I remember taking a stained glass glass, we did an angel. It was the first time I ever knew of double needles. I thought that was darned near heaven, not having to come up and them down the other side of the bias.
The stained glass is not difficult. THe one (not LC) that I did has black as sashing between the material. THis looks like all you really need to do is add a thin liner line of black first, then the color as you go around.s so that you do a black and then a color per side, then the next arm's black , then a color, etc. It probably could also be done sewing a black strip to the color strip, then using those as a unit as you add arms, if you're using one color multiple times. Just means your sewing each arm twice in actuality before you go onto the next side arm
I was going over some older threads and some of you were making the diamond shaped logs WOW. The B&W I just finished was my first but these diamonds are amazing. Did I miss pictures ? Are there completed ones? I saw tree skirts beautifully done. WOW
there were a few that were trying the pattern out, not sure if anyone made the diamonds into a quilt yet. The center starts with a 60 angle, so it's a little more trying than the square one, but it does lend itself to a beautiful pattern!
well, one of my Christmas projects was to make Mom one for her tree, but not sure if I can stay in the sewing room long enough to get it finished.. Hubby finds a way to interrupt, even tho he's not really in the same room LOL
The double needle worked great for this. But I too, found it to be tedious, I kept holding my breath, and would have to keep stopping just to breathe. It's fun to try new things but we're not all going to like everything. Thanks to the block swaps I will now do triangles, and can breathe quite well while working on them. LOL. Keep smiling and have FUN.
In Google, write Siberian Husky in the search window then click on word Image above the window , then hit search. you should get many pictures. Right click on the one you like, click on"save as", name the file, make sure it is a jpeg and save to docs or pictures.. Any office supply can enlarge it for you to what ever size you want.
This is also how to get pictures you want from Face Book or elsewhere.
I finally got around to doing one part of that stained glass block FLStu had posted about halfway up the thread. LK emailed me the instructions, and here is the one part . . . I just used the scraps that were on my sewing table already, so the colors may not work together, but this was for practice on paper piecing anyway . . .
So this was paper pieced? I think it would work with adding the thin black strip to the other strips & making like a "normal" LCB.
I might have to give that a try - after all my Holiday obligations are done.
Qwilter... it should work without the PP and by sewing the black and color strips before you enter them into the LC. I would just lay out the first round first to make sure that the colors all end on a black rather than a color. You may have to 'flip' the strip set with the black on the outside of the strip set rather than into the center and add a black strip to the center square first to get it all to fall into place properly. Not sure as I haven't tried it yet.
thought I'd post this here, got my LC diamond top finished. Now can't decide on whether I going to leave it as a table topper or make it into a tree skirt, as was originally intended. Guess I'll need to make another similar one..
wonder what a runner would look like with vertical diamonds down the center and horizontal ones to fill in the spaces, making it a rectangle runner? sounds like a rainy day project to me...
The more I look at it, the more I hate to cut the center for the skirt, so I think it's going to stay a topper for now. I'm looking for glitzy christmas fabric that I can do similar for the tree, something along the Olde World style..
Ahhhhhhhhhhhh, you used the Fons & Porter fabrics. I couldn't find them anywhere. Turned out very nice.
I thought I'd get a lot of them made for Christmas gifts... work & life got in the way of that plan. Still have just the 1 top made.
seems like the F&P (Christmas Memories) fabrics sold fast, as after I bought mine, they were really hard to find! I should have ordered twice as much, but couldn't afford a double order at the time. I really like the way they went together, and am looking for a similar line or type for the next one..
with all the strips I've cut the past few days, I wonder how many log cabins I could make?
And I'm amazed at how much less space it takes to store the strips as compared to "pieces" of fabric. I started the trip with 2 small plastic bins, 2 small bags, and 2 large shopping bags of pieces. All the strips (minus the off-white) now fit in the 2 plastic bins.
And I found some fat qtrs (and larger) that somehow found their way into the scrap bags.
