Saturday, November 23, 2013

December block: Crazy log cabins

First off, I'm going to apologize. When Jennifer said last December to declare which months wouldn't be the best to host, I did not connect the fact that as December arrives this year, I will actually be in Australia for a vacation (just Greg and I!!), and planning this blog post fell to the wayside as I got my desk cleared off at work, packed myself, and the kids for their stay at Grandma's.

So, I'm going to set up the block and give free rein to anyone who wants to go ahead and be done with it. After I'm back in the middle of December I will catch up and give more examples to anyone who wishes. I am in no particular rush for these, so feel free to postpone if December gets in your way (I'm sure everyone will have other sewing they may want to do).

Here we go: so, if you liked the colours in Anthea's November block (which I very much did!), you will probably like this one too.  I'm going for soft blues, greens, browns and off-whites/cream, with a bit of soft orange (but not peach) if you happen to have it.

I had been thinking about shapes, and felt drawn to rectangles, and so I'm going to be asking for a rectangular log cabin with a big crazy pieced centre

 So, ideally, you'd take pieces of your blues, greens and browns and crazy piece a rectangular-ish centre that ends up being about 6-7 inches wide by 18-19 inches tall - it doesn't have to be exact and any quadrilateral shape is fine (aka, a wonky rectangle).  the crazy pieces can be as big or as small as you want - I'm just looking to showcase the wide variety of prints that everyone has, so whatever looks good to your eye is great. Here is an example of crazy piecing... though your pieces do not have to be that small!
Then take 3 inch strips of your creams/off-whites and do one round of log cabin, starting with the skinny end.

In this series of pictures, I show a solid piece of blue fabric where the crazy pieced centre would be.

And then you can see how I put the sides on starting at the left and going counterclockwise.  In this picture they are wonky but you can just leave them at their full width and I can trim them later.

I hope this makes sense, and if it doesn't then I will try to look in and
answer questions in the comments as I find wifi. 

I will be mostly in Sydney and then driving the great ocean road out of Melbourne the WA folks, but if  anyone has suggestions of fabric stores, I'd love a recommendation!


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Amy (Canada) for Anthea

Hello! I was a bit over exuberant in cutting out fabric at Micaela's last night. I ended up with so many strips, I decided to do two squares for you, Anthea. These colors were so lovely and soothing to work with, and I love the return to the trusty log cabin and its simplicity. I hope these find a place in your quilt! If you look closely, there are some hints of both winter and the ocean. Enjoy!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Winter beaches...

Dear Anthea,

I have tried hard to capture the look and feel that you are trying to create with your log cabin quilt... I hunted for these blues, since I didn't have many in my own stash.

There is a piece in one block from a pillow case I used to have on my bed as a teenager, when I went through a white and blue "Ralph Lauren" phase... The outside darker blue fabric on the one block is from Jennifer's aunt's stash...I felt really blessed when she sent it to me, saying she thought it reminded her of something I would like. And does she ever know me - it is one of my favourite fabrics in my stash now. It is a bit on the darker side... The grey blue on the outside edge of the other block comes from a large bolt of William Morris fabric my mom gave me - he is her favourite designer and I have a lot of fabric in that style from her... Of the whites on white, my most favourite is the tree print. It says winter to me...

And you may ask, why are there two?! Well, my first attempt didn't measure up exactly - it is just under 14.5"...and so I thought I'd make another. And I don't think you're going easy on us this month with the choice of a log cabin design - it is timeless and classic and can be adapted to a modern quilt look too...and it gives us the time to make more than one block if we feel like our first just isn't right. So that's what I did tonight... I sent some of these fabrics to Amy and the Waterloo gang so they may show up in Shauna/Micaela/Amy's blocks too...

I can't wait to see this one come together! I'm so glad you joined our group... Now it's time I start to look for a pattern for our charity quilt. I'll send these off tomorrow to you.


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Amy's Christmas HST block

Sorry it's a bit late...I'm finally catching up to the quilting schedule and should be on time this month. The final product looks really pretty - I hope you have fun putting it all together. I will mail it express post so it should get to you sooner than later and you can get started on piecing the whole thing together.

xo Katy

Monday, November 4, 2013

Anthea's block from Linsay

Here is the block that I have made for Anthea.  The greys and the blues work very well together.  I chose one white/beige which had a bit of pattern on it and it stands out, especially in the photo.  I hope that in the overall scrapy look of the quilt the pattern blends in well.  I used the log cabin ruler (see comments on previous post) and it was excellent.  If anyone plans to do a log cabin quilt on their own I would definitely recommend it.  I have a few strips of blue/grey which I am about to post to Jennifer so she can add them to her block if she likes.  I am looking forward to seeing the final look of this quilt, I think it will be terrific.
Happy Sewing Anthea!