July 14th – Red, White & Blue Blog Hop – It’s My Turn


Welcome to My very first Blog Hop and my Day on the Red, White and Blue Blog Hop

Make yourself comfy, have a cup of tea (I am English!) and have fun.

The Brief from Jane and Madame Samm was :
Using Red/White/Blue fabrics you are to make a block (1 or more)
Size 10 1/2  or 12 1/2 UNFINISHED
Now as you know I have not been quilting too long but a little while ago I participated in a Quilter’s Day Swap and had a great time doing a small quilt from a Schnibbles Pattern which was based around the log cabin block.  I really enjoyed it so thought I would do a small tutorial for you, in red, white and blue, of a log cabin block.
So here goes :
To make a traditional 12 1/2 inch log cabin block you will need : 

One 3 1/2 inch centre square
Light Strips : 3 1/2 inch, 5 inches, 6 1/2 inches,  8 inches, 9 1/2 inch & 11 inches
Dark Strips:  5 inches, 6 1/2 inches, 8 inches, 9 1/2 inches, 11 inches, 12 1/2 inches
You add strips to the log cabin block clockwise or anticlockwise,  as you go and it is important to continue in the same direction for the whole block. 
You start with your centre square and add the first strip to the top of the centre block.
Now add the second strip (either on the right, clockwise or left anticlockwise I am going anticlockwise)
 Continue to add strips (the next one goes at the bottom of the block)

And finally the last block on the right (as you look at the picture)

The first round is complete and it should measure 6 1/2 inches square

We now continue to add our strips continuing round in which ever direction you have chosen:
 The next strip on the top

The next strip on the left hand side

The next strip on the bottom

The final strip on the right hand side and another round is completed.  This should now measure 9 1/2 inches.  Although you cannot see clearly, mine does make 9 1/2 inches (Yeah!)

Continuing adding your strips (remember which way round you are going!) so mine goes at the top.

The next strip goes on the left.

The next strip goes on the bottom.

The final strip goes on to the block on the right.

Your block is now complete and should measure 12 1/2 inches, which it does!

For a beginner this block is really easy, goes together fast and looks great, especially with all the combinations you can do.  Just to show you how the block would look if you start with a dark centre I made another block :

You can see the difference just with a change of the centre square.  I will now go on and make these into a small quilt.

I hope you have enjoyed my small tutorial, now onto the Giveaway.

To enter all you have to do is follow my blog and leave me a comment on what your favourite thing is about Summer.  

My favourite thing about summer is the long days and the warm weather (we do get days like that occasionally here!).  It is also my Birthday in June, which is always fun, although when I was born my Mom thought it would be great as I could have all my birthday parties in the garden.  I think all the time I was having parties only three were in the garden, the rest were inside because it was raining!  I also love the garden and sitting out in the early evening listening to the birds and the lazy buzz of the bees.  

So tell me what you love, I can’t wait to hear from you.

I will get The Boys to draw a number out of the Hat from all the entries on July 17th (the day after the Blog Hop ends).  

I am willing to ship internationally.  Please be sure you are not a “no reply” blogger so I have a way to contact you if you are the winner.  If you are unsure, put your email in your comment.

Sticking to the Red, White and Blue theme here is what I am giving away :

A pin cushion made with log cabin block I made

Filled with red, white and blue flower head pins

The pin cushion will be inside this lovely tin with a robin on

Also included a Cath Kidston strawberry mug and Union Flag paper Handkerchiefs.
Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you have had fun whilst visiting my blog.  Thanks also to Madame Samm and Jane at Jane’s Fabrics and Quilts for organising and hosting this Blog Hop.  I have had a great time, thank you.
Don’t forget to visit the other blogs which are hopping today.  These are :
July 14th
Diann C  (Jane’s Fabrics and Quilts are hosting http://janesfabrics.blogspot.co.uk )

 Treacle has been busy keeping me company whilst I was reading all the other Hopping Blogs.

Have a great weekend and happy quilting.

87 thoughts on “July 14th – Red, White & Blue Blog Hop – It’s My Turn

  1. Donna Joy

    I enjoyed my visit with you and am now following you. Thanks for the tutorial and Treacle looks happy sitting in the chair as he keeps you company. Thanks for the sweet giveaway.

  2. ritainalaska

    great log cabins, hooray for the ole red, white and blue! love the way you worked the last one up! my fave summer thing is picking my rhubarb and strawberries for strawberry-rhubarb sauce. and having it over vanilla ice cream! i am a new follower, too.

  3. Jodi - usairdoll

    Congratulations on your first blog hop. Love your block and you did a great job on your tutorial. One of the great things about summer is all the fresh fruit and vegetables. Love the farmer markets. I live in California.

    Thank you for your great giveaway and a chance to win.


  4. Rosa

    The block with dark center is my fav.Thanks for sharing-
    My favorite summer thing is the fruit:watermelon,peach,cherry,…and also go to the beach and ice-cream.

