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Friday, October 12, 2018

Log Cabin Lunacy


Autumn.  Again.  Already.
Hmmmm.

Bright, brilliant colors have popped out all over.  I admit, it’s beautiful. Cape Breton does not disappoint this fall, and visitors are getting an eye full!  But I confess it’s not my favorite season.  It means I’m another year older, it’s dark in the mornings when I rise to greet the day, the butter's hard, and I have to compete for residency with spiders, large and small. And, it means winter is just around the corner.

It also means it's time to start winding down my summer sewing, prioritizing what needs to be finished and what can be stored away for the winter.  Trouble with that is I return in the spring with new projects, new ideas, and projects stored away become forgotten UFOs and don’t get finished, sometimes for years!

 I jumped on Julie's Log Cabin Loonies bandwagon to make another 16" square pillow top for #87 pillows, a nursing home initiative of one of the members of the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild.  It's not exactly modern, but it will appeal to a male resident.




And while I was finishing up with these traditional scraps, I made one more pillow top that has a




little more modern oomph to it.  Again, my hopes are that it will be just right for a man's room.

Yesterday, there was a gentle rain coming down, no wind, and the temperature was mild.  It was the perfect day to tuck in and sew.  I even managed to do a little housework.  I trimmed a quilt and dusted my way across the house on the way to the trash can with the leftover batting scraps.  I may not have reduced, but I certainly re-used.




FMQing this quilt has been the most fun!  I stitched in the ditch a little, marked a minimum amount, tried a little dot-to-dot, and even practiced a little basic ruler work.  (Let’s just say it's going to take a little more practice.) 




I didn’t know how I was going to quilt this up, but once I got going, I couldn’t stop.  I alternated the designs in each block.  (That wave on the right is just the way the quilt is laying.  I kind of just dropped it down and snapped the pictures.)


Busy Bag Tutorial


So far this month, I've also made 4 Busy Bags to gift some littles for Christmas,  
2 donation blocks for Hurricane Florence, 
and did some secret sewing for Crafty Daughter's birthday.


Whew!  That's enough for today.  I'm still reeling from seeing all the devastation from Hurricane Michael on last night's news.  If you or your loved ones were affected by this storm, my heart goes out to you.  I can't even imagine.


It's a Dog's Life!
Bras D'Or Lake
Baddeck, NS

Stay safe, East coast friends!
~karen



23 comments:

Maria said...

Some lovely projects you worked on. Great Log Cabin and fun quilting.
Sew sad to see the devastation Michael left and in Aussie there was also damage caused by a tornado in Queensland..

Maria said...

Oh Karen thanks for the thumbs up for the Busy Bags, will be a great gifts for my GGC....

Mama Spark said...

WOW you have been super busy! I love those pillows. I always thing I should make more of them as I love them so much and somehow never get around to doing it!

Kate @ Smiles From Kate said...

I don’t know about you needing quilting practice, I would be ecstatic if I could quilt as good as you. My only complaint is I wanted to see more of it. How don’t you like autumn? Although I do agree about the spiders it’s still my favourite season, especially when it’s quiet and sunny. Not like today when we have wind and rain! Good luck finishing those projects, couldn’t you manage to take maybe one or two with you?

Allie said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous projects, you have such a good heart Karen! I had to laugh out loud, I don't care for autumn for the exact same reasons you gave! We have frost warnings tonight....I'm not ready. Although I did run up today and got a winter coat, dang it.

Sondra said...

More fabulous projects! Love each one, and I know the NH residents will appreciate such a fine pillow to hug! I had yet another leak from Hurricane Micheal...it seems my roof has worn out!

julieQ said...

I Love your baby log cabin blocks...what pretty pillows! What a nice thing to do!

Nann said...

The Blackford block are wonderful in bold solids. I need to check out the Log Cabin Loonies after seeing so many great versions. When do you head south?

Jessie said...

Love how you fit some housework into your quilty day 😁 your pillows are so pretty and someone will be very lucky to receive them!

Frédérique said...

Autumn is not an easy season, as Winter is coming, but still the colors are so beautiful. But yes, we have to take away all those leaves falling on the ground, again and again. Like every day. You made beautiful blocks by the way ;)

JanineMarie said...

No lunacy here at all, Karen. It all looks like great fun. I’m impressed with all the different quilting you’re practicing on the Blackford blocks. That’s going to be a beautiful quilt with wonderful texture. All the weather-related events are heart-sickening. How is it that nature can be so beautiful and so violent?

Needled Mom said...

I agree with you on EACH reason for not liking autumn, but I guess we need the colder weather to really appreciate the warmer days.

Your logs look great and the pillows are so pretty.

Happy fall birthday.

Janice Holton said...

You have been a busy girl! I really like those pillows you made. I just made my first pillow recently and it made me want to try some more! So satisfying to have a quick finish!

Bernie Kringel said...

I am sure the migrating north and south each year is a challenge - mostly the preparation and process of getting to each place. I know that the pillows you made will be cherished by their recipients - it is nice to find some gender neutral color schemes too. Enjoy your weekend Karen!

Ioleen said...

Great projects. Love the pillows.im hoping I can get some help from my quilting group in making pillows o send East for next year. I have one made but forgot to pack it when I went home to Nova Scotia. When do you leave for warmer climes?

Lin said...

You have been busy! Love the pillow tops and your quilting looks great. xx

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Gotta love a log cabin block!

kiwikid said...

Your log cabins are wonderful Karen. Great pillows and your quilting looks fantastic. Lovely peaceful ride for that dog.

Karen S said...

You sure have been busy. All the pillows look delightful Well done on all the projects you have completed.
And Happy Birthday!

Margo Yang said...

You've done a lot of beautiful and thoughtful quilts. I love the pillows that you made. What a great busy bag idea!! I have a number of friends who have small children. It seems easy enough for beginner sewers. Thanks for sharing.

Christine B. said...

Beautiful projects Karen! I love the free motion quilting on your pillow tops! Hope you are keeping warm this weekend! Christine x

Ann said...

What lovely, useable pillows you've made. I think a gentleman will like them. I like them myself, especially the cut-off HSTs. Such a clever idea.
I'm sorry you're closing up but know that means you'll be in Texas soon.
Congratulations on getting the Busy Bags done. What a good idea for grandchildren who travel around more than we did. It lets them take something creative along with them. I need to copy that idea soon.

FlourishingPalms said...

Happy to see you're still FMQing, and I know you're getting better all the time. It helps to work on a smallish project, doesn't it? Those Busy Bags are such a clever idea. You must know some young people who will love them. Mine are getting a little too old. Good for you to make donation blocks for Hurricane Florence. And now there's the devastation of Hurricane Michael. Sure miss the good old days when either we didn't know how to help others who went through such things, or that they didn't happen as often! Which is it? Can't believe winter is already around the corner, though I am liking these gorgeous mild days.