Monday, 25 November 2013

Scrappy Rainbow Log Cabin with Low Volume Border Block Tutorial

Phew! that is a catchy little block name I came up with right there... NOT!

December will see my turn to be Bee Mama in the Mo Stash Bee, quickly followed January Mama for the FQRK Bee {Now the Bumbling Honeys} and, after much deliberation, I have settled on the ever wonderful log cabin block.  Scrappy and Rainbow also being two of my favourite fabricy words, I thought I would throw them into the mix too.

Rainbow Scrappy Log Cabin block with a border

So, here is a quick tutorial for my block which ends up at 13".   I love making log cabins because they appea to my lazy cutting nature... in other words, I just cut my strips as I go along and trim/square up each time. Making two of these blocks at the same time means that you can chain piece and they whiz together in no time.

I took some pics as I made my practice block, so I thought I would share them here in a tutorial for anyone else who wants to make their own version.   It's a perfect beginners block because its super easy and forgiving.

For my blocks
  • I am hoping for a real mix of colour and modern prints.
  • I would love a fussy cut 2.5" square centre.
  • 4 x 1.5" strips for the the first round
  • 4 x 2" strips for the second round
  • 4 x 2.5" strips for the third round  
  • Finally, add a Low Volume border {all the same fabric} of 4 x  1.5" strips 

Here's how I did it...

1.  Cut one 2.5" square and one strip measuring 1.5" x 2.5";


2.  Sew the strip along one side of your square using a 1/4" seam allowance.  I like to go for the right hand side for each new round of the log cabin but you can stitch your strip on any side you like first just remember to sew around clockwise and start on the same side for each new round.  {Even this rule can be broken on these blocks! and they still look fantastic};


3.  Now add another 1.5 strip to the bottom;


4. Here is the first round of 1.5" strips...


5.  The next round on my block is made up of 2" strips;


6.  Add all four 2" strips to make the second round of your log cabin;


7.  I find that a bit of wonk can creep in, so its a good idea to square up your block as you go;


8.  Now for the final colour round of logs and these measure 2.5"...


9.  Add all four;


10.  Finally, add a 1.5" border to your block.  Ideally for my blocks, I would like a low volume border {white/greys tones} or a solid light or medium grey border.


11.  Finished! Yippee!

Rainbow Scrappy Log Cabin block with a border

Here is an inspiration mosaic.  If you are using this tutorial to make your own blocks, the strip widths can vary and you will end up with a more random looking block.  It's just so versatile and forgives any daydreaming errors that might occur.

Bee block ideas

Looking forward to seeing some fun log cabins.

Friday, 15 November 2013

Linky Party


That was the sound of my week passing me by!

The iron mark has been surgically removed from the carpet {by that I mean all of my sewing supplies, kitchen table, fridge freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer and masses of other random *stuff* has been moved and a new wonderfully soft carpet put in the old one's place}.

I hope to see the return of my sewing space soon but also not quite yet!

So, just hoping you have been busy making/blogging and linking up below...

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Thursday Linky Party

We have been having a major *Spring* Clean in our house this week, so there is not much to report on the sewing front but I did purchase these Feathers...

 Sun Print - Feathers in Magenta
Source: Village Haberdashery online store
I think I bought them in nearly every colour!
Build a Bundle: Sun Print Feathers
Source: Village Haberdashery online store
I am so in love with them and I can highly recommend making fabric purchases from the Village Haberdashery too... they are so quick and beautifully packaged. 

What about you? have you been buying or making anything this week? 

Saturday, 2 November 2013

So, Breaking Bad Has Finished and Now I Have Time To Sew Again!

Yo, Sewistas!

I have been temporarily distracted by Jessie Pinkman and Walter White {from that show everyone has been on about Breaking Bad} but now the final credits have rolled, I am back on the sewing bandwagon with a vengeance.  I'm missing my daily dose of Saul Goodman but it feels great to back in the land of fabricness and cotton reels.

I still have my Aunt's quilt to finish - it needs sandwiching and quilting - but I wanted to get my bee commitments completed as early in the month as possible so I have spent the day making both sets of blocks.  They're quite similar block choices and both right up my street.

First up... Mo Stash for the lovely Jo,  she asked us to make Modern Halves blocks using Don't Call Me Betsy's magnificent tutorial which was featured over at Moda Bakeshop.

