Monday, June 19, 2017
Log Cabin Runner
I've always loved Log Cabin and I saw this on Pinterest somewhere a while back; of course I didn't pin it, and promptly forgot about it. Then I saw it again on Joanne's blog Thread Head. This time I took note! She actually did a tutorial for it, so if you'd like to make something similar you can find the tutorial here. I "did my own thing" construction-wise, but ended up with pretty much the same end result. My blocks are the same size, 5" finished, with a 1" centre and 1/2" logs. The blocks are done totally from scraps and leftovers. I'm not much on appliqué, but decided to follow Joanne's suggestion of the appliqué flowers and leaves on the ends. I'm not totally happy with them, wish I hadn't spaced them quite so far apart, but they're on there now and I'm not taking them off to re-do! I tried adding some embroidery to the flower centres, but didn't like it. Then I tried beads, didn't care for that either. So for now they're staying the way they are. Who knows what I might come up with later, once I've pondered it a while. :) I do think I might embroider some veins on the leaves at least...
I had recently purchased Karen Kay Buckley's Perfect Circles and that's what I used to make the flowers. (This is a set of heat resistant plastic circle templates in fifteen different sizes from 7/16" to 2".) They worked well and with a shot of Best Press and a good pressing, I had perfectly smooth circles to appliqué in place. If you do a lot of appliqué circles, by hand OR machine, I would certainly recommend these!
After ditching around the perimeter of the blocks, I quilted it in straight diagonal lines spaced about 1/2" apart, using black thread on the dark areas and cream thread on the light areas.
I'm working on another small project now, also with Log Cabin blocks, in reds and white... I hope to finish it before July 1st. Can you guess what it's for?
Fabrics are a lot like chocolates. It's hard to pick just one.