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Thread: Woo Hoo I have a new ladder--for the sewing room!!

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    I out grew my old ladder--it's an antique given to me by my son one Mother's Day. I think he was 16 and had his antique business then. It holds strips from my Talk-About-Quilts, my log cabins, a wall hanging I just finished for Christmas, and now strips for the barn quilt's log cabin border, which I just cut out this morning. I have been doubling things up to make room. I mentioned to my husband this morning that I sure could use another ladder someday...and he said he thought there was still one in the barn! My son is 20 now and recently sold most the rest of his antiques to a dealer. We didn't know if the ladder had gone or not.

    It was still here!! :D :!: :D

    I text my son to ask if he had any plans for it and he said it's all mine!! Mark cut it to fit the room and all it needs is a few more wipe downs before I drape muslin over the rungs. It'll take some time to organize everything again--but I'm excited to have this!! The rungs are even wider than the first one! :D

    My sewing room is tiny--and getting crowded. but, it's cozy and I don't have to walk far to get something. :wink:



    Old ladder--full of strips! I put many on the bottom rung to make room. To the right is the new ladder!!
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    Fantastic idea..thanks for sharing. I especially like to use items in ways not originally intended. Quilters are very creative!!!

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    Oh, Karla, you are so lucky! My daughter wants a ladder to display her quilts on. I think she finally had one made to order.
    I have a tension rod in my sewing room. I hang my strips on hangers and the hangers on the rod. It's a good thing to have a place for all our strips and pieces! You've certainly got room for lots and lots of strips now! Enjoy!!

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    HEY .. I want a LADDER..... Thats not fair I WANT ONE!!!!! It looks
    F A B U L O U S ... I will have to have my husband start a search for 1.

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    Not only is that an excellent idea, but it's pretty too!


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    Great idea! by the way, I want to see the quilt that is lime green that I see a sliver of in 1 of your pics...

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    That looks great!

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    I love the ladder idea. I bet it fits right in with your decor! I use a portable drying rack for my strips and that works ok but the ladder would be wonderful.

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    Cool! And I see the corner of your barn quilt there hanging on the ironing board!

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    OK, I'm a pretty new quilter & I don't get it! What's with the strips? I don't need a ladder cause I don't have strips! Where did they come from? Where are they going/doing?????? :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll:

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    sandpat--that sliver of green belongs to the barn quilt pictured below. :D I'm in the process of making the 32 log cabin squares for the border. The steps of its making are in the picture section somewhere....

    annmarie--I love making log cabins. The easiet way to make them is to use the strip method where one strip is added to the square at a time as it's built. It all started with the "Talk-About" quilt. (picture below) That's a small quilt I designed for educational purposes. It teaches colors, shapes, and vocab development. When I made the decision to make a lot--I needed lots and lots of strips available. (I made 14, and sold 10.) I can't remember where I saw the ladder idea, but it was a perfect solution. My son was in 5th grade when he started a bike business, then he added antiques about 4 years later. We visited many antique stores during that time--I bet I saw the idea on one of our summer antique shop hops. :D The wavy log cabin I made is scrappy, and boy oh boy did I need a lot of strips for that baby. (picture below) I am very very organized about anything that appears random and I need many colors to choose from when I make stuff like that. :roll:

    And that is why I need ladders for stips!
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    I wanted to say--after many many dirty damp paper towels that weren't getting any less dirty, I finally hauled the ladder to the bathtub for a scrubbing. I used Murphy's Oil soap and a stiff nailbrush and got that sucker really clean now. I think it was the finish coming off because it looks much lighter now. Boy was the bathtub dirty!! After it was half way dry I put it back in place in the sewing room and hopefully it'll be dry enough today to use. Our wood heat ought to dry it thoroughly.

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    Thanks Karla - I've never made a log cabin - but I think I should as yours are beautiful!!! I can see now where your ladders are a good idea.

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    I know there are some old ladders under the snow, and I do have an aluminujm one I could store in my sewing room .......2 pieces abot 7 ft each........ I never thought of it

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    What a fantastic idea Karla! I have a very large (3'x4' tall) pasta rack that a girlfriend gave me and I use it to drap all my strips on. It also has various fabrics for projects and a bunch of semi-finished and finshed tops ready to be sandwiched together and quilted. Come to think of it, it may be time for me to have a sandwiching party and just force myself to spend a weekend getting it done.

