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 :
Treacle has been busy keeping me company whilst I was reading all the other Hopping Blogs.
Have a great weekend and happy quilting.