On my previous blog post I told you a bit about my inspiration for making this banner. Pattern is from Irene at Sweet Seasons of Life blog – log cabin cross pattern . The colors I used are grey and burgundy, and I used “Susies Magic Binding” technique. I quilted it with 60 weight Bottom Line thread from Superior Threads – Silver # 623. Yes, I used Bottom Line as the top & bobbin thread. This silver thread reflects the colors around it, and since my quilting was all across the grey, it almost disappears. I quilted rays out from the cross. I did mark the rays out using my ruler a my blue clover water erasable marking pen. On the bottom section the rays are 2.5″ apart along the border. On the top section, they are 2″ apart. (Last LC banner I made, I did measure carefully, I eyeballed it). I stitched carefully in the ditch around the very outside of the cross, and in the ditch on the 2 borders . Ample quilting with out being too distracting from the piecework I think.
I must remember to make some notes on this pattern. It is fat quarter friendly for everything except the cross and the borders, backing and binding. Need about 1/3 of a yard for the borders. I like a light color for border # 1, and a dark color for border # 2. In this case, I used the same grey for border # 1 as I did for the center of the log cabin block. The pattern does need a little correcting – for instance the beginning of the instructions say “sew a light shade strip to the center.” It should say “sew a dark strip to the center”. The pattern is pretty easy to figure out if you lay out the block before you start sewing. Also, unless my seam allowances are too wide, I think in almost every round, I had to trim from 1/4 to 1/2″ off as I added the strip.
I just need to finish up stitching the sleeve on the back and make a label. Otherwise, it is complete. Size is 25 x 34.
Now it is time to start thinking about the next project! I think I have a new super hero cape to make for a granddaughter, and a BATMAN cape for a grandson. Might want to get busy with them as they asked for them on my last visit. Oh, and then there is also the Scrap Dance Quilt Along! The final instructions were posted on Sept 9, and I just saved them today. Maybe I will finish that up in a baby quilt size first! (Gosh I love retirement!)