I always love starting a new quilt.   There’s a sense of wondering how it will end up that I love!  I’ve pulled fabrics and just gotten started.

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All I can bring myself to want to make with them is wonky log cabins. I have a problem. I’m stuck on the wonky log cabin block. I can’t seem to be able to find a block I want to sew more than that! I don’t know what to do about it really… I’m in a rut, yet not bored with it.  Does that make sense??

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And for the improv peicers out there… I have gotten into a routine of first picking all my fabrics, but then as I make the blocks, I cut as I go along. Meaning that I cut, sew and press each center or pair of borders as I go. This means that I tend to sew standing up because I can’t be bothered to keep getting up and down as I cut, then sew, then walk to my ironing board to press. Am I nuts? Does anyone else sew standing up? I need to figure out a way to get my sewing machine up higher.

Look at these pretty ladies that I got in a swap with Kristen.

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I’m gonna love this quilt.

Oh and just a quick reminder for LA locals, the first night of my class for Home Ec. at wonderful Reform School is a week from tonight so please sign up if you’re interested!

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  • Mara

    April 6, 2009 at 8:00 am | Reply

    Your fabric selection is beautiful! I personally am on a disappearing 9 patch kick. I have another bird fabric question for you: in the first photo, the third fabric on the left, where did you get that one?


  • Maggie

    April 6, 2009 at 8:47 am | Reply

    If you love the block, love the fabric, and love quilt, I wouldn’t call that a rut. I love and have most of the fabrics in this quilt.

    Happy stitching!

  • Michaela

    April 6, 2009 at 8:49 am | Reply

    I love your fabrics. The wonky log cabins are never the same, so it is almost like you make a new quilt every time.

  • Ashley

    April 6, 2009 at 10:03 am | Reply

    Lovely fabric selection, as always! Looks like this is going to be a fun spring-y kind of quilt!

  • adina

    April 6, 2009 at 10:