Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Sample Block

Tonight I dug out the cat and dog fabrics and made up this sample block. I think that I need to live with it for a little while to decide if I like it enough to make 34 more blocks. I also think that I need to make the alternate block so that I can see what it is going to look like. I used 2 1/2" strips and the finished block is supposed to be 14" but I always seem to have a little problem with log cabin type blocks not being completely square. Oh well I think I am going to have to put it in the good enough catagory.

I think I will use solids for the alternate blocks. The picture doesn't really show it but the background is a cream color and kind of looks dull. I am reluctant to use white in a quilt for a kid though. Maybe some brighter alternate blocks will perk things up.

I am off to spend 15 minutes picking things up a la Fly Lady and then I think I am off to bed.


SuzyQSparkles said...

I think the finished quilt looks nice and would be good. It works well with a consistent "background", but I'd bet it would work well scrappy with lights and darks, like a different pair for each block, so you wouldn't need a whole bunch of the same background. Or, what about a dark background and medium prints?

As far as squaring up log cabins, I have better luck if I precut the strips into the length they are suppose to be, then sew them on centering them on the block as I go. Then, it's real obvious if my seams are a bit too big or small, and I can make adjustments along the way (instead of figuring it out at the end.) This works better than sewing on a strip, then trimming it off at the end. Also, I move my needle a little off-center (usually to the right) to help get my acurate 1/4" seams.

Suzy :)

SuzyQSparkles said...

PS: Though I like the block, I'm not sure it's best for showing off medium-large scale prints like the one in the sample. You might use smaller prints in the log cabins and larger ones in the alternate blocks...