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Thread: Patrice.........Ez as falling off a log

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    where would I find more info and picture of the file labeled EZ as falling off a log.......It looked interesting.........but I didn't understand what is going on.and what it would look like

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    it isn't a pattern. the file is just an illustration of one method for making log cabin blocks. you can use the method on any kind of log cabin. it works well for lots of other things, too. i haven't measured and cut separate pieces for a log cabin in years. i think the only time i did was for the very first one.

    just sew as many of the previous patches as you can to the strip of fabric for the next one. trim them to size, open it up and sew as many of those as fit on the strip for the next one. keep going around the blocks like that until it's the size you want.

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    Hi, This looks like a bluejeans Rag Quilt. You can go on the internet and search for Rag Quilt patterns. I am sure you will find something. Rag Quilts are easy to make. Cut your number of squares and sew together allowing an inch at least for the fringe.You can sew wrong side to wrong side or right to right or half and half. You the cut your fringe after you are through sewing. Use you washer and dryer to get your fringe (1/4-3/8's)" wide. Again your choice, to fray. This is a quick quilt. You can line it and use light wt. batting. Then quilt the blocks with an 'x' or your choice of motif. Also you want to use old denium. Look for jeans at yard sales, thrift stores, etc. Also works well with flannel and homespun.
    Happy Quilting :wink:
    Sharon in Central Florida

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharon Gail
    Hi, This looks like a bluejeans Rag Quilt. You can go on the internet and search for Rag Quilt patterns. I am sure you will find something. Rag Quilts are easy to make. Cut your number of squares and sew together allowing an inch at least for the fringe.You can sew wrong side to wrong side or right to right or half and half. You the cut your fringe after you are through sewing. Use you washer and dryer to get your fringe (1/4-3/8's)" wide. Again your choice, to fray. This is a quick quilt. You can line it and use light wt. batting. Then quilt the blocks with an 'x' or your choice of motif. Also you want to use old denium. Look for jeans at yard sales, thrift stores, etc. Also works well with flannel and homespun.
    Happy Quilting :wink:
    Sharon in Central Florida
    are you talking about the log or about ruth's avatar?

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    Thanks Patrice...you' ve given me another to work on......It's funny how the patterns they label easy can be complicated when you are still new{ 1 year in April} Thank you for making it clear
    As for the avatar I made it and my wrists ached for a week.flannel next time :D

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    As for the avatar I made it and my wrists ached for a week.flannel next time
    Hi Ruth - Do you have the spring loaded scissors? I haven't made a rag quilt yet, but I've heard that they are easier on your hands for all the snipping. :lol:

    sue

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruth Camp
    Thanks Patrice...you' ve given me another to work on......It's funny how the patterns they label easy can be complicated when you are still new{ 1 year in April} Thank you for making it clear
    As for the avatar I made it and my wrists ached for a week.flannel next time :D
    my very first quilt block was a 3-dimensional bow tie. i happened to catch Simply Quilts on HGTV. I'd never seen the show before but "hung around" because I realized making quilts sounded like a good way to get back to my sewing machine. i missed sewing with my mom. also, between the expense of supplies and lack of time i had given up making clothes. i went rummaging for fabric, scissors, needle and thread and made that block while the episode was still on the air. it remains a favorite of mine to this day.

    my second block was either a log cabin or a pineapple, i'm pretty sure. also inspired by an SQ episode.

    i made up the design for my first quilt as i went along. it just never occured to me to worry about having a pattern.

    my point is to stop thinking of yourself as "new" and unskilled. the two supplies no quilter should EVER have on hand are fear and self-doubt. whether you started yesterday or 50 years ago, there are things you can do already and things you'll learn sometime down the line. just get it into your head that YOU CAN DO IT and you will be able to do it.



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    i want to know if you did that rag quilt on your picture i am doing one out of old jeans and it is so heavy and i have a hard time sewing any advice thanks dorothy from tenn

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    Quote Originally Posted by middysmom
    i want to know if you did that rag quilt on your picture i am doing one out of old jeans and it is so heavy and i have a hard time sewing any advice thanks dorothy from tenn
    see the thread "NEED HELP PLEASE"

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    Make sure you use a jean needle, It needs lots of support ' set your machine on a table if possible. Sew it in strips and then join. Yes get the gloves, I did not do this stuff and I didn't sew for a week. My fingers swelled and wrists ached. I thought it was the onset of arthrits. I recoved and would take care to "do it right" next time, good luck

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    Has anyone seen the new scissors made esspecially for cutting/ clipping the rag quilts. I thought "my goodness, they don't let fingers get too sore before they come up with another product." It was like something I have never seen in the quilt department. Actually it reminded me of a pair of glorified toenail scissors. Does anyone have a pair???