What I like the best about having "managed" scraps is the ability to just pull the correct colors, etc. when you need something to finish a project. I started pulling strips out that read floral to use in a binding. Had to cut 1/4" off to make them 2 1/4" but as most of them were from fat quarters they were about 20 to 22 inches so after folding, real easy to trim. I love my clear shoe boxes filled with squares, 2" 2 1/2" 3", 3 1/2", 4, 4 1/2", 5", 6" and 6 1/2". Especially wonderful when doing machine embroidery applique and needing a specific color, or doing 9 patches for my swap buddies. It took awhile to cut all the scrap into managed organization but pretty easy to maintain, once done. I've been cleaning out my sewing room and besides being overwhelmed with the chaos
I do feel blessed to be able to make something and just give it away or to be able to fulfill someone wants to finish a specific project. We are loosing Amanda, our youngest quilter, she's returning to Michigan so we're making her a friendship scrap quilt to send her on her way and to have a warm hug to wrap herself in this winter, will take a picture later today when we gather to make quilty Christmas ornaments for the tree in the clubhouse of River Lakes.
Here are plans for two slightly different king-size quilts. They're both made with honey buns (1½" strips) from the Kansas Winter collection from Moda.
One of them uses only the red/green/gold/cream colors throughout the quilt and the other pulls in the black prints from the collection, but only around the outside edges, acting like a border and accentuating the "pinwheel" effect. I hate to see all the black strips in the honey buns go to waste and I kind of like the color scheme, but hubs really liked the one without the black much better.
Which one do you like best? Or is there another option?
Thanks for looking at my latest "problem child!" :)
Thanks Elizabeth! I had fun making it, but am glad I didn't make it into the skirt. HOWEVER>...thanks to a nice 'enabler' here... Z&S was having a big 50% sale, and I found another line that hopefully will work as well for another one, maybe the future tree skirt LOL
Just my 2 cents worth, but I like the second one better as the black seems to make a second border of sorts, brings out a different dimension in the pattern... amazing what a LC can look like when moved around!
T, I'm not sure. I bought 8 plus some yardage of a few of the prints I really like and I bought a couple of the French General reds for the "chimneys" and possibly an inner border.
I did the math and it looks like it will take 2.25 strips to make a block, so a honey bun would make roughly 19 blocks. If I did the math correctly (big "if!" ;) and if I were to use all of the colors, I would need almost six honey buns for 100 10½" blocks.
There is a lot more fabric in some colors than in the others, plus I may not use the 7 or 8 black strips at all, so that's why I bought so many honey buns and extra fabric.
I'm thinking of taking a foundation to Kinko's and having them print a few hundred on newsprint for me. I can't print them myself without taping two sheets together. If they can do it, it would be worth the expense and hassle to have the extra precision that foundation piecing gives me. (I'm not terribly good at consistent seams yet and paper-piecing makes everything fit together so beautifully!)
Thunder, did you get that AWESOME quilt kit done that your friend gave you as a gift? Didn't it have a bear and other applique kind of work?? I just remember it was BEAUTIFUL and so appropriate for you.
Good morning all . Trying to get a quick hello in before we lose power - in the middle of a blizzard here. Have about 10 inches of snow of the ground with 35-45 mph winds. It's not supposed to stop until evening...
OK here is a table topper I made for Christmas.
Started with the star block in the center then went around 2 sides.
I'd kill to get more of that stripe fabric I used for the border. Found it in my stash and wish I had a bolt of it!!!! From the piece I ddi have I can get at least 2 more borders but they will look nothing like this one.
that's what we are all here for...great ideas...and getting them from great friends is an awesome bonus!!!!!
Doc, shamefully I must say no...I have not done that AWESOME quilt, that was a birthday gift from a very dear friend...it has bears, and pine trees appliquéd, and bear paw pieced blocks...I have way too many PHD's to finish before I can even think about starting that one!!! lots of appliqué...think I will need to practice on some smaller pieces first...don't want to ruin such a beautiful design, with my bad appliqué technique...
we are going to be re-arranging rooms, after kyle leaves for the Navy (may) and I will be moving my sewing into one of the bigger rooms I am planning on starting some practice pieces, shortly after the move...
he is such a darling...every time I say something about how I will miss him...he tells me to "remember the bonus...my moving out means you get a bigger sewing room!!"
"and computers will be moved out of the living room!!! " lots of maneuvering to be done, and I will miss him beyond words...but getting a bigger room will be nice!!!
Ten years ago this May, my son left for recruit training, too. :)
Tell him good luck! I think he made a good choice. (Of course, I would think that - I'm former Navy, too. ;)
Employers of people in the technical and mechanical trades still tend to hire applicants with prior Navy or Marine Corps service and schools over all other types of applicants. You can't beat Navy schools.
Well Thunder you are in good company! We all have some projects we have not started. Some we have in various stages of START and others simply "simmering", still in the thought process.
Lost my Wi-Fi on my computer having to use the hubby's to get my computer fix.
