Monday, October 30, 2023

Tuesday ToDo #79

I've been making steady progress on the blocks for my newest Paducah Log Cabin Quilt. My count as of tonight is 129 blocks for the center section, I need 144.

My plan for the coming week is to continue making blocks. I need 15 more for the center section, then I can get started on the 52 blocks for the borders.

I'd really like to have this quilt completed by the second week in November. If I can keep at it, I should have time to finish, but it's really easy to get distracted by movies and goofing off. LOL

This is approximately what the finished quilt will look like.

Linking up with Tuesday ToDo, Midweek Makers, Wednesday Wait Loss

Sunday, October 22, 2023

Paducah Log Cabin Progress

I spent quite a lot of time on Friday assembling blocks. I tend to just make strips assembly-line fashion and sort them into piles. For this month's Friday Night Sew-In, I decided to sit down and just sew all the strips together and make finished blocks. I didn't take many photos because they pretty much look the same as all the rest. LOL

In total, I finished 35 blocks. I don't have a large enough design wall to show them all. 

The central quilt is 12x12 so I need 144 total; I'm more than halfway finished now. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Change of Plan

About 3 weeks ago I came down with a pretty severe cold. It probably wasn't covid, but I wasn't tested. The cold wasn't debilitating, bit it left me with no energy or motivation to do anything. I mostly sat around and streamed movies.

I did finish the last of the eleven charity quilts. I am not going to show photos of all of them, but there are a few I'm pleased with. I tried out new pantographs and played with some new techniques to get them cropped right at the edge.

Avril pantograph

Cherokee Rose pantograph. This was a little fussy to get offset correctly, but I really like it so I'll definitely have to do it on one of my own quilts.
West Wind in Autumn pantograph

I don't need to finish the binding on these quilts and they'll be returned to the Quilts Beyond Borders charity.

A couple weeks ago, I spent most of a day cutting out the Snake River log cabin quilt, and then I realized my brother needed a king size quilt. I tried to figure out how to make the Snake River bigger, but I just didn't like any of the ideas I came up with, so ultimately I decided to change the plan.

I wasted so many hours trying to come up with another idea that would use at least some of the fabric I'd already cut out. Finally, I decided to make another Paducah log cabin quilt. The finished size was a couple inches bigger than the Snake River and it would be a LOT easier to add an extra border strip. It should end up about 100"x100", which is big enough.

This is one of Judy Martin's suggested layouts and I liked it when I first decided to make this quilt again, but now I'm not sure I do, I may
change it to the more traditional log cabin layout. 

These blocks only use a few of the same length pieces, but because all the strips are the same 1½-inches wide, I can cut them down to the smaller lengths with not a lot of waste.

Finally over the weekend, I felt like sewing again. This is about a quarter of the total blocks I need for the center section.

My brother's favorite colors are brown and olive/drab-greens; I appreciate the chance to use up some of these old William Morris reproduction prints I bought way too much of more than a decade ago.

My ToDo list for the week is simply to continue making blocks. I need 144 total of the center blocks and 52 border blocks so it will likely take me more than a week to finish this one.

Linking up with Tuesday ToDoMidweek Makers and Wednesday Wait Loss.