Building a Log Cabin Workshop

The Log Cabin block is one of my favourites to piece. I find the huge range of layouts that can be made just by re-orientating a few of these blocks quite fascinating. So when a quilt group friend expressed an interest in learning how to make a Log Cabin quilt my little brain cogs starting whirring!

Whirligig Log Cabin by Allison Reid
Log Cabin blocks arranged in a ‘Whirligig’ pattern – I made this quilt way back in 2015
Another of my Log Cabin quilts. The blocks are arranged in a ‘Fields and Furrows’ layout

First of all I gave some thought to the skills and techniques I could teach using the Log Cabin block. I decided to teach a basic square-in-the-middle block using speedy strip piecing techniques for part of the workshop and then switch to the slower, but more precise, individual rotary cut piece technique to make curved Log Cabin blocks.

Log Cabin Class Quilt (1) by Allison ReidNext step was to draw up the blocks and play around with layouts on EQ7…

The blocks are 10″ finished and the quilt top with borders measures 68″ square. Once I started getting down to the nitty-gritty math of the quilt I was pleased to find this pattern will be ‘Jelly Roll friendly’. I was even more pleased when I found a Moda French General Jelly Roll listed on Lucy’s ‘Secret Garden Quilting’ website that looked to have the limited colour palette I had in mind for my sample quilt ๐Ÿ™‚

And whoopie-do when the Jelly Roll arrived – and I did that brave thing and unrolled it – I found just the right number of blue strips and red strips required for the quilt top ๐Ÿ™‚ There are a few beige strips too and theseย  can be used as background. The beige strips helped me to colour-match low-volume fabrics from my stash to make up the 2m of background fabric I’ve calculated is needed to complete the design . We shall see! Obviously making up a sample quilt is a good and necessary part of testing a pattern but it’s fun too; seeing an idea move from paper or a screen to being realised in fabrics.

Stars and Moons jelly roll by Allison Reid
Moda ‘Vive La France’ Jelly Roll
Stars and Moons jelly roll strips by Allison Reid
Vive La France Jelly Roll strips decorating my design wall ๐Ÿ™‚

This morning I spent a couple of hours making a start writing the pattern on my lap top. It takes me quite a while to do this. As I’m writing I think through the logical steps in choosing fabrics, cutting the fabrics, making the blocks and putting the quilt top together. I enjoy teaching workshops using my own patterns as I get to see them being used and I learn more about the different ways patchwork quilters read and interpret patterns.

I’m planning to schedule the ‘Build a Log Cabin Workshop’ for early in the New Year. Keep an eye on the Workshop of this blog for a date and venue ๐Ÿ™‚

While the Log Cabin workshop pattern has some way to go before publication you can find my other patterns by clicking on to my Etsy Shop, www.etsy.com/uk/shop/AllisonsPatchworks . Most are available as instant download PDFs, a few are hard copy paper patterns for sale in the UK only.

Linking with Judy for Design Wall Monday. Judy has a teeny-tiny Apple Core quilt in the making. Also linking with Beth for Monday Making, she shares the beautiful square-in-a-square applique quilt she has been busy working on the past week.

Allison

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Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Do take some time to join in this virtual sewing day, bring along your projects and share in the conversations using the links below. Please do contribute to the conversations and add links to your projects by making use of the Comments box at the bottom of this page. Thank you!

Just two weeks ago I wrote about my mission to finish a quilt and how being so focused I had actually stopped thinking about other projects… Well! I now find myself in a complete whirl with project ideas and designs whizzing around in my mind – sometimes they land long enough to have a play on EQ7 and one design has even come to life with a lone test block completed.

https://quiltingjetgirl.com/2019/05/09/finding-design-inspiration/

 

With all this design activity I’m having to grapple with several of my personal bug-bears. One is making Snowball corners. This design demands several and as always I’m struggling with (i) keeping my blocks square (ii) letting go of all the little triangles of fabric I’ve snipped off the corners!