    June

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    Quote Originally Posted by june6995
    Has anyone seen the new scissors made esspecially for cutting/ clipping the rag quilts. I thought "my goodness, they don't let fingers get too sore before they come up with another product." It was like something I have never seen in the quilt department. Actually it reminded me of a pair of glorified toenail scissors. Does anyone have a pair???

    June
    I have a pair, I think. They are like pliers instead of scissors. You just squeeze and they are spring loaded and open back up on their own.
    Mine are Fiskars, a brand I love and trust because of their warranty. I have not used them as of yet. They are still new. I started on a "rag sewing machine cover"...I don't think I'm going to quilt it, not sure, but it is the same concept. I do know one thing!---Those scissors have the sharpest edges and tip on them of anything I have ever seen!!!!! They're like two extremely sharp knives OR thick RAZORS. I'd say they'd work very well on the jeans!! Just be careful with them...I'm afraid to get them out! :roll: (not really)
    I got them at Wal-Mart for around $10.

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    Hi,
    I also have those Fiskars. I love them. :D I have made 15 or so large fleece Throws that were 2 sided and then 10 crib size flannel lined with lt.wt. batting for toddlers and preschoolers. Both kinfd were ragged and were they ever a hit with grandkids and their friends. BTW...they also make a pair just like these but heavier duty to clip or prune flowers in the garden etc.
    Happy Quilting.
    Sharon Gail

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    Maybe because it is late but don't quite get what your saying. Got pics or line drawings. Maybe I just read this again later perhaps it will click then.

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    Here are the files. One is just a line drawing of a basic log cabin block. it's good for coloring in, for glueing audition patches to it, or to use for paper piecing.

    The other file is an illustration of the method i use to construct the block without having to do a lot of measuring and precision cutting. if the drawings are too hard to follow, let me know and i'll take photographs of the steps instead.
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    Now it makes sence to me thanks for the illustrations

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    [quote=PatriceJ
    my very first quilt block was a 3-dimensional bow tie. [/quote]

    What is this pattern? That may be one I have been looking for. Would you please share it with us? Please, please, pretty please???

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    links to instructions:

    http://delawarequilts.com/BOMs/3DimensionalBowTie.html

    http://www.quiltmag.com/proj-tips-bowtie.php

    i like the first set of instructions better.

    one hint: it's easier to get the finished block into shape, press flat, and make the knots square if you don't sew all the way across the final seam. leave about a 1" gap in the center. (this also leaves a nice little hole if you decide to stuff the bows.)

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    Hi Patrice - I still can't get my mind around this. :oops: I viewed your downloaded instructions. Is the blue fabric the "long strip" and are the red pieces sewn on top of it? It would probably help if yu referenced the fabric colors used in your illustration. I'd really like an easier way to do log cabins than all the measuring I've been doing. Thanks, ann

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    Quote Originally Posted by annmarie
    Hi Patrice - I still can't get my mind around this. :oops: I viewed your downloaded instructions. Is the blue fabric the "long strip" and are the red pieces sewn on top of it? It would probably help if yu referenced the fabric colors used in your illustration. I'd really like an easier way to do log cabins than all the measuring I've been doing. Thanks, ann
    no need to blush. in the first step, the blue fabric is one long strip, and the red fabric is cut into squares. (i just had an AHAH!!! moment. you don't even need to cut the little red squares. sew the blue and red strips together down the length. press open. cut into the desired size. for example, if your strips are 2.5" wide, then cut the red/blue long strip every 2.5".) sew the red/blue patches to the long yellow strip, then trim to get the red/blue/yellow patch. sew that to the orange strip.

    lather, rinse, repeat. :-)

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    Patrice - Got it!!!!!! Can't wait to try it. Thanks, ann

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    yer welcome :-)

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