Tuesday, April 29, 2014
I sometimes find it amusing how affected I am by the seasons .... I guess we all are to some degree. I am not saying I have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - but Spring and Summer definitely changes my quilting palette a bit. With Spring finally here (although we could use some warmer temps!) and the flowers blooming, the grass turning green again, the dreaded danelions everywhere!... I find my worktable covered with less of the subdued tones of reproduction fabrics and more of THIS!
Doesn't this just scream Spring and FUN??!!
I have been working on my Liberated Log Cabin blocks. They are so much fun and very liberating!! This is from Gwen Marston's book Liberated Quilmaking II. "Liberated" because Gwen's technique shows you how to design blocks without templates or patterns. Yahoo - lots of fun!
My blocks start with a 4" four patch block... you can cut this either straight or wonky.. up to you!
Next I added strips around the 4" block.. any size, doesn't matter - totally up to you! I tried to make these strips all the same fabrics. Then I trimmed this block down to a wonky shape... size doesn't really matter!
The next round is done this same way - this time I used two different fabrics. Again, any size. I think I cut my strips from 1 1/2" to 3" wide - just to give you an idea. And again, trimmed the block to a wonky shape with my ruler and rotary cutter. Very liberating, indeed!
The final round is done with all different fabrics - so much fun!
Finally the completed block is cut down to a 12 1/2" block. This too is cut wonky - as you can see by the way my 12 1/2" ruler is placed on the block.
Done! Now onto the next one. Fast, Easy, and Fun!
Wait until you see the blocks all sew together. All different, each one unique!
And this quilt is on my 2014 UFO list.. so I can sew and cut without any guilt! LOL
I hope you find some liberation in your quilting today!