Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Vintage Log Cabin and iPhone Cover GIVEAWAY!

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Hi Everyone!

I thought I would post something fun. I inherited some fabric from my Mother-in-Law this past month. As I went through it, it brought back some memories! I had forgotten I'd given her some things that I made when I was a teenager. (back when there were no rotary cutting tools!) Yeah! no rotary cutting tools, (can you deal with that? haha) First of all you had to have a good pair of scissors and then you had to have straight strips to cut! Talk about not very accurate!

Here are a few "log cabin" blocks I made out of whatever I had, and fabric from whatever my grandmother gave me! Now, what was I thinking? orange, red, florescent and purple, with some other crazy prints from the 60's and 70's mixed in!


vintage log cabin blocks
My biggest peeve was that the centers didn't lie flat. These are about 18". It also looks she cut down one of them for something. She did make one pillow out of one of the blocks. There used to be four of them.
These were some mats I made for her and completely forgot about. Looks like the fabric stripe faded, the prints were made out of different materials, like cotton or cotton/poly, years ago...so, who knew what the sun would do to them. She had them upside down underneath something! (can I blame her, they are funny...but, made well! haha) Maybe a "tea-dye" would make them look better! And a good washing...
the one on the left, may have been used for a placemat!
These were from a box of triangles I had given to my mother-in-law. She apparently was going to make some pillows. I have a large rectangle of these same prints. I thought I would make a full-sized quilt, like one I saw in an old cabin, but got tired of sewing them together...Can you imagine doing it all by hand in the 1800's!?
 Maybe I'll make a runner out of the one I have. I do need to find it in my box of old fabric.
 I may rip these apart and add to it.

Who knows when I'll get to this! Because I'm working on my "finish by Thanksgiving" project, right now! Who else is sending me their pictures to be a part of the fun!?  Debra N. sent me a picture of one of her finished quilts! Finish a Project Contest!! Better get BUSY! Please send me the pics, I'd love to have at least 5 us of competing! I'm going to give something really wonderful for the PRIZE!!! something from QUILT MARKET!

 What you would do with these unfinished project blocks!
(please email me if you are having trouble submitting a comment.)

Make a comment and enter for your chance to win an iPhone 5 cover! 
Drawing will be Saturday night, 6pm PST. (giveaway has ended)
I have two of these black and white beauties! I MUST have at least 10 comments to do the drawings! There will be 2 winners!

We have the winners for the iPhone 5 covers! They are:

Barbara Woods
Sandy White



xoxo
Denise

48 comments :

  1. Ahhh, the old blocks . . . I recently saw a top where ALL, and I mean all, the gals orphan blocks were sewn into it. Much like when you are scrap piecing. In the end, they all work together even though unrelated! I'm hoping I win and iPhone 5 cover. It will be "bait" for an actual phone!! Are you listening Santa?

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    1. That could work, but, these need some work. The log cabin blocks are not flat, and the stitching on the HST need some work. I may have to donate these somewhere, as I have so many other things to finish.

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    2. It's not too hard to make them lay flat. If they aren't perfectly square…they need to be square. Take apart the block only at the corner that is giving the trouble and make sure that it is square. It takes some time but well worth it.
      I would line them up, attach them, with or without sashing or border, for a table runner.

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    3. I'm afraid if I take them apart the outside strips would be too short. I may have to re-press them and hope for the best. A runner may be what I end up doing. I still have some old shirts, etc. to blend in with them...like a little black check, it may tie the all together.

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  3. Denise, the log cabin blocks would look great in a baby quilt maybe mixed in with 3 large blocks with animals on them with brightly colored sashing and borders. They would work great for a diaper bag or large tote. Would love to see the finished product.
    By Cheryl A Carmichael

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    1. Great ideas, Cheryl! You may be right. the fun thing about these blocks is that some of the fabrics are from clothes that I made for myself.

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  4. Hi Denise. I think I would stabilize those log cabin blocks with a little quilting and then mount them in a shadow box. You might enjoy displaying a few other treasures from that time in your life inside the box! This would make a colorful, textured pop on a narrow wall.
    By Georgianne Holland

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    1. Thanks for the idea, Georgianne! I think I was giving up too soon! We'll have to see if they get used. I have so many other things I really want to finish.

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  5. I put some pastel blocks together several years ago with cream colored solid. It was so blah! Fortunately the hand stitching has snapped over the years and I'm going to re-do them with floral. I saw one done that way with Kaffe Fassett fabric and loved it. It won't be authentic and I'm worried about the strength of the fabrics, but that's my plan.
    I've also done a set in colors similar to yours, and sashed them with red/violet satin. All my kids have begged for it.
    By judy Lyon

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    1. great ideas, can't go wrong with Kaffe Fassett! Maybe his prints would help my log cabin blocks!

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  6. I think some hotpads would be lovely, maybe an oven mitt, and a table runner is a great idea!

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  7. another great idea, Lynne! I think the reason they don't lay down flat is because the outside strips are not long enough. not sure how I did it, but, I was no quilter then. I had my own clothing and alterations business (age 16). I hated to waste fabric, so I made these crazy things...I may just make a runner out of them! Adding more vintage fabric to sew them together!

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  8. Maybe pillows? Hot pads, since they are too big for potholders? Pet beds? A foot-warmer bed runner thing that goes at the bottom of the bed (sorry, I don't know the real name for those!)?

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    1. A foot-warmer runner would be cute. I'd probably have to make big borders.

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  9. How fun to see some of your treasures, hehe. Everyone has great ideas. Love the idea of the blocks being on display, in a frame or shadowbox, pillow or tablerunner. Looking forward to see what you decide to do.

    Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I do have a paper pieced block I'll be framing, along with another matching block. Look in my block size does matter post to read about them. I should finish that this year, too...abt time!

