Sunday, March 14, 2010

Liberated Log Cabin with Attitude - March 2010

Phew, these are done...  I've only ever done a single log cabin in two fabrics with handstitching before, so I understood the basic principle of going round like a snail, but sticking to the rules tested my concentration levels!

I also found the 'attitude bit' tricky until I realised that each log cabin has 3 centre pieces, one horizontal and 2 vertical that make a 'unit' - and if I got the horizontal unit on the 'bottom', then did the tilting and cutting for 'attitude' and also tacked a small pink upward arrow into the relevant bottom corner after using a template for the tilt, but before trimming: it all came together without too much extra thought. I hope!

These are also the first time I've conciously tried the scrappy approach.

As I won at my first attempt with the TicTacToe, I'm donating my chances for this month.

Before the trimming, I really wasn't at all convinced about the choice of fabrics/ combinations at all, but Sophie was right so trusting her judgement and not starting again was the right choice!

Afterwards I had a load of left over strips, plus the large triangles trimmed from the main blocks as I'd grossly overcreated to about 13" each.  So I decided to see if I could cobble them together into a 'new' fabric then cut more blocks out of them like Sophie did for one of her quilts a month or so ago.  The results are posted here on my blog (as it's nothing to do with Block Lotto, just inspired by this months' challenge  but I'd appreciate any advice!)


  1. Hi,

    I just stumbled onto this fantastic blog. I love Gwen Marston's book and haven't experimented with her techniques as much as I've wanted, so I'd like to join. I feel somewhat stupid, but am a little confused about how the mailing works. Do we send our blocks to individual members? Are there deadlines for the mailings?

  2. Lois, I've added your blocks (and Carrie's and Kate's) to the list. Our new total-so-far this month is 78 pairs (156 blocks).

    Don't worry that you used your left-over bits . . . they are NOT required for any future lotto block, but just in case someone didn't use them somewhere else (or felt bad about tossing them out), I said they could be saved and used.

  3. Kim, your account seems to be "no-reply," so I cannot email you in response to your questions. Here's how the mailing works. You make and post a photo of your blocks and hold onto them until after the winners are chosen on the last day of the month. Once the winners have been contacted by me, I put together a chart which shows how many blocks each person made and will mail and to whom they will mail them. Generally, if you make more than 4 blocks, you'll be splitting them up and sending them to 2 or 3 of the winners. I ask everyone to make their best effort to mail their blocks within a week of receiving the mailing info email ... so that the winners will receive all their blocks before it's time for me to send out the sneak peek email with advance information about the NEXT month's block (one week before the end of the month).

    If you have any other questions or would like to join us, email me at jeansophie [at] gmail [dot] com.

  4. Thanks Sophie,

    Sorry about the problem with my profile. I'll send you an email straightaway.


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