It’s all Mary’s fault

A couple of days ago, Mary posted about the log cabin blocks she was making.  Now, I need a new project like I need a hole in my head, but I found myself dreaming about log cabin blocks, and when I woke up this morning I couldn’t stand it any longer.

Hers are string log cabins, meaning the logs are different widths, some blocks start with rectangles some with squares.

I decided to dig into my overflowing 1.5 inch strip bins, use a red 2.5 inch square for the center, and the next thing you know:

make sure you notice the sleeping dog in the background

I have 42 blocks that are in progress,  4 different groups with differing amounts of logs attached.   I’m not sure how big I’m going to make them.  I’m scared that no matter now many blocks I make,  or how big I make them:  that bin of dark strips that is overflowing is going to look exactly the same way that it does now, and there won’t even be a dent.   And that’s just hte 1.5 inch strips.  I’ve got 2 inch, 2.5 inch, 3.5 inch…plus bins full of scraps too.  Sheesh.

It’s only been in the last year or two that I’ve actually made the leap to scrap quilts (even though I’ve been generating scraps for a lot longer than that…)  I love the way a scrappy quilt looks when it is done, but it’s hard for me to get over the initial feeling that everything has to match, or that everything has to be a planned color scheme.

So many quilts and not nearly enough time.

I have to remember to take my camera tomorrow so I can post a picture of our table.  I’m pretty sure it’s the most clever one there.



p.s. It didn’t snow!  Woohoo!

p.p.s.  I burned the back of my hand on the electric skillet while making pancakes tonight.  Ouch. (I hit the edge while flipping a pancake).  I should share our pancake recipe.  They are quite yummy.  They are flatter than pancakes from a box or the pancakes you seem to get at a restaurant.  And they really don’t take much more time to make than those from a box…


  1. freda1951 says:

    Hope the burn heals fast Suzanne so you sew those great looking blocks even faster. You are so right, there isn’t enough time to make all the quilts that go zooming through our brains. Hope you have a great Easter.

  2. Christine Olson says:

    LOVE scrappy quilts!

    Sorry about your burn. (There is some anti-bacterial creams with aloe out there that you might consider using on your burn if it not too deep burn.)

    Yes! Please share your pancake recipe!

  3. Mary says:

    Now this is just the incentive I need to get back into my sewing room and make the last 10 blocks I need! My blocks turned out to be 11.5 inches and since it’s a donation quilt I’m just making 35 blocks – that’s a nice size for donating.

    I’m kind of jealous about how organized your strips are – I toss all leftover strips and strings into my string bins rather than trying to keep different size strips separate. It’s easier for me.

  4. Nancy H says:

    You have to watch out for that Mary (I’m just teasing she is a sweety) , tehehe, her blog is so motivating the next thing you know….even “I” was putting together stings. Now the mini LA group teases me about color coding my sting bins. lol

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