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August 18, 2017
Finding Your Sweet Spot In Quilting Pt. I from Pink Doxies

1930's & 40's Large Vintage 
Log Cabin Top--Hand Pieced

August 4, 2017 quietly marked Pink Doxies' 3 year blogiversary. I spent the day volunteering at the Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale in the Quilter's Corner. (Did you know this is an annual even happening the same weekend every year?)

It was a humbling experience to help sort and display bin after bin of vintage items, fabric, quilt tops, tatting, lace, and embroidery among the thousands of items for sale. 

Clean and Pressed

Many items had been donated locally, and trusted they would find the right home while also benefiting ...

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August 13, 2017
Asian-Inspired Log Cabin Zipper Bag from Pink Doxies

JoAnn's New Quilt Fabric Department!

If you haven't dropped into your local JoAnn store in the past few weeks, expect a most pleasant surprise. They are moving in quilting fabric by the truck load! The stores will be carrying 1091 quilt fabrics when the shelves are finally full, but the first wave of these gorgeous new fabrics already whet this quilter's appetite. I was looking for some special fabric for a gift project, and knew it when I saw it.

Log Cabin Restructured

This book was an inspiration as I read through it for months, but I ...

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August 9, 2017
Log Jam 76, 77, 78, 79, 80 from Virtual Quilter

Log Jam 80

It is mid week again, which means time for a very short retreat from the world at large to look at some Log Cabin designs.

Log Jam 79

I like the windmill in the centre of the one above.

Log Jam 78

All the blocks are basic Log Cabin blocks, with a few made with all light or all dark fabrics.

Log Jam 77

We are now living at the southern end of the Flinders Ranges, which is a very old range worn down by time, and one of the features of the flora of the area is the Flinders Range wattles, and this is the time of year ...

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July 12, 2017
TNT Log Jam 66,67, 68, 69, 70 from Virtual Quilter

TNT Log Jam 66


TNT Log Jam 67

Very different from the first one, but still interesting.

TNT Log Jam 68

My favourite for this week.

TNT Log Jam 69

Like this one!

TNT Log Jam 70

And an interesting one to finish today’s selection.

Log Cabin quilt designs next week, mid week.

Filed under: Log Cabin Quilter's Mid Week Retreat, Mid Week Retreat, Quilt, TNT Log Jam Tagged: Log Cabin Blocks, Mid Week Log Cabin Retreat, Pieced Blocks, Thick and Thin Log Cabin

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July 5, 2017
Logs on the Pile 42, 43, 44, 45 from Virtual Quilter

Logs on the Pile 42


Logs on the Pile 43

Not a big change, and it is still interesting.

Logs on the Pile 44

More change this time, but not sure that I like it as much as the first two.

Logs on the Pile 45

Another interesting one, but I prefer the first two.

As always, more next week, mid week … which usually falls on Wednesday.


Filed under: Log Cabin Quilter's Mid Week Retreat, Logs on the Pile, Mid Week Retreat, Quilt Tagged: Log Cabin, Log Cabin Blocks, Log Cabin Quilter's Retreat, Log Cabin Variation, Mid Week Log Cabin Retreat

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June 14, 2017
Red and White Logs 81, 82, 83, 84, 85 from Virtual Quilter

Red and White Logs 81

20 all light blocks, 8 all dark blocks, 16 blocks with both light and dark fabrics.

Red and White Logs 82

Now there are 24 blocks with light and dark fabrics, 20 all light, 8 all dark.

Red and White Logs 83

Now there are 25 blocks with light and dark fabrics, 16 all light, 8 all dark … similar to the last one.

The one above is my favourite.

Red and White Logs 84

Now the mixed colour blocks are starting to vary, with 16 light, 8 dark blocks.

Red and White Logs 85

25 mixed, 8 dark, 16 light in the last.

More Log Cabin Quilt designs next week, mid week.

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June 7, 2017
Log Court 76, 77, 78, 79, 80 from Virtual Quilter

Log Court 76

Not a lot of variety in the five virtual quilts for this weeks mid week retreat.

