Garden and a Tutorial

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I plan on doing log cabin blocks around my Winter Wonderland quilt later in the year and just saw a tutorial for the method that I have always used to make a log cabin blocks.  I wonder if any of my readers use this method too – I know when I mentioned it  and shared a short demo to a quilt group I was in once some years ago they thought it was wrong to do it like this and wouldn’t try it – said the blocks would not be square even though I brought a log cabin quilt in to show that I had done this way. (one more reason I dropped out of that group)   The only time of course that this method wouldn’t work out is if you are doing very scrappy and do not have long enough strips.  It is a very good way though to do a log cabin from jelly rolls.

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This weekend was busy and I was hard at work getting the garden finished.  Now we have 4 raised beds (that is it for this year) and my back and knees are killing me LOL – I have the last bed to plant still – I was going to do it last night but it was a case of “enough already” today or tomorrow will be good enough.  Here is one angle of the work we did and you can see we got two chairs and a small table for the area – just right for taking a break from weeding or picking veggies when they are ready or to just bring a book or sewing down and enjoy the peaceful quite of the place.  A table to put a nice ice drink on!


I spread out the liner stuff over the grass and tacked it down so no weeds will grow in between the beds and I can run the lawn mower right next to the “boxes” and cut the grass – I will probably spray a little grass killer around the edges of the boxes too before the veggies grow.  Where the chairs are is shade most of the day.  Green beans that I planted last weekend are coming up already.


I just got the tough plastic chairs for down here, I don’t have to worry about rot and bugs eating them and I can spray them off or wipe them off when needed.


Just so pleased with my roses this year.


I got a little more of the winter wonderland block done.  I am linking once again to Super Mom – No Cape for her embroidery link ups a free pdf file is offered this week


Cut out a few pieces for the Caswell block and need to prep all those circles both the tiny pinkish color pieces – 15 of them and the bigger center for the heart flower.  Nothing is basted down I’m just cutting out pieces right now.


Quilting from Saturday night on Granny.


So now that all that hard work is done I have one more flower bed to tackle so I can sprinkle flower seeds that I dried from last year all over and see what grows – I will work on that this week.  I have a ton of seeds though that I dried from flowers from last year so I imagine I will just start to sprinkle them here and there and then see what grows –  they didn’t cost me any thing so if they don’t grow they don’t grow.  Hope you all had a great weekend.

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22 comments… add one
  • Kaholly May 4, 2015

    I’m pretty envious..of your yard AND your projects. I can’t wait to get settled for the summer.
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  • Cara May 4, 2015

    Not sure your way of doing log cabins would make that much difference as you are squaring up your blocks as you cut them apart. I precut my logs to the right length on my latest quilt due to it being a totally scrappy quilt. I say do how you want and as long as your happy with your results that is what counts. Love your garden setting! It is a great year for roses isn’t it, must be all the rain we got this year.
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  • Gretchen May 4, 2015

    I’ve made log cabins like that before. I never knew they weren’t supposed to be square because it has always worked for me. It is so sad that guild was like that. The guild I am in is totally opposite, very supportive and slow to criticize. You did the right thing in dropping them, that was their loss. I enjoy seeing the progress on all your projects. What kind of soil are you putting in your raised beds? Is it bagged soil or did you have a load of top soil delivered and are you hand shoveling it, which would be exhausting!

  • Ruth May 4, 2015

    That is exactly how i make non-scrappy log cabins. The blocks are always square and the method is efficient.
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  • Karen May 4, 2015

    yes the blocks are square and it is a very easy method to use – I even do this method when I hand piece and I have hand pieced several queen size log cabin blocks.

  • JoanG May 4, 2015

    I make my log cabins that way as well. As a matter of fact, the first class I took in log cabins, the teacher showed us this method. I’ve never had a problem with them being square. Looks like you have the perfect set-up for watching your garden grow as you sit and stitch or read.

  • Karen May 4, 2015

    for this method Cara it just seems like it goes faster because you are chain piecing – I don’t know if it is faster but it seems like it!

  • Sandra B May 4, 2015

    I have used this method and it worked great….love the fabrics for your next Caswell block…what a beautiful setting for your garden…I can just imagine sitting in one of those chairs, with a book or sewing project, and iced tea or lemonade beside me on the table!