Mo Stash November blocks

Mo Stash November blocks

Mo Stash November blocks

Next up were scrappy string half square triangles for Hilly Filly from the FQR Quilt Bee.  We used this tutorial from the Blooming Poppies site.  The fabric parcel only arrived at 10am this morning and these beauts were all sewn up by 2pm! now that is a record for me!!

FQR Quilt Bee November blocks

FQR Quilt Bee November blocks

Stringy half squarey triangles of loveliness.

It's such a rarity for me to have my bee blocks done so early in the month, so please excuse me whilst I dance the funky chicken in celebration!

Hope you are having a productive weekend too.

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Dandelion Block and the Link Up

I am really appreciative of my bee commitments at the moment.  Amid the general hustle and bustle of life with two little ones, I am finding very little time to sew.  But I do like to get my bee blocks out on time, so there is a real incentive in stitching up blocks every month.

You might recall the inset circle that I was working on when the iron-on-the-carpet incident occurred! Well that circle now looks like this...

Bee blocks for Carol

Carol asked for a second low volume *filler* block, so here is my offering...

Bee blocks for Carol

and both together...

Bee blocks for Carol

If you'd like to see Carol's other blocks so far, click here.  This is going to be one fantastic quilt when its finished.

But enough about my sewing escapades... I'd really prefer to see what you've been making this week, so if you are feeling that way inclined, please link up below.

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Linky Party

I'm currently buried underneath a poorly boy... so please excuse me today.

Earlier in the week, I started work on my bee blocks using some truly gorgeous fabric sent from Carol.  I was pressing an inset circle when this happened...


Yep! that is the carpet... right in the middle of my kitchen diner!!

It occurred in what can only be described as  *Lara Croft* style action; as I put the iron down, it tipped forward and was destined for either my arm or the bee fabric *sharp intake of breath* but I managed to kick the ironing board and send the iron flying through the air whereupon it landed face down and promptly welded itself to the carpet.  Needless to say neither carpet nor iron are looking their best.

There has also been a slight porridge incident but I will spare you the ugly details of that for today.

If you've had a better week... well you know what to do...

Thursday, 3 October 2013

New Quilt News and Link Up

I've started on a new quilt.

It was definitely time to use the gorgeous rainbow charms from the Fluffy Sheep charm swap.


My Aunt asked if I could make her a bigger quilt and she loves colour, so I thought it could make the perfect combination.


There were 8 colour groups in the rainbow swap, so I also used charms from the text swap to make up a simple 9-patch.


This is as far as I have got.

But hopefully I will get it finished quickly because its definitely getting chillier here and snuggles await it!

Anyway, enough about me... what have you been up to this week?????

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Sew Sew Modern 3 swap complete

This summer, I knew that I wouldn't have much time to sew - I wanted to spend more time with the children, hubster and friends. I was feeling a little bit out of sorts with my sewing. You might remember that earlier in the year, I studied for a super tricky extra legal exam to help {not sure if I ever mentioned that I passed!}. But that awful exam had more of an effect on me than just eating my free time... it also knackered in my creativity. 

I only signed up for one summer sewing swap, because I thought it would give me a deadline to sew to. I lucked out with the secret swap partner that I received... it was Di from Random Thoughts... and she provided me with stacks of inspiration.  You can read about her receiving the sewing machine cover if you follow this link.

Source: Random Thoughts blog

I am really overwhelmed by the response I've had to the Sewing Machine cover I made.  Thank you so much for the messages, pins, flickr faves etc.  I know that a few of you would like more particulars of how I made it and I promise to try and blog the details over the next few days.  For now, I will just say another hugely big thank you for encouraging me so much.

So, I bet you are itching to find out what I received now...

A truly gorgeous package from Stephanie at Quarter Incher blog.  I really wanted a cushion and... guess what lucky ol' me got... a great cushion.

This was the mosaic I made for the swap

Sew sew modern 3
Inspiration Mosaic

and here is the lovely package I received

Sew Sew Modern 3 swap RECEIVED
Received from Stephanie @ Quarter Incher
She got it spot on!

I love it, especially the square in a square cushion.  This is my most favourite block ever.

Thank you so much Stephanie.

