How about a sweet quilting deal for Valentine's Day? I have decided to offer my self-published book as a free bonus gift for everyone who orders both Log Cabin Trim Tools needed to make the projects in the book. The book offers 12 quilt projects to make. The rulers make traditional log cabin blocks, half log cabin blocks and courthouse steps blocks. That's 3 blocks from one ruler. Purchase both rulers...get the book as an "I love quilting" Valentines gift. Here are images of two of the quilt projects in the book, the book cover, yet another of the 12 projects you can make using the instructions in the book. jeanannquilts.com
Monday, February 8, 2021
Friday, January 22, 2021
Here are the instructions for the Woven Ribbon quilts shown in the previous post. The quilt is made from scraps so there are no yardage amounts except for the inside and outside borders. For the outside border you will need 1/2 yard and for the wider outside border you will need 1-1/2 yards.
The top block diagram gives the size to cut the strips to the exact size. This drives me crazy. It takes hours and hours to cut every strip to the exact size and I don't have the patience. I just want to sit down and sew. Therefore...
I made my blocks using my original 8" Log Cabin Trim Tool. When you use the tool cut your strips for the blocks at least 1-3/4" wide (they can be wider) and use any length scrap you have as each round of strips around the center square are trimmed to exact using the Log Cabin Trim Tool after they are sewn in place. There are 3 rounds of strips around the square to make each block. Trim each round as it is completed and before you proceed to the next round. If you don't have the tool you can order it from my website jeanannquilts.com or order from my Etsy shop.
I sew the borders in place and trim to size, taking care to make the side borders are the same width and then the top and borders are the same length as well. For the side borders cut 8 strips 1-1/2" x WOF. Sew together end to end, sew side borders first and trim, then the top and bottom borders. Cut the wide borders 6-1/2" x WOF and add to quilt in the same manner as the narrow borders.
Thursday, January 14, 2021
It has been some time since I posted and honestly, some time since I have done any sewing. Being in double lockdown has had me feeling "down" due to the virus and a city almost under siege. I live in Washington DC. Today I have decided it is time to be "up" again. So, I started sewing with something simple...making a pillowcase for my bed in a bright chevron print fabric. The small toss pillow is made using the Creative Grids mini-pineapple ruler with a pattern and the ruler available on my website - jeanannquilts.com
Friday, November 6, 2020
On Saturday, November 7, I will redoing a facebook LIVE program demonstrating my new 10" Log Cabin Trim Tool Duo at a local shop in Virginia named Artistic Artisans. The facebook page is Artistic Artisans. Simply go to facebook and enter the name and you can easily find it. The live program starts at 9:30. See you there!
For a demo that lasts about 30 minutes, I needed to make "step outs" showing how to trim a Log Cabin blocking using the new trim tool. It took almost all day, but here are the step outs that I will be trimming tomorrow.
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
You would think in these stay-at-home days I would complete more than eight blocks in 10 days. Alas, I have had a lot of distractions.
After sewing 1 sample block I am ready to stitch in sets. I usually sew a set of 4 or 6 or 8 blocks in color family groups. I find this to be time saving and it keeps sets of identical blocks in order.
Monday, September 28, 2020
Time to cut and sew a "test" block before cutting and sewing the blocks for the entire quilt. I always do a test block to make sure I have my cutting correctly figured for each of the strips in the block. The test block also helps in figuring the amount of each fabric needed to make the entire quilt. Note the finger protector. I sliced off the tip of my finger last February with my rotary cutter. A trip to the ER then a visit to a hand specialist at Johns Hopkins resulted. Diagnosis: finger tip amputation. It will never grow back. Now I use protection every time I cut. I have special finger bandaids I ordered from Amazon, the finger cot you see here, and sometimes I uses my quilting gloves I ordered from Leah Day. They all work to keep my finger safe.
Thursday, September 24, 2020
Starting today I am going to walk you through my design process for a new quilt. The first thing I do is work up my design on the computer using Adobe Illustrator. I have a MAC so I don't have the popular design program most people on a PC use. Here is the design I am getting ready to sew. The artwork has a few notations as to block size, number of blocks, all with labels to keep them in order. The blocks will be made using my new 10" Log Cabin Trim Tool Duo by Creative Grids.