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March 11, 2020
Applique Logs 73, 74, 75, 76 from Virtual Quilter

Time for a short break to celebrate the middle of the week.

I would like the one above even without the applique.

Most of the appliques in this series are placed on individual blocks, but sometimes I have let the design expand over several blocks by setting them on Layer 2.

Changing the scale of parts of a design is a great way to add interest to designs.

More Log Cabin designs next week tomorrow … I got over enthusiastic and saved another four designs after being distracted by a visitor and before I had started to schedule this post!

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March 4, 2020
Quarter Cabins in Mesa Verde {Log Cabin Blog Hop with Island Batik} + {Pattern Premiere} from Little Bunny Quilts

Today is my day to share as part of the Island Batik Ambassador Log Cabin blog hop!

I have been hard at work on this quilt this month -- featuring the new line, Mesa Verde! As an Island Batik Ambassador, I am provided with samples of various lines of Island Batik fabrics, Aurifil thread, Accuquilt products, and Hobbs Batting to use and share with you!

This line is a fun Western-inspired collection featuring greens, creams, golds, and browns!

For my quilt, I am using our new Honey, Bunny, and Doll pattern, Quarter Cabins, to show off these lovely fabrics! 

I used ...

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February 19, 2020
Logs at Lochiel 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 from Virtual Quilter

New project file, starting with two versions of my favourite Log Cabin design, the first starting with a light centre, …

… the second with the blocks turned around 180 degrees to make a dark centre.

I have added a collection of Log Cabin variations to the project file, and a variety of colour placements within each of those blocks … almost too many to be able to make up my mind which one to use each time I want to make a change.

That means I will have to make a lot of changes just to see what happens.

However, the first ...

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February 5, 2020
City Courthouse 96, 97, 98, 99, 100 from Virtual Quilter

Another week flying by, so time for a mid week break .

This project ran out of designs, but a few more have been found to round out the total number of designs to 100.

The designs in this project file have always made me think of a tiled floor in the foyer of a courthouse.

I am undecided which is my favourite for today … the first one, or the one above. I guess that makes you the judge in this courthouse.

More Log Cabin designs next week, so plan for a coffee break when you have a chance to come ...

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January 8, 2020
Bundaleer Logs 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 from Virtual Quilter

I am trying to get back into routine, though any routine we have tried to live with has always been flexible, sometimes by choice, often by circumstances, or weather, or a wide choice of other options. Sharing a quilt design each day is pretty much normal, but even this gets out of whack sometimes.

Today I am restarting the mid week retreat, when I share two, usually five, designs using Log Cabin blocks in all their many variations. Today’s designs are from a newish project file, but with just the traditional half light, half dark Log Cabin block, with ...

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December 22, 2019
Less Logs for Christmas 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 from Virtual Quilter

A little bit dusty looking, which represents the area we live in, Harvest has just finished and grain dust has settled on everything, including the wallhangings stored behind the sewing room door!

This would sit well alongside the real ones at the moment!

I didn’t like this one until I added that green line joining the corner fans.

Love the one above!

Another interesting one!

More Log Cabin designs soon!

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December 21, 2019
Red and White Logs 101, 102, 103, 104, 105 from Virtual Quilter

The mid week log cabin retreats have been out of their usual schedule this month, but you will not miss out on seeing about the same number of designs as any other month.

It will be like attending a quilter’s retreat without leaving home, though I don’t think I will mention to people in my real life I am spending a few days retreating … virtually!

The second and third designs today are almost the same … but not quite. Hope you can see the difference, and I like both of them.

The one above has some interesting little details ...

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December 8, 2019
Cabin Fever Christmas Edition 47, 48, 49, 50 from Virtual Quilter

A second day of virtual retreat … an early surprise for Christmas!

When quilter’s retreat we love to get an extra day with friends.

Love the one above! My favourite for the day.

Like the last too.

More Log Cabin Quilt designs next weekend.