The Alternator went out on my car Friday, DH fixed it Sunday. The Gas furnace is not working again, so my DH finally installed the gas fireplace. The thermocoupler went out on the fireplace so he's back fixing that. WHEN we get paid next, we'll be able to get the parts for the gas furnace!!! And so it goes on and on... Aw life! LOL
Yes Doc...you are very good company...we are hoping we will have enough money saved to hook up the electric stove, by the time we run out of gas (propane in the tank)
the new electric water heater keeps "kicking out"...not sure exactly what that means??? other than sometimes we have hot water, sometimes we don't??? we do have heat !! thank goodness !! it was 37 degrees when I got up this morn...butttttt I am very afraid of what the next electric bill is going to be
sons got a toothache, went to the dentist, $75 bucks for him to say he can not do anything...he needs surgery to get wisdom tooth out...consultation for tooth surgeon to see what needs to be done...$150.00 estimate of surgery ...$350.. minimum up to $900.00...he has no job, no insurance, guess who has to figure out how to pay???...
I want to scream...but that would probably make my headache worse...!!!!!
its an hour drive, and no guarantee they can do it, but here is an option. I f he happens to have high blood pressure, dont bother. I got kicked out of there last thursday after waiting many many months to be accepted. errrrrrrrrrrrr, altho it was high. ( Finally yesterday my daughters b/f said, well...she(me) can be seen at the doctor or she can be seen at the morge. :-O )
we have also been able to get some long needed dental work this year thanks to the Carrington Dental Plan. Problem with that is, not always easy to find a dentist who accepts it. We finally got a good one here in town. Till then, it was only Coast Dental Clinic that would take it. They are the worst...horrible.
"Patients seeking extraction of multiple teeth, third molar/wisdom teeth extraction, IV sedation or any other procedure deemed not to be appropriate for a student will be examined with the aid of an X-ray and will be referred to patient screening for student assignment or the resident oral surgery clinic."
This is the part that caught my attention. Its often hard to get thru on the phone, if that happens, call the main switchboard, not the direct number. I know its a lottery system that they use to pick the daily quota. It would be a bummer to drive all that way and not have your number drawn.
The most irritating thing about the dentist these days, is you cant just go get something done. You have to go thru all this treatment plan crap and intitail assesment $$$$$$$$$$$$$. They just dont get when your paying with cash...who the **^% cares, just fix that problem I came for.
If I wanted to be tortured knowing all the stuff I need done, and how much it cost...Ill ask. :-O
other sons quilt I am working on
row on far right not sewn yet...I am thinking I may re arrange, and put the bottom piece with the bear fabric in it ...in between the two log cabin blocks??? can not decide???
Thunder have him try some of the baby teething rub on, it numbs and might help the pain.
Some dental place are such ripoffs I went to one I had called about getting a tooth glued back into my denture. They said it would be about $35. I got there ans was told oh but I had to have a full exam ..get this..plus xrays...(hello I have no teeth) for a charge of $200.
sew...it is going to be two quilts !!! I did bears block, cabin, bears, cabin... for the last row.
I am gonna "break the bank" today and go shopping for a fabric for the back side...of the "back side" this is for one of my boys...sew I named them a & b a for the logs, b for the other...told him to choose a or b...and then pick greens, blues, or browns...he picked b, and greens.. told me greens was his favorite colors !! I did not know that ?? I have always said " I have never met a green I did not like !!!"
so I am hoping to find a green batik, or maybe a TOT.
after I catch up on a few other things I will decide...again...what to do for the other side of the logs...?? unless I get very lucky and find something I love enough to use for both of them...and I can afford???
Thunder, absolutely gorgeous quilts, sure wish you had been home when I dropped in, would have loved to see all your works of art..absolutely stunning, especially like the photo you have opening this thread..sure looks like a bit of Canadian to me with the Maple leaf..lol
Betty you just need to come back and try again !! I am very sorry I missed you, butttttt I did have a great visit with my son... I did not make the quilt in the first photo...it is one I would like to make..I love the leaf pattern...