  • SuperMom NoCape! May 4, 2015

    I would think that way of making log cabin blocks were be very efficient… especially when making each log cabin block the same. And I can’t see how they wouldn’t end up square as you’d square them up as you cut them to prep them to have the next side added. I love your progress on your raised bed gardens. Just think how nice it will be to sit there in a few weeks and enjoy how your garden is growing. Thanks for linking up to my Stitchery Link Party again this week! Aloha hugs.
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  • Kathi May 4, 2015

    Oh Karen, I love your yard.. and your garden should do well there! And your chairs and table look so inviting there as you watch all your hard work stand up to the sun.
    I am loving your quilty progress.. but I love how you are surrounded in flowers and beauty where you live! lol Thanks for sharing the view with us 🙂 Kathi
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  • Christine B. May 4, 2015

    What a lovely garden Karen…. your hard work is sure to be repaid with some lovely vegetables! I think your log cabin method looks like it could save a lot of time and thread! Great idea… at least worth a try! Love your little stitcheries… they are going to make a great quilt! 🙂 x

  • Kristie May 4, 2015

    You always accomplish so much! Everyone does their log cabin blocks differently and I don’t think there is anything wrong with how you are doing them. I know a few others that have done them that way and they came out just fine. I always paper piece mine, just because I like to paper piece. LOL! Love your garden too! 🙂
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  • Barbara May 4, 2015

    Do you prep the applique pieces….before cutting??

  • Nicole May 4, 2015

    Your garden is beautiful already! It looks like a wonderful spot to relax!
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  • Charlie May 4, 2015

    Love the new beds, I am so envious of them…I found the Winter Wonderland pattern and am thinking I will stitch this in blue, but will be a while before I start…I have done a small log cabin like the Tutorial you gave, years ago, and I think it still looks like a good way to save fabric and be quick at the same time. I have always said that everyone has their own way that is easier for them to work on an item, if this is the easier way for you, go forward!!
    I have taught quilting for 12 or so years and there is NOT just one way to do these tasks, it is what is easier for the student!!!

  • Renee May 4, 2015

    We have two raised beds in our yard we have used for the past 10 years. A few years ago, the moles started coming up from beneath and chowing on the carrots, beats and any pea or green bean seeds we planted. Last night, my hubby and I decided on how we want to build more raised beds – with wire mesh under the soil to keep the critters out. I cannot wait until our beds are done. Yours look fabulous. I just love seeing more of your Winter Wonderland embroidery!

  • Susan May 4, 2015

    It’s so much fun to see the progress you’ve made on each project. I really like those Caswell pieces, and another redwork snowman is half finished!
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  • Mary Ann May 5, 2015

    I haven’t used the strip piecing method in a long time but it does work. Thank you for sharing the tutorials with us. Your redwork snowmen are coming along, your stitching is so neat. We have two flower gardens, both around 50 feet long that I’ve been working on the last couple of days. Thinning and weeding. Very tiring but rewarding when you step back and see everything cleaned out of the winter leaves and twigs. I can then sit back and work on some projects or read in the evening. Your raised beds have come along nicely and love the idea of a sitting area in the shade.

  • Samantha G May 5, 2015

    I have been quilting for about 35 years and used to pre-cut my log cabin pieces (back in the days before rotary cutters and using cardboard from cereal boxes for templates and cutting the pieces with scissors). Then I got my very first Elinor Burns Quilt in a Day book, and she uses that method to make her log cabin blocks. I have made 3 Log Cabin quilts with this method, and it works really well. Just like everything else you just have to be careful with your piecing and cutting. It’s better than templates and scissors!

  • Deb May 5, 2015

    It is so beautiful there in your yard with all the tall trees. I would love to sit in the shade there in the summertime! 🙂

  • Kathy May 7, 2015

    Karen, that’s how I’ve always made my log cabins. It feels like it should be faster to me, too. Fewer stops and starts while stitching and while cutting (I just cut long strips on all my logs … if I cut my chimney stone accurately and then square up each log accurately, the blocks all turn out square and uniform). I’m thinking of using that same method for adding sashing to my gifted blocks when I work on them at the one-day retreat tomorrow.
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  • Raewyn May 7, 2015

    Wow, such a lot to see in this post! Well done with the gardening work, I’m sure it won’t be long and it will be nice and lush! Nice to see your stitchery, such a cute design. And your Caswell is going to be gorgeous! I love your Granny as well 🙂 I have heard of Log Cabin blocks done like that – sounds like the group you belonged to were very narrow minded as far as quilting techniques go!

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