Basic Blocks Often Mess With My Mind!

Ok! I am just going to admit it! Some of the most basic things about quilting really mess with my mind!

This image might just give you an idea why…

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This was an attempt at an improv log cabin square…and I call it a fail! My strips are not in order for that log look and more! To me, it looks more like a messed up courthouse steps block.

So, today I am moved to work with that old, familiar, very basic log cabin square. I am doing it for the sake of:

1) practice in improv (Can I really just grab a strip and sew it in place without thinking about it?) and

2) understanding this basic square so I can learn to make it modern.

I am using the pattern from Suzy Quilts. I am using solids to keep it even more simple…I think. This pattern creates nice even strip sizes, but something bugs me about the center.

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I think I don’t like the two same-size squares next to each other.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then I found another tutorial from Marzi on her blog, Made by Marzipan. I like that this one has a different way to add the second piece in the center, but I can’t figure out the math to do it with 2.5″ strips, which I have a lot of! However, this block has a look that is not as uniform. Maybe that is why I like it? Off I went to cut some 3.5″ strips from scraps! Drat…I have cut the 3.5″ strips and guess what? They really turn out to be 2″ strips for most of the pattern! This is where that old addage, “measure twice, cut once,” comes into play only a bit different, “read twice, cut once.” Or better yet…”read and think about what you are doing!” I hate to rush and making mistakes is a sign of just that! Oh well, more for the scrap bins! Here is the block I made…

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I am wondering if the log cabin block is just not for me! However, I do like the bright colors in the first set of blocks. And (for the most part) I did grab and go! I also figured out that the 2″ strip width in the directions from Marzi should work with any width. I’ll have to give that a try. And maybe I will try the wonky look…that for another blog!

What do you think of the log cabin block pattern? Do you have a favorite way to produce this block? Do you have tips and tricks you can share?

This is part of my commitment to the process pledge! It IS all a process…good, bad, or ugly!

Happy Quilting!

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February Challenge – COMPLETED!!!

I have posted a couple of times this month about the Mighty Lucky Quilting Club…1st time; 2nd time…and today I will wrap it up.

IMG_9933 This is the first piece I completed. I just can’t learn the technique presented, this month being improv piecing, without finishing up with something complete.

So, here I did some random quilting and stretched it over a frame. (The frame was a purchase from the Good Will store, since I like to up-cycle. This one came with an interesting painted canvas, which will work into something else, but that is another post.)

As mentioned in earlier posts about this challenge, once you get the idea, it becomes addicting. That means I did not stop here!

 

I kept stitching these fabric selections together until I ended up with more pieces. My favorite piece of all is the one that is mostly white…I think it follows the technique the best.

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The two little ones, all pieces were stretched over canvas, were cut up from one of the bigger pieces.

Above are little collages of all 4 of them together. Which ones do you like? Quilted or not?

It is fun that they could be displayed on a wall, easels, flat, turned any direction. I think I am pretty happy with the result. I could, however, look into better ways to handle the stretching over canvas or frames…especially the corners!

On to March soon! Remember, Mighty Lucky Quilting Club is only $5 per month and I have already learned two new techniques!

Happy Quilting!

 

 

Mighty Lucky Quilting Club – February – Update

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Update on the earlier post…

This challenge has just seemed very much not intuitive to me, but today I finally started. Thanks goes out to my sew mate, JudeMadeIt, who I have mentioned before. We craft on Tuesdays, so today was the day to get going on this one! She will probably post about her squares. It is so interesting to note how different eyes see different challenges.

At any rate, I am happy to say that once started, it is actually fun and easier than the earlier improvisational pieces I had done…place mats I made to try the concept a while ago…

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So, I have started stitching pieces together and placing them on the design wall…

Another interesting thing is the subtle differences even a little shift in placement makes. Can you see the tiny difference above? Be advised, this WILL absolutely be changing before it is done! It is already different on the wall right this minute! So, if you are interested, keep watching. I will post whatever the final result is.

In the meantime, I hope you are enjoying whatever you are working on!