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December 7, 2019
Christmas Logs 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 from Virtual Quilter

I am not trying to confuse those of you who look for a five minute retreat from the real world in the middle of the week. However, I was dazed and confused after last weekend’s invasion by family and friends, and though it was planned as a one day event, a few people stayed longer, or came back for a second helping, some just arrived very late!

As a result of the chaos it was Thursday before I realized the weekend was over, so decided that this month the mid week retreat would happen on the weekends … and so ...

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November 27, 2019
Log Applique Album 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 from Virtual Quilter

Found an old project file which had few designs by comparison to most, and those that were there needed attention, so saved five for today, then retired the project.

I like the challenge of trying to find suitable applique to use with, and on, Log Cabin blocks, and intend trying different colours, and different appliques in the future.

Love the one above … one of the reasons I had to use this project file one more time.

Like the one above too.

I love the last … the one which made me want to share a handful of the last 8 designs ...

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November 22, 2019
Oh, I like this Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I decided to elbow my way onto my longarm between my client quilts and finish up my Kaffe Fassett scrap quilt.  I really like this one and wanted to see it finished.

The seeds for this scrap quilt were some Kaffe Fassett backing trimmings from a previous quilt.

I cut the large floral into a 4.5" x 6.5" rectangle.  Then I used scraps to create these fun 9.5" x 10.5" "tunnel" blocks.  Every block has the same floral and black fabric - after that, I just pulled coordinating strings from the scrap bins.

Here it is all ...

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November 20, 2019
Bundaleer Logs 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 from Virtual Quilter

All the designs in this project file use the basic Log Cabin block with just three variations in the placement of colour.

I think many of them would be great on a table rather than a bed.

I am thinking that many of them would look great with the colours reversed.

I have some dressmaking fabric which I hope to turn into clothing so it is not taking up space in my sewing room, but I may digress from time to time today and play with the designs in this file. Going outside after breakfast is not going to be ...

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October 18, 2019
A Baby Spin! Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I have been wanting to make a baby version of my Spin! pattern for quite some time.  When I teach this pattern, I always talk about this variation but until now, I never had a visual sample.

I made this version out of pink, orange and yellow scraps.  
With the scrappy border, the quilt measures 52" square.

I used a white thread to quilt some swirls that would disappear into the Kona White I used for the background.  A bright orange solid was found in my stash for the binding.

I decided to go with a pink backing with sweet ...

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October 16, 2019
Logs in the Pale 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 from Virtual Quilter

Middle of yet another week, and I thought it would be interesting to keep with the theme of the last week … so I am using my Logs in the Pale file for this weeks Log Cabin designs.

I am tempted to go through my fabric stash and find all the pale washed out fabrics and start playing with them, but there are a few other projects to tackle before that, including some household items, and clothing, and getting my hands dirty in the garden.

I do wonder if using all low contrast would look ok on the bed, or even ...

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October 13, 2019
Oh Scrap! : Slowly Moving Along from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I really didn't feel like I spent too much time in my sewing room this week.  
So there is not a lot to share today!

 I have been continuing to make blocks for this quilt.
(Sorry about the poor photo but these colors do not photograph well with no natural light.)
I am pretty close to having all my blocks finished - then I will just need to work on the final layout and sew them up!

The other thing I did this week was to get out the final stack of orphan blocks to make a quilt from.  This ...

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April 17, 2015
Spring! from A Creative Kick

So I needed something to perk up the log cabin blocks in the previous post.

I drew an iris on a piece of freezer paper and used it for a pattern.  I cut out a piece of stabilizer (it's at the top of the photo).  The I pinned a piece of fabric to the freezer paper and colored in the iris with my Tsukineko inks.

I cut out the fabric iris and fused the stabilizer to the back.  Then I used fabric glue to turn the edges over the stabilizer.

Clearly I didn't measure so well, because there ...

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Garden Logs from A Creative Kick

I had a couple of blocks left over from the background of the egret challenge and needed some log cabin blocks for my guild challenge.

So I made a couple more blocks and stitched them together.

Then I cut them down to size so that I could use them for my Art Quilts Around the World challenge.

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