Monday, August 31, 2009
- Barbara - 6
- Caroline - 9 WINNER #2 (48 blocks)
- Celine - 6
- Debbie - 4
- Dianah - 4 *** newbie ***
- Gail B - 6
- Gail G - 7
- Ginny - 4
- Jennifer - 7
- Joan - 9 ***newbie ***
- Julie - 6 (donate chances)
- Kate - 9
- Kathy - 4 (donate chances)
- Kelly - 5
- Kristin - 4 ***newbie ***
- Laura - 9
- Linnea - 4 *** newbie ***
- Lisa - 9 WINNER #3 (48 blocks)
- Louise - 1
- Mary Jane - 9 WINNER #1 (56 blocks)
- Rho - 9
- Shelley - 6
- Sylvia - 9
- Terri - 6
If you have a lucky charm, a rabbit's foot or other ritual for luck, now is the time.
If you are a newbie this month or someone who has been playing along for a long time, but not yet won–yes Mary Jane, I am looking in your direction, then thanks to Julie, you have an extra chance in the drawing.
If you are a brand new mother, then Kathy has thrown some chances your way . . .
We have a total of 152 blocks this month, which means:
Winner #1 will receive a set of 56 blocks
Winners #2 & 3 will receive a set of 48 blocks (each)
Wow, talk about a lot of blocks in the last week . . .
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Deadline for submitting blocks: 5PM Central Time on the last day of the month
Which means for August, our deadline will be MONDAY, 5PM Central Daylight Time.
I will send the list of names to Chris (our July winner) to use for the random number picker to choose our THREE WINNERS as soon as I get home–probably no later than 6 PM (Dallas Time).
There have been some great bright little log cabin blocks this month . . . I know we're going to have three happy winners ;-)
(It's not too late to enter if you can sew fast ;-)
Our new total-so-far this month is 127 log cabin blocks. I'm beginning to think that we MIGHT make it to enough for three winners in time for tomorrow night's drawing . . . at this point, we need five more blocks.
By the way, our July winner, Chris, will be doing the honors and (randomly) picking the winners this month . . . just in case you want to send some good vibes her way.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Kelly–who you might remember as Mingtoy52 from the forum, if you've been around for a while–emailed me today with this photo of 5 beautiful log cabin blocks.
Welcome back, Kelly!
I've added them to the list making our total-so-far this month 112. Will we make it to three winners . . . I think we might, I think we might, I think we might . . .
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Ps. This is the 600th post on this blog. Wow!
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
I'll be blogging about the show later on my blog, but if you want to grab a tall glass of something cold and look through the photos on Flickr, you'll find them in my set Quilt Plano 2009. (or, if you prefer, the slide show link) I didn't take my usual hundreds and hundreds because they kept announcing at the show that there was a CD of professional photos of all the quilts for sale–unfortunately, it turned out that they didn't have CDs, but for $10 would put your name on a list and would send you one in the next week or so. They haven't done this before . . . we'll see how it goes.
There was another quilt that made me think of the Lotto and the winners (this year and last) of the SAMPLER lotto blocks.
This is Music in My Heart by Tracy Spruell of Allen, Texas, and is made from swap blocks. They weren't all designed to be put on point, but I think it works. I think it's also interesting that she turned mostly black & white blocks into a very colorful quilt. You can see a detail of a single block here. The way she put them on point allowed her to make a bigger quilt from smallish blocks and let her square them up to the same size. Of course, you don't have to start with sampler blocks–it might be a setting to think about if you have some lotto blocks at home that could work in a setting like this . . .
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Here are 7 log cabin blocks. What a pleasure to make and look at! I hope it's my lucky month :)
It's interesting that as you are making this block, you can't see the pattern at all, but the minute you put them even close together, they come to life.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
My hubby was very surprised, I never searched or shopped quilt-related items the whole 3800 mile trip. The weekend before we left I bought for a dollar each 4 large gallon baggies stuffed with quilt strips, etc. at a local craft sale and I paced my fabric fondling urge with sorting, folding, and oohing the baggie contents every so many days. The best part was the fabric was scraps from one of the area's best quilters.
