First, collect your supplies. I like to use paper foundations for log cabins. I have a handy supply of phone books I've been saving. I'm not at all sure they will make them for much longer. Any paper will work, you can sew them without a foundation. In addition to the 5 inch square you will need a variety of strings in both light and dark green. If you can't make the contrast work well enough with just green, you can also use a combination of both dark and neutral. These were all dug out of my string bin which collects any long bits of fabric between 1 and 2 inches in width. Some are straight, but most are angled bits left over from squaring of fabric for rotary cutting.
Traditional log cabins have a center of either yellow or red to represent the fire that was the center of the home. Because we are working in a monochromatic themew, I've chosen to use green instead. Find a roughly square bit of green somewhere between 1.5 and 2 inches to start. You can use a dab of glue stick to hold it in place temporarily or just put it in the middle and hope for the best. Use a somewhat jaunty angle to start the block off feeling "wonky"
Start with a lighter color of fabric and dig for a bit at least as long as the center square. Feel free to roughly cut a size you need from a longer string. Sew with a quarter inch seam.
Press the log open and trim the right edge so that it is even with the center square.
Continuing on with the light colors, find a slightly longer string to fit on the right hand edge. Sew this one down as well.
Press open and trim again, You will continue on with a clockwise rotation.
After two light logs, you will add two dark logs and then repeat until the foundation is covered.
You should get closer and closer to the edges as you continue to add your logs in a clockwise rotation.
When you get closer to the edges, consider using wider or angled strips of fabric. I happened to have some leftover Dresden Plate wedges, but just use whatever you have on hand. The wider strips will just minimize seams along the outside edge.
Keep going until you have completely cover the paper foundation.
Trim your block back to 5 inches unfinished. This will be 4.5 in the framed block. This block will be set straight, showing off the jaunty angle.
My dear husband is usually morally opposed to throw pillows. I managed to convince him that pops of color are necessary when staging a house for resale. I am quite the expert now you see, after watching over a dozen episodes of the house doctor. So blue is the accent color is the master bedroom, it goes with the quilt. Bonnie Hunter's Roll Roll, Cotton Boll I do believe. I had two pillows, but design is supposed to be done in odd numbers. See how much I've learned from Netflix?
While the open house was going on yesterday, I found myself out and about killing time. Joann's was near the deli where I was enjoying lunch, and so I found some brightly colored fabric on clearance. I really hated the brown pillows that came with the couches. Honestly, I think that they came with the last couches, not with these.
See how much happier they will look? I've got them sewn up, it is just a matter of stuffing the pillows inside and then hand stitching the last side closed. I think I've run out of home improvement shows to watch on Netflix. Maybe I will enjoy a movie while I sew.
I'm afraid to get all my sewing supplies out again, but I don't have Tuesday's block done. If I am smart, I will whip up the next three weeks in one shot. After that we will (hopefully) have closed on the new place and I can start setting up my sewing space. Kurt is anxious to start painting, but honestly, my fabric is important too. Turns out that switching houses is exhausting.
Does this look like a room ready for serious sewing? Sadly, it is a room looking ready for an open house this afternoon. Until that is done I'm not allowed to make a mess. I'll enjoy all of your wonderful green creations instead
Another weekend of cleaning instead of sewing. Alas, my yellow plans have been waylaid by getting the house ready to put on the market. Hopefully though, I'll be sewing soon with a view of the ocean. It is time then to move on to a new color, and I am happy to announce that March will be green. So tidy up the yellow and go grab some green InLinkz Link-up
This is a traditional applique pattern called orange peel. Because this is the yellow month, we should probably be calling it the lemon peel. There are SO many ways to prepare a block for applique. Enthusiasts will swear by a particular method, but to be honest, it is all a matter of taste. I’m going to walk through a method today for freezer paper and glue stick. Next time I think I will give back basting a try. Feel free to use the method that works best for you. Please leave a comment with your favorite method to give everyone an idea of some of the other choices.
First, print out the lemon peel template. I used the very high tech method of finding a plate to trace around in order to make this template. A dinner plate made a skinnier peel while a saucer made a wider peel. I wanted to make a template that would fill most of the diagonal of the background square while still leaving room for the seam allowance. I just did trial and error until I found something that seemed to be the a nice size. Hopefully you will just be able to print and go.
After printing out your template, you will need to transfer it to freezer paper. You can trace it onto the non shiny side with a pencil, or just rough cut the pattern and staple it to a piece of freezer paper. This method works really well if you are making multiple templates. For the sampler, we will just need one, but you might want to make more blocks later. This is such a great carry along project.
Place the shiny side of the template down onto the right side of our fabric and iron it. The wax will stick temporarily to the fabric making it stick magically.
Now that you know exactly how big the finished peel will be,cut around the template leaving roughly a quarter inch seam allowance. Don't worry about making it perfect, the template will stay put until your peel is perfect.
Now for the controversial part. Elmer's Washable glue will hold your seam allowance in place until you are done sewing it to the background. Not everybody is crazy about using glue on a quilt. It is temporary and will get washed out after the applique stitching. Feel free to use an alternate method. I like the firm and crisp edge the glue leaves, but it does leave you piece a bit stiff which means it is easier to sew down using a thimble.
Lightly spread glue on the quarter inch seam allowance on the wrong side of the fabric. Don't glue the entire block right away, it is easier to glue a little bit at a time so that you can manipulate the fabric until the edges are perfect.
Now use your fingers or a rosewood stick to fold the glued fabric down to the wrong side of the fabric. Feel free to wiggle the fabric a bit while the glue is wet to get the edges of the block nice and smooth. Notice that the pointy end is folded down and then the sides overlap. Move onto the next section and continue to prep the edges until you get back to where you started.
Iron the fabric from the right and the wrong side to get your seams firmly fixed.
Now that the applique is prepped, you can peel the freezer paper away. This template may be reused several times if you are making multiple blocks.
Select a 5 inch square of background fabric and press it lightly to find the center of the block.
Center your peel along the creased line. You may pin or glue your block into place on a temporary basis. Now that it is prepped, it is easy to tuck it into a bag or purse so that you can work on it anytime and anyplace. All you will need is a needle and thread to sew the lemon peel down with a blind hem stitch.
Confession time. I haven't finished the handwork on my yellow block yet. Here is a red version that I made for practice over winter break. Just take your finished block to a sink and give it a quilt dunk to remove the glue. Feel free to remove the background fabric from behind the lemon peel if you think you might be hand quilting the sampler quilt at some point in the future.
This block should be set straight and will be the last of the yellow sampler blocks.
Sydney and her friend both got yellow ribbons on Saturday for 4th place at science fair. Not quite the best of show and runner up they earned last year, but they moved up from middle school to high school and have to pay some dues. Sydney is excited to improve her project for next year and got some great advice from judges to make her dye-sensitized solar cell work better.
Ryan's room no longer has super heroes and Pokemon on the walls. I mixed up my own grey paint from the extras that Sydney used for her antibacterial paint project in 7th grade.
Ironically, the shade worked out to be almost identical to one of the paint chips we were considering for the new house. I think it is too blue for that, but for Ryan's room I think it is perfect. It all looks kind of sparse now that the walls are so empty. I might get a throw rug to add some interest. We are getting close to the end of the list of things we wanted to finish before we put our house on the market. Any day now!