Strips and Strings Log Cabin

I added an instruction sheet for this quilt to my MaryQuilts.com site with lots of photos but these blocks are easy to make and I’m sure you’ll find your own way of doing them as you get started.

Strips & Strings Log Cabin Instructions

I’ve still got one more top to quilt for the month but I’m not in the mood to load a quilt on the longarm right now so I think I’ll read a while. Have a great day!


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Instructions are coming

I made another set of blocks this morning for the log cabin quilt and took lots of photos to write up some instructions today. As I was getting set up, I thought I’d pose a question. How do you you all back up your computers?

About 4 years ago I bought an external hard drive for the desktop and between that and periodic burning of data to DVD’s that computer is covered but I was getting a LOT of data on the laptop and while I was burning DVD’s periodically, in Decmember I decided I needed a hard drive for backing up this computer too. I couldn’t believe how small these drives are now.

Here’s a photo just for fun – I love it when Chesty perches on the arm of the sofa or chair – he looks so cute!


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Playing with strips and strings

These may not look like much now but I loved the log cabin quilt I pieced from my strips and string bins and my strings are completely out of control. PLUS I love making log cabin blocks and there’s no cutting – I just start piecing blocks. (Make sure you click the link above or you won’t know how cute this is going to be).

Before getting started, I had to finish assembling these two sections of the RWB quilt. I still need to make the two blue sections but I’m taking a time out for this top first.

I don’t want to shock you, but playing in my strings is MESSY! (not this mess)

This one! That huge pile of strings on the floor haven’t been sorted into color groups yet so I’m pulling most of the strips from there.


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Bound

The top pieced by Barbara in FL and quilted with freeform Baptist Fans is bound and labeled.
I’m still slowly working on my RWB top – a few more rows and half the quilt will be done and then I’ll let myself start something new and alternate work on the two since I seem to be bored with just the one. I’ve got one more binding to sew down and one more top to quilt for the month.

Keith caved in pretty easily on the Accuquilt Go Cutter so I ordered it tonight. (Didn’t even have to wait for my birthday)


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On today’s agenda

Keith left this morning for Dallas so I have a few days on my own again (yes, he just got home on Sunday evening). Today’s tasks will be piecing and binding but I’m not ready to start working yet. I’ve been reading, paying bills and as usual spending some time on the computer. I’ve given up any hope of keeping up with my blog reading so I’m just doing a few each day.

This is week 2 of my online Digital Scrapbooking class. I continue to learn lots and it’s fun too. The class is at JessicaSprague.com and through a link in today’s email, I found a bunch of online tutorials she has so if you’ve been playing around with Photoshop Elements go check it out.



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# 9 of 10 done

Such a pretty quilt! Carol had asked me to quilt this one and I agreed as long as I could do a pantograph. I think the quilting turned out nice.

A closer shot… I was a little worried about the white thread in the border but it looks just fine.

I was also a little worried about the batik backing – I’ve never quilted one before but I’ve heard that lots of people have problems with them. Luckily, all went well and my tension was very good. (Go ahead and click the photo, you’ll see!)



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The View from my Window

I’m downstairs working during the day for a change so I have the binds open. Although there’s plenty of snow still on the ground I’m ready for a fresh coat but unfortunately there’s none in the near future according to the forecast.

I’m loading a top Carol asked me to quilt. I’m doing the Wandering Daisies pantograph on it and was pulling some thread to see which one might work. This quilt has a LOT of white space and I dislike dark thread in light fabric.

After laying all the strands across the quilt – I eliminated the teal as too dark in the white. The yellow’s not bad but I think I’m going with cream…boring I know but safe.

If actually pulling thread off the spool and looking at it on your quilt top is NOT a part of your process, I suggest you try it. It’s not unusual at ALL for me to think I know what color thread I’m going to use and then change my mind once I see it on the top. (I was thinking the teal was light enough …wrong!)

I’ve also been running around this morning reading Fables. I don’t do exchanges of any kind*, not ever, not in 8+ years of quilting. I refuse to take part due to deadlines, refuse to have my work judged by others as lacking in quality or creativity, and refuse to take time from my own quilting agenda.

So why am I changing my mind for the first time ever?? Vicki is organizing a Postcard exchange on my MQ Resource list with a theme of Aesop’s Fables and since its a small group of people that includes Vicki, Suzanne, and Deb I thought I’d give it a try. Thank goodness I bought this book months ago after reading about it on Vicki’s site. Wish me luck, I hope they’re nice to me!

* the one exception to my ban on exchanges are those solely done with family like our postcard exchanges.


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