make many different quilt "looks" with the layout of the block, great post, great visuals....
    my favorite block is the nine patch , with the log cabin a very close second!
    I love your quilt and yes its on my list of quilts to make now! Actually would love to make all the quilts you have layouts for above.

    Kathie

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  70. I think my favourite block is New York Beauty but there aren't very many blocks that I don't like. I really like paper piecing so I don't mind tiny log cabins and pineapples. There are so many more quilts just waiting to be made.

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  71. I love that quilt - what an interesting challenge! Your scraps look very, very temping :0) My favorite block is a sawtooth star block.

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