Monday, March 30, 2020

Lockdown Day 10 - Log Cabin Blocks

In this uncertain time, I hope you all are feeling well and that fabric, needle and thread keep you busy. What have you been working on this weekend? 

If you read my previous post, you know I'm busy with the log cabin quilt. I've decided on a double/full bed quilt and I needed to make more blocks 

Chain piecing, 10 blocks at a time! 

I've made 20 blocks this weekend, to be added to the top and bottom.
Thursday & Friday I made 16 blocks, 8 for each side.

This is Log Cabin Quilt #3 where I have used 1.5 inch strips and it looks like it has not made a dent in the boxes! LOL Of course it has, but as you can see, there are still plenty! 

The lock-down continues; bakeries, grocery stores and supermarkets still closed, to reopen April 1, 2020. (We are waiting for an update on this). 

I used to make bread, but I must admit I've been lazy and haven't done it for months. To go to the bakery adds in a little bit exercise (walk) as well. During the lockdown, either we make paratha (Indian flat bread) or bread. These were out of the oven late last night, I haven't tasted it yet, but they look delicious. :) 



Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Curfew UFO Sewing

Hello everyone! 
I hope you all are safe and staying at home sewing in this crazy CoVid-19 times. Mauritius has been on lock-down for some days (except grocery stores, supermarkets, bakeries etc), then curfew and from today there's a 7 days complete lock-down (curfew) all over the island. 

I've been stuck at home since last Thursday (when I had to get some groceries). I've been busy with this and that, finished a few items for my shop (no photos yet). 

As most of you know, I love log cabin quilts. Recently I have finished two scrappy log cabin quilts, you can see them here and here. Yesterday I worked on UFO #1 (13) I've been piecing the blocks for some time, can't remember exactly when I started, maybe 1-2 years ago.

1-2 weeks ago I decided on a layout and yesterday I first pinned the blocks together and marked each row

.... and voila! 

Here it measures 64 x 64 inches (162.5 cm square). After I took the pic, I added one row to the top and bottom (64 x 80 inches / 12.5 x 203 cm). I've yet to decide if I want to stop here or make it larger? 
I think this one is going to be another favorite! I just love, love, LOVE this design, and of course; it looks even better when scrappy! :) 

I've made my very first wedge place mats! 

This is the fabric that has been in and out of the shelf umpteen times. Earlier this year I finally decided what to make (link) From the fabric I had, I've made 1 tea cozy + coasters, these and four other place mats. 

This is what is left of those fabrics, cut into squares, strips and rectangles. 
More squares for scrappy quilts! :) 

I'll never get tired to this view, every day is different 
(Sunday, March 22, 2020)

Such a glorious morning (Friday, March 20, 2020)


Tuesday, March 17, 2020

APQ and QUILTSY TEAM UFO Challenge March Finish

APQ & QUILTSY Team's UFO Challenge for March 2020 is #7,
....and mine is FINISHED!

It was an easy finish, so to say; the top was already done and I had the backing fabric and batting. I finished it the first week this month, but didn't get around to take photos until a couple of days ago. Lots of rain and gloomy days lately, not the best weather for photographing.

I love scrappy quilts more and more. I had so much fun rediscovering 'old' fabric, some from when I started quilting 15 years ago. (Gasp! Is it really that long ago?!) 

It's a fun 'I spy' (Eye Spy) quilt, where kids can look for objects that are difficult to spot from a distance. Do you see the cats? The Eiffel Tower? The baubles? Sliced bananas? 

If you are a scrap quilter, don't you just love all those different fabrics that has a history? 

When I saw this fabric, I knew I had to buy it for this quilt! It fits so very well a log cabin quilt! I love it! The disadvantage is it is not a wide backing, which I prefer. (Wide backings make my life easier!) I had to add two lengths together. I have machine sewn the binding to the back, to avoid putting stress to my not so good elbow. 

This is what is left of the backing fabric; some 2", 2.5" squares and some 1.5" strips. Already cut and stored in boxes for a future scrappy quilt. :) 



#1 – Log Cabin #1 (my list #13)
#2 – PSQ / Pinwheel Lap Quilt (10) FINISHED!
#3 – Scrappy 2” strips (15)
#4 – Black/White Wall Hanging (7)
#5 – Deer Log Cabin TT (17)
#6 – Nifty Nurses WH (3)
#7 – Log Cabin #3 (18) FINISHED!
#8 – Snowman Village WH (9)
#9 – Log Cabin #2 (14) FINISHED!
#10 – Snowman Village Attic Window (8)
#11 – Scrappy 1” squares (16)
#12 – Star batik quilt (12)


MY UFO LIST per March 17, 2020 

#1 - Got the Blues
#2 - Irish Chain in blue and white
#3 - Nifty Nurses Wall Hanging
#4 - Scrappy Flannel Quilt
#5 - Lap Quilt
#6 - Scrappy Christmas Quilt
#7 - Scrappy Black and White Wall Hanging
#8 - Snowman Wall Hanging / Attic Window
#9 - Snowman Village Wall Hanging
#10 - PSQ / Pinwheel Lap Quilt - FINISHED!
#11 - Advent Calendar - FINISHED!
#12 - Scrappy Star Quilt batik
#13 - Log Cabin #1
#14 - Log Cabin #2FINISHED!
#15 - Scrappy 2 inch strips
#16 - Scrappy 1 inch squares
#17 - Deer Log Cabin Table Topper
#18 - Log Cabin #3FINISHED!



Monday, March 2, 2020

APQ UFO Challenge March and February Finish

It's March already, and another UFO to finish. 
APQ UFO Challenge this month, is #7. For me, that means 'Log Cabin #3' (Updated UFO list; #18). GEEZ! Looks like I can't make anything else than log cabin quilts! LOL Seriously, I love log cabin quilts! The more scrappy, the better! Such a great way to use up some of the 1.5 inch fabric strips I've been cutting and hording for some years. 

So this is #7. (Blog post here
I purchased the backing earlier this year and have the batting as well. I'm eager to finish it and since I don't have anything else important to work on these days, I think I'll empty the table and get going today itself!  


UFO Challenge for February is FINISHED! 

Scrappy log Cabin Quilt, measures approximately 80 x 80 inches.

For the back I have used a gorgeous Stonehenge wide backing

I used the Stonehenge fabric for the binding too. 
How do you do the binding on large quilts; do you hand or machine sew to the back? I used to hand sew, but now I let the machine do it.