Good morning and for those who are still in the work world I hope you are enjoying a long weekend holiday!
It was a nice walk this morning as I am getting used to all the heat and mostly the humidity! We have been blessed with a lot of rain the last 2 weeks – about 5 inches and to have all the pretty green grass going into July is wonderful. Now we will warm up again into the 90’s and 100’s but maybe we will have another break with rain. I do not mind a summer like this.
I have been recouperating from all the carpet laying and downsizing and getting back into the swing of things so I decided to play with a Log Cabin quilt. I made one made from Moda fabric that was designed by a Choctaw Indian designer back in 2008 and it turned out OK, but I never made another one. Lately I have been viewing all the beautiful Log Cabin quilts on different blogs, thought it was time for me to partake. I have made such highly technical quilts and one would think that a Log Cabin block would be so easy. It is just strips sew together in the round. I knew that I would need to really study this technique so it could be mindless sewing (that has not happened yet).
I had taken a class with Marti Michell from Craftsy so I decided I would watch it again and see if I could get a handle on making this block without a lot of mistakes. I use Marti’s Log Cabin Rulers for cutting the different lengths! I also have her Log Cabin Book. One thing I do not do is cut 8 pieces of fabric at one time as she does. To me this can cause problems for precision cutting. After watching the majority of her lessons I realized that for me I needed an organized method that would speed up the process and cause me less heartache (of which I can certainly bring on myself). So with that, here goes the pictures.
This one was the first and a big BOO BOO!
Another problem! This is due to not pressing each round especially with this fabric – Moda Marbles Stars. Center off and I tried to fix it but did not work!
Next I worked on how I would place the strips in some method of order to prevent me from going the wrong way. I go Clockwise around the block. I came up with this elementary method.
Then I took a picture of a sample from Marti’s book!
Then I labeled each piece to make sure I was going to do it correctly!
And Bingo! A correct Log Cabin Block!
Four 8″ finished Blocks made!
The other day I loaded a quilt on the Long Arm and dug out my rulers. I am going to enjoy playing with them while I quilt a Barbara Brackman BOM reproduction quilt that I made in 2014 timeframe. It was the first time I had used reproduction fabrics in a quilt.
Eleanor Burns sells the neatest storage bags. I have never seen them before she sent out an email with them on sell. 3 for $10.00 and I bought 6 to hold some bolts that I keep in the Studio and they can quickly gather a lot of dust. I love them.
I keep them behind my Elfa units and ironing table and now it is so neat and organized!
Well, I do hope that everyone can enjoy the celebrations of this great day celebrating our Freedoms and our beautiful Flag. Stay safe and enjoy. More to come later.
Linking To: My Quilt Infatuation; Confessions of a Fabric Addict; Finished or Not Friday ; Sew Can She; Em’s Scrap Bag; BOM’s Away; Fiber Tuesday; Sew, Stitch, Snap, SHOW; Sew Fresh Quilts; Crazy Mom Quilts; Oh Scrap; Scrap Happy Saturday; Show and Tell Monday with Bambi; Slow Stitching Sunday Quilt Fabrication Mid Week Makers; Peacock Party