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October 29, 2020
Orphan Block Inspiration from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Remember these orphan blocks I decided to build a quilt around?

I had a total of 15 blocks that measured abut 6" square.  I modified the blocks a bit and then pulled scraps in these muted shades to make a quilt.

Here is the quilt I ended up making.  I wasn't sure I would have enough scraps in these colors but I ended up having plenty.  I also had to make one more "orphan" so I could go with a 16 block layout.

These are not colors I use very often so it was nice to clean these odd ...

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October 28, 2020
Logs on Point + 96, 97, 98, 99, 100 from Virtual Quilter

Interesting start to this weeks five minute Log Cabin Retreat.

Change four blocks and the design changes, and I like the change.

Big changes for the next design …

… change four blocks and I like it more.

It never ceases to amaze me how small changes can make a big difference to a design. That is why I love Electric Quilt.

I can change a design many, many times without damaging any fabric.

Last design for this week, and I like it just as it is … but there is still an urge to play.

That’s all for this week … more ...

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October 7, 2020
Next Step : Blocks from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework


Remember these little blocks I created by slicing up some old orphan blocks?

(You can read about them here.)

Well, I pulled a bunch of scrappy strings in soft blues and greens and browns.  I didn't think I had many colors in these shades but was surprised once I began sorting.  I added in some cream and got to work making some of these 12" quarter log blocks.

I think I will end up with 15 blocks so it won't be a big quilt.  

As I write this post, most of the blocks are almost finished - I am ...

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September 30, 2020
Distracted from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Every time I start playing in my orphan block suitcase, I end up starting a lot of new projects.

I don't often have a large number of any one block but I did find 15 of these gay toned blocks.  They measure (clos to) 6" square.  I find them kind of boring as they are and I think that is why I haven't used them yet.

So today I was inspired to cut them all in half.

I them gave the pieces a flip and sewed them back together again.  The next step was to trim them all ...

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September 16, 2020
Cabin Fever Isolation Area 41, 42, 43, 44, 45 from Virtual Quilter


Very interesting.

It is going to be hard for me to pick a favourite today … maybe the one above.

Another interesting one!

How about seeing them all together.

I think I will settle for the first one as my favourite for the day, but might have to have several mini retreats during the day to confirm that decision. I might also play with the designs to see what happens when I turn the blocks inside out. I might still be playing until next weeks mid week retreat!

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September 9, 2020
Logs at Lochiel 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 from Virtual Quilter

My favourite traditional Log Cabin quilt design, and a great place to start making a few changes.

First up, I changed the outside light coloured pieces to dark.

The next logical step would have been to make the two inside light pieces dark, but I skipped that step, and started adding two light strips to the dark side.

I like the last one … but will keep playing!

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September 2, 2020
Log Cabin Plus 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 from Virtual Quilter

Middle of the week comes around much more quickly than the weekend, but at least it is a chance to share some Log Cabin designs.

Both of the first two are interesting designs.

Another interesting design.

A cat seems to like the one above.

I prefer the last one.

More Log Cabin designs mid week, next week.

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August 23, 2020
Oh Scrap! : Log Cabin Progress from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I have been making slow progress on my log cabin quilt.  Not because I haven't been actively working on it every week - but because the process of cutting and sewing all the small pieces takes a lot of time!

I did finish these two green circles this week.  They are composed of 1" and 1.5" strips.  The four log cabin blocks go together to make an 11" circle component.

A lot of time is spent digging through my scrap bins for the smallest of scraps that will work.

These two green circles meant I could finish up one ...

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August 5, 2020
Logs on Point 61, 62, 63, 64, 65 from Virtual Quilter

Mid week again, and we are heading home after a week catching up with family and friends.

The first design for the day is neat and tidy, the second one is much more exciting!

The one above is one of the first times I saw fish in a Log Cabin design!


There’s those fish again!

That’s all for this week’s midweek retreat … but there will be more next week.

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July 29, 2020
Applique Logs 81, 82, 83, 84, 85 from Virtual Quilter

I know it is not a weekend when a challenge may be set here on Virtual Quilts, but see if you can pick the changes between the five designs for this weeks mid week Log Cabin retreat.

I had to look hard to see them myself, so good luck!

Some of them could be passed off as mistakes.

Perhaps they were mistakes at the time, but I kept them to show that there are many ways, big and small to change a quilt design.

I think I like the first one best this week.

More Log Cabin designs next week ...

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July 19, 2020
Oh Scrap! : A Few Blues from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I did discover a current project that needed some blue scraps this month.
So I guess I did need to get my blue bin out after all.

