9196 patches

Last week I mentioned a quilt I’d made that set my personal record for the most pieces.


It’s called Shoreline Log Cabin, and is from Judy Martin’s “Log Cabin Quilt Book” which is full of absolutely gorgeous quilts.  The book has directions for 15 quilts, and 6 of them are on my “I-Must-Make-This-Quilt-Before-I-Die” List.


I enlarged the quilt to fit a California King, so there are 121 blocks that finish at 10 inches.  Each block has 76 pieces in it, which adds up to a total of 9196 pieces in this quilt.   I did not think twice about quilting it – I sent it out to a longarmer.  There was no way I could quilt this thing on my little DSM, which, at the time, was the only machine I had.


It was not at all a difficult quilt to piece, there are no curves, no applique, nothing more complicated than straight seams.  It is simply labor-intensive.

The most common questions people have about this quilt:
How long did it take you to make?

I started at Thanksgiving (this was a few years ago) and finished the inner section by Christmas, and worked all day while the kids were in school, then late into the night while they were in bed.  I’d guess an average of 12-14 hours a day.  I don’t know how I shopped for Christmas, lol!  I think I did a lot of it online that year.  I finished the outer border after the holidays.

What size are the patches?

They are all 1 1/2 inches wide.  The smallest pieces are 3/4 inches long, and the longest pieces are 3 inches long.

You are crazy for making a quilt with so many pieces!

I never really thought about it.  I was a relatively new quilter when I made this, and it never occurred to me that a quilt would be “too hard” to make.  I enjoy challenging quilt patterns that have lots of pieces, like this one or the pineapple quilt, and I also like tiny miniature quilts.  I think all that work makes it very worthwhile and rewarding.

So there you have it; the story of the quilt with a gazillion nine thousand  pieces!


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