Monday, October 22, 2012

Design Wall Monday, October 22, 2012

I'm working on 1930's blocks this past week. I'm doing Depression Blocks for an online swap group and also, I finished my log cabin blocks.

I'm actually getting through some of my 1930s stash! I'm thinking that I will clear out the pieces that I don't really like and maybe have a giveaway!

I went on a shop hop on Saturday with my bestie! We had fun., but I was REALLY BAD! :-)

Hopefully, I'll have some new quilts to show you soon.

Make sure and stop at Judy's to see what everyone else is up to!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Making a Log Cabin Block

Log cabin blocks are one of the most recognized blocks in quilting. Many different things can be accomplished with only log cabin blocks. I would encourage you to Google Log Cabin Block and study all the different quilts you can make with this simple block.

I would like to take a few minutes to help you get started on your own log cabin project.

These blocks I'm making are 12" finished blocks. I'm making them to go in a quilt with other 12" blocks.

You can make your log cabin block to finish whatever size you wish.

It is customary to make the center red or yellow. This center can match your log width or sometimes start with a larger center square. Again, there are many ways to make the blocks.

You can also make log cabin blocks with different size logs. The most common would be 2½" or 1½". I'm using 1½" blocks here because I like the look of the smaller logs. The blocks would obviously go together quicker using 2½" logs.

Before I started, I drew out my block to make sure that I would end up with exactly what I wanted. Have fun with it. You can draw and color just like when you were little...before everyone told you that you couldn't draw.

Step One: Start with 1½" white square and 1½" red square.

The next step is to add your first log. Here, I'm adding dark logs first, following my colored block. I'm working in a clock-wise manner.

Make sure that when your log goes one, the last log that you placed is away from you as in this picture.

Getting close to the end!

Ready to place the last log.

My "helper" was snoozing by the end of this project, lol.

That's a sketchy tutorial for a log cabin block. There is SO much information about how to put the finished blocks together, I wouldn't know where to begin. There are whole books about making log cabin blocks! I hope this will encourage you to try out this classic block.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A Nice Problem To Have

Well, the good news is, we have so much grain harvested that we ran out of bin space. Hubby decided that they would use one of the metal buildings to store some of it until we could haul it to the elevator. (The elevator is full, too!) He and his brother cleaned out the back half of the building and started pouring in the grain and after 15,000 bushels or so were in, this happened...

Hopefully, insurance will cover the losses, but now, all that grain had to come back out of the building!

My hubby borrowed a grain vac. I'll bet you didn't realize that there are vacuum cleaners for grain, lol!

The vacuum is run by the power train of the tractor and it sucks up the grain...

...and then dumps it into the grain truck.

So, my hubby and his brother are busy vacuuming, loading, and hauling grain. Hopefully, things will go well for them. Thank goodness, harvest is done and praise God no one was hurt. (My BIL had been in the building a few minutes before.)

I'm working with Sophia this morning and also working on log cabin blocks. I'm hoping to have a tutorial soon.

Have a quilty day!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Design Wall Monday, October 15, 2012

I'm working on a little wall quilt. I started it this week end and hope to finish it today.

It's a cute quilt that I made a LONG time ago, so it will be good to get it off the UFO list.

I'm quilting it in an all-over vine with curls and little leaves.

And, this is my daughter snoozin'. She has decided that home schooling is better than public school, so she's at home again.

Make sure you check out what everyone is up to at Judy's blog.

Hope you have a quilty day! Gotta help with Math right now. :-)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Finished the Inside

I finished the inside of the horse quilt yesterday afternoon just as Olivia was coming home from school.

What?!?! You may ask...Don't you homeschool?

Well, that's one of the things that has changed in my life.

I put the kiddos in public school for a bit.

I needed a little break.

So, for now they're in school.

Anyway, back to quilting. I hope that you can see that I used pebbling on the bottom, then a paisley echo, then a swirl.

I'm really happy with the way it turned out.

Olivia wants feathers in the larger border, which I'm getting really good at if I do say so myself, lol.

Today, I'm going to work on log cabin blocks because I'm teaching my Sisters tonight. YAHOO! It's Stitchin' Sisters night!!!!!

Hope you all have a quilty day.

And if you don't belong to a guild or a quilt clutch, or something, PLEASE consider starting one. It's SO wonderful to have a group of people who love quilting and meet together regularly.

Monday, October 8, 2012


An update on the horse wall hanging. I have made the first transition between pebbling and another filler. I think it's just a paisley echo, lol. I don't know what else to call it.

How does it look?

Design Wall Monday - October 8, 2012

On my design wall this morning is a wall quilt that I'm quilting for my daughter.

She is horse crazy, and when she saw this laser cut horse, she just had to have it.

I've stitched in the ditch and started pebbling.

I plan to quilt pebbling at the bottom, then change to another fill pattern as I gradually work upwards.

This is my helper for the day...

She feels the need to be in the middle of everything, lol.

Be sure and head over to Judy's to see what everyone else is up to this week.

October is my "finish it up" month, so I'll be working to get as many of my finished quilt tops quilted as I can.

Hope you have a quilty day!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Hang Head In Shame

OK. I tried to think of a way to start blogging again without apologizing and trying to explain my absence, but I just couldn't do it. Sorry!

Major changes have taken place in my life and it's quite a bit different now, but I think I'm ready to put blogging back on my plate.

Didja miss me? ;-)

I'm hoping to get all the tops quilted that I have finished. That's a good goal for October.

Also, I'm going to make sure that I think about what I'm thankful for on Thursdays...Thankful Thursdays I shall call it.

Today, I'm SO thankful for my best friend. I can say anything to her and she doesn't turn away, or make a face, or judge me. She just loves me for who I am. I don't think that I have ever had a person who accepts me so fully or makes me feel as loved. She's a special lady! So, today, I'm thankful for Jolene.

What are you thankful for?


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