Cushion cover

I need to get a cushion form in the correct size and then this little beauty is going to ROCK even more.

The only downer was that horrible Customs stung me for tax on the package I received {it came from USA}, which is so annoying.   I don't mind paying it on bought items but really how nasty on a swap package.  Anyway, I have cleaned up my potty mouth dragged my chin off the floor because the contents of the parcel was so beautiful when I opened it.

I think I might try to stick to Brit Swaps from now on because the postage costs and risk of customs really makes is prohibitively expensive now sadly.  

One last pic of that gorgeous cushion so I end this post on a high note...


Thursday, 26 September 2013

Old Bag Lady No More

With this week's latest make, I aint gonna be an Old Bag Lady anymore...

I got myself a Plastic Bag Holder made up at last.  I have been meaning to make one for ages and last week I noticed the fantastic tutorial at In Color Order for a quilted bag holder.

I used a couple of orphan Scrappy Trip blocks that I had made during the blog frenzy that surrounded this block a little while ago.  Sewn together, they were just the right length but a little bit skinny...

So, I also added in some of my *Starter and Enders* - I keep a mini charm pack of 2.5" squares next to my sewing machine and stitch a couple together whenever I need a starter or an ender or even a middler to keep my chain piecing going. They make me so happy because they are like stitchy freebie blocks.

Plastic bag holder

It feels good to use up some orphan blocks and make something useful at the same time.

Plastic bag holder

Its a brilliant stash busting project for using up scraps and I think I might also use it as FMQ practice in the future.

I think these might be my sewing Christmas pressie project for this year now.

What have you been up to???? I love you to link up with us... everyone is welcome.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Is it Thursday already?!?!?!?!?!

I am all out of sync this week.  I had to work different days and it has completely thrown me.

Hopefully the Linky Party will still work, so don't be shy and leave me a link below...  I have been busy making another Pleats Sake bag using the free pattern over on U-Handbag.

New Pleats Sake Bag

It's such a quick and easy project, especially if you use a cheater echino print like I did.  I literally started it in the morning because I wanted a new bag to go out for lunch with!

Those purple handles are just amazing in real life.  I was desperate for U-Handbag to get them back in stock when Moira Moira Kettleboiler mentioned that she had some sitting unloved.  Oh my! how I love her to bits. They are really good quality and I can totally recommend them.  I'm not sure how to make the lining look nice once they are sewn on as the stitches are visible, but I improvised with four strategically placed fabric badges and the result makes me smile. 

Monday, 16 September 2013

Glimma-ry Tippencanoe

I've seen lots of the Tippencanoe block popping up around quilty blogland recently and I have to say that in real life it makes for a striking block.

My lovely friend Moira from Kettleboiler blog sent us all fabric from her Glimma stash for her month as our bee mama.

She asked for a paper pieced block {ooohhhh yes, she's one of those slave-driver type of mamas :wink:} but she was very kind to us and we only had to make her one 12.5" block.  She hinted at being cheeky because its one block made up of four paper pieced quarters... but I think she'd probably have gotten away with asking for two of these beauts if she had sent us enough fabric s

I got off to a bad start... oops! and the air was pretty blue when I had to unpick all those teeny tiny paper piecing stitches!!

I am such a numpty when it comes to paper piecing.  I don't know why but it takes a while for my brain to warm up with it and I always seem to have to unpick the first few pieces that I stitch; probably because I am always too stingy cutting the first segments of fabric.


Moira wanted to be able to see one canoe, so I utilised the plain fabric with the darkest print to make sure it stood out.  

I'm really pleased with how it turned out... I so hope that Moira is too because she is a very very special gal.

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Whatcha Been Up To?

Hello There!

It is great to see you here at the Thursday Linky Party.  I love hearing/seeing/reading about all your escapades, so please link up.

This week, I have been finishing off the Sewing Machine cover for Sew Sew Modern 3 swap... I'll show you more of that just as soon as I manage to take some half decent pics.

I also made some plus blocks for the Mo Stash Bee.  Gina asked us for plus blocks made using the brilliant photo tutorial pic {see below} by Rachel aka Wooden Spoon {she is uber talented and I always love her gorgeous makes}.

Dimensions for low volume charm plus block
Source: Flickr by Rachel Wooden Spoon

More low volume and brights...

