I'm so excited - I'm almost ready to begin stitching. I've been getting all my ducks in a row for this project [because they have to be lined up just right] and have cut almost all my strips. I just have this much left to cut....
And then I'll begin stitching. That pile has some large pieces in it which I won't cut up completely.
So - I started getting my ducks in formation by setting up my design wall again.
Which meant rearranging the entire room, sigh. This is a 4x8 foot piece of insulation board, very lightweight, and I covered it with a flannel sheet. I like it because I can stick pins in it, but it also holds the blocks without pins. For a project this big, I need it.
I also picked up a bargain at Walmart. I've been seeing people using wooden tv trays for small ironing boards, to set next to your sewing machine so you can press your blocks as you go - and Walmart had one for a little over $8. I got a $4 ironing board cover, and stretched it over the tray, folded it under and pinned it in place. I could have made a custom cover but I'm lazy and I'd rather be quilting.
Oh my goodness I love it.
Then, I went to google images and printed off a picture of the order in which to sew my logs. I'll do a quick tutorial when I make my first one, but this will help me keep those ducks in order.
Jean from All Points of the Compass is going to be joining me, her strips will be 2.5 inches, as they're leftovers from another quilt. My strips are two inches, which means I'll need more of them.
How many? I have no idea. This project uses scraps, you can make it as big or as small as you want. Make a potholder, or a bed quilt. It just depends on how many scraps you have.
I'm not cutting my strips to length before I add them - I'll trim them as I stitch them.
As far as how big to make the blocks, I'm thinking 8" - I still have to draw up the house block and see if it will fit. I don't want the house pieces too tiny. I won't be doing sashing. The applique will be done on backgrounds of log cabin blocks, that are done in all neutrals - not the normal red center, light side dark side style. You can choose to leave it out if you wish.
This really is a stitch-along, I don't have a firm plan in place, I'm doing it just for fun and because I want to. I'd love to have you join in - no rules but plenty of encouragement!
So - for now, get your scraps, start cutting, and print off a diagram of how the block goes together. There are tons of them on google. I'll do one myself very soon. Ready, set, SCRAP!!!
Jocelyn from Canadian Needle Nana, could you please email me at allieoopsdesigns at gmail dot com? I can't get in touch with you and I'd like to.