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

Monday, 8 May 2017

Stash Bee 2017 - May Block - Converging Corners

May Queen Bethany asked us to make yet another log cabin variation =) This is the third 'Log Cabin' style block in 5 months within this quilting bee hive (merely an observation =) The blocks are all rather different of course and always fun and easy to piece, so let's have a look at what was requested this month.

Queen Bethany asked for coral and purple blocks she intends to assemble into a 'Converging Corners' quilt as seen @Film in the Fridge, who also kindly provided a tutorial for the blocks.

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Still I would not mind piecing another block design next month =) Incidentally, I know we will. The June Queen who already participated last year, will ask us to make more of the pinapple blocks she requested last year. Yes,  I was naughty and had a sneaky peek at her tutorial, which has already been scheduled. 

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Improv Pillowcase - A Finish

Just in time for the first quarter Finish-A-Long link-up, I finally put the finishing touches to my improvised pillowcase. It is my only finish of my 1st quarter FAL list but one finish is still a finish. I am quite happy with how it turned out too. 

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The denim coloured super soft and light cotton works well with the colours in the front and back panels and makes the project look more grown up. I kind of accidentally started the project in February last year and am glad to report that it is finally done. I am clearly not the fastest sewist. =) 

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I tried a few new things with this pillow. Following along several bloggers, I noticed that many sewists also use quilt batting in their pillowcases. I guess the reason is that they actually do quilt their pillowcases. Thus, I thought I might try that too this time round.

What I have failed to find out yet, is what is happening on the inside of these pillowcases. Is the batting covered by even more fabric on the inside? Is it not covered on the inside and lies 'raw' in its lint shedding state against the pillow? I seriously do not know. I, however, did not want any uncovered batting within my pillowcase and therefore tried one-sided adhesive cotton heatbond to a) secure the substantial amount of seams on the back of the improvised panels and b) to cover the backside of the backing inside the pillowcase-to-be.

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It worked so so. So in my experimental state of mind, I had laid out the entire length of the pillowcase panel, put a piece of batting, where the front would be and covered all that with the one-sided heatbond. I bonded away and had thereby secured the seams and covered the back of the backing in one go. It worked all fine for covering and securing the multitude of seams. (This is going to be my new secret weapon in pillowcase making) However, I still had a sort wiggle room or air pocket between the batting and the front panel. And this wiggle room then caused trouble when I tried to unobtrusively quilt a few lines on the front panel as the layers puckered and shifted somewhat.

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The upshot is that the idea works in principle (no raw edges or seams within my pillowcase, yay  =) but that some fine-tuning is still required. Maybe, I should quilt the front panel with the batting first before adding the heatbond as a finish.

I also for the first time ever used bias tape to bind a pillowcase. I must say it makes a very sophisticated finish.

I have the next pillowcase idea lined up already. I snatched up some gingiber animal panels at a local quilt shop once they posted on IG that they had those and they basically scream 'Use us! ' so I feel I might oblige.

Linking up. I noticed that there are literally hundreds of projects linked as finished. Quite amazing how big the Finish-A-Long initiative has grown.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Stash Bee 2017 - February Block - Improv Log Cabin

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Carmit, Hive 4 Queen of February asked for an easy, improv log-cabin-y block in a colour of our choice to make a monochromatic block with a neutral centre. Additionally,  for a bonus level challenge, Carmit pointed out that she does not like solids.

I chose yellow as it seemed that I had the most scraps in that colour. But once I got sewing it did not feel as if I had actually enough scraps. Strange phenomenon. =)  I could not entirely do without solids either as firstly, solids lend character and secondly, I needed something anchor the busy prints. The block is a little bigger then it needed to be but this way Carmit will be able to choose which print she wants to see more or less of and trim accordingly.

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Carmit also said that she is really bored of her own fabrics and can’t wait to introduce a bit of variety into her existing blocks. So I hope my block contains enough new prints to shake things up.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Commencing an End of Year Review - Improv Piecing

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Back in February I had started an improvisation piece, which initially was supposed to become a wonky log cabin block for a fellow bee in a parallel hive. As I had gotten the instructions wrong, I decided to keep it and kept puzzling along whenever I found time. You can see that it cannot have been very often because now it is December and the improv piece is still unfinished. 

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Before I went on leave to Ghana, I was sure that I would be able to cross the project of my 4th quarter FAL list but now it seems I might have been somewhat hasty with that assumption. Improvising in that manner took me a long time. A lot of thought went into this, which seems counter-intuitive when one thinks of 'improvisation' but this is how it felt to me.

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Still the front panel is finished and I counted 20 different fabrics that are making it up. There will be even more on the back panel that I have commenced piecing as well. Once done, it will make a pretty and modern pillowcase. 

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I am also trying to decide what colour to chose for the bias tape that will frame the pillowcase. Any ideas? 

I am currently in the process of finishing the last bee block of the year and am not sure that I will be able to fit in any more sewing before Christmas. There are so many things I would still like to share with you this year though that I could easily publish a blog post a day at the moment.  

I guess I have to make up for my absence in November.  =)

I am linking up with 'Scraptastic Tuesday'

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Cancer Relief Improvisation Block - Missing U

Earlier this week a call for assistance reached me. A bee of a parallel swarm, of one of the quilting bees I participate in this year, was diagnosed with cancer and started chemotherapy this week. The members of her swarm decided to make her a quilt and called for blocks in support of the project. I got to work straightaway.

The idea is to make improvised blocks in the style of  the 'Missing U' block as found in the book 'Sunday Morning Quilts' by Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkison. The blocks are to be collected, assembled and, as I understand, longarm quilted by another volunteer that has already come forward.

