Log Cabin

Yesterday it was eerily quiet while Scout was taking a nap. I brought out some fat quarters that I had stashed in the linen closet and decided to take the plunge and try my hand at making a log cabin quilt block. Surprisingly, (to me), it was fairly simple. It’s a matter of order.

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I used Eleanor Burns’ tutorial from Quilt in Day Log Cabin book that I bought this past summer. I really liked the step by step instructions, they were very easy to understand and follow.

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I also bought the center, (hearth), fabric that day as well. It’s a Michael Miller reproduction.

But my favorite fabric is the one with the little birds.

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Now what to do with this one block? I have yet to decide. I’m thinking I’d like to make a little wall hanging. Or maybe I’ll enhance my stash and make a bunch of little log cabins for a blanket. It might be my first log cabin but it’s certainly not my last.

Happy Saturday.

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Nothing to Say

Some days there just isn’t much to say. We are swinging in the balance, trying to catch up with bills, getting ready for the holidays, taking time to enjoy the seasons changing so abruptly.

Yesterday the purple quilt, (the one I wish to never see again), was finished and packed. I’m glad elated to see it go.

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It’s not the quilts fault, (yes it is), but I had trouble from the beginning with it. So now it’s gone and I can breathe a little more deeply.

Last night was spent watching “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” and drinking hot chocolate. I was able to get some cross stitching done, I’m about 75% finished, (not including back stitching since I have no idea how long that may take), and then I rotated with some knitting.

Then this morning I craved something decadent for breakfast, (and I normally don’t eat breakfast, I know bad girl), so I came up with this concoction:

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Bagel, cheese, Roma tomatoes, lettuce and bacon. Mmmm, bacon.

I need to get to the market otherwise I’ll have a heart attack eating these daily.

From Here to There

I started from here:

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And ended with this:

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I admit that I’m not 100% pleased with the binding. I’m not even 50% pleased. So I decided I will re work it after I get some other projects done, (at least that’s what I’m telling myself for the time being).

It’s colorful, playful and uber comfy. Binding or not.

Something New

Aside from my UFO’s I seem to have started something new. I’ve been rotating my projects and I have seen a lot of progress. I decided to get a head start on my Christmas cards. Even though I don’t send out very many, I like to make mine by hand and get them out the first week of December. Done and done!

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You can check out my Flickr to see the other designs. I used some Christmas themed papers I found at Beverly’s, then I machine sewed around the edges. All the embellishments are stuff I had in meager stash. I love when I don’t have to go out and buy a bunch of stuff for a small project like this.

I also started a jacket for Scout using my Dream in Color Ring a Ling which may pose a problem because it’s such a hard color to find and there doesn’t seem to be too many people out there willing to give it up! Yikes! But I’m gonna chug along and see what I can do. If all else fails I will frog and make myself a pair of socks.

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You can see why it’s such a coveted color, right?

And because I had the sewing machine on for the cards I decided to cut up some fabric and make myself an Easy Lap Quilt like the one I just finished.

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All the fabric but one is from Heather Ross’ Medocino line. I actually finished up the quilt top last night. It’s about 45″ wide, perfect to throw on your lap. I have to find some backing fabric though. I am going to use the remains to do the binding so it will be pretty colorful on the edges. I just love the whimsical type fish.

Done and Done

I didn’t want to forget to show pictures about the Easy Lap Quilt I made for the Bend The Rules Sewing Swap so I thought today would be a good day to share. For this swap we had to send out enough fabric to make the Lap Quilt from Amy Karol’s book. Once we received the fabric we made the quilt for our partner. I haven’t received mine yet but I can’t complain because I am late. With everything. I’m quite excited to get mine back.

My swap partner sent an array of teal, orange and olive colored fabrics.

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I picked up a different complimentary fabric for the binding. I didn’t want too much orange or too much teal. I think the olive is perfect.

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And the backing.

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So yay! Check it off of my “to do” list.

