Sunday, October 11, 2015

First Block Made And A Short Tute

Yay!  I spent most of the day cutting and pressing.  Remember that tv tray I got to sit next to my machine, so I could conveniently stitch and press?  Well, my son found me something better....


The ironing board lifts up, it's on wheels [and has brakes], the baskets underneath hold my scraps that I'm using on this quilt.  I LOVE IT.  The ironing board on top is so firm and flat, it's just perfect.  And he found it at Aldi, of all places.

So.  Today I pressed and cut, cut and pressed, and after an hour long search to find my quarter-inch foot, I commenced to sewing.  I'm doing my blocks according to the old log cabin pattern - lights and darks, with a red hearth.  Here's how I did it.

Forgive the bad pics taken with my phone, in the dark.....

Logs 1 and 2 are the same size.  Mine are 2" square.  Stitch them together and press seam open [I always press mine open, you do what works best for you].

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Block 3 uses the same fabric as block 2 - following the diagram*, stitch it to your first two blocks, trim and press.

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And you just keep going around, trimming and pressing as you go.  I've numbered a pic of my block, so you can see in what order I stitched the logs.

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I did a google image search for a log cabin template, and I believe I already posted a pic of it; I printed it out and put it on my design wall where I can reference it constantly.  It's really easy to get turned around with these blocks, but with that reference you won't go wrong.

My block finished at 10.5".  I think that's a good size.  As you can see from the pic, each block uses 3 darks and 3 lights, and you'll have two logs of each fabric, except for the center.  So - logs 2-3 are the same light, 4-5 are the same dark, 6-7 same light, 8-9 same dark, 10-11 same light, 12-13 same dark.  

I'm also working on the applique patterns.  The blocks for those will be strictly lights - pieced the same way, but with neutrals.  I wanted to see what size my blocks would be before finalizing the patterns.  Stay tuned for those!

I'm saving the trims off the logs - as long as they look big enough to make a leaf, they're going in the border.  My border is going to be tons of autumn leaves.  I really want to use up these scraps, lol!  I did say this wouldn't be a fast project, didn't I? *smile*  Happy scrappin'!!!

*Diagram that you found on google - or follow my finished block picture




20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh, if you iron open, forget the first up, second down tip. =) Looks like a great block. They get faster as you go, too! Looking forward to seeing the applique part.

WoolenSails said...

Love the iron board, that is a really nice idea for regular ironing too.

Debbie

sunny said...

Hmmm..you may have just convinced me to join in. Right after I get home from Aldi!

Sharon - creativity and family said...

It's looking great Allie. I love the ironing board, what a great place to keep those scraps too :-) It sounds as though you won't have many scraps left at the end of this, just a beautiful quilt instead! xx

Nancy J said...

Wow , you are so far ahead of me, BUT, I have made a huge design board, in fact there are TWO. Photos to come later tonight. Love your light and dark.

Anthea said...

That's a fab ironing station Allie, what a find! I gave up on trying log cabins, I could never get them even/straight, but yours looks terrific

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

What a great son with a great idea for the ironing board.

Rachaeldaisy said...

Your ironing work station is brilliant!! I love that it has scrap baskets underneath, and that it was your son that found it and thought of you. You are going to have a great time with those blocks, and planning your applique.

donna said...

Your new table is just perfect. What a sweet son you have.
Your log cabin block looks great.
Hugs
donna

Fiona said...

great ironing board and scrap holder... what a good find -

I have 'pinned' the tutorial... I love these but just can't start a new thing just yet...

take care... be good ... stitch madly

Hugz

Anonymous said...

Your log cabin block is beautiful!

Unknown said...

What a great son and a great find :) Very clever use of that piece. Block is gorgeous and I can't wait to see more :)
xx

Claudia Bugh said...

Wow! What a thoughtful son you have raised. So nice to see a young person flying right so to speak :) I love your quilting... someday I would like to learn that skill ~

Sharon - creativity and family said...

Hi again Allie, I have nominated you for the Blogger Recognition Award. Please don't feel you have to do it as I know time is precious but I wanted you to know how much I enjoy your blog. You can find my post here
https://creativityandfamily.wordpress.com/2015/10/14/where-do-i-start/
Sharon x

Dorothy said...

Allie, your ironing station is wonderful. Looking forward to seeing the applique part of this design.

Karen said...

That's quite a contraption for an ironing board. I don't think those cloth bins below would work for me. I would have them full and always having to dig to find what I wanted. But good that it works for you.

Lin said...

That table was a great find! xx

darlynn said...

I have three sons. I doubt any of them would even think of purchasing this for me! Great job Allie's Son!

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Jan Munson said...

What a great son! I love that block. Plain and simple, I say! You are doing such a great job!

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