Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Paper Piecing Little Log Cabins (Version)

P.S. -- Oh great - 2 hours after I posted the below info, I actually DREW the block out, as it had caused me much confusion.  Apparently, sewing the strips in the unorthodox method (no lights or darks) and also sewing them in the opposite direction I usually sewed, threw me into confusion.  End result - the block is correct.  it is ME who is not thinking straight!  (this is the  part about "Pride Goeth before the Fall" -- 2 days ago, I was paid an enormous compliment - I should have been on my guard!) LOLOL
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Orca Bay is needing one more border on one side.  It's resting on my design floor - yes right in the middle of traffic.  LOL
This is where I'm heading  - this Log Cabin version finishes at 5 inches, and I'm using scraps.  I mentioned to several of my friends that I was looking for "scraps with a lot ot white."  I got them!  Wow!  Donations added about 5 yards to my "Fabric Diet" calculations.  Givers were gleeful to have found a svictim uhhh ... home for their scraps.

First I sorted them by color - that made things a little easier.  Even though the block is not a traditional Log Cabin, I needed some effort at color choice.  I tried to use only 3-4 colors per block.

The magazine with the pattern (Fons and Porter) has been on my shelf for YEARS, wanting to make that little quilt.


Here (above) is where I'm heading.



I discovered that a fussy cutting center didn't add anything positive to the busy overall appearance, so I stopped that. 

But they ARE cute.

If you have read this far, look carefully at my first photo of the single block.  After making 15 blocks, concentrating -- you know how paper piecing is, it's easy to get confused - look how the block is NOT right, and guess what - it is NOT me, it's the pattern!  I was wondering why it felt "odd" as I was sewing it together, but figured because it was being sewn the opposite direction from what I'm used to.  I copied the pattern (100 copies) on the copy machine, straight from the book. 

Other than that, I'm liking it.  The blocks float on a backrground and sashing of white.  
Now, I have to redraw that danged block to figure out what the "right" way is supposed to be.  





16 comments:

Exuberant Color said...

OK I give, what is not right about the block?

Cyn ;-) said...

Me, too... *scratching my head*.. what's wrong with it?
The blocks are really pretty. This will make a darling quilt!

Teresa in Music City said...

Elaine, I have that same pattern in my To Do book! I just love it! It's just a fresh and happy pattern. I'm going to be so jealous watching as you get yours done!

Janet O. said...

Very fun quilt, but I can't tell what is wrong with the block, either. I like the fussy-cut centers. : )

Nancy said...

I'm in love with your blocks and think you have a real winner in the making.

LynCC said...

Hehe :D That's so funny. You know, it's so easy to get mixed up with paper piecing, though.

Kate said...

love it love it.

JustPam said...

I love it. What issue of F&P is this in? I would like to see if I have it. Curious about border for your OB quilt. Is it Bonnie's border or are you adding one of your own? I am so far behind on mine.

Purple Pam said...

Your blocks are delightful. In agreement, I could not find fault with the first block. What did I miss?

Anonymous said...

That quilt is on my to do list as well. Thanks for the reminder and inspiration. Glad to hear the pattern is ok, I color code mine to keep them straight.

Laura said...

I also cannot see the problem. These blocks are so sweet...love 'em!

Laura said...

I also cannot see the problem. These blocks are so sweet...love 'em!

Laurie said...

Hey, as long as you do ALL of the 'wrong' it doesn't matter. Beautiful blocks.

Within A Quarter Inch said...

gee whiz - how funny is this. You just left a comment on my blog about my stash and I come over to yours to see that you are making the VERY SAME quilt that I just finished!!!! Small world!

Anonymous said...

I would like to know the magazine month/year also. Love the blocks. They are so cute. BJC

FlyLadyFan said...

One of the four exterior logs is longer than the other three making a courthouse steps type of effect. I'm getting ready to start this to eat up stash, but was looking for correct 5" printable block and, voila, here I am. Still need a printable though. Please post a pic of quilt when done.