    I love your log cabin quilts, especially the scrappy one! What size are your strips normally? I've been collecting scraps of fabric from everyone I know and I think a small 1-inch log cabin would be fun. I love the smaller scale. Your quilt has definitely inspired me to clear off a rung and start cutting some strips!
    ~Tiffany

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    HI Karla,
    I have to chime in here. I love ladders, too. One really neat one we used to make a plant hanging rack on our deck. It was weather-beaten and rough so hubby made a frame and it went up on top. I could hang all of my hanging baskets of plants out there in the summer. WE left it out all the time and eventually the weather, and weight of heavy flower baskets took it's toll and it broke. But it sure was a nice addiction to the deck.

    I have the promise of a ladder for my sewing room. I want to have it made wider than a regular ladder, since I have one small wall that would be perfect for a ladder. I plan to hang the quilt tops as I get them finished before quilting. I have a nice closet (in my new sewing room) and I have a lot of things hung in there. I also want to hang the sheets I use for backing. I have them all measured and tagged so when I am ready to assemble a quilt, I go to the closet. But hangers are narrow and I want something wide in which to spread them out.

    I have seen some places on line where you can get patterns for making ladders, but since I have an experienced carpenter, he can build just about whatever I need. (today he took my car to get it washed, so I baked a Quiche for when he gets home and a cherry pie for later. Does that sound like a good pay-off? I am sure the ladder require a bigger effort in the kitchen. Maybe homemade bread?)

    June

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    Way to go! You scored! Great idea for storing the strips. Hmmmm......I think i'll to go check in the barn.....thanks for the great tip! :D

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    Tiffany--the curvy log cabin was 1 inch light strips and 1.5 dark ones. I love that quilt. I swear I sleep better when it's on me. :D It was supposed to be circles--I'll attach a picture of it laid out that way--but I played around and liked the barn raising pattern best. One circle was enough. :wink:

    The basic log cabin book I have says to cut 2.5 inch strips- :shock: -but I have never made one with them that big. Too floppy looking. My first ones were 2 inch strips--but I'll never cut them more than 1.5" now. The smaller the better I say. :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruth Camp
    I know there are some old ladders under the snow, and I do have an aluminujm one I could store in my sewing room .......2 pieces abot 7 ft each........ I never thought of it
    If you should decide to use the aluminum, be aware that aluminum may rub off black onto your fabric. Just thought I'd mention it.

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    Karla, thanks for the great ladder tip and the tip on the strip size. I have a bunch of 2 1/2 strips from a swap I was in and they have just been sitting in a box (poor things). I made a small quilt with 2 1/2 strips and was not real impressed. I am going to try smaller strips. Your quilts are wowing. I would sleep much better under the log cabin too, so when you arn't sleeping well and switch out quilts send it my way! :lol:

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    Karla, being a fairly newbie..I haven't made a log cabin quilt. Yours are inspiring me to try it. I think I would agree with you..the smaller the better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barnbum
    Tiffany--the curvy log cabin was 1 inch light strips and 1.5 dark ones. I love that quilt. I swear I sleep better when it's on me. :D It was supposed to be circles--I'll attach a picture of it laid out that way--but I played around and liked the barn raising pattern best. One circle was enough. :wink:

    The basic log cabin book I have says to cut 2.5 inch strips- :shock: -but I have never made one with them that big. Too floppy looking. My first ones were 2 inch strips--but I'll never cut them more than 1.5" now. The smaller the better I say. :wink:
    I would have never thought to make the dark strips wider than the light strips. How clever! I'm definitely going to have to give this a try with all my scraps. Thank you so much for sharing. And I think your quilt turned out so much better than it would have with just the circles, though that is gorgeous also. I like the way the eye travels on the one above.
    ~Tiffany

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    That is a great idea even better than the one I use. You know those little drying rakes that stand alone for drying clothes. It has lots of little bars to hang strips from. Meanwhile Im looking for an old latter, I like that idea better.

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    Oh, maybe that's what I'm using is drying racks instead of a pasta rack. It's a bit big for a pasta rack. I sure love it though!
    ~Tiffany

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