Greetings dear readers. Silly me! The new log cabin blocks that I showed you last week are not HALF log cabins, but QUARTER log cabins. Here’s the latest from my design wall:
Furthermore, my reader, Megan, pointed out that the design is in the public domain. There’s a picture of an antique one in this book (thank you Megan for this info!!):
It’s in the section with the log cabin quilts and is called the CHEVRONS variation:
Here are a few closeups of my blocks:
The first thing my husband said when he saw these is that they look like chevrons, a military symbol so he correctly identified the design! It’s very traditional, but I’m enjoying using my reproduction fabrics. I looked up #quarterlogcabinquilt on Instagram and there are dozens of examples of this pattern using all kinds of different fabrics, some very modern, and other layouts as well. I may have to make more than one!😊
I took an all day quilt class – in person – this week for the first time in 3 years. It was wonderful to be with others who share my quilting passion for a full day! Our teacher was Paula Golden and our subject was the Feathered Star. She presented a program to my guild the evening before – good speaker, good teacher! As you know, the feathered star is a challenging design and we were paper foundation piecing it, but I like a challenge! I actually had taken a class on foundation piecing the feathered star with Mary Ryan at the Vermont Quilt Festival in 2008 which I finished into a small wall hanging:
This hung in our bedroom for several years, but I never made another. I love feathered stars and this was my chance to relearn the techniques. Also, Paula’s pattern is different. Mary’s pattern has a square set-in center with a small lemoyne star in the center (you can enlarge photos by clicking on them). Paula’s pattern features large rays that all come together in the center. Here’s her quilt:
The stars have different centers and we chose which we wanted to do. When we had a ray or two done she used mirrors to show us what the finished block might look like:
By the end of the class no one was beyond their 3rd ray because Paula did a number of demos, we spent time choosing fabrics and looking at and talking about others’ choices, etc. I had my star sewn together 48 hours later, though not pressed, and the background pieces are not sewn in yet – it’s just laying on top of a fabric I’m considering:
The star colors are pretty bright for me, but I like them against the dark background. A closeup:
Here’s what the back looks like, unpressed. When pressed, the center seam allowances are supposed to ”spiral” – I have some work ahead of me!🙂. By the way, the reason the paper looks different on the right and left sides is that the paper Paula gave us to work with (left) was regular typing paper. When I got home I switched to using my preferred June Taylor brand FPP paper (right) which is thinner and easier to use.
My last 2 walks have been along the ocean, a lovely change from my usual woods and farmland. One walk was in nearby Kittery,Maine, the other in NH, where the coast is similar – a combination of rocky and sandy areas, mostly the former:
I continue to love the amazing colors and shapes that flowers provide this time of year:
My blog is mostly about quilting, but every once in a while I feel compelled to speak out about important issues. Quite frankly, my head is spinning and I’m worried about the survival of our democracy. I have watched every minute of the January 6th Committee hearings and it is very clear that Trump tried, almost certainly illegally, to overturn the election results. It is unfathomable and very disturbing that millions of people, including some of those in power, believe his lies and that there is a chance he could run again. Will he ever be held accountable? Our inability to control the proliferation of guns and to limit their presence in some public spaces and in the hands of dangerous people is frightening, though congress did take some baby steps in the right direction. And the overturning of Roe vs. Wade was expected because of the leak, but is still shocking and upsetting. This is a real blow for women’s reproductive rights, something we’ve fought for for a long time. It hurts to see us moving backward rather than forward. I am worried about the direction of the country and will be looking at ways I might be able to help make a difference. I’m still hopeful. In the meantime, I’ll be counting on quilt making as one of the ways to calm and center myself and provide a temporary haven from these stresses!
Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi