Thursday 13 June 2013

Building Blocks

Hey there.

It’s been a big week.  A sad one, but we have said our goodbyes and hopefully we can draw a line under the turmoil and just push on through.

And as I do in times of turmoil (who needs drugs or alcohol when you have quilting?) I played around with something new.

Log Cabin

I had a feeling I was doing it wrong – I’ve made a million log cabin blocks and this one just didn’t flow properly and now I think I’ve stuffed it.  When you do your log cabins do your darks extend all the way to the end on the outside?  Or am I overthinking it?

What can I say?  My brain is cotton wool right now.

I’ve been thinking of making a log cabin quilt for a few months now and last night I came across this lovely blog with the most divine quilt:


image sourced from here

and I just knew I had to use all those millions of reproductions I have to make one like it. 

I’ve made my logs finish at 3/4” which I thought was tiny but now that I’ve made it, I think maybe I need to finish them at 1/2”.  And then I thought maybe I’m a total lunatic because how many blocks will you need to make if they finish at 4” rather than 6”?  It’s not like I’ve got nothing else to do!

So I don’t know.  I think I’ll go and make a 4” block and see if I like that one more.

Dilemmas.  First world problems of the highest nature.

See you soon


p.s. thanks so much for all the lovely comments on my Nan.  We’ll miss her.  We already do.


  1. Your block looks lovely! And I am pretty sure you have your lights and darks in all the right places. I have always wanted to make a log cabin quilt too, but I think I will do mine 1" finished, I would prefer to get it done in this lifetime ;)

  2. Los bloques de log cabin, los hagas como los hagas quedan siempre muy bonitos. Los colores que has escogido son preciosos.
    Animo que la vida sigue y es hermosa.
    YUn beso.

  3. Прекрасно выполненные блоки. Вы их шили по основе?

  4. Your blocks look fabulous and your fabrics choice are just wonderful.Happy sewing!

  5. It took a moment to see what you had done "wrong" (no judgement implied). You sewed a dark log to the middle, then followed it with the first light and the second light, ending with the second dark. Typically, a round is the first light log sewed to the center, followed by the second light log. Then sew on the first dark log and finish the round with the second dark log. You could of course sew the dark pair on first and follow with the light pair. It just depends on if you want a mostly dark block or a mostly light block. But, you know, the great thing about quilting is that you can really do it however you want. Good luck.