Another bug-bear issue is technology – uggh! I’m ashamed to admit I do have a strong ‘can’t do’ attitude towards new-to-me technology. This week I have procrastinated over a pdf reader/writer thingy that I need to use in order to produce a downloadable pattern with foundation paper piecing templates. I just can’t see me getting to grips with this. The pattern may be available in printed form only…

On a much more positive note: I’m taking great delight in seeing flowers opening on Hawthorn bushes in our garden. The bushes are growing vigorously after being transplanted as self-seeded saplings from our allotment several years ago. I thought they would fill a corner in our garden, acting as a hedge between our neighbours’ gardens. This is the first season the Hawthorns have flowered and they do look beautiful.

Hawthorn flowers by Allison Reid

And this week I have a bumper crop of inspiration and information to share with you from the Worldwide Quilting Community:ย 

Nancy has been testing out the effectiveness of different permanent markers on fabric. I was especially interested to follow her experiment as I use a Pigma Micron marker to write details on the labels of my quilts.

Michelle is reflecting on ‘community’, with particular reference to patchwork quilting, and asking questions of herself and readers about the nature of community. Click here to read the first in a series of posts on the subject, Michelle would like us to share our views and experiences of community. This is a subject that always catches my attention, after all the whole point of Saturday Quilt & Share is to foster interaction between quilters around the world.

Christa Watson has published a new pattern called ‘Color Weave’. She has made it in the rainbow colours of her own fabric line combined with two shades of grey. I find it very intriguing.

Do you have a bit of a soft spot for hens? If so I think you will be clucking over the ‘Chickens’ quilt pattern by Allison Harris. The Chicken quilt she uses in the photos is even quilted with a chicken wire pattern!

Did you know ‘temperature quilts’ are a thing? New to me but not so new it would seem. Create a quilt by using coloured fabric to record the day-by-day changes of temperature in your location. Click over to the Elm Street Quilts site to find out more and see some example quilts.

I can’t help being drawn to scrap quilts! Kristie shares the method she is employing to use up her scrap fabric strips.

Dashes, dots and crosses square-in-a-square unit by Allison ReidAs I explained above I’m not a fan of snowball corners but I will persevere… The centre unit of the block I’ve made is a square-in-a-square rather than a snowball. Imagine my delight when I found Quilter’s Paradise have an on-line calculator that figures out the fabric cutting sizes for square-in-a-square blocks! Excellent! The calculator worked just right and saved me quite a bit of time. ๐Ÿ™‚

Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts has created a great range of pieced quilts featuring animals, characters and objects. She’s working on a pattern depicting a Triceratops dinosaur at the moment.

Amy Ellis has the ‘One Thing Challenge’ running over on Instagram. The Challenge aims to encourage us to name the one thing we are going to get done to move a project forward and there’s the opportunity for a bit of accountability with a weekly check-in. And there are prizes! This is the link to her blog post about the Challenge and here are the IG hashtags: ‘To name your ONE THING comment on the current IG photoย or post an image withย #onethingwithamyย To share your finish, post withย #onethingwithamyfinishโ €’.โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €

Ever wanted to make a Lone Star quilt but been put off by the thought of all those ‘Y’ seams? Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts has resolved the ‘Y’ seam issue using her Super Sidekick Ruler. Her Lone Star pattern is available now and her sample quilt is a bit special – there are some Tula Pink fabrics and quilting by Angela Walters – do click on the link to take a look (there’s a sweet baby too!).

Lots of inspiration this week… I’ll close with a link to Yvonne’s thought-provoking post titled ‘Finding Design Inspiration‘. She belongs to a couple of design groups that encourage members to stretch their imaginations and skills by creating a quilt/block/mini-quilt inspired by a shared image.

Happy Stitching!

Linking up with Design Wall Monday for even more inspiration!

Allison

 

 

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Welcome to the fiftieth edition of Saturday Quilting Bring & Share! I feel like there should be some sort of celebration… Anyway! It’s very good to have your company on this virtual sewing day ๐Ÿ™‚ Bring along your project(s) and share in some of the news and inspiration doing the rounds of the Worldwide Quilting Community. Do share links and news in the comments box at the end of this blog post. Thank you!

