Showing posts with label Log Cabin Block. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Log Cabin Block. Show all posts

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Lavender Sage Log Cabin - Island Batik Challenge

Are you ready for the reveal of my Island Batik Ambassador challenge for November?  I think it's one of my favorite finishes of the year, and I've been getting a lot of positive compliments on the fabric - Lavender Sage.  The fabric was provided in my Island Batik Ambassador box this summer - it was a set of 10 inch squares.


Have you been following the rest of the Ambassadors?  So far the projects have been brilliant, and so varied!  The theme was Cozy Cabins, and it's been so fun to see all the variations on the theme.


Back to my project...

I love the beautiful variation in color from deep purple to light periwinkle, and greens from dark to light as well.  I found an online tutorial for cutting all the pieces from 10 inch squares, there was very little waste, and the small pieces I had left got sewn together in this little piece - maybe a pillow?

It was a lot of fun trying out different layouts.  I liked this one the best, and so did a lot of other people.



I used Hobb's Heirloom natural cotton for the batting.



 So soft and snuggly feeling, and it was great for quilting!  I used Aurifil 50 wt thread in the bobbin, and 40 wt as the top thread.  I had matching spools from the set I received in the Ambassador box, as well as the batting. I pushed my luck a bit with the thread - it was just enough with only a small amount to spare!  Whew!

 I quilted it in hearts and loops

The backing is pieced from some nice neutrals (Island Batik as well!) that I won in a drawing.  The binding is made from the Eclectic Garden line - Cherwell in Vino.  I had enough left from making my Fancy Feathers quilt and it worked perfectly.  One of my favorite things about batiks is they are so versatile!
I've listed this one for sale in my Etsy shop - my closet is full of quilts, so it's time to let some of them go to new homes.  Whoever gets this one will be so happy - it would make a wonderful Christmas gift for someone special for sure.
Lavender Sage Log Cabin for sale!
Only one more challenge to go, and I've got a plan ready for it - it's really going to be a fun one ;)  And by the way - if you'd be interested in becoming an Island Batik Ambassador, you can find out more and apply here

Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Organizing my quilting projects!

Busy time in my sewing room right now!  I've been hard at work this week making twin quilts of my Twinkle Star design!  It's pretty fast making two of the same thing at the same time - and you get double the satisfaction at the end of sewing all your blocks:
Those two extra blocks are the beginnings of my Blockheads II quilt.  I am sooo far behind with my blocks, but I swear I am going to catch up...I don't know when, but I will!

I also did some machine quilting this week and got my new sample done for Mountain Dawning!

Just as pretty in bright colors as it was in blues!


I did quilt this one differently.  I stipple quilted the white and did curved and straight line quilting in the rainbow section.
So pretty!  This one will be going to Threads That Bind as a shop sample along with one of the Twinkle Star quilts.  We have kits or fabric available for both quilts.

Progress is stalled on the Brothers and Sisters Quilt while I wait for the border fabric to arrive.  I also will be working on one of the blocks that isn't playing well with the rest.

I finished up the top for my November Island Batik Ambassador challenge!  I also have the back ready so can get that basted and ready for quilting, at least I am good with that deadline.  Are you interested in becoming an Island Batik Ambassador?  The 2019 Application was just published - I highly recommend the experience, and have already applied for another year.

Last, but not least is my "secret sewing"!  I have so many of these projects that I am working on right now that I had to come up with a way to organize everything so I can work effectively and keep things together.  I made a trip to the Dollar Tree to see what I could find to help me.  Though it's not the most gorgeous and photogenic solution I found some great bins in the perfect size.  I have all my printed material for these projects in plastic sleeves so that I can double check fabric requirements, make notes for changes to instructions, and keep track of my progress.  These four bins are to become completed quilts for the Island Batik 2019 Spring Summer Catalog.  I can't show you the fabric yet, but you know it is all beautiful!
Next week I will show you my project for the Fall/Winter catalog - it is so bright and beautiful!  It's a little strange working so far ahead on projects, but also fun.  It's almost like a surprise when the fabrics come out and you remember how gorgeous they were!

Back to the sewing machine, because as you can see, there is lots of stitching to be done here!

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Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Cozy Cabins progress

I had a lovely Saturday - lots of sewing and just general puttering around in my sewing room!  I finished up the blocks for my Lavender Sage Log Cabin quilt  (Island Batik Ambassador Challenge for November), and took a little time to try a couple different layouts.  Here are the blocks as they got thrown up on the design wall when they were finished:

I tried a diagonal setting first, but wasn't entirely thrilled with the bottom row as I was a dark purple block short of an even arrangement:
Then I tried out a version with dark purple in the center of the quilt and building out:
Then for fun, I posted the three pictures on my facebook page and my instagram account to see what the most popular layout would be.  So far 12 like the diagonal and 13 like the centered.  So close - I'm leaning toward the centered version simply because it is what's up on my design wall and it would be easy just to sew the blocks together and be done.  So, let me know you think, maybe you can change my mind!

I also pulled my rug out of hibernation and added a couple more rounds.  It was getting a little wavy, so I think I got it pulled back in to shape.  I had a ton more strips to sew together so I am ready to add more to it this week.  These are entirely binding scraps at this point!  It is totally amazing how much I have accumulated over a year.  When I get those all added I may start raiding my 2 inch strip bin and use those.  It's kind of hard on my wrists, and I have a tendency to have my tension too tight so it's a bit of work.  At least this is not a big rush project, just a fun way to use up fabric.

I also stitched together a bunch of little leftover bits from the log cabin quilt.  Thinking I will turn this into a cute throw pillow, I just had to use up every last bit of the lovely Lavender Sage fabrics, they were too pretty to toss!

Today's plan is to clean up the sewing room a bit and work on a pair of identical quilt tops.  One is for a customer and the other is a shop sample.  And maybe some machine quilting - I've got several tops in line that are basted and ready to go.  Let's face it, I just need more hours in a day to get all my projects finished!

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Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Lavender Sage Log Cabin

I'm getting a start on my Island Batik Ambassador project earlier than usual this month!  This lovely Stack of beautiful purples and greens was provided in my ambassador box in July - and could be currently available in your local quilt shop - if you search online you can definitely find it!
This month's challenge is Cozy Cabins, so I'm keeping it simple and going with a simple log cabin block.  After just a couple hours of sewing this morning I already have half my blocks done!  Yay me!  It was so fun just to sit at the machine and chain sew my heart out, what a terrific way to spend my sewing time today.
I just threw them up on my design wall willy-nilly, so pretty!  I can't wait to finish the rest of the blocks and play with my layout.  You will definitely want to keep your eye out for more great projects by the other ambassadors - you'll find the list on a tab at the top of my blog.


Linking up with Connie of Free Motion by the River for Linky Tuesday