  5. mahoo

    Love your blocks. My favourite thing about summer is the fresh fruit & vegs, straight from the fields to my table! I'm a new follower through bloglovin'.Thanks for the chance to win.

  6. Lee

    I love your blocks. My favorite block is a log cabin and my favorite summer thing to do is sit and read by the lake.

  7. Cecilia

    I love log cabin blocks and yours is very pretty. Thank you for the great tutorial. Thank you for the chance to win such a great giveaway. My daughter and son-in-law will be in London for the Olympics and I would love to have the Flag napkins as a reminder of their trip. My so -in-law will be competing in Skeet. Thanks again.

  8. Judy1522

    Pretty blocks and great tutorial. I have added your blog to those that I follow. You hooked me with the word whilst. I just love the way that word sounds. I can't explain why I just do. I also love your dogs name although I did look up what it meant because I always thought it was a term for mud or something like that. The real meaning is much better. He is such an adorable dog.

  9. Margy

    love your log cabin – it is one of my favourite squares. Summer is a few months away in New Zealand but I am looking forward to sitting on the swing seat with a cool drink (with hubby) after a day in the garden watching the sun set and listening to the bitrds and frogs.

  10. Margy

    love your log cabin – it is one of my favourite squares. Summer is a few months away in New Zealand but I am looking forward to sitting on the swing seat with a cool drink (with hubby) after a day in the garden watching the sun set and listening to the bitrds and frogs.

  11. Linda

    Love your block. Summer is my favorite time of the year. I love sitting on the porch in the evening, watching the humming birds at the feeder.

  12. Karen ~ Briarside Lane

    Hi Susie! I'm a new follower to your blog. Log Cabin is a great block… thanks for the tutorial.
    Summer is not my favorite time of year here in the US desert southwest. But fall is my most favorite time. Is that okay? I stay in during the summer… in the air conditioning. 😉

  13. BizyStitches

    What I love about summer is that my grand daughter comes and stays with us at the farm. We just redid our kitchen and I chose strawberrys as my theme. So the bug would be so great in my new kitchen. Thanks for a chance to win. Kansas, USA

  14. Gmama Jane

    I liked your tutorial and the pincushions! The boys are, however, the cutest!! I love little boys…I have 4 Grandsons and 1 granddaughter.
    Enjoyed reading your blog and I'm a new follower.
    Gmama Jane

  15. Susie Q

    Hi Judy, Treacle is just the same, raining – does not want to know about going out yet it there is a river or stream about she's in like a shot! Weird dogs!!!! My Mom always wanted a Basenji because of their no bark but we had Airedales instead. Good luck in the Giveaway. Susie x

  16. rush

    i like summer because my birthday is in august. that wasn't so fun when the other kids got to bring in snacks for their birthdays that were during the school year. i am a new follower, too. rush88888 at gmail dot com

  17. Susie Q

    Hi Ellis2Roam, Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a lovely summer, we are hoping to have some sun between the showers. Good luck in the Giveaway. Susie x

  18. Susie Q

    Hi Margy I always forget about the Southern Hemisphere are in Winter at the moment. I am sure the summer will be great when you get there just as we will be shivering in the winter. Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the Giveaway. Susie x

  19. Susie Q

    Hi Rush, Our Eldest's birthday is August and he has never minded as he was always on holiday for the day, until this year! Over here they can only learn to drive at 17 and he has had to wait until now, when all his friends are already driving! When he was younger we had to have his party in July before school finished and take his snacks in then. Good luck in the Giveaway. Susie x

  20. quiltmom

    Hi Susie,
    I love the log cabin block- there are so many interesting patterns that can be created with the block. I love your pretty combination.
    I enjoy the opportunity to slow down and enjoy some quieter time. During the other three seasons I am busy being a full day kindergarten teacher. I also try to catch up on my quilting over the summer.
    Thanks for participating in the blog hop. It has been a grand time.
    Regards from western Canada,

  21. Gloria

    Your pincushion is so cute with red , white and blue pins. Creative thinking for sure. good tutorial too.

  22. Nancy in IN

    Love log cabin blocks. So simple and so striking. I love picking fresh veggie from the garden. There is nothing like a tomato from the Indiana garden.

  23. MoeWest

    I like your log cabin blocks. One of these days I'd like to do a log cabin quilt. I love to garden, so summer is my favourite season. And like you, I have my birthday in June. Thanks for a chance in your lovely giveaway.

  24. Maria Kievit

    Like your log cabin blocks! We enjoy the summer time, too. It's a time to slow down a little after our busy spring season, and to take a well deserved vacation for a week or 10 days. This year we're heading to New Brunswick from Ontario, Canada. Looking forward to it!

  25. Rhonda D.

    Conrats on your first blog hop. Thanks for the tutorial. Love your block.
    My favorite summer thing is getting out to swim. Thanks for the chance
    to win!!


  26. Karen O

    I love summer because I can ride my bike. Susie, glad to see all your new followers. I love your blog – it is one I visit every time you post. I just don't have time to comment much if I want to get some quilting done! Wonderful giveaway. This anglophile would love to win.

Leave a Reply