My projects for this weekend are: 1. To baste Dashing Stars ready for quilting

Dashing Stars ready for basting by Allison Reid
Dashing Stars quilt top, backing, cotton wadding and pins…

And 2. Piece the Scrappy Trip Along quilt top. I finished the final blocks last night and just had time to put all of them up on the design wall.

Scrappy Trip Along blocks on design wall by Allison Reid

When I began the trip along my intention was to piece the blocks in this repeating diamond design but I’ve seen so many lovely variations at #scrappytripalong2019 that I’m all of a dither now! Here are some possibilities I put together on EQ7. There must be many more variations….

Scrappy Trip Along chevrons by Allison Reid
Chevrons 4 x 6 setting
Scrappy Trip Along traditional by Allison Reid
Traditional setting for Trip Around the world quilt
Scrappy Trip Along zig-zags by Allison Reid
Zig-zags

My actual design wall setting and these ideas drawn on EQ7 are based on block layouts of 4 horizontal and 6 vertical (although my design wall photo shows the quilt on it’s side – sorry to be confusing!). This does make for slightly odd proportions – the quilt would measure approximately 48″ x 72″ – a bit too long and narrow maybe? To correct this I tried a 4 blocks by 5 blocks layout on EQ7 (which would measure 48″ by 60″).

Scrappy Trip Along original 4 x 5 by Allison Reid

To my mind this would be better proportioned BUT I don’t like the way the patchwork pattern loses it’s symmetry with that top row of blocks not being reflected in the bottom row.

So, an alternative would be add wide borders to the long sides of the 4 x 6 setting to give a slightly better proportioned quilt (say 60″ x 76″):

Scrappy Trip Along original with borders by Allison Reid

Or I could play around with alternative layouts which I can be handle being asymmetrical :-D:

Scrappy Trip Along two squares 4 x 6 by Allison Reid
A 4 x 6 setting…
Scrappy Trip Along two squares 4 x 5 by Allison Reid
…Or a 4 x 5 setting

So much to think about! I wonder if such an indecisive person as myself should be working on projects that allow for so many variations?? I shall leave the blocks up on the design wall, within eyesight, while I baste the Dashing Stars quilt and, who knows, I might make up my mind about the layout?

Here are a few of the blog posts and articles that have provided welcome distractions from the whirl of options in my mind this week:

How do you stitch down the binding around your quilts? Do you cut your binding on the grain or the bias? Yvonne gave her thoughts on the subject of the durability of binding. The contributions in the comments section are very interesting. My thinking has changed… I was advising students that machine stitched binding is more durable than hand stitched binding, but now…

Melony was surprised to find that internet searches from an insurance company were finding their way to her pattern shop. It is a strange/funny/mind-boggling story! She also regularly posts about quilts popping into shot on TV – this month an episode of the Waltons got her thinking…

Here is a great picture tutorial: make a little sensory play blanket for a baby. The tutorial by Julie Herman aka ‘Jaybird Quilts’ is great but oh! my goodness! the photos of baby Nate, the blanket tester, are just so cute!

Leah Day has produced a detailed tutorial describing how to piece a Square-in-a-Square block. This simple looking patchwork unit is the basis of the Economy Block and takes a bit of care in the making to keep all the sides consistent.

I wonder if you ever get to sew with your Mum or another member of your family? Rebecca shares how her Mom has come to the rescue on more than one occasion ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Stitching!

Allison

PS. I’m very happy to say I will running the Scrap Buster Workshop at Purple Stitches in May. See my Workshop page for details ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring and Share ๐Ÿ™‚ Bring along your current project and share in the conversations on this virtual sewing day. Use the comments section or the linky button at the end of this post to leave links to quilty blog posts or tutorials that have caught your attention through the week.
First things first … We’ve had some rain ๐Ÿ™‚ It will take quite a bit more to turn the grass from brown to green but it has been lovely to hear the sound of rain and see drops of water clinging to leaves and adding sparkle to dusty flowers.
My other news is that I have finally finished the BIG quilt! Whew!! I have stitched a temporary hanging sleeve to the back so it is ready to be sent to The Festival of Quilts… or so I thought…. Blow! I need to attach a flap of fabric to hide the label on the back

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