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Thread: Snake River Log Cabin

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    Super Member Rosyhf's Avatar
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    Ok I have been talking about this quilt long enough, it's time to start. The book I am using is, "Judy Martin's Log Cabin Quilt Book.

    Here is a link to the quilt, scroll down to the bottom of the page and you will see a twin size of the quilt. I will be making a twin size for now.

    http://www.judymartin.com/products.c...rod=37&CatID=1

    Did I mention that Log Cabin Quilts are my favorite? I love scraps so it stands to reason that I would love this quilt. Every quilt in this book is to die for. Judy did a good job on this book of logs.

    This would be a great quilt to make for the Christmas season. If you use a red theme like Judy's. I see a lot of red, it makes the quilt warm. It would also look great in blues or greens for a cool look. There is a handsome Green River quilt in the book also. You can colorize this quilt or just make it with light and dark values, which is what I am going to do for now, things may change.

    I always do a couple blocks of a quilt to familiarize myself with the blocks. I cut a few strips and made this block last night.

    I can see already, that I need to pull some strips out of the light side. I will make another block and see how that looks to me. The block ended up more that 9.5, so I will have to check to see what I need to adjust...

    I will be posting as I go along making the blocks and putting it together. If anyone would like to make this quilt along with me, now is the time. You can ask question etc. I will be working on this quilt until it is finished, so stay tuned.

    Once I do a block I will go ahead and do the number of those same blocks that I need, so It might be a while before I post another different block but in the meantime you can ask question or make a block and see how you do. This is an awesome quilt and so worth the effort.
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    So just a quick question: Did you start in the lower left corner and go out? It looks like a really interesting pattern. Also, how wide are the strips? I am going to be reorganizing my fabric in the next month or so, and could start cutting strips in preparation.

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    Hi Rosy,
    Charismah just quilted a wonderful Snake Log Cabin yesterday or the day before!
    I have the same book and want to make one also.
    LC is my all-time favorite block!!

    Love your work so far, but what else is new?? Your work
    is always awesome :D
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    I love Judy Martins books, I have a few of them, I am doing her tulip one at present, but maybe I will get around to the Snake one in the future. Good luck, keep us posted on your progress.

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    i like the quilt!! your block looks great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by isnthatodd
    So just a quick question: Did you start in the lower left corner and go out? It looks like a really interesting pattern. Also, how wide are the strips? I am going to be reorganizing my fabric in the next month or so, and could start cutting strips in preparation.
    It starts in the lower left....go check out the quilt from the link, scroll all the way down....and see the set up...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    Hi Rosy,
    Charismah just quilted a wonderful Snake Log Cabin yesterday or the day before!
    I have the same book and want to make one also.
    LC is my all-time favorite block!!

    Love your work so far, but what else is new?? Your work
    is always awesome :D
    Sue

    Yep, that's it. Isn't it beautiful?

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    I have that quilt on my "to do someday" list. But not right now.

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    The block looks wonderful

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    Okay, so I went back and looked again and decided I just must have the book, so I have ordered it! Like I really lneed more patterns! :lol:

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    These are so gorgeous. I hope you enjoy the process. Your fabrics are great.

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    That is so pretty. I like Log Cabins. May have to get that book.

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    I've never tried a log cabin (but love them). Think I'll be buying this book. Your block is terrific and look forward to seeing the progress. Thanks for the link and the inspiration.

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    I have a tv on my cutting cabinet. I have Netflix streaming movies into it lol and I have a bunch of Perry Mason in my instant list. I put one on and started to cut the dark strips last night.

    I cut strips from 13 different fabrics so far. I don't have a color theme just light and dark and color doesn't matter. I will pay attention however, as to where the strips will be placed to each other and that is fun for me.

    I have a few more dark fabric to cut as I like lots of different fabric in a scrap quilt. I have a head start on the lights but need to cut lots more.

    I have a nice little square container that sheets came in and my darks fit nicely in it. I have labled the strips with the letters, as per the book.

    Another thing I have done to make my life easy lol, is to copy and enlarge Judy's diagrams. She has two diagrams for each block, one is lettered and one is numbered for the position and size. I use the lettered diagram and put the numbers from the corresponding diagram on the strips. Now I just have one diagram to look at and it's larger and easy for me to see.

    I also copy the instruction sheets as sometimes I write notes, so I keep my book like new and the sheets are easier to handle.

    I take my time when cutting the strips as they must be accurate to make this quilt successfull and I will check the strips here and there as I sew to make sure they are coming out right. It is better to catch any mistakes in the beginning.

    I will make one block at a time for at least four blocks and check them for accuracy, by that time I will be very familiar with the blocks and then I will do some speed piecing.

    I am never in a hurry when quilting so the cutting will take about three days as I will only cut for a couple hours at a time but remember, I will cutting lots and lots of strips. Once I am done, it will be easy street as the sewing is easy for me.

    Here is a pic of my box of darks and my little rose fairy watching lol.

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    I pulled out some more lights. I can't believe my stash ahahahahah. I am only cutting for block W, at the moment so I get a break from all the cutting at once.

    The rose bud in the front is the one that I will use next to the red cornerstones on every block, so that in itself with create an effect. I needed two yards for those and I had enough of that fabric....just what I wanted.
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    Will be following your progress on this one! Beautiful.

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    Holy Hannah, ladies. Those are LCs that have died and gone to heaven. Thank you for sharing.

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    Can't wait to see the finished quilt.

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    This is also on my to do list! Will maybe have to be a winter project.....I can't wait to see what yours looks like. I have actually quilted two.

    I think Sue posted the last one...here is a link to the other:

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-102017-1.htm

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    Charisma, do you live up in the sky? lol..your quilting is beautiful.

    Ok here is the second block and the one I am going to go by. The first one is now in the scrap basket lol.

    Some of the strips require that you join several pieces before you add that strip to the rest of the block.

    The way I am doing it, so as not to get confused....I have numbered and lettered the graph and then made a row of numbers on the same sheet from 1-16 and I check off the row number as I do them.

    I would finger press and then when I joined the entire row strip, I would press with the dry iron.

    I lay the entire block out before sewing it together. The advantage of laying out the block is that you can choose to remove a strip before sewing it. It does look different when seen side by side with all the other strips and to me, it's easy to just pick up the next set and go.

    I still have the graph to look at and the chart with the size etc.

    I pinned the finished block to my blocking pad and pinned it in place and spray starched and pressed with a up and down motion. The block came out a perfect 9.5 and that means that my sewing and cutting are ok.

    It is going well. As you can see, I don't hurry as I enjoy the whole sewing process and I dont' care if it takes a long time. The end result will be the time you spend on it.

    BTW, notice that I use the same rosebud fabric right after the red log. I think it will look real pretty in the finished quilt. I also wanted a distinct light seperation....

    Also, I was careful that the lights and darks had a good contrast when I picked the fabrics. Like I said, I wasn't concerned with color, just contrast and lots of texture. I love texture.
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    I finished 7 blocks so far and I love the way the pink bud is looking in the blocks.
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    Thanks for sharing the link! I'd like to pick up this book at some point, but after seeing the quilting that Charisma did on one recently, I really want to make the snake river in blues. Of course, I love log cabins anyway. :)

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    You are really coming right along. Looking good!! I have bookmarked this post so I can keep up with your progress easier. Have checked it out at least a couple time a day! Beautiful!

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    Working on the next 6 blocks. I am doing 6 at a time, speed piecing. I don't think I will do more than 6 for now. I had to rip twice, not bad lol....I caught it quick on just two blocks. I have to make a point of turning the block and checking the patches before sewing...so far so good will post more pics later today.....

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