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Today I’m sharing my very favorite quilt with you all.  Ha.  It’s my favorite because it’s my most recent quilt I’ve completed ;)   I have a list of quilts I want to make and a log cabin has been on that list for a while.   This is my first log cabin quilt!   But it certainly won’t be the last.   There are so many neat variations of log cabins and it’s a block I don’t think you could ever tire of.

quiltylove_emilydennis-4005 This Art Gallery Observer fabric line by April Rhodes seemed like the perfect fit for a log cabin quilt since it has two color ways.  Blues and golds.  I started this quilt mixing all of the blues on one side of the log cabin and all of the golds on the other.

quiltylove_logcabin It felt a bit too scrappy (and I almost scrapped this entire quilt) so instead I kept the darker blues in one block and the lighter blues in another block and then alternated them in the final layout for a bit more order.  I used the same dark yellow fabric for each center block.  I used a full fat quarter bundle but left out the two yellows on the right.  It did take a little bit of creative piecing for the last few blocks to keep my blocks separated as darks and lights.
quiltylove_emilydennis-3987 quiltylove_emilydennis-4003 I started making this log cabin quilt on a Monday and realized it would make for the perfect birthday gift for a party on Friday so I had to get it done quickly!   So I kept the quilting simple.   Although, I do that a lot even when not on a time crunch :)   I quilted straight lines on each diagonal using my walking foot and then also quilted each block in the ditch vertical and horizontal.   In the ditch quilting means quilting right in the center of the seams.  The quilting line blends into the quilt on the front but you can see this better on the shot of the backing. quiltylove_emilydennis-3992 quiltylove_emilydennis-4013 quiltylove_emilydennis-3993 quiltylove_emilydennis-3995 I used a khaki colored solid I had on hand for the binding.   I like the subtle color of it since this is already such a busy looking quilt.
quiltylove_emilydennis-3998 This Observer Log Cabin quilt is backed in the softest warmest flannel!   Since I was on a time crunch I didn’t have time to order a backing.   I’m so thankful for my local quilt shop and the fact that they carry these beautiful Maywood flannels.  Since we have the longest coldest winters, I thought the recipient might love this flannel addition to this quilt.   And now i need to make myself a flannel backed quilt pronto because my gosh, is it warm and cozy!

quiltylove_emilydennis-3999 quiltylove_emilydennis-4008 quiltylove_emilydennis-4015 quiltylove_emilydennis-4017 quiltylove_emilydennis-4018 I finished this log cabin quilt on Friday morning, grabbed some quick photos and gifted it to my sister in law later that day.  :) quiltylove_emilydennis-3972 quiltylove_emilydennis-3976 If you want to make your own log cabin quilt, Suzy Quilts has a simple log cabin tutorial for you.   I made a total of 42 10inch blocks.

Observer Fabric Line by Art Gallery Fabrics
Backing:  Maywood Flannel
Batting:   Warm and Natural

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  • Daniela of blockMquilts - You are a Speedy Gonzales! This quilt is gorgeous, I love log cabin quilts as well! Great fabric choice!ReplyCancel

  • Holly - Did you use one jelly roll for this quilt? My teenage son has asked me to make a quilt for him and I think these colors and style would be great for him. Thanks so much – this quilt is absolutely beautiful!ReplyCancel

    • Emily@QuiltyLove - I used a fat quarter bundle for this one :) But I would think a jelly roll would work also!ReplyCancel

      • Holly - Thanks so much – I just love how yours turned out!ReplyCancel

  • Mary D - Simply beautiful. Your alternating light blue dark blue blocks worked magic.ReplyCancel

  • Jackie@quiltbythebay - Thank you for describing your design process in making a scrappy quilt look cohesive and not too messy! I love how it looksReplyCancel

  • Jenni shirlwu - I love this quilt so much! So beautiful!ReplyCancel

Today I’m sharing my Dozen Roses quilt!   Keera of Live.Love.Sew released this gorgeous pattern earlier this year.  I love everything Keera does so it was fun to test this one out for her.

The fabric pull for this one is one of my favorites!   I stocked up on Cotton and Steel prints shortly before starting this quilt and pulled from those.  There are a few other fabric prints in there from Anna Marie Horner and Blueberry park.    I actually used these fabrics again for my second scrappy trip quilt.

quiltylove_emilydennis-2510 While the Dozen Roses Quilt is quite large it didn’t take long to put together.   The blocks go together easily and are pretty big.  quiltylove_emilydennis-2603 I didn’t take many photos of this one for some reason so I dug up a few iphone photos.    This is the first quilt I had professionally quilted!   I adore everything Crinkle Love does and looked forward to the day I could send them a quilt.   I wasn’t up for tackling this queen size on my little machine so sending it off was like magic!   And Crinkle Love didn’t disappoint.   I love it so much!!   quiltylove_emilydennis-3985 Dozen Roses was finished off with a white binding.   I tend to like my bindings to be subtle on quilts for beds.   I gifted this one to my parents recently.   I hope they love it as much as I do! quiltylove_emilydennis-4037 Dozen Roses Quilt quiltylove_emilydennis-8975 Fabrics Used:
Various Cotton and Steel fat quarters
Robert Kaufman Kona in White
Backing:   Robert Kaufman Wideback


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I have a new quilt pattern for you today!