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  10. wow they are so cool I would make something that could see/use every day to reminde you of the history they hold
    By Lynne Huggins

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    1. Well, maybe not every day...haha! but, would like to see them on something. maybe a runner would be best.

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  11. I like the table runner idea. I also like the framing idea.

    Debbie

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    1. I'm liking the table runner idea, too. I may end up putting it in our guest room, on the bedside table. Look, I already have a place for it, so, I'd better make it up! thanks for the idea.

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  12. The log cabin blocks made me think immediately of the Exuberant Color blog. I like the idea of the shadow box maybe with You've Come a Long Way Baby! written on it or call it a Memory Box.

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    1. I have come a long way, from some of the things I've quilted. I'll show another item I made soon...it cracks me up...I actually took it to college with me and I'm sure my roommates laughed behind my back...I was a clothing and textile major...and took pattern design classes for couture sewing! I made my niece her wedding dress and I forgot what the seam allowance was supposed to be! haha

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  13. Such wonderful memories and like Juliet said " you have come a long way". My Mother-in-Law passed away this past spring and I brought many of her clothes home with me to make a memory quilt. I think you square these beautiful pieces up, sash them and put a flannel back on it. Make it sort of a warm lap quilt that doesn't require much quilting. I have made several of these for people and they love them.

    I can't imagine still having what I made from when I was 16 years old (I wish I did). They weren't quilt square like yours, but just thinking about having the fabric. I'm saving so much of my kids things for when they get older and I can make something for them.

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    1. Some of the pieces of fabric are from clothes I made myself. the purple/cream prints were some of them. thanks for the idea!

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  14. I would make a wall hanging with them so that they can be enjoyed everyday.
    By Jennifer Houlden

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    1. Thanks for sharing your thought, Jennifer! I know I'll make something small, since I don't want to make those log cabin's again. too many rows! haha

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  15. I would take all your unfinished inherited beauties, combine them with your orphan blocks (you do have some, don't you?) and use them to create a quilt...you can make it any size you want :) And you don't have to make any more blocks that you don't want to make! Cut them to sizes that will play well with each other, sash (or not), and border (or not). If you find you hate it when you are finished, you could always donate it to Project Linus or to a veteran...they would love it!

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    1. I do happen to have some blocks I made that didn't go so well. If it doesn't turn out, we have some animal shelters here, that would love them! Thanks!

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  17. How fun!
    I would make throw pillows. Pick out a color that pops in the cabin and purchase fabric that matches to finish front and put in the back. Then I would embellish with antique buttons. Do you have anything from your MIL or from around the time when you made these you can use??
    Whatever you do enjoy!!!

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    1. Thanks for the ideas, Margaret, you all are giving me so much inspiration! I knew you would! Makes me want to sew all day, kind of like I used to when I was a teenager. I do have a lot of vintage prints in the box of fabric from my MIL, plus, what it have. I just pulled out some stuff I completely forgot about, today! I'll be posting mor from the stash I got from her in the next few posts.

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  18. You could take apart the HST blocks and repiece them to use as borders for the log cabin blocks -- to make a wallhanging or a table runner. You could cut up the nine-patches and repiece tham as disappearing 9-p's to use on the back.

    Check out Rayna Gilman's free-form designs. She boldly slices up entire blocks and repieces them to great effect. http://www.studio78.net/workshops14-15.html (She has a book on the technique, too.)

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    1. Great ideas, nann! I may end up replacing the striped fabric, it doesn't really match the other blues very well. The disappearing 9-patch is a great idea, I've want to try that, thanks for the link.

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  19. Carolyn Loewen
    at Custom Quilts to Please

    Using them on the back of a scrappy quilt would be interesting.

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  20. sometimes it takes me a while to approve the comments, Nann, I have it on there, now! Thanks so much everyone for your comments, I've got a lot of options to choose from! Can't wait to get creative with them, now. I wasn't sure they would be worth using, but now, I think the blocks can be very pretty in a runner for the table.

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  21. Karen Brauch
    I was recently given a bunch of different fabric squares in a ziplock bag they were all 3"X3" and I sewed them all together in a 9 square format. Many of the blocks were the half square triangles so I went and sewed them in a pleasing way. I found some fabric that kinda goes with it to use as a boarder and am sewing those on now. It'll end up being big enough for a queen sized quilt and AWESOME. That is what I did, and would suggest you do the same.

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    1. I bet it is turning out great, would love to see your progress! Can you mail me a picture? Next, I'll make the fall runner, then I'll finish up my vintage long cabin blocks I made when I was about 15. Probably into a runner, too.

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  22. judy Lyon
    Machine Quilting Pantograph Designer

    Since you made them yourself, are any of the fabrics dresses you wore? It would be fun to quilt the strip of three and hang them vertically next to some old photos of you wearing those clothes. It could be a fun "Grandma wall" when the grand children or even children come to visit.
    Now that I've thought of it, I'd like to do it myself - but I know I'll never have time. Sob!

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    1. Yes, Judy, some of the prints are from dresses and/or tops I made for myself, the purple/cream fabrics. Most of them are very vintage and old and from a stash my grandmother had.

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  23. If I were to sew ALL of my ufo's together, I could cover a city block. Or a barn. or something...

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    1. I think we both could cover a lot with our UFO's. I decided to go backwards and start finishing my tops, so I could feel good about calling myself a quilter. Right now, I am a really good "topper" haha

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  24. Oh, yes Denise! I love a good to do box. If we get some snow here in Colorado soon, I will pull my own to do box beside my favorite chair and play with some of my own unfinished projects. Bliss!
    By Georgianne Holland

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    1. It is so gratifying getting something finished! I decided to start with my latest projects and go backwards to finish these up. Next is a thanksgiving runner! Go for it!

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