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I Found Another Set of Log Cabin Blocks!

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I think things happen in my sewing room when I'm not around. Fabric and blocks multiply! Does that happen in your sewing room? Here is a quilt I made several years ago and had it published in McCall's Quilting Magazine. I call it Pixie Sticks. Actually, they called it Pixie Sticks; I called it Candy Stripes Log Cabin. But, hey, they paid me so I didn't really care! Pixie Sticks made with 6" Log Cabin Blocks I love sewing with reproduction 1930s prints and pulled together a stack of candy colored fabrics and some white on white and just started sewing some Off Center Log Cabin blocks. These are small: only 6"! There are a lot of logs in these blocks. But, oh so yummy, don't you think? 6" Off Center Log Cabin blocks Notice that some blocks begin with a colored print center square and others begin with a white square. This will give the movement to the quilt center when they are put together. (Or you may want to call it DIZZY!) Here are four

Yes - More Log Cabins!

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Yes, more Log Cabin quilts. Today I'm featuring the Greek Key Spiral Log Cabin blocks. They are really the Courthouse Steps version of Log Cabin with the last log added in a magical position. Very easy and it's a "fool the eye" block that I enjoy making. As you can see, I have two lap sized quilts made from them. These are 8" blocks that were pieced the old fashioned way - using no specialty ruler. Just precise piecing. I call this Red Hot Logs . Red Hot Logs : 42" x 50"  Here is a photo of four of the blocks. Four Greek Key Blocks  And 12 of the 20 blocks: 12 blocks of the 20 total I pulled out my Kaffe Fassett fabrics and proceeded to whip up another version of the Greek Keys . I got in trouble with the center four pink/pink blocks because I wasn't sure how to arrange everything. But it all worked out. This was quilted by Lee Taylor in the Sew Lovelee Quilt Shop in southern Virginia. Rainbow Log Cabins Both versions are

More Log Cabins

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You didn't think I was done, did you? I made a list of my log cabin quilt creations and it keeps growing. Remember, I've been doing this for 25+ years and I have all my original files from when they were published in various magazines. These were made using some Benartex fabrics called Dwellings. These pot holders are made from panels that look like Log Cabins. Cut, stitch, bind, done! Log Cabin Pot Holders This is the fabric on the back: Pot Holders backing fabric I submitted these to Modern Patchwork Magazine and they said, "Sure. But you need to remake them with actual fabric strips!" OK. Pay me and I'll do it. (I did; they did.) Log Cabin Potholders that appeared in Modern Patchwork Magazine 2014  How the pot holders appeared in the magazine: Single pot holder I rewrote the entire pattern (9 page pdf) with a color cover page and color throughout with four full size foundations for making these. One of my daughters promptly snatched

Log Cabins

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I have made a few dozen log cabin quilts and I'd like to share a few of them with you today. This first one was made almost 25 years ago. I know you can tell by the fabric! Curved Blocks made years ago! This is my Sunshine Butterflies pattern made using the Curvy Log Cabin ruler by Jean Ann Wright for Creative Grids. It is 47" x 47" with 12" Butterfly blocks. Sunshine Butterflies: 47" x 47" And a quilt shop in Michigan made a shop sample. I love it in these colors, don't you? Sunshine Butterflies by Quilting Divas Sewing Boutique One of my favorite little quilts is this one in Black, Red and Gray. The strips are tiny and the blocks are only 4" in size! It is 23" x 23" as seen here. Very scrap friendly. This also was a Creative Grids pattern and has since been retired. I'm trying to rewrite each of these patterns to make without the rulers. Almost there! Little Logs And you remember this quilt where I combine

Flock of Birds Pattern

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I love the sound of birds. It is different in the Fall from how things sound in the Spring. I thought of my calendar block for today, Flock of Birds. Here is the block as made by Patricia Bryant of Australia. Click the link and you can see all 7 of the blocks she made from that week in the calendar! Flock of Birds by Patricia Bryant Now, can we see it up close? Yes, it's small, but that's how I had to make it for my Block a Day Calendar . Flock of Birds When I created the hard copy calendar, I also created a CD version of all the blocks in TWO sizes and 12 quilts. The CD is no longer in print (neither is the calendar). I offer the blocks in monthly pdfs at my Craftsy store (links at the end of this post). Here is the page from the October blocks (31 blocks in 2 sizes and 2 quilts). This is how each block is presented in the the version I created for the CD. You can make Flock of Birds in two sizes (12" and 18"). Go check out each month's listi

Windham Wednesdays with Gypsy and Bedrock

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Wow! That's sound like some sort of coded message: the Gypsy is hiding in the Bedrock? Not so. I had sewn and written my  Gypsy  post when THESE came in the mail yesterday! Now I can finish my little blocks (which you will see below). What an awesome print that will be my border I received two beautiful pieces of the Gypsy Collection  a few months ago (I think they were the "first cuts" that the factory sends to the vendor, which is Windham) and found an awesome use for one of them when I stitched up some OLD blocks into a new quilt center. This is a new sample for a revived workshop, Dogwood Blossom: Gypsy main print is perfect for my border I was left with a 12" x 18" piece of the dark print and 1/2 yard or so of the other: 50569-3 from the Gypsy Collection The colors in the real fabric are SO MUCH more vivid than this image from the web site. Let me show you. I pulled 6 fat quarters of Bedrock that will go perfectly with my Gypsy remaind

Two Small Quilts from One Charm Pack

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Five years ago I received a charm pack of Briar Rose fabrics from Windham. I'm not crazy about 5" squares, but I thought I'd see what I could come up with. 5" squares of Briar Rose This was 2013 and I was busy teaching several English Paper Piecing workshops. These squares worked very well with 2" hexagons. Don't you just love that little froggy sitting by the river, reading his book? Some squares became 2" hexagons  I put those into a table runner: My Zig and Zag of Hexies table runner Here is the quilting up close. Love my walking foot! My Zig and Zag of Hexies was first a much larger table runner. You can see it here ! Straight line quilting I had some extra charms and was able to get two Dresden Plate wedges from each. Then I finished up the base with a triangle instead of a 1/4 circle. So easy! I quilted it this weekend and I love the happy colors, don't you? Briar Rose with other Windham Fabrics for finishing This