Here are the blocks I made:-

Mo Stash block for Gina #happygolizzie

Mo Stash block for Gina #happygolizzie

I have some big plans for the coming week... If it were only possible, I would love to whip up a word cushion or quilt {see yesterday's Oof post}...

Utterly inspired by Cara from Pink Stitches blog and her utterly gorgeous version, I have also set my sights on making an Aeroplane Bag.  I bought the pattern and ordered some supplies from U-Handbag.  I couldn't find all the correct ingredients in the UK as set out in the actual pattern.  Any tips??? I am not sure what the Soft and Stable doodah is but I can't get it so I need to improvise.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

This week I shall mostly be getting inspired by...

This week, whilst browsing through some of our art books, I happened upon the work of Edward Ruscha. An American artist, born in 1937, who is in his own words "passionate about... the single word, its guttural monosyllabic pronunciation".

Edward Ruscha

It always amazes me that although you may favour one particular style/period/movement of art as a constant throughout your life, there always seems to also be scope for a changing palette of taste.  I myself usually favour a romantic style {Pre-Raphelite}; Waterhouse; Lady of Shallotishness.. But this week, I shall mostly be getting inspired by this painting, the creation of the aforementioned Ruscha.

Source: Google Images

It's heavenly sounding and magnificent.  It makes me smile and it looks fantastic.  I love that little word and now I'm a little bit obsessed, so you can expect to find me avec le Bondaweb creating a cushion for my sofa with a little "Oof" of its own.

I am also a bit smitten with his...


Recently, I have been obsessing about words on quilts and I think that I am going to have to find time to make a few Ruscha inspired creations.

I would love to hear about what is inspiring you?  leave me a comment and let me know, or maybe even blog about it and come back tomorrow for the linky party so we can all get a fresh dose of inspiration.


Thursday, 5 September 2013

Brit Sewing Thursday Link Up

The last few weeks have just flown by.

We went away on our first *family of 4* holiday.  It was quite an adventure - we stayed for 10 nights in rural France where our alarm clock was a herd of mooing cows and our goodnight came from a pack of howling wolves!

With no telephone signal, television or hint of the internet, I am sorry to say that this blog and my sewing escapades have gone unattended for an age...

but now I'm back! so watch this space...

In the meantime, its Thursday so that can only mean one thing - a link up party.  I can't wait to find out what you've been up to recently, so please, please, please link up a sewing/blog related post and I will pop by later this week.

I did manage to get Jo's Wonky Cross blocks stitched up just in the nick of time.  I really loved making these blocks and I am smitten, so I think there might be a similar wonky cross quilt in my future!

Wonky crosses for Jojo

Wonky crosses for Jojo

Wonky crosses for Jojo

Thursday, 22 August 2013

It's My Favourite Day of the Week

I love Thursdays now because the Linky party gives me a chance to catch up with all your goings on.

Maybush Studio

I have had a slow week of sewing this week but I will soon be back on full form, promise.

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Thursday Sewing Linky

It's that time of the week again!
I would love to see what you have been sewing or blogging this week.  I'm still struggling to find a good way to keep up to date with all my favourite bloggers {that's you!} since Google Reader disappeared, so I'm hoping that this will be a great way for me to keep up.

I haven't made any progress at all this week {shameful!} but I am thinking of making some Yo-yos or Suffolk Puffs {I think that's what they are called} with the help of my Clover Yo-Yo Maker.  I need a little handsewing project and I am feeling a little off of EPPing at the mo'.

I love making yo-yos but I'm not sure that they ever look very *modern* tp me...

But I will give it a try.

If you have any yo-yo projects, I would love to see.  Otherwise, I hope you'll link up with any recent sewing post below.

Sunday, 11 August 2013

And the winners are...

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Brit Thursday Sewing Linky.   I have loved visiting your blogs and seeing what you've been stitching.  I have to say that I am still struggling to find a way to read all my favourite blogs now that

The lovely Clare from Maybush Studio drew the winners from our giveaway and...

drumroll please...

the winners are...

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Celine who wins the F8th bundle of Julia Rothman

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and Kerry at Pennydog who wins the two Moda Fat Quarters.

Congratulations to you both.

Source: Google Images