Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Strip tease...

(really?  that's the BEST you can do for a title, Teresa??)
The scrappy neutral and green log cabin blocks are progressing.  I have found that quarter inch "sweet spot" on my new Janome 6600.  There's nothing like making 120 log cabin blocks for solidifying that perfect seam allowance.  I have 25 of 120 of the blocks completely made.
They aren't this dark...for some reason all the pictures for this post are too stinkin' dark.  The centers are really nice, vibrant red scraps, not the muddy brown that they seem to be above.  This isn't the final setting...I will probably set them in a barnraising setting when I get them all done.  The "logs" finish 3/4 inch wide and the "cabins" will finish 9 inches.
I have a few more blocks in various stages of "done-ness."  Now if the pressing was as much fun as the chain piecing...

I like LOVE piecing again!  I love the feed dog system on this machine. ..I have not had the block eaten by the throat plate a single time (what a nice change!).

I also managed to get Kate's block finished for our Bee Balm quilting bee.  It looked really challenging, but with Kate's directions it went together pretty well!  Yahoo!  I'm catching up!  Beebee, your heart blocks are next on my list...

This was something from my UFO pile...I started this YEARS ago and put the blocks away in an unlabeled container with no notes.  I thought if I put the blocks together, I might remember where I was going with this, but there are no bells ringing in my head...just that annoying cricket sound.  This is why I now make notes and put the pattern/quilt plans away WITH the project.  I have no memory of even starting this one...I need to come up with some simple borders and call this one "done."
Between a new roof and hot water heater for the house, my new Janome sewing machine, and a new French horn for my daughter, we are doing more than our part to get the economy going...now it is somebody else's turn...
Ahhh...I love sewing in the quilt cave and hearing beautiful melodies coming from upstairs...Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings and Doctor Who melodies, not to mention some Mozart and a few other jewels. It doesn't get any better than this...

In stitches,
Teresa  :o)

28 comments:

  1. Love those log cabins! I miss the music in my house - piano, flute, oboe, guitar, saxaphone. Now it has to be one of the music channels.

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  2. Ahh beautiful music while you sew. Perfect.
    Loving your log cabins too.

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  3. Your log cabins look great. I have a Janome 6600P and I have had a issues finding my sweet spot - at the moment it is at 4.2 with the clear view 1/4" foot. Do you use the AF system on yours? I use the AF when doing bindings only at the moment.

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  4. I love just looking at the neatness of the strips for the log cabins... Your blocls are lovely and the UFO is very nice too...

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  5. It's so great when you're one with the machine. I love all your projects but the log cabin is going to be a wow quilt.

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  6. Your LC blocks look wonderful! Your piecing looks so perfect - How fun to have a french horn player in the house. I miss the kids playing piano, it's a dust catcher now.lol

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  7. Your piecing does look wonderful...and you're so very organized while doing it. I need to take lessons from you!

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  8. Ohhh Teresa, your log cabin blocks are just delightful - makes me want to get busy in the sewing room.
    Have a great week hon.
    *hugs*
    Tazzie
    :-)

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  9. Ooooo I'm lovin' these log cabins!! I'm so proud of you to find that sweet spot under the foot :0)

    Crispy

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  10. Your blocks are perfect. I don't love the ironing part either. I need to find someone to hire to stand there and do that part for me. LOL
    Your organization ability is an inspiration. I have been working on organizing my sewing room.

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  11. I really love your log cabin blocks and the colors you are using. Love how wonderfully organized you are!! That's awesome.

    Trust me, we've been doing our part to keep the economy moving too:) Too many home improvements to name! But at least somebody's gettin' paid !! HA!

    Enjoy your week of sewing. I'm organizing my fabrics this week :D

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  12. It does my heart good to see all of your strips lined up and read to rock n roll. I would do the same thing.

    It looks great. Congrats on the new machine.

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  13. Strip Tease certainly caught my eye! A beauty!!

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  14. love the log cabin - sure are skinny logs!
    Karen
    http://karensquilting.com/blog/

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  15. Lovin' the Log Cabin blocks! can't wait to see the finished quilt. nice patriotic top too!

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  16. I'm so glad you love your machine! You are giving aer a workout with all those great blocks.

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  17. I love green so those blocks really appeal to me. I can't believe your piles of strips are still so nice and organized after making that many blocks.

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  18. I lOVE your log cabin blocks! Thanks for sharing your process. I am going to keep that in my to-do list. And background music from a talented daughter to boot...so fun.

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  19. Mmmm, love, love, love your log cabin blocks!

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  20. Your Log cabin blocks look wonderful! You are so organized and precise. How lovely to have your daughter's music fill the house :0)

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  21. I have now sewn in such a pattern. Very exciting. beautiful colors from done.

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  22. This will be a striking quilt! You don't see many quilts with green as the main color - love it!
    Reminds me - I need to tell my son to practice his sax!
    Glad you are enjoying your new sewing machine.

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  23. whoa - Those are some gorgeous log cabins!

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  24. LOVE the log cabin blocks
    had to laugh about buying a french horn, ah yes I remember those days!
    Kathie

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  25. With all your praise of your new Janome, you make me want to go out and buy one. I like your red/white/blue UFO, and that french horn and french horn player are too cute!

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  26. The day i found the 1/4" seam foot on my new Husqvarna was a nlessed one. I too love pieving again, with fabric no longer trapped in the bobiin case, and seams that are straight all the way. Vould that be heaven?:-)

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  27. ...Wow, I just CAN NOT stop looking at your LC blocks, and I especially like staring at that 3rd photo! Now I feel all inadequate and messy and jealous!!! Whaaa ha ha ha!!!

    No really, I'm inspired!!!

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  28. You have accomplished so much! Isn't it amazing how you can go along and all of a sudden everything seems to break or need to be purchased at the same time. Rainy day fund? Nope...need a flood day fund!
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

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