My choice was a variety of Log Cabin in red, white and blue. The instructions for making this top follow.
Log Cabin Medallion:
1 piece 2-1/2”
1 piece 3-1/2”
1 piece 5-1/2”
1 piece 6-1/2”
Of various blue and red print fabrics, cut 2-1/2” strips. Subcut these strips into pieces that are 3-1/2” and 5-1/2”.
To assemble the mini-block, sew a 2-1/2” background piece to the 2-1/2” center block.
Working counter-clockwise around the block, next sew a 3-1/2” background strip to the first 2 pieces.
Then, alternating red and blue, add a 3-1/2” strip, then a 5-1/2” strip.
Still working counter-clockwise, attach a 5-1/2” background strip.
Last, add the final strip, a 6-1/2” background strip. The photo on the right shows the progression of the block as each piece is added.
Your mini-block is complete, as shown in the photo on the left. Four mini-blocks, set with the red and blue fabrics to the center and the background fabrics on the outside edges, comprise one complete block, 12-1/2” unfinished.
The pieces can be chain-sewn, and when the four mini-blocks are completed, I squared them up with my 12-1/2" square ruler on a rotary cutting mat. The rotary mat isn't a necessity, but it certainly saves moving the block to trim it. The photo below shows the finished 12-1/2" block. I like the way the center looks as if the fabrics are woven. The four squares of the dark blue fabric seems to form a "square" in the back of the block.
These quilts can be bed sized or simply a good size for snuggling under. I will probably bind it in the navy blue fabric of the centers. I plan to do some machine quilting on the top... some stitch in the ditch, and perhaps another design of some sort on the blocks and/or on the background fabric. I'm still learning to do free motion quilting, and I my attempts are definitely not very professional yet. Another photo of the finished flimsy is shown below.
The quilts are to be presented in a coordinating tote bag or pillow case. I will make a pillow case, but haven't yet decided on the fabrics I will use.
I made quilts for all of my children and grandchildren for Christmas gifts. Only Griffin chose not to get one, but opted for lounge pants and slippers instead. I had made him a Storm at Sea quilt some years ago, and I made some pillowcases to match in an Orca whale pattern.
To the right is a photo of my Minnesota grandchildren and their mother, with their Christmas quilts. Notice how 4-year old Charlotte has hers proudly spread out so that the whole quilt is visible. My son is absent from the photo, as he was the photographer! Charlotte's quilt is another log cabin variation, made entirely of scraps (except for the borders) from other quilting projects. My son said she giggled when she opened it, loving the kittens playing on the border. Quentin's Cars 9-patch is shown in an earlier blog, as are Ava's and their parents' quilts.
I will make another Quilt of Valor, perhaps something with a 5" charm in the pattern. I am thinking it may be a variation on a Rail Fence block. I will take photos and do a tutorial on that, also.
Today I made some microwave bowl potholders, too. They are the neatest things! And so handy... I'll do a tutorial on my blog on those soon. In the meantime, I hope you are staying warm and that your dreams are colored with crocuses and daffodils. It won't be long before they appear... unless you are living in the frigid northlands!