JACK-O HAS FINALLY ARRIVED

Hello my lovelies. I hope you all had a fabulous day. It’s been a bit quiet in my little corner or the northeast of England. We have had some autumnal weather, including some snow on the hills. I live too close to the coast to have snow this early in the season. I kind of look forward to seeing the snow fall but I don’t look forward to struggling while getting out and about.

So, I can start this report with a wee bit of sewing progress. While I gather inspiration for my next big project, I decided to use up some of my scraps. So, I dragged the scrap bin out and pulled a little heap of scraps which I pressed and then cut up. Luckily, I had a good length of multi-coloured binding strip which I was happy to use. This made the job a little easier. I started by making four 4 Patch centres and then I was away. To the 4 patch centres I added strips as you would to a log cabin. I didn’t really pay much attention to colours/prints, I just used whatever came next on the long strip. This type of wonky log cabin block is very liberating. It’s a great way to use up all your scraps. Your centre can be anything you like. And after your initial prep, the blocks grow quickly. I used 2-1/2” strips but you can use different widths of strips which of course makes use of every thing coming out of your scrap bin. I managed to make four blocks in no time and without too much effort.

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I’ve finally got something new on my design wall. Laying the blocks out on the design wall is a great way to makes decisions about what block to put where and so on. Once you’re happy with the placement you can start sewing.

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I look forward to my next session in the sewing room. The next batch of blocks will probably look nothing like these because I aim to add a few other scraps to the mix. I hope to make two quilts using this wonky log cabin. I love a cosy scrappy quilt to snuggle under during the cold dark winter months. And as there are two of us, I must without fail produce two quilts. You might have noticed that the blocks are on a wonk; well that’s because I squared them on that way. This is such a simple technique because you can join all your scraps end to end and keep sewing around. It’s also worth mentioning that I work on batches of blocks in the chain piecing style.

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And to end this post, I want to show you something that I’m sure will make you smile. My Sarah carved her annual pumpkin today. Every time I walked past Jack-O, I smile. Sarah also cleaned the pumpkin seeds, spread them on a baking sheet, drizzled some olive and salt on them and toasted them in the oven. Mmmmmm

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So, I guess that’s my report for today. I have rambled on quite a lot about this project. I guess I’m a little enthusiastic about this simple project. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x

4 thoughts on “JACK-O HAS FINALLY ARRIVED

  1. AAHHHHH!!!!! a newsletter, just what I needed today. Perk up my spirits, thanks.xx
    This is a way that I like, designed to look not designed LOL. Colorful, fleece backed??? I think you said,,,so, very good all in all. Just go for it time to time, just let go and sew…lots of fun, if you do that with your socks or a sweater you could end up with too many toes or sleeves LOL.
    Jack O looks wonderful, such a clean one too, wow! Do you have many coming to beg???
    Roasted seeds, Autumn is so special..isn’t it? I am sending snow over to you early, happy Hallowe’en BOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! cackle cackle cackle…..
    Joanna. and Basile, No black cats here!!

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  2. Good Morning! That is one happy looking jack-o-lantern. She did a really nice job craving it – I especially enjoy the eyes. Is there anything better than homemade pumpkin seeds?! YUM. So much better than the store bought ones, hands down. Your wonky blocks look so pretty. I love the fabrics, especially the polka dot on the outside. I agree about the design wall – I use mine all the time. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  3. Aha, a very nifty idea for using scraps, especially leftover binding which I seem to have in abundance. Maybe I should think about a few charity quilts ready for winter next year. The Jack-O looks lovely. Take care and stay warm.

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    1. Hi Susan, using up binding strips definitely cuts some of the work out and uses up the scraps. In this case I’m not being picky, I’m just adding anything that comes out of my scrap bin. Thanks for popping in today x

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