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May 25, 2020
Quilt in a day from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I do NOT recommend my style to anyone. I'm the biggest procrastinator in the world. I think I have loads of time, which I do, more or less. Procrastination doesn't leave a whole lot of room for error! So one learns to not make errors to live with them. While I'm also not bad with scheduling (OK - I could be better

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April 25, 2020
Penny's Log Cabin from Crazy Horse Quilting

This quilt came from another of my regular customers, Penny. She always seems to send me fun projects to work on. When I first started quilting, I really wanted to make a log cabin quilt. Its been over ten years and I still haven't done it; however, I do still have the special ruler I bought (complete with the tags), in case it ever happens!! I think the fabrics Penny chose were perfect for a log cabin; super traditional.

I tried to play a bit in the quilting. I'm not sure how much will show up here, but ...

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April 8, 2020
Does anybody really know what day it is? from Stash Overflow

Does anybody really care?


Having been retired for almost 5 years was good training for self-isolation. Being an introvert also makes it easier to stay at home although I do enjoy my quilt groups and other outings. My calendar started clearing out on March 13th with the cancellation of Jinny Beyer club for the next day. After that the cancellations came fast and furiously. I still have a couple of appointments (chiro and hair) on my calendar for April but I plan to cancel them.

Around mid-March I went ahead and made a hotel reservation for early May for my ...

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April 1, 2020
Lockdown Day 11 and 12 - More Scrap UFO sewing from Grandma's Red Needle

We've had some rain over the last couple of days. I almost wrote weekend, because that's the feeling I have every day now. It feels like the weekend; very quiet on the roads, only those with permit are allowed out. It's Wednesday and April already! Lockdown is extended until April 15, then to be re-evaluated. Boutiques (small grocery stores) and supermarkets reopen tomorrow morning with very strict protocol. Shopping will be in alphabetical order and for us that means we are permitted to go shopping twice a week; Wednesdays and Saturdays. Other strict measures are put in ...

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March 30, 2020
Lockdown Day 10 - Log Cabin Blocks from Grandma's Red Needle

In this uncertain time, I hope you all are feeling well and that fabric, needle and thread keep you busy. What have you been working on this weekend? 

If you read my previous post, you know I'm busy with the log cabin quilt. I've decided on a double/full bed quilt and I needed to make more blocks 

Chain piecing, 10 blocks at a time! 

I've made 20 blocks this weekend, to be added to the top and bottom.
Thursday & Friday I made 16 blocks, 8 for each side.

This is Log Cabin Quilt #3 where I ...

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March 26, 2020
New projects from Espritpatch

I was so happy to finish my last Threadology blocks that I decided to reward myself and start one or maybe two new projects....

I joined the Alison Glass mini series quilt along with its tiny mini paper-pieced blocks. First one is a log cabin with logs that are less than 1/4' wide!

I finished my first block and I love it but I'm worried that the Oakshott fabric might fray so I'm thinking of changing for a more tighter woven fabric.
I also started a project from a pattern/ sew along from last year: Sewing Studio ...

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March 25, 2020
Curfew UFO Sewing from Grandma's Red Needle

Hello everyone! 
I hope you all are safe and staying at home sewing in this crazy CoVid-19 times. Mauritius has been on lock-down for some days (except grocery stores, supermarkets, bakeries etc), then curfew and from today there's a 7 days complete lock-down (curfew) all over the island. 

I've been stuck at home since last Thursday (when I had to get some groceries). I've been busy with this and that, finished a few items for my shop (no photos yet). 

As most of you know, I love log cabin quilts. Recently I have finished two scrappy log ...

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March 21, 2020
Marina's Quilt Atelier dag 3 from M. Brito de Campos

Afgelopen donderdag heeft Quiltgroep De Nine Patches 
een Bee gehouden via Whats App.
Dat was echt heel erg leuk.
We hebben elkaar laten zien waar we mee bezig zijn.
Er was ook een kleine Show en Tell.
Plannen voor nieuwe quilts.
Dit leidde weer tot het tonen van quilts, 
die lang geleden zijn gemaakt.
Onder andere log cabins.

We hebben nieuwtjes uitgewisseld.
En toen we na een half uurtje uitgepraat waren, 
hebben we weer afscheid genomen 
en afgesproken over een maand elkaar 
weer zo te ontmoeten.
Echt leuk!!
Ik wilde mijn log cabin van lang geleden ook laten zien, 
maar ...

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March 20, 2020
APQ and QUILTSY TEAM UFO Challenge March Finish from Grandma's Red Needle

APQ & QUILTSY Team's UFO Challenge for March 2020 is #7,
....and mine is FINISHED!

It was an easy finish, so to say; the top was already done and I had the backing fabric and batting. I finished it the first week this month, but didn't get around to take photos until a couple of days ago. Lots of rain and gloomy days lately, not the best weather for photographing.

I love scrappy quilts more and more. I had so much fun rediscovering 'old' fabric, some from when ...

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March 10, 2020
Personalizing Our Own Log Cabin from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi, fabric friends! 

I’m excited to be bringing you a fresh new topic today: Log Cabins! I really wanted to talk about this today because not too long ago we asked you on social media, which quintessential block would you be?

We had an overwhelming amount of responses, and after counting your votes, Log Cabin was the winner! Now we really wanted to show the versatility of this classic quilt block and how you can make it unique to YOU. With this idea in mind, myself and a couple of girls at the studio were excited to take a ...

