Thursday, January 15, 2015

Playing With the Log Cabin Blocks

I don't know what there is about this quilt that just keeps drawing me in. Lately it's somehow become my 'go-to' project for those extra minutes in the quilt room. 'Oh I know, I'll just sew up a couple more log cabin blocks!' And now there are 42 blocks in all.
Log Cabin blocks on the wall
The colors are very muted and low key, but the difference in prints is just delightful. Very intriguing to this weirdly wired brain of mine! I love working with the light pinks and the more blocks I make, the more pink I add. It's completely out of my control, I assure you.
With potential strippy setting
Originally I had big plans.  My thoughts were to make about four long strips of log cabin blocks intermixed with strips of that gorgeous floral panel fabric I won from Barb awhile back. When I only had 20 blocks it seemed like a good plan. I liked it.
A topsy turvy look
But then I made more blocks. Hey, there was plenty more strips already cut out. Why waste fabric? I threw them down on top of the panel fabric one day all topsy turvy and sucked in my breath. Oooh. Maybe that was what really needed to happen.
Topsy turvy, but smushed together
{My personal favorite}
But then Tidy Tilda got ahold of me and I started arranging them in {sort of} neater rows. Hmmm... That was even better. But made my head hurt trying to figure out how to get it all worked out properly without losing too much fabric bits.
And anther potential setting...
I played with a couple other ideas and then I stacked it all up and put it away. So many ideas to ponder. And... the kicker is, because I was originally going to do rows of blocks, the blocks are not what you would call square. Each log cabin block is at least 9 1/2" in width, but the length is anywhere from 9 1/8" to 10 1/2". Yikes! To square up or not to square up--that is the question! Lots to think about, isn't there? So much fun. It really doesn't have to be shiny new quilt patterns or the newest fabrics to get us all fired up. Just quilting what we love.....

28 comments:

  1. I love your log cabin blocks! They're beautiful! :0)

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  2. Your blocks are gorgeous--love that low volume look...very soothing. hugs, Julierose

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  3. I agree, those low volume log cabin blocks are very attractive!

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  4. Your blocks are so soft and pretty and that panel fabric from Barb is fabulous! It will look great whatever setting you decide. I know well the addictive quality of making log cabin blocks. I made a courthouse steps quilt for my daughter that is miles too long but I just couldn't stop making blocks - it never comes untucked though - lol

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  5. those are interesting log cabin blocks not quite the usual. really like them!

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  6. I am loving your low volume values! My favorite of your settings (so far) is the Topsy Turvy Smushed because it makes one big wonderful whole. I think Amy Stewart Windsor has a method for sewing together wonky log cabin blocks without driving oneself bonkers.

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  7. Love the playing with fabric. Did you know that the colour you are attracted to reflects your mood? Pink means love!! Lol.

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  8. I love these blocks! I vote for squaring them up and smushing them together. It doesn't matter though, it's going to be pretty no matter what the layout.

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  9. The pink is what draws me to the blocks. My log cabin blocks always seem to vary a bit. I just square them up and go with what I have.

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  10. I love the first photo without the floral fabric. Even though the floral is lovely, your log cabin blocks look so vintage with all the light fabrics and the pink. This will be a gorgeous quilt no matter what you do with it.

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  11. I've been close to discarding a lot of neutral strips and scraps, but blocks like these are such a tempting project. You have such an intriguing way of putting fabrics and shapes together into blocks and quilts. They always look interesting and planned. When I do something like this, my projects look like I had a major lapse in judgment.
    I'd vote for minimal trimming of these blocks, just enough to give you groups with the same dimension to make vertical or horizontal rows.
    I so enjoy reading about your creation process, Audrey. There's always a lesson in it somewhere for me.

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  12. Makes me want to pull out some pink!!

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  13. I really like the subtleties of the colors in the blocks.

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  14. Beautiful blocks! Love the colors you've chosen, also.

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  15. Yes, I see why you have made so many -- the fabrics are wonderful, and those dark centres give them a lot of depth. I like the smushed one best too, and I think it's because there's no dark background or sashing to break it up.

    I really must get back to my hst quilt -- you will see your fingerprints all over it!

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  16. I love those blocks, they are so sweet! My favorite of the above is the topsy turvy, I like how the angles catch my eye, and how they look like they're cuddling eachother. :) sarah@forrussia.org

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  17. These are wonderful! Such a traditional block but with what you have done with it,it gets a modern feel.

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  18. I really like the randomness of this one. I like the blocks on their own without sashing. Hope you like jigsaw puzzles! Very similar palette to a heap of little hexies I prepped this week......easy on the eye.

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  19. Love the blocks. Very old looking and soothing! The floral fabric seems too strong for them!

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  20. Which every way to you set them, they are fabulous! Love those soft pinks.

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  21. I like the addition of a little pink!

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  22. What lovely blocks, so touchable. I'm interested in how you will decide to sew them together. So many options.

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  23. Definitley don't square them up. I think I like them mushed up, but then I like the feature fabric with them too. I know you'll end up with a perfectly wonderful layout.

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  24. I personally love the way your brain is wired. Keeps blog reading fun & I learn something every time I am here. "Tidy Tilda". That's a new term for me. I think you are very creative. I wish I could blog like you do. Very nice log cabin blocks--hope they keep making you happy!!

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  25. Ps. I think the lovely floral fabric gave you the colors to use in your log cabins. It was your starting point & it doesn't have to even be in this quilt, as it has served its purpose. I think it would be great in larger pieces to see all the print. Just my opinion (which may be good or bad?)

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  26. You're having way too much fun with these blocks!! Enjoy.

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  27. Not to square up! But I'm pretty sure whatever you decide to do will end up looking great.

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