Monday, November 14, 2011

Pressing issues-Rebuilt Log Cabin blocks

I love pressing. I love ironing. I must own 10 irons. Most are still in their boxes...I do not want to be without an iron if one were to die. I have three ironing boards too. OCD...remember?

I know the importance of pressing as you sew. Rule of thumb is never cross a seam with another seam until that previous seam is pressed. I finger press. I have good strong nails. It is ALMOST as good as pressing with an iron. It works for most blocks. It has almost always worked for me.

But unfortunately not for the blocks shown below.
 And the first 16 blocks (right block) were sewn on another sewing machine. Says something for seam allowances that can vary from machine to machine although they are both Janomes. And I do feel I know what I am doing!!!!!!
At least those 16 blocks are exactly to same size. That was one manic day of sewing.

The next 38 blocks were sewn on my main machine. That took 2 days. And I also pressed each log as I went around. The ironing board is sooooo handy in this room. I had the first 16 blocks on the design wall and as I added more and more rows I realized that my next 38 were going to be bigger than the first 16.
 So, I threw caution to the wind and decided to use my blogging friend's,
Rebuilt Log Cabin technique to resew those first 16 blocks.
I cautiously cut one block. See below
 And I loved the effect. Sorry, the next photo is out of order and I did not feel like moving them around. I wanted to get this post made so I could get back to sewing today.
 Here they are in their glory...still untrimmed but ready for assembly.
 We had our first bit of snow last Thursday afternoon.
It came down hard and fluffy and then melted away.
If you click on the photo you can see the flakes.
This my 300th post!!!!!!!


Janet O. said...

Congrats on 300 posts!
I have seen this quilt on Elaine's blog recently. I think I understand more, after seeing yours, how it is made. Good save!!

Elaine Adair said...

Oh Sue - I had the SAME issue with sewing on different machines, same block - one was my little travel machine, a Janome, and the other is my big Janome that stays at home, each with what looked like the same foot. NOT!!! But I'm not sure it's the foot or how it feeds into the machine???

However, your end result is wonderful!!! Thanks for trying it out - didn't you do one before? I'm working on my border now - keeping it secret as it needs some uhhh adjustments. 8-)))

Teri said...

Love both the log cabin quilts. I wish I could use that technique to fix mine, but I don't think it will work for my problem

JayTee said...

love the rebuilt blocks

angela said...

wow what a great effect! well done on salvaging what could of been a disaster.

Terri in BC said...

I love the Rebuilt Log Cabin! It's a unique look for a traditional block.

Nann said...

The reconstructed cabins look terrific, Subee -- and congratulations on your third century of blogposts.

Quilt Hollow said...

Wowzers 300...congrats to you!!! That is alot of quilting to chat about isn't it?!!
Your log blocks are fantastic!!!

mblittle5 said...

Love your log cabin. Congrats on your 300ths post!

regan said...

Congrats on 300 posts! That's awesome! And I love the 'improved' log cabin! Those 16 look amazing! What a great way to save those blocks from the scrap heap!

scraphappy said...

Woohoo on 300 posts! The reconstructed log cabin blocks look SO COOL.

Kathleen said...

I love that quilt and really like the way you saved the blocks.

quiltfool said...

I DO love what you did with those blocks. Clever. I have a set of log cabin blocks somewhere that I steam ironed before I knew better. They're closer to circles than squares now. Not sure I'll ever get them together. Lane

merrily row said...

This is such a "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade." story and you got a beautiful quilt out of it. Good job.

Gari said...

Your blocks are great. I must remember that.

Ruth Ann said...

Love your rebuilt log cabin! Looks great!

Karen said...

You do sound like you have an obsession with irons and ironing boards. Maybe you were a laundress in a previous life.
You found a very good solution to your block size problem. Creative.

Ulla's Quilt World said...

I love the quilts!