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.
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


  1. Kristy says:

    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.

  2. Debbie says:

    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.

  3. Jeanne says:

    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.

  4. Lisa says:

    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.

  5. Abby says:

    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!

  6. Amanda says:

    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.

  7. Colette says:

    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!!

  8. lovetostitch says:

    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!!

  9. Carla G says:

    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! 🙂

  10. Tina says:

    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!

  11. Mom C says:

    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!

  12. Kathie says:

    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.


  13. Carol says:

    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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