In an effort to use space more efficiently (me), and for aesthetic purposes (my boyfriend), my boyfriend & I made our own ironing board this weekend!
We got a 3/4” thick piece of plywood cut to the dimensions of the workspace (the top of an old stereo turned cabinet), and used a staple gun to cover it with a layer of heat-resistant batting (I use Insul-Bright), canvas, and fabric that we both love: Lush Uptown by Erin Michael for Moda.
It’s amazing. The firmness of the wood makes for a better pressing table than your standard ironing board. And it looks much nicer, too!!
After what felt like an eternity, Fed-Ex FINALLY delivered my button making machine!! Making fabric covered buttons is highly addicting!
Log Cabin Blocks for Pot Holders
picklesandwine sent me a question about my log cabin block dimensions, so I thought I would write up a quick little blurb about the ones that I’ve been making lately!
To make one of my log cabin blocks, you need lots of scraps that are at least 1 3/4” wide and range in length up to 9 1/4” long.
The centers are 1 3/4” squares and the first log that you piece is the same size.
When you have your two squares together, you should have a short strip that measures 1 3/4” by 3”.
Rotate your block by 90 degrees and add your next strip - 1 3/4” x 3”. Again, rotate by 90 degrees and add another strip that is 1 3/4” x 3”. You should now have a center with 3 sides.
The last log to complete your mini block should measure 1 3/4” x 4 1/4”.
Keep building your blocks outwards (and stop when you want to - if you want a block larger than 9 1/4” then go for it)! The length of the logs increases by 1 1/4” every other log, so it should go something like this:
- cut (2) 1 3/4” x 1 3/4”
- cut (2) 1 3/4” x 3”
- cut (2) 1 3/4” x 4 1/4”
- cut (2) 1 3/4” x 5 1/2”
- cut (2) 1 3/4” x 6 3/4”
- cut (2) 1 3/4” x 8”
- cut (1) 1 3/4” x 9 1/4”
The log cabin is a traditional block and there is a lot that you can do with it - I strongly recommend Modern Log Cabin Quilting by Susan Beal - her book is stuffed with knowledge and great projects!!
Please send me questions if you have any!! Cheers and Happy Quilting! xo
Look at the beautiful artwork I just made! I bought a 9 inch square shadow frame from Ikea and pieced a log cabin block using 1 3/4 inch scraps. I secured the block to the frame back using double sided tape. Now I just need to figure out how to take a photo of glass without capturing a reflection!! It’s a quick weekend project - use a 1/4 inch seam allowance and message me if you’ve got questions!
My mom and I made this bright & scrappy ‘disappearing nine patch’ quilt at the beach this past weekend! Quilts go so much quicker when someone helps you! I finished the hand-sewing yesterday and it’s all ready to be given to Binky Patrol this weekend!!
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My Rainbow Baby Quilt is done and ready to be shipped to the Hawaiian Islands! It was inspired by the ‘Gumdrops’ throw in Sew Scrappy Volume Two by Better Homes & Gardens. I must admit, I didn’t follow the pattern in the magazine but I think mine turned out very similar, only much smaller (and after browsing the instructions in the magazine, my block construction and sashing were much different).
Some notes for quilters: I used 2.5 inch squares for my nine patches and separated them by color with a white center square. I have oodles of scrap fabric (I keep all scraps that are at least an inch wide and a few inches long) and didn’t cut any fresh yardage (except for my backing). Also, the magazine recommends that you press your seams open - I pressed mine to alternating sides so I could nest them - it’s much easier to match corners that way.
For the batting I actually used Robert Kaufman flannel (in ‘snow’) since the quilt is for an infant in a warm climate. Let me tell you, I washed the flannel prior to use and after I washed it, it was the softest flannel I’ve ever touched. I’m sure angels actually invented it - I’ll never buy any other flannel again. (If you’re in Portland, OR, you can pick some up at cool cottons on SE Hawthorne.)
I free motion quilted a meandering stitch using my BERNINA Stitch Regulator (BSR) and did the binding by hand. If anyone has any questions on the construction - feel free to ask me :)
A Christmas present revealed! My best friend and I exchanged presents last night so this isn’t a spoiler alert. Anyway, my best friend has very classic taste and loves vintage everything - books, paintings, prints, etc. And most importantly, a stipulation of our gift giving was that we couldn’t spend more than five dollars. Everything I used to make the pillow was something I already had on hand. I used mostly scraps of reproduction prints, dismantled a vintage pillow case, and scraps of newer prints that I thought had a vintage feel.
Construction: I cut the fabrics to 2.5 inch squares and arranged them in rows of 6 each. My pillow form (formerly used for a 4th of July themed pillow) was 12x12 and I know that if I use a quarter inch seam allowance that the final squares would be 2x2. I used foot #57 for my BERNINA 440QE. It’s a quarter inch seam allowance with a guide and it makes sewing much more accurate (not to mention you can really fly through the squares). After I had sewn all of the squares together and assembled my rows, I used a scrap of plain white fabric for my backing and a scrap of Warm&Natural batting and quilted the top using wonky straight lines. I think the wonkyness also attributes to more of a vintage feel. Then I cut two rectangles for the backing of my pillow - 12.5x7 and 12.5x9. The larger pieces guarantee I’ll have some overlap after I put the pillow in. I finished the two edges that could potentially show by folding them under by a quarter inch and then a quarter inch again and sewing near the edge. To finish the pillow I layered my quilted top right side up and the two backing pieces with right sides down and sewed around the edges using a scant quarter inch seam. I added the pillow form and voila! I’m super happy with the results and I know that my bestie is too!
If you want to make this pillow and have any questions on the construction, feel free to ask me :) Merry Christmas!
It’s finally time for the Cool Cotton’s $10 Quilt Club tonight! I made name tags for my mom and I using scrabble letters (25 cents each at Collage in Portland, OR) and fabric scraps. I trimmed down a standard gift tag (15 cents each at Collage) to roughly the size of a business card, then stitched a fabric scrap to it along the outside. I used a hot glue gun to attach the letters. The pin on the back is self-adhesive (50 cents each at Collage). Done in less than 5 minutes (I probably should have taken more time on my own name; the ‘e’ almost didn’t make the cut)!