Now to use some of these finds in little log cabin blocks. Kathy in Colo
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
After making two backwards before getting the update, I have begun on the proper squares now. My question is - Are we leaving paper on or off when mailing? If we are taking off, I find it easiest to tear away when finishing each block than sitting and doing it all at once.
Here are 6 blocks for this month's lotto. Brights were never my thing but I love these little blocks and finally found a use for some of my bright hand dyed fabrics.
Friday, August 7, 2009
What a great block - and a great colourway. I've always had a fondness for log cabin blocks and I really like the effect of these blocks, even if they are a little brighter than I'd normally choose myself - but as I've said before, that's part of the point of the lotto - pushes us beyond our usual choices! Would love to have some more of these!
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Today, I received email from Louise, who was a regular in the block lotto last year. Louise is a hand piecer, who hand-pieces all her blocks for the lotto, as she did this log cabin block.
Life took her away from the lotto for a while . . . I was very happy to find a note from her in my email. You can catch up with her on her blog, LouiseSews.
Welcome back, Louise. Your block brings our total-so-far this month to 5 blocks.
Monday, August 3, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Saturday, August 1, 2009
If you didn't receive the mail or if you have any questions, let me know.
It was later published as American Log Patchwork, again by the Ladies Art Company, then, in 1911, as the Colonial Block, by Joseph Doyle in The Patchworker's Companion.
Finally, in Ruth Finley's 1929 book, Old Patchwork Quilts and the Women Who Made Them, the author identifies the block as Log Cabin . . . and, it seems, it has been the Log Cabin block ever since.
If you have come from the Quilting Forum on about.com, you'll recognize the popular colorway I've chosen for us this month. It started with a baby block shower for one of the members, hosted by me, which was followed by a handful of swaps of this charming bright six inch block.
You may make your blocks using traditional piecing or paper foundation piecing technique.
The foundation pattern is found on Marcia Hohn's quilter's cache site here. Be sure you do not have any "shrink to fit page" options selected for printing and that you measure the reference square when printing Marcia's pattern.
I was sure I could go back far enough on the forum on about.com and find my OLD directions there, but search was broken when I tried to find mine or any old swap . . . the basic cutting measurements are:
RED center square is cut at 2 inches
Logs are cut at 1-1/4 inches wide
Whichever technique you use, be sure to begin by adding two COOL logs to the center and end by adding two WARM logs.
Note: I originally had this backwards (in the sneak peek email and in this blog post–if you have made blocks the wrong way 'round as a result, please contact me.
I still have a set of swap blocks from one of those swaps–I didn't manage to make as many as I wanted . . . and I confess that I'm hoping that I'll be inspired this month to add to my "collection" and maybe even end up with enough for a quilt top for me.
But many people DID make wonderful quilts from those swaps and you can find many examples of their quilts online. Here's one made by Stacy, that might inspire you.
This month, your log cabin blocks should have RED centers. If you make multiple blocks, you may use the same red fabric. You will add WARM colored logs to one side from the red-orange-yellow side of the color wheel and COOL colored logs to the other side from the green-blue-purple side of the color wheel.
The fabrics may be solids, tone-on-tones or multi-color prints that are predominately the color or color group specified. So for example, you might use a solid red for your centers or a red print that has a very small amount of another color that "reads" as red when you look at it from 5 feet away.
You may repeat the log fabrics in more than one block as long as none of your blocks turn out to be "twins."
This month, the BRIGHTER the BETTER . . . but, if you don't have a lot of brights, that OK, too.
Check out the original quilt, made from the blocks from the block shower for Daniel's mom and notice how it is a little different and definitely interesting, perhaps because it isn't completely made of BRIGHT fabrics, like those from the swap blocks.
And, because I can't resist sharing these great quilts, here's one more, with a different layout, made from more swap blocks with borders added by Chimene.
I found all of these quilt photos on Webshots in albums of quilters whose names I recognized. There are more on Webshots that you could find with a simple search for bright log cabin quilt and I'm sure a browse through Flickr would reveal many, many more beautiful bright log cabin quilts as well.
I know things slow down in summer when it's HOT HOT HOT . . . but I hope we can put together a nice set (or two) of these nice bright log cabin blocks for someone to win and enjoy this month.