Elizabeth, I actually had already checked out that store..some nice stuff, but not anything I want to use on this...
believe it or not I found a perfect batik at ...Wal-mart...only came in fat 1/4's which kinda sucks...but I really like it, and it was only $ 1.27 per FQ...bought all they had of one color, and some of another...which I may use for a border...or possibly a thin sashing in between the FQ's??? got to think on it a bit??
maple leaf block...http://www.quilterscache.com/M/MapleLeafBlock.html this is for a 12 inch block...a bit of math and it could be reduced to a smaller size...
then Log cabin style strips, on two sides of leaf block
What a great way to use up scraps..I bought that accuquilter to cut and save time and used it once for rag quilts, can see that i have die's to to the squares, you just might have given me a spring project...now I can look through all my remnants in hopes of finding fall colors
I have a question about batiks, though. I have avoided them because I heard early on from several sources that they are difficult to quilt using FMQ on a machine as well as being difficult to hand quilt. I got the impression that the only quilting that worked with batiks was machine-guided stitching (like SITD) and tying.
So, is that true, or is it just as easy to FMQ with batiks as with regular quilting cottons?
I see no differnce in quilting a batik or a good quality cotton. I routinely mix them in with other fabrics. I love how they feel; they have body. Have used the 108" for backings and they roll very nicely on the machine.
Light bulb flash...inspiration ...I put the logs aside once again. waiting for inspiration to complete the reverse side of the reverse side. remember I decided to make it into two different quilts, and I had found some batiks fat 1/4's...well I found some more batik fat 1/4's and just spent the last hour and a half cutting fabric...taking a break and have about a 1/2 hour of cutting left. then I can start sewing..got a plan.. hope to have this quilt finally finished within a week or sew...
Barefoot, I really love the colours of your last quilt and your beautiful work.
Such great earth tones…would look great in my bedroom…lol
Oh and I love the leaf blocks…would be great for a fall table runner!!!
Can`t wait to see the finished quilts!!
This is my first attempt on a Logcabin quilt, just need to have it quilted so I can put the binding on.
My German Flag oversized Flannel Lapquilt.
Found the other quilt barefoot!!
Love the colours and designs on that one too...waiting to see the finished project!!!
I found the logcabin so much fun to do, to play with the layout and such.
I should really stop looking at all those pretty designs...my mind is going overboard with new ideas...lol
Thank you barefoot for your kind words...and yes the colours...black, red and gold just pop and the flannel is soooooo soft, almost feels like microfiber
Thea - very nice. Amazing that changing the color placement makes the blocks look so different. In the thumbnail photos I thought there were different placements of the blocks. In the large photos I see just the fabrics are changed. Very nice.
I posted some photos of this quilt elsewhere, but seeing as this thread just got "bumped" I figured I would add these in here
this is the quilt I made for my Sailor, he wants me to send it to him, so I am going to add a bit more quilting over the next few weeks, and get it out to him, hopefully before it stars getting cold. he does not like the blankets provided!!!
Over the weekend I discovered I had NOT packed my triangle log cabin book. And I have my Christmas fabrics here. I have a ton of offf white with gold sparkly design that will be great on the toppers. Hopefully I will get the Holiday table toppers made for friends this year.
Okay, I can't stand it any longer,
BarefootT, I want to learn to make a log cabin Quilt. Can you please explain to me where to start and how to go about putting it all together. I have a sewing maching, a rotary cutter and at least a good percentage of my brain power still. I just need a little bit of a pattern and how to's so I can create one like your beautiful fall quilt. I have done a very little quilting on a crazy quilt stocking I made but thats about it.
Please, someone help me make this quilt. I do know that it all starts with rectangles and put together into a block of sorts but how do I know what size cuts to make?
The beauty of a log cabin is you can make it what ever size you want.
Rule of thumb is "the logs should be the same width as the center". So if your center block is 2" your logs would be 2". Your logs should not be wider than the center but can be narrower.
I think quilterscache.com has some good LC examples.
OK I can not find the picture, but I have sent a message to its creator...and hopefully I can get it ??!!!!
I have done a bunch of log cabins, followed patterns for most of them, the one above...I just did it, no pattern, random fabrics. I used 2 inch strips. used a gold fabric for the "hearth" center of each block 2'' square, attach another 2'' square , to each of those (use a 1/4 inch seam)...then a strip to one side, and then turn your block either clockwise or counter clock wise and add another strip...turn again...the thing is to turn the same direction every time you are gonna add another strip... and you want two sides, in one color way. the other two sides in another colorway...
mine above was greens, and neutrals / off whites / browns...mostly.
If you look close you will see I did throw in a few reddish on the neutral sides, and a grey on the green sides, I like to add a few "quirks" into my quilts... :)
quilter cache has good directions, other than I have always done my log cabins starting with the two squares, rather than one larger center as she does...and this is how I piece them, when I am doing a lot of squares the same. http://www.quilterscache.com/L/LogCabinStripPiecing.html
the strip piecing is a little faster in some ways when you want a lot of blocks the same, in the quilt above, I did the colors very random...