I have a lot of sewing to do this week and next. My mom, (bless her eye for detail, damn her), saw two mistakes on the purple quilt! I can’t believe I hadn’t noticed. But I had to take it out and now I have to redo two panels. It’s not really hard, just time consuming. But I am confident that I’ll have it quilted by the end of next week. I wish I could say that I’ve done some knitting but I’d be kidding you and myself. I finished the first Baudelaire well over a week and a half ago but I haven’t knit since then. I need to. I want to.

Thursday’s To Do List:

  1. Return Blockbuster DVD’s
  2. Photograph Easy Lap Quilt
  3. Update blog
  4. Wash dishes
  5. Make bed
  6. Wash and fold laundry
  7. Vacuum
  8. Make a cheesecake
  9. Cut veggies for Three Cheese Tortellini and Veggie Soup
  10. Work on five pages of French homework
  11. Knit Pearl Buck Sweater
  12. Work on Back Tack 4 projects

So far I’m doing good considering it’s 9:25 a.m. here in sunny California. Hell, I’m usually not even awake yet. Today I’m going to make progress. Til then.

The Color Purple

A month ago I was commissioned to make a purple quilt for an Etsy buyer. Now, I love quilts. However, I don’t ♥ purple. In fact, it’s the least favorite color on the ROYGBIV spectrum. Life teaches us that you must make do with what you have. The entire quilt is purple, as the customer chose each fabric. I can’t say that I love it, and I suppose I don’t have to since it’s not mine, but it is growing on me.

Eventually these strips will turn into a big purple people eater full size quilt. Over the weekend I was able to iron all the fabrics, (see I learn from previous mistakes), cut the initial strips, sew the strips, cut them again so that we have the above said strips. It’s the basic baby block baby blanket though I am going to need to spruce up the sides as this blanket will need a bit more length and width. I haven’t decided what to do about that quite yet. I can add three extra sets of 5 x 5 blocks. Or I can get creative.

Cut and Sew, Cut and Sew

For some manic reason I decided to finish the Fresh Squeeze Quilt after a lot of cutting, measuring, sewing, remeasuring, (at least 4 more times because some blocks where totally a smidgen off in measurements), undoing seams, measuring, and re-sewing. More measuring for the borders. Researching the right backing. Quilting. Lots of quilting. All of this had been done for the last two weeks. Yet it sat idly near the the sewing machine. Whether out of depression or anticipation or maybe sheer laziness on my part it sat.

And then in the midst of peace and quiet in the afternoon, I decided to make the binding on a whim. Of course, with those impromptu feelings and plans came a bit of a disaster. I disregarded the usual rules when making continuous strips of binding. Rather than attach each of the strips perpendicularly, like you are suppose to, I attached them same edges together. Which I realize is harder to explain written/verbally than it is to explain visually.) In the end, I undid the seams and did them correctly.

I stayed awake until 1 a.m. machine sewing and then hand sewing the binding.

Overall I’m 90% happy with this quilt. Of course, I know my own mistakes and unless you look for them carefully no one would probably notice. Except for the sharp eagles eyes of a professional quilter.

Folded up nice and neat, (this will be the only time I’m sure):

The contrast of the quilt top with the backing fabric and the binding:

I’m not too happy about the orange fabric I used for the binding. Shawn accompanied me, (I say accompany because he never really goes willingly to the fabric shop), and helped me narrow down my choices. I thought that the solid red would have done better, but when looking at the quilt next to the orange…well it just made sense. (That and I always ask Shawn what he thinks when it comes to color choice, for example: bedroom wall colors, clothing, yarn, fabric, etc. Usually I ended up picking the one he doesn’t like the best which I think really bothers him. Well, he insisted with the orange even though I was apprehensive. But I digressed and put a little bit of faith in him. God love him, but I should have gone with the watermelon red.

Finishing this quilt has made me feel like it’s the end of summer though we still have a few weeks, “officially”. What’s strange is that the weather yesterday afternoon and today have been questionably cooler than the past few weeks. Should I take this as a sign and make plans for a Fall quilt? Well, as much as I would like to start one I have plans for making a Log Cabin quilt because in addtion to a certain someone inspired me and because I just bought a great copy of a Quilt In a Day book that focuses on Log Cabin patterns only.

There will be a lot of quilt making going on in the next few weeks and for that I’m grateful.