Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Frame Size Matters~So does Quilt Block Size~what would You do?

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Hi Everyone,

I've been working on a project that has been on my "sewing table" for a while, at least a year. I have the paper pieced log cabin block finished, but, I've had a difficult time trying to figure out what type of block to make for the companion piece. You see, I want to frame two blocks into a rustic barn frame, approximately 12" x 24".

Here is the frame:
Barn wood frame...had for a LONG time, just for this project.
Here is the Log Cabin block:

Paper pieced log cabin block, finished over a year ago.
Now, I have this awesome "jelly roll" set of prints, that go very well with the prints in the log cabin block and they are 2-1/2" wide.

Here are the jelly roll strips:
Aren't these prints perfect for the log cabin block? So, you can see why I needed to find a block with 2.5" cuts or less.
I needed to look for a 12" block to match the log cabin block. I was having trouble finding a pattern that looked vintage, as well as had "cuts" to use up the jelly roll strips (2-1/2" wide) Well....after about 2 hours, I found one that I really liked! YAY!

I printed out the pattern, began cutting the strips and sewing it together into sections. I laid out the sections and said out loud, "This is going to be too big!" (16" block) I gasped! Didn't know what to do, because I LOVED the prints and how it was turning out.

Here is the block I picked:

Looks good, right...wrong size! ugh!
So, I went to my trusty Facebook Quilting friends, posted my picture (dilemma) and I got some great tips. One was to add to the smaller block and make it bigger. (I couldn't because I wanted them to fit into my frame) The other was to cut down each piece of the 16" block, to make it smaller. So, that is what I did. ...a few days later.... I'm still working on it....after I cut the pieces all smaller.

Here is my progress:
Here is the block...trying to decide
if I want to remove one of the sections.
I decided to cut the pieces down.
I still haven't sewn them all
together, because, read on...













Well, in the middle of all of the "new" sewing....I decided to measure my FRAME! And guess what???? It is not 12" across! So, guess what I have to do now? I have to find a block that is smaller! My log cabin block will fit fine, as it has a 1-1/2" border around it. And I think that is what I'll need to do for the second block, so they match.

I would like to do a "call out" to YOU, my quilting friends...Do you have any ideas for a 9" block, that looks vintage and can use my 2-1/2" strips? Please leave a comment to let me know. I'm getting ready to begin a new project, but want to finish this one!

Thank you so much my quilty friends! I'll post a picture when it is completely finished! FOR SURE!

Happy Quilting....Measure twice and Cut once...! (my new mantra)



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23 comments :

  1. If you stop the star block at the red corner squares, it's 9", isn't it?

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    1. Thank you for the suggestion, Ann, you idea was a good one to cut it down, but, I realized that my frame was too small for a 12" block. So, I'm going to make a 9" block so that the borders won't get cut off in the design.

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  2. Well, I think by now I would have started over completely, not completely, just on the second block! You have much more patience and expertise than I do! I love the colors on these blocks.
    You do great work!

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    1. Thank you, Janine. I think at this point, I will be starting over! I want a fresh look at it, now. I'll make this block into something else...and maybe have a giveaway with it.

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  3. Hey Denise, I love your website some awesome work on there amazing designs!!
    By Neil Morris

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  4. If you want the scale to more closely match the first block and not overpower it, then cut down the strips to only 1 5/8" width instead of 2 1/2" width, this will give you 1 1/8" finished width strips/squares, which will then complete the entire block at 9" square and then add the border. Vivien

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    1. Thank you Vivian, I've got to get some sort of chart to help me figure that all out, they would be more closely matched with small pieces!

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  5. Beautiful! You have so many lovely designs and intricate creations. Very pretty!

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    1. Thank you, Allie, I really enjoy what I do.

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  6. Not sure why but I am not seeing all the photos, the first three yes but the rest are blank with a tiny square in the middle. Shame! I love the log cabin block and have never seen one with the extra little triangles, they look like little flying geese - does it have a name?

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    1. I'm not sure why you can't see all of the pictures, maybe try a different browser, like Chrome. I have to do that with certain sites.

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  7. Hope this is not a repeat. I cannot see all the pictures only the first three which is a shame. I love the log cabin block with the little triangles which look like flying geese - does it have a name? I have never seen this before and it is so effective.

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    1. As far as the name, I'm not for sure, I can't find the little kit with had the pattern and fabric.

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  8. I can't help you Denise, but I always love looking at your quilts!

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    1. Thanks Laura, it's nice having friends with so many different talents, I never get bored looking at all of the designs!

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  9. Omigoodness! What a dilemma! I know nothing about quilting, so I'm not sure I could help much. I always liked the wedding rings block though.

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    1. I will figure it out, I'll probably cut them down again and make them even smaller for a 9" block, another comment gave me the tip, thanks to all of you!

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  10. Denise, I wish I had something to offer, but I'm afraid I know nothing about quilting except that I love handmade quilts! I'm in awe of your talent. I think it's wonderful that you are demonstrating that even a seasoned quilter like yourself can still have little trials. Thanks!

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    1. Thank you Theresa, I'm glad we all have different talents or the world would be a boring place!

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  11. Think "outside" the box! How about two very small blocks one on top of the other right along side the log cabin?? They could even by mini log cabins! Paper-pieced?! I love the log cabin block!

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    1. Now you've got me thinking in another direction, thanks Laura!

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  12. I am in awe. Quilting is amazing and so are you!

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Thank you for your comments! I really enjoy what you have to say!