Log Court 77

Just a subtle change  to create the second design from the first

Log Court 78

Much bigger change for the one above …

Log Court 79

… but much less change for the one above.

Log Court 80

The last one has a few less subtle changes, and is my favourite for the day.

More Log Cabin designs mid week, next week.

Filed under: Log Cabin Quilter's Mid Week Retreat, Log Court, Mid Week Retreat, Quilt Tagged: Log Cabin Blocks, Log Cabin Mid Week Retreat, Mid Week Log Cabin Retreat

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May 31, 2017
Logs in the Pale 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 from Virtual Quilter

Logs in the Pale 6

Time for another mid week Log Cabin retreat, though it seems like just a couple of days since the last retreat.

Logs in the Pale 7

That is because I really retreated over the weekend with 38 other quilters.

We ate well, we talked, we slept, we breathed in the sea air, we laughed loud and long …

Logs in the Pale 8

… we even did a few stitches, some by hand, some by machine.

Logs in the Pale 9

It is always nice to come home though, but we have plans for next year!

Pity we can’t have some real mid week retreats between now and then!

Logs in the Pale 10

My virtual quilts today are a bit ...

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May 24, 2017
Log Heap 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 from Virtual Quilter

Log Heap 16

I am still recovering after attending a small group exhibition over the last weekend.

Log Heap 17

Some old friends were there, and there were a lot of new friends to meet.

Log Heap 18

There were also 100 quilts to look at and drool over.

Log Heap 19

I love playing with design, sorting and sourcing fabrics, and making quilts, but one of the best things about quilting are the people who make them.

The other best thing … sleeping under a real quilt.

Log Heap 20

Another weekend away ahead … this time retreating to Victor Harbour … with several other quilters. Sorry you can’t all be there too!

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May 18, 2017
A Layout Quandry from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I have been using every snippet of time I have found so far this week sewing up my RSC17 quarter log blocks.  I think I am approaching enough blocks for a quilt top so I thought I would firm up the layout this afternoon.

There are quite a number of layout choices for these blocks.  I decided to throw the blocks up on my wall (in no particular order) to see what I liked.

My initial plan was to play off the 3D effect these blocks can create.  I started out with a square in the center of the quilt ...

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May 17, 2017
Curved Cornerstones + 51, 52, 53, 54, 55 from Virtual Quilter

Curved Cornerstones + 51

I am still surprised how well the curves work in this project file.

Curved Cornerstones + 53

Especially when those curves are created using straight lines.

Curved Cornerstones + 52

I am not sure why I saved the one above, except that it is a great starting point for more designs …

Curved Cornerstones + 54

… like the one above … which I love.

Curved Cornerstones + 55

Love the movement in the last one!

I will be attending a quilt exhibition this weekend … Woodpatch Quilters in Lobethal … looking forward to seeing some familiar faces amongst some wonderful quilts.

And by mid week, next week, I will be packing for a weekend retreat at Victor Harbour.

I am ...

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May 10, 2017
Logs on Point + 71, 72, 73, 74, 75 from Virtual Quilter

Logs on Point + 71

I usually like designs which have dark frame around the central design, plus a dark border but with a small contrast between the border and the dark … like the one above.

Logs on Point + 72

However, I love the one above, without that dark frame.

Logs on Point + 73

Like the one above …

Logs on Point + 74

… this one is interesting …

Logs on Point + 75

… but not over excited about this last one!

As always, the Mid Week Log Cabin Retreat is over … but there will be another mini retreat next week, mid week.

Filed under: Log Cabin Quilter's Mid Week Retreat, Logs on Point, Logs On Point, Mid Week Retreat, Quilt Tagged: Log Cabin ...

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April 19, 2017
Log Cabin Blues 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34 from Virtual Quilter

Log Cabin Blues 29

Sixty four Log Cabin blocks … size of blocks optional … just the layout varies in six designs today.

Log Cabin Blues 30

I like the first one, and the second …

Log Cabin Blues 31

… and the third. I can’t pick a favourite yet.

Log Cabin Blues 32

Another interesting design above …

Log Cabin Blues 33

… and another interesting one.

