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