Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Working on the Libby's Log Cabin quilt.

I have so many quilts I want to make bouncing around in my head. Also laying around in various states of assembly. I had the entire fat quarter collection that was used in the magazine you see below.
The weather had gotten warm and humid so I turned the air conditioning on high and locked myself in the cutting room.
A day later I had reduced my entire Civil War fabric collection to an assortment of 3 1/2",2 1/2",2" and 1 1/2" strips.

I do have a complaint though about fat quarters. I have never been burned on them as I have been with jelly rolls. What I mean by burned is inaccurate cutting from the vendor. I used all the colors in the Community collection by Moda. I bought that collection, well really all my collections from The Fat Quarter Shop.

I cannot say enough good things about this internet store. Prompt and well packed shipping. Great selections. I had no complaints until now.
I decided to cut all my other fat quarter collections as I was cutting for this quilt. I am a firm believer in Bonnie Hunter's Scrap Users' System. It is a wonderful system.
I was able to get cut from each fat quarter the following strips:
two 1 1/2"
three 2"
two 2 1/2"
one 3 1/2"
total is = 17 1/2" the other 1/2" was for straightening each of the edges.

Worked great through the first 40 FQ's.

Opened and pressed another 39 FQ's and began the cutting...but ran out of fabric. So I measured the FQ and it was only 17". WHAT??? Measured all the other 38 FQ's and they were all only 17" not 18". I was very disappointed with Moda after this snafu.

After the wonderful day spent cutting fabric I moved out to my sewing area and further refined my cuts to the lengths I needed for Libby's Log Cabin.

I spent that day making the Ohio Stars for the center of the 15" blocks. I needed 20 so I made 24 in case some did not make the "cut". HA!

Used up the last of my Presencia thread in my favorite paper bag tan color. Love these cones of thread. I was able to buy the matching colors in 60 weight for the bobbins. It is getting harder and harder to find. And is as $$$ as Aurifil.

Here are my 24 blocks all done. I just need to sew the blocks together now.
I also used some of the other Civil War fabrics from other collections if they matched the pallette I was using.

This container is still full!!!! Many more quilts to come out of my precut box!!!!

And yes, as I cut I am very neat about strings and cutoffs.  Filled that 20 ounce cup! I sew with carpet underfoot so I do not want too much debris. But no matter how careful I am I still have debris. Sigh...I had to roll the lint roller over myself several times during the sewing.

Life is good.


Stacey said...

So happy for you. Looks like you had a lot of fun with those star blocks.

Judy Dietrich said...

Your log cabin blocks came out nicely!! What a great box of strips left to play with, and I know you will. Looks like you had a fun & productive time.

Lisa said...

I am planning a log cabin as I fell in love with one at a quilt show this past week, now after seeing yours I feel pulled in another direction it is going to be absolutely gorgeous. I think you should contact Moda as that is not right shorting your fat quarters. An inch or off each fat quarter in a fat quarter bundle adds up to 1/2 a yard if it is a 40 piece fat quarter bundle. That is just plain straight wrong on their behalf and they should correct their mistake. I really love their fabric and their company seems to be wonderful I cannot see why they would want to ruin their good name by shorting their customers. Btw did you see that Carrie Nelson is now working for Moda. I love her and think she is a fabulous addition to the company. I think they should and would want to make this right for you.

Tricia Sagen said...

Your quilt is going to be beautiful! What magazine is this lovely pattern in?

cityquilter grace said...

the busiest bee you are subee! lovely blocks....