I’m so excited to send this Expanding Stars Quilt pattern out into the quilty world!  This quilt is something a little different for me.   First of all it’s a large scale quilt design which is something I have never done.   I love the bold modern statement it makes and I look forward to seeing different versions you quilt makers come up with :)

quiltylove_emilydennis-0601 The second thing that makes this different is it doesn’t have a single solid!   My quilts tend to have a lot of white or light grey and for this one I went with the beautiful cream stars as the background.   I think switching those out for white or another solid would be just as good though!   quiltylove_emilydennis-0550 quiltylove_emilydennis-0629 quiltylove_emilydennis-0568 quiltylove_emilydennis-0622
The Expanding Stars quilt goes together rather quickly despite it’s larger size!   Every single tester made that comment.   The instructions include a super fast way to make the pieces you need for this bold star quilt.

quiltylove_emilydennis-0567 I went with Cotton and Steel’s Print Shop line for my version starting with the fun citrus colored center star.  I adore these bright happy colors on the unbleached cotton backgrounds.   I toned it down with the black triangle print as the backing.
quiltylove_emilydennis-0555 This quilt quilted up in no time by just following the seams.   I like how it keeps it nice and drapey too.   quiltylove_emilydennis-0551 quiltylove_emilydennis-0548 quiltylove_emilydennis-0552 quiltylove_emilydennis-0575 A black and white striped binding finishes this Expanding Stars Quilt off.  quiltylove_emilydennis-0577

Expanding Stars measures 80in square which makes it the perfect large throw size.   Add a border using the same background fabric and you have yourself a bed size quilt.

You can find the Expanding Stars Quilt Pattern in my shop in PDF and Paper form.
Materials Used:
Cotton and Steel’s Print Shop fabric Line
Warm and White Batting
Timeless Treasures striped binding


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Today’s quilt post is one I’m excited to share with you all.  Holly of Bijou Lovely has become a very good friend of mine so when she came out with her first fabric line with Cloud 9 Fabrics I was so excited for her.   I’m convinced there is no limit to her creative talents so it’s no surprise that her Brush Strokes fabric line combines her painting talents with her sewing talents.  Most of her prints are watercolor paintings converted to a fabric medium using her signature color combos.

quiltylove_emilydennis-9204 This was a fabric bundle I couldn’t resist cutting into immediately!   I went with a variation of my Hexie Framed pattern.  I made the hexagons a little larger and made fewer of them for this offset modern quilt design.   This minimalist version has been added to the original pattern :) file-sep-29-3-29-39-pm The inspiration for the background color came from my cutting mat!   I had the hexagons laid out for an Instagram photo and loved how it looked against this color.    file-sep-29-3-29-07-pm I went with 1 inch spaced straight line quilting to keep it fresh and modern.   If you follow along on Instagram then you will know that I pin basted this, quilted a few lines and then decided it was a major baste fail.   So I then re-basted, this time using spray baste (the norm for me) and then finished quilting.
file-sep-29-3-27-11-pm quiltylove_emilydennis-9192 quiltylove_emilydennis-9212
The backing fabric I chose is called Canvas from this Brushstrokes Fabric line and probably my favorite one!  quiltylove_emilydennis-9216 quiltylove_emilydennis-9217 quiltylove_emilydennis-9220 quiltylove_emilydennis-9225 quiltylove_emilydennis-9232 quiltylove_emilydennis-9235 quiltylove_emilydennis-9236
I finished this Brush strokes quilt off with a classic black and white striped binding.   Holly uses a little bit of black through out her line and I thought this binding ties it all together.   Plus I don’t think I’ll ever tire of this binding!    I use the striped fabric from Timeless Treasures.   Perfect stripe spacing in my opinion! quiltylove_emilydennis-9219 quiltylove_emilydennis-9189 quiltylove_emilydennis-9186 You can find my Hexie Framed pattern in my shop. 

Fabrics Used:
Brush Strokes Fabric by Holly Degroot for Cloud 9 Fabrics
Moda Bella Solids Ruby Ice
Binding:   Timeless Treasures Stripe


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  • Shelby Murray - Love it! The pattern and colors are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Kay - This is such a happy quilt, I love the bright hexagons. xReplyCancel

  • Tiffany - Huh. I’m glad to hear that spray basting is still the best (not glad to hear that you had to baste twice ). Every now and then I wonder if I should give pins another try.
    Also, that background color is totally perfect. What is it?ReplyCancel

    • Emily@QuiltyLove - If it’s not broke why try to fix it right!? lol

      The background fabric is a Moda Bella Solid in the color Ruby Ice. :)ReplyCancel