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March 4, 2020
Log Cabin Leaf Central 51, 52, 53, 54, 55 from Virtual Quilter

It is now autumn down under, which means a large proportion of the land is brown after a long, hot summer, and in a small part of the country imported trees from the upper half of earth are showing their autumn colours, even of it is springtime in their home country.

I love the background created in these designs by the Log Cabin frames around the leaves.

The missing leaves in the design above would have to be quilted … with leaf shapes of course.

This project file got lost in the move from one computer to the other, and now ...

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March 2, 2020
APQ UFO Challenge March and February Finish from Grandma's Red Needle

It's March already, and another UFO to finish. 
APQ UFO Challenge this month, is #7. For me, that means 'Log Cabin #3' (Updated UFO list; #18). GEEZ! Looks like I can't make anything else than log cabin quilts! LOL Seriously, I love log cabin quilts! The more scrappy, the better! Such a great way to use up some of the 1.5 inch fabric strips I've been cutting and hording for some years. 

So this is #7. (Blog post here
I purchased the backing earlier this year and have the batting as well. I'm eager to ...

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February 14, 2020
Scrappy Log Cabin Under the Needle from Grandma's Red Needle

If you read my previous post, you know I - at that time - have a flimsy. 
Monday this week, I received the batting and backing for this quilt and since then it has kept me super busy! 

I took this photo two days back and last night I finished the quilting! Phew! 
There are some thread tails to be taken care of before I add the binding. 

Clear sky this morning and no rain during the night, which means it's time for some gardening / yard work today. 


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February 7, 2020
Scrappy Log Cabin Flimsy and Tea Cozy from Grandma's Red Needle

First of all; THANK YOU  EVERYONE for your comments on my previous post
Currently I have an email problem, which I hope to sort out soonest.  

I got so excited and almost out of breath about the scrappy log cabin quilt (UFO) that I couldn't stop until it was done! 
Well, I did eat and sleep in between! LOL

100 blocks later, this is how it looks like. It measures approximately 80 x 80 inches (2 x 2 meters). In my previous post, I said I have 122 blocks. That's wrong and I don't know how I ...

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January 22, 2020
Star Watch: a sunny quilt featuring Calico Days by Lori Holt from Carried Away Quilting

I’m popping in today to share a cheerful, farm-fresh version of my Star Watch pattern, this time featuring the Calico Days collection by Lori Holt for Riley Blake Designs.

Sewn up in a sunny collection like this, Star Watch becomes a happy, scrappy jelly roll quilt. Simple log cabins provide the foundation for the quilt, while a row of sunny stars adds a playful twinkle.

Calico Days was released by Lori Holt a few years ago, but she has numerous collections that are just as darling. Any vintage-inspired fabric lines would shine with this pattern.

For my Calico Days ...

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January 5, 2020
So many tiny log cabins from Winter Wanderings


Stars and Stripes by Amy Pabst
One of my favorite quilts on display at the 2019 International Quilt Festival is this one.
Stars and Stripes is an original design using 5,480 individual pieces.
There are 100,000 pieces in this series.

signage from the 2019 Quilt Festival

Sawtooth Star by Amy Pabst

 Love this red-and-white log cabins in this quilt.
Sawtooth Star is a design from Log Cabin Star by Elaine Poplin.
3,600 pieces in this quilt.

Ultra Violet by Amy Pabst
Ultra Violet's design is Baby Quilt #5 by Ann Brooks.
3,600 pieces 


Marching Elephants ...

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December 29, 2019
Scrappy Log Cabin from Grandma's Red Needle

Oh my! I can't believe I haven't blogged since July! 
No excuse! Priority has not been given, but now I feel the urge to start blogging again. (Let's see how that goes!) 
December came and in a few days this month is history too. Christmas Eve was spent together with dear friends and it could not have been more fun with two kids 3 and 6 y/o!

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December 24, 2019
Weekly update: our Christmas gift, the kitchen, Frolic 4 -- and LOG CABINS! from With Strings Attached

Our Christmas gift to one another was a pair of tickets to today's matinee performance of The Light in the Piazza at the Lyric Opera in Chicago.   Soprano Renee Fleming was magnificent in the starring role. The rest of the cast was great, too.  (Signor Naccarelli was played by Alex Jennings who was the Duke of Windsor in The Crown.)

 The opera house is on the Chicago River (the white stone building on the right). We had not been downtown on a Sunday for many years. The train down and back was pretty full.

Now I'm going to ...

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December 19, 2019
First finish for December 2019.......... from Exuberant Color

I am so happy this is a finished quilt.  Since I knew it was for me it kept being pushed back while I worked on other things.  I finished the quilt top 5 years ago.  It is 58.5" x 81" which is close to the 60" x 80" size I like for throw quilts.  It is essentially a courthouse steps log cabin block with sashing between blocks and piano key border and is made of all African fabrics.
I had just enough of this beige and gold zebra stripe fabric for the back.

My granddaughter received the package today ...

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December 15, 2019
A "No Apologies" Tutorial for Improv Paper Pieced Log Cabin Triangle Quilts from Gefilte Quilt

When I started this quilt, the idea was to make a rainbow-colored 6-pointed star. I hoped to create a pattern people might use to make a wedding canopy, among other things.  The most relaxing way to do that, I figured, would be to start with log cabin triangles.  
So what you see in the central area of this quilt are a whole lot of log cabin pieced triangles - each center piece is light, and the three "logs" around it are darker. You're also seeing blocks I call "water lilies" - from left to right, the oddball orange, pink and purple ...

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