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Here a close up of a beautiful embroidered piece of gauze I once came across on the sewing room floor of one of the quilt shops I frequent. It was only a scrap but I was very much taken by the pretty circling spirals and knew I would find a home for it at some point. In order to use it, I backed the gauze with another piece of cotton.

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The very first picture shows the finished block but the one below shows my favorite trim. I felt the block had found some sort of balance and I would have left it at that, had the block already had the required size. As it had not a few more pieces had to be added.

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I mailed the block on Friday and hope it travels swiftly to reach its destination. 

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Stash Bee 2016 - April Block - Log Cabin Plus

All hail Queen Liz of April. Hooray.  In requesting the very simple - yet striking - Cabin Plus Block Liz made life very easy for us bees this month. The block came together like a charm. Colour wise Liz asked for black on white against a white background. The resulting quilt is bound to look very modern and dramatic.

I like how my block turned out but in comparison with the sample blocks and the blocks my bee mates made, it is a bit on the lightish side. The other blocks seem to be darker. I hope it works for Liz.


Stash Bee 2016

Friday, 8 April 2016

2016 Finish-A-Long - 2Q FAL list

The first quarter of the year is gone and I have not even made an attempt at finishing any of the UFOs. However, I would claim I had good cause having been busy with the polaroid photo quilt, which got completed this month. So I am rolling last quarter's UFOs over into the next one and add another.

1. Tessellation Style Pillowcase

In all fairness, the pieces of the pillowcase followed me around my sewing space - serving as constant reminder - since I had entered them into the 1Q FAL list. I keep looking at them but no real inspiration struck yet as to how to proceed.

2. Mobile Phone Cover for my Sister

No - I did not even think about this one in the last three months. The cover will be made of the striped fabric and have ruffles of the 'Botanique' print on the front, which in turn will be held in place by the blue velvet ribbon. The blue fabric will used as lining. To close the cover I thought to use press buttons. And of course the butterfly needs applying.

3. Convert the improv pieces into a finished object

A first improv attempt that now wants to be turned into something useful? practical? whimsical? - something finished anyway.

If you have unfinished projects just biding their time, you might consider joining the Finish-A-Long as well. Make sure to check out the entries as there are stunning pieces among them.


2016 FAL

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Wer lesen kann, ist klar im Vorteil!

As I had finished my February bee assignments, I though of crashing Stash Bee Hive 5. Why not, as the requested block, a log cabin variation, is perfect for scrap busting and it looked as if would come together quite quickly.

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Thus, I started to piece away. After a while I went back to check the tutorial for some detail or other and found that I was galloping down the completely wrong alley colour wise. Oops. ‘Wer lesen kann, ist klar im Vorteil!’ 
This is a German saying to ironically self indicate that you missed a piece of information or understood something wrong. The literal translation of it – though any interpreter and translator will agree that literal translations are seldom any good – is

‘Advantaged is who is able to read’.

See, told you it would not make any sense as it is not meant as a comment on literacy. The meaning is more along the lines of having a head start or advantage for having read the small print. Usually, one uses the saying in relation to oneself rather than somebody else to indicate that one does NOT in fact have said head start, on account of having missed a detail or gotten it wrong. I like the saying and think it infinitely more charming and certainly void of the aggression underlying the English language ‘RTFM’.

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Anyway, I then declared my work an exercise in improve piecing, unpicked some seams removing strips that would have taken the block in a different direction and made a few more block components in the same colour scheme. It was relaxing to work away without having a definite outcome in mind. I like how the little pieces look so far. They might end up as pot holder or pillowcase depending on how motivated I feel. 

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

A Collection of Patchwork Pillowcases

modern Puppilalla Design Patchwork pillowcase cushion cover with stripes and velvet ribbons

Patchwork Pillowcases. Looking back, I have made quite a few of them by now, for they make such lovely presents. And whats more, they are quick to make and therefore fun fast projects. In the past I have hardly managed to snap a picture of the finished product, let alone the creative process, before wrapping them up and giving them away.

Flower Applique Pillowcase

A modern Puppilalla Design Patchwork pillowcase with flower applique

I made this pillowcase with the flower applique for my friend Hannah as you will have already guessed. The stripes on the left hand side are actually one flowery woven  and one green velvety ribbon that I machine applied to the background fabric.

A modern Puppilalla Design Patchwork pillowcase with flower applique

I just love the green little woven ribbon to the left with its purple and blue flowers.

A modern Puppilalla Design Patchwork pillowcase with flower applique

And a close-up of the machine applied flower petals. With hindsight I would say, something was definitely amiss with the thread tension.

Modern Log Cabin Pillowcase

A modern Puppilalla Design Patchwork Log Cabin Pillowcase

And this beauty even made it all around the world to Sydney, Australia.

A modern Puppilalla Design Patchwork Log Cabin Pillowcase

The pretty modern log cabin block was made from scraps. I just love the fussy cut flower at the centre.

A modern Puppilalla Design Patchwork Log Cabin Pillowcase

Yes, I know, the eagle eyed among you will have spied that the background fabric - 'Grunge' in Mint by Basicgrey, which I love by the way - has NOT been ironed prior to sewing. 
I am entirely self-taught and it has not occured to me until recently, when I watched some online classes on Craftsy, that it might in fact be beneficial to do so. 

Lessons to take away for the future?
1. Ought to improve on documenting the crafting process around future sewing projects.
2. Should remember to iron fabrics prior to using them.

Fair enough, I promise to try.