Sunday, July 16, 2006

So much for working on one project to completion before starting another! I forgot to take my flower garden top to work with me Friday so I could baste it after work. I guess I could have drug the table I have here out from behind the couch and done it this morning. But it's so much easier at work where I can push 2 or 3 tables together and not have to realign everything quite so often.

So instead I decided to play with my scraps. This project originally started because I don't currently have a leaders/enders project going and decided a simple log cabin would work well as that. So I pulled my 2" strips, squares and bricks and started sorting into light/med/dark. I was mostly looking for just lights and darks but I discovered when I was sewing the blocks that I had a lot of mediums sneak in there. I cut up all my light and dark strips that were about 20" or less and should have enough cut for about 100 blocks. (And it still doesn't look like I've barely made a dent in that drawer!) If I decide I need more when I get ready to set them together I'll just cut into some of the longer strips. Of course once I got all these strips cut and neatly stacked on the corner of the sewing table waiting to be used as leaders/enders for some other project I just couldn't resist sewing up a block - just to test my accuracy you know. Well 25 blocks later this is what I have.
My plan - subject to change on my whim - is to set them this way finished up with a narrow scrappy blue border followed by a scrappy red piano keys border to tie it back to the red center squares.

In general I had a very nice relaxing day today playing in my sewing room. I didn't even change out of my jammies until around 6pm. And then only because David wanted me to run to town and help him with something. Otherwise I'd probably still be wearing my nightie instead of sitting here trying to get up the energy to go change back into it. :-)

14 comments:

kcamou said...

It sounds like you had a great day! I love days like that! I was in my jammies tonight thinking how great it would be to have an all-nighter quilting party... jammies would be a must! Your blocks look great and remind me that I have my own log cabins that need to be tended to.

Barbara said...

Great day...! I love the days when you can just run around in your jammies..*s*.. Love all the different colors in your quilt!

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

I've never met a log cabin I didn't like - grin! Yours is coming along great! And, I don't think I would ever be able to do a "leaders and enders" project because I too, would be just too tempted to keep sewing and sewing away on it!

Cheers!

Evelyn

Gail said...

Of all the things that make good leaders and enders, why have I never thought of log cabins???? I really need to cut some scraps up and have ready when an idea hits. As is, I plan a leaders/enders, cut up, and then get carried away doing the whole thing. I like your 'story' checking for accuracy.....I think I'll use that!

Norma said...

I love your blocks. Very cute. What size project is this? Wall hanging?

quiltpixie said...

Sounds like you didn't really start a new project, just got ready to do one... Cutting and testing a block doesn't count does it :-)

Patti said...

What a fun day! I can so relate to playing with scraps. Seems to be catching! Who should we blame? Finn, I think! Your log cabin blocks look great. I know just what you mean - leader enders are hard for me too because I want to see how things are turning out! I find I do much better when I don't know what the leader enders are going to be used for eventually - then I'm not tempted to work on only them. Right now I'm stitching light and dark 2" squares into pairs. I still don't know if they'll become 4-patches or 25 patch blocks.

Linda_J said...

I love nightgown days but smiling about your comment of "25 blocks later......" When pairing up squares the other day with l/e's, it was all I could do not to start turning them into 4 patches. Maybe I just do better without the added distraction though the purposeful sewing makes sense.

Marcie said...

Log Cabin quilts are always a sure thing! Yours is lots of fun. I am also very impressed with all your work on the "Gatherings" quilts, as you were truly gathering through three generations! Awesome!

ForestJane said...

*looks around with a guilty grin*

I'm still in my nightshirt too, and don't plan on changing out of it! It's wonderful to relax and be really comfy on the occasional weekend, isn't it?

Passionate Quilter said...

you're funny Nancy--and so much like me at times! No, you really didn't start a new project, you were just kind of organizing and checking things out! Anyway, that's okay too.

Mary said...

I like log cabin quilts and I think it adds interest to use mediums too not just light and dark.

Darlene - Dazed Quilter said...

I love jammie days - sewing and just relaxing. Another wonderful quilt!

Dawn said...

Forgot to mention that Charlie-girl looks EXACTLY like my kitty I had as a girl - her name was Calico! I loved fabric even back then!