Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Capitulating

Having spent a day or two letting things simmer while I attended a funeral, mopped up quite a lot of sick and enjoyed a very pleasant walk in the bluebell woods, I came back to my unco-operative fabrics.   

For the curious amongst you, I had originally thought I would keep it simple and carry on with the pinwheels I used in last quilt, but had then been distracted by this combination of pointy triangles and cross blocks, which I love.  But no, instead I'm making these housetop/quarter log cabins.  They weren't on the my radar at all, and to be honest I'm a bit scared of them as I think it would be easy to end up with something very predictable.


I also have, of course, not a clue what else I am going to put with them, or how it will all hang together, but there you go; I've made a start and will have to feel my way for now.  Before I do anything else I'm going to make a few more of these, sticking to the fabrics I've already used, and see how that feels.  

All part of the fun, I guess!

16 comments:

  1. "scared of them as I think it would be easy to end up with something very predictable" - so what if you use some pinwheels instead of corner squares and perhaps add the logs in an unconventional manner -- if you work with these the way you work with your others, then I doubt very much that the end result will be "very predictable" -- in other words, just keep stitching and playing and experimenting and enjoy the process the way you always seem to.

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  2. I am sure you will figure out something to enhance those blocks. I love the red and the mix of fabrics! I have made many quilts using quarter log cabin blocks. Sometimes I pieced each quarter block and sometimes I would make one giant improv log cabin block and slash it into quarters. I will send you some pictures.

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  3. I personaly love log cabin blocks and its variations. I am confident they will evolve into something for you!

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  4. I love love love these colors! they are so delicious! It goes to show that up-cycle scrappy can be just as delicious and gorgeous as a commercial curated fabrics! just these six blocks are super drool worthy! your fabric is your paint my friend and in your hands they will transform into what they want to be.

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  5. These fabrics are so gorgeous together. I think this block emphasizes that somehow, the way they play so very well together. I thought it interesting how you put your thoughts concerning the outcome. I have a stack of fabrics I've been mulling potential quarter log cabins with for quite awhile. Just haven't been able to start cutting {although they did find their way into another recent project??} as I remember the bajillion wonky log cabin quilts that were everywhere several years ago. It's that predictability that I love {so timeless} and yet it makes me nervous too. Your blocks make me want to dive in and just see where it takes me regardless. I have to say, your recent challenge is really making me think!

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  6. I love that kind of blocks. They will give you a great quilt in the end.

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  7. Oh I do like log cabin quilts, particularly the vintage 'handkerchief' quilts. Love your colours and I'm sure this will evolve beautifully!

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  8. I love these fabrics, Kaja. It will be fun to see what's next!

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  9. Log cabin blocks and variations are fascinating. A fun adventure is unfolding!

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  10. Your combination of the shirtings with the Reds and florals is fresh and exciting. I know you will come up with some very interesting results. Keep up the good work!

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  11. Lovely colors! I see there's a few shirts in there... :-)

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  12. Oh, wow. I made a few of these last year but made them rectangular. It's more difficult to use. I need to square them up a bit. These just look like summer picnics.

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  13. Isn't it strange how quilt blocks just make themselves known to us and off we go! I do like these and Ann has come up with a great description likening them to summer picnics.

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  14. My favorite thing to do is just play and see what happens. I'm sure you'll end up with something you love - just keep playing! :)

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  15. Nice combination of checks and florals.

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