I needed some blue log cabin blocks that finish at 5.5" for one of my scrap quilts.

I also finished up two more pink blocks.  These are made using 1" and 1.5" strips.

I have started to put them up on one of my design wall so I can look at color placement a bit.  I am not sure if I will keep the squiggle effect or make them into circle ...

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July 8, 2020
Less Logs in the Cabin 81, 82, 83, 84, 85 from Virtual Quilter

Now that is interesting.

Note that the less logs in the title of this series refers to the fact that there are only three rounds of strips around the centre instead of the four I usually use. In any Log Cabin design you can vary to number of strips from 2 up to 12 … maybe more if you wish!

Another interesting one.

I like the third …

… love the fourth too.

I love the central part of the last, but the corners, not so much.

More Log Cabin designs mid week, next week.

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June 28, 2020
Oh Scrap! : More Log Cabin Blocks from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Even though this month is supposed to be all about pink scraps, I decided to get out my blue scrap bins and make a few more log cabin blocks.

I pulled some navy, teal and medium blue shades for my next three circles.

I am trying to focus on using a lot of my print fabrics so each block has a lot of interest.

Here are all the blocks I have finished so far.  The purple circles is 22" wide, the blue ones will finish at 15" I think and the pink ones will make 11" circles.  Now I need ...

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June 14, 2020
Oh Scrap! : Pink from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Pretty pink is the RSC color for June.  Boy was I happy to see that!

Usually once a color is chosen for the month, I start the cutting process for all of my Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilts.  Then I place all the pieces next to my sewing machine so I can sew up the blocks all month long.

This week I focused on sewing up six log cabin blocks for my newest project.  I am not sure how they will fit into the quilt but at this early stage, I am just making blocks.

These blocks were made with 1 ...

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May 27, 2020
It Always Happens When I Clean from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

If you have been following my blog for any amount of time, you know I love to work on multiple projects at a time.  When I sit down to sew, it is not uncommon for me to be sewing blocks for two or three quilts in one sitting.  So as you can imagine, my sewing space can get a bit messy.

Every once in a while, I like to take some time and put away all the supplies for projects that are finished so I have some space to work.

But whenever I clean, touching all that fabric usually results ...

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May 6, 2020
Logs at Lochiel 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 from Virtual Quilter

This series uses a lot of different Log Cabin block colour variations of the basic Log Cabin block … see how many variations you can pick amongst each of the designs.

The series title represents of of many salt lakes in the southern portion of Australia, some of which are pink … a result of the salt and the local soil. Some of those lakes have been named Pink Lake, but Locheil, which now has a small town attached to it, was named by someone with links to Scottish lakes.

I usually mix up designs in a project file so the designs ...

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April 22, 2020
Log Heap 36, 37, 38, 39, 40 from Virtual Quilter

Three blocks combined, all constructed exactly the same way, with all dark, all light and half light, half dark.

The colours I have used are not particularly attractive but I was concentrating on finding how many ways I could mix up those three blocks in overall designs.

I have found many times that if the contrast is right, I will admire quilts made with any combination of colours.

Even scraps can be sorted into light, medium and dark so that they make a nice design into a stunning quilt.

The advice I would give if sorting for Log Cabin blocks ...

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April 15, 2020
Cabin Fever 106, 107, 108, 109, 110 from Virtual Quilter

I should have visited this project file about a month ago! Let’s hope I don’t need to update it too often!

This project has an almost unlimited supply of Log Cabin blocks which have only one thing in common … they are squares constructed with a a few squares and plenty of strips!

I wonder how many designs are possible with so many block variations? I think I would eliminate those with blocks placed randomly to limit the number to one which would fit written down around a football oval in small numerals.

I like the one above.

However ...

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April 8, 2020
Logs on Point in Purple 46, 47, 48 49, 50 from Virtual Quilter

Time for a break from a weird world for a few moments to study some Log Cabin designs.

Some interesting things happen when Log Cabin blocks are used in an on point setting.

Lots of room for quilting in the one above though there are a few seams in the way.

The easiest way to quilt these would be to print the blocks onto fabric … then there are only seams between borders.

Left my favourite for today until last.

More Log Cabin designs, mid week, next week.

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March 18, 2020
Bundaleer Logs 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 from Virtual Quilter

Mid week again … I am sure the weeks are getting shorter, but I like having a look at Log Cabin quilt designs on a regular basis, so I can live with that!

I love the first of today’s designs.

All four of the others could be made smaller by removing the outer row of blocks, though I think I would put a small light border before the two coloured borders.

I like the one above!

Interesting. I can see changes I should test … which happens most days, so I will never run out of designs to share!

That is ...

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