It is a very easy block to do, and there are a zillion ways to put the blocks together , creating all kinds of designs !! I LOVE log cabins !!!
"google" log cabin quilts and you will be amazed at what you will see!!!
cut straight strips, sew a straight line You can do it!!! it is easy !!!!
I just looked at the other link, and that is good directions too, but I would recommend you start with larger strips, either 2inch or 2 1/2 inch.. I would be more than happy to d mail my phone # to you if you think you may need further assistance.
thank you all, I can't wait to get started but if you have read my blog today you will see that I am dealing with a somewhat psychological dilemma. I want to do it all. hehe
check out my blog and you will see what I mean. http://punchdrunkneedleworks.blogspot.com
I'm sewing on an old borrowed machine and I keep having to square up to make it the right size. I know my 1/4" seam isn't 1/4" but doing an embroidery project on the Brother machine and don't want to convert to sewing until I'm through with the embroidery. I have no patience, too much on my plate right now. Maybe I can make the last two strips wider than 2 1/2" and just square it to 12 1/2".
Thanks, I'll continue along. My sewing room is a disaster, going through fabric scraps and picking pinks for mom, she's in crocheting rug mode today. I did get my sewing machine cabinet moved upstairs from the cellar. Got the loaner machine sitting in it and much better on my back. Can now machine embroider while I sew, just swivel chair around.
You are something else Mittsy. Now that I have been to your home, I can "see" you sewing!!!! I'm rearranging my sewing room next month so I will be able to use both machines at once too. I must admit, I never gave that a thought!!!! Thanks for the awakening!!!!
I finished the log cabin block and learned two things. It is important stitch less than a quarter inch seam allowance and you need to plan out where your fabric goes or you lose the effect of two colors. I have a red, green, white thing going but it's still useable.
Very pretty. I have a blue and white I started it quite a few years ago. Looking at all these makes me want to finish it. I pulled it out the other day after looking at this thread. "Inspiration!" Hmmmmmmm...
Good Idea as far as having two machines going at once. I would probably do a light colored thread on one and a dark color on the other. Its seems that I am forever changing the color on my machine.
I am getting ready to cut enough strips to do several blocks for a Fall lap quilt. Not too heavy but warming never the less on those cool evenings that are quickly approaching.
Thank you all for all the wonderful suggestions and examples to help me with my first log cabin quilt. Wish me luck. Heheh
I just wanted to mention that as I am typing this I am also watching an awesome documentary on the migration of many dozens of different birds and their mating rituals, migration patterns and birthing of all the adorable baby chicks. It was filmed over 7 continents and It is called "Winged Mirgration" by filmmaker Jaques Perrin's nature travelogue filmed over a three year period. Great sound tract and great filming..
Awesome nature documentary. filmed in 1989 but nature is always constant. It seems like nature is the one thing we can depend on to remain the same. OMG as I was typing this a segment came on showing all the beautiful birds that I had just been watching, getting shot down by hunters. That was awful. Now those birds are racing to get to safe territory where the hunting season is not in session. This is a great movie and I have got to close so I can go watch the rest of it.
If you ever get a chance to watch, or have an opportunity to purchase this movie, just do it.
Happy Birthday Jan. Still making your pin cushion.Thanks again.
That Gummi Tree was given to a man in germany (my nieces SO) for his 60th. He bought a garden in the country with a little house on it. that is so customary in Europe. You live in the citty and acquire some piece of property in the country. That is if you can afford it. They use the quilt every weekend now in fall and spring when they spend their time there while sitting around . yes all sweet.
Barb, Laua and Thunder...you have no idea how thrilled I am to have all the Christmas fabric that you brought me..the twelve month quilt, panel 7 has 7 log cabin blocks..multiply that by 3 and it's 21 log cabin blocks I need before night time. Lol. With ought you supplying me with fabric I could not finish...
Aww... thank you for the birthday wishes and Taters, that is an awesome gourd. Is that an instrument gourd. like one of those shaker gourds.
Which pincushions are you talking about, Helen.
Thank you all for the kind Birthday greetings. I got a shovel from my husband which is what I asked for as my last one just broke off at the handle. This one came with a lifetim guaranty. Its lifetime, or mine. heheh
Haven't had time to start my block yet as I have to finish this rug hooking for a friend. Its for Halloween.