Log Cabin Blues 34

All interesting designs, all from exactly the same blocks, with a slight modification of colours in the last.

So choose your colours, use your favourite Log Cabin block pattern, in any size you wish … and then play with the blocks until you get a design you like.

That is the lot for this mid week Log Cabin ...

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March 8, 2017
Logs in the Pale 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 from Virtual Quilter

Logs in the Pale 1

I wondered if Log Cabin would work with washed out colours … like a quilt which has been washed many times.

When I tried the first design I thought I might look for less contrast for the darkest fabric.

Logs in the Pale 2

I started playing, and sort of liked the definition the dark outer log in each block added.

The darker log mapped out some interesting designs.

Logs in the Pale 3

The one above immediately got a name as well as the usual number … Earthquake in a Log Cabin.

Logs in the Pale 4

So, for now, the dark fabric stays, and then I played with the colouring of the logs.

Logs in the Pale 5

This colour ...

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February 22, 2017
Logs on Point + 66, 67, 68, 69, 70 from Virtual Quilter


An interesting start to another Mid Week Log Cabin Retreat.


If the first design is interesting, this one has to be exciting.


With our retreat half over, something a little more mundane.


Finishing off with a double dose of excitement.


Can you tell that I like playing with Log Cabin blocks, on point or straight settings, and mixing up all the variations of the basic block.

logs-on-point-69 logs-on-point-68 logs-on-point-66 logs-on-point-67 logs-on-point-70

That’s all, folks … until next week, mid week.

Filed under: Log Cabin Quilter's Mid Week Retreat, Logs on Point, Mid Week Retreat, Quilt Tagged: Log Cabin Blocks, Log Cabin Blocks On Point ...

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February 15, 2017
Be Mine, Quilted Valentine! from Pink Doxies

Be Mine!

To be quite honest, I'm not a big fan of sappy Valentine's Day things. We don't exchange anything extravagant--or anything at all most years. A simple, "I love you," suffices. A special dinner at home may be the extent of it for the Mister.

But this year I wanted something special to give my mom. (Gosh, have I ever said she doesn't like quilts? They are not her thing, and imagine me a quilter. On the other hand, she does like pretty things, and like me sews every day.) My mom is a one ...

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January 20, 2017
Fabric Challenges: Charity Quilts Day 19 from Pink Doxies

"There's No Such Thing As Ugly Fabric"

Has anyone ever told you this? And did you believe them? Well, I beg to differ. I'm usually attracted to the one-offs, and not what everyone else likes, and I'm okay with that. We all have personal tastes toward color and pattern, and all it takes is looking at your own stash if you don't believe it.  For me, I am attracted to both stripes and flowers. Put them together in a 1960's-1970's print, and I am over the moon! Isn't it just gorgeous?!

I came ...

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December 21, 2016
Log onto Toys 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 from Virtual Quilter



Filed under: Log on to Toys, Quilt Tagged: Applique, Balls, Dolls, Log Cabin Blocks, Pieced Blocks, Spinning Tops, Toy Soldiers, Toy Trains

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October 27, 2016
The Growing Distraction from the confused quilter

The Scrappy Distraction is GROWING!

and G R O W I N G !

I can't stop making these blocks!  

Happy Stitching--oh, this IS Such Happy Stitching!!


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October 14, 2016
2016 FAL: Fabulous Friday Finish! Sunset Cabin from the confused quilter

Sunset Cabin is Finished -- and it's pretty darn special, even if I do say so myself!

Name: Sunset Cabin
Pattern: Traditional Log Cabin Block made with Creative Grids Log Cabin Ruler
Size: 72 x 84
Fabrics: Centers & Binding are Kona Cotton, all other solids are Pure Elements from Art Gallery.  Backing is Doe by Carolyn Frielander.
Quilting: Professionally Long Arm Quilted by Pat Boeck
Started: March 2016
Completed: October 2016

Pat quilted a leaf pattern using similar colors for the strips with contrasting threads used in the centers.  She does free motion quilting with the long arm, no computers ...

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