Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Patchwork Log Cabin ~ wait-what?

Last week I posted the fabrics for a chocolate quilt I have been contemplating 

I had the idea of a patchwork log cabin combo, yea I know sounds weird.  I did a little EQ7 play and was convinced it would work so
I started cutting up my blocks.

These are the curtains in the bedroom that this gift will go.  I knew I wanted to add blue, not a whole block of it.  This is what I came up with, just a sliver on different blocks, not overwhelming just a bit of color.  My thinking was if I made one of the squares blue it would look like polkadots, not what I wanted, do you think it works?

Once I started putting the blocks together I knew I accomplished my goal on every point. Each of the blocks will finish at 20" square (20 1/2" unfinished). For a king size quilt I need to make 24 blocks plus maybe a border. 

I got all of this done in one day, yes I am back to sewing!  
With breaks for icing and PT

Yea! Off to sew

Monday, October 13, 2014

Photo tutorial

For my WNY MQG BEE I picked a tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt company- I LOVE JENNY! I picked the Disappearing Pinwheel Friendship Star. 
I got word the video tutorial wasn't very clear so here is a step by step in photos, guild members if you have questions send me an email.  Well the best way to share it with everyone is to post it on my blog.
Using two 10" squares, one being a fun print and one Kona White Cotton 
Next put them together with the good sides to the middle
Stitch all the way around the outside 1/4" seam
I traditionally use a scant 1/4"

Cut both ways point to point  

~Press ~
Open them and lay them out to form a pinwheel- make sure it is
spinning the correct way
NOTE at this point it measures about 13 1/2"
Sew them together and press again
The size is about 13" - I square it up to 12 3/4" to make the
1/3 measurements easier
Cut into 1/3 both ways - you will make 2 cuts each
way measuring 4 1/4"

At this point I'm going to suggest looking at the pieces like a
puzzle and put them in the correct order
(the whole spin/ turn mumbo confused me)

View from the back

Sew them together in rows - press so the
seams on each row will go together

and press again - ta-done
the final size will be between 11 1/2 - 12"
Guild members you don't need to square it up
All the blocks collected will be grouped into 2 sets of 9 to make two infant quilts for WNY Newborns in Need.  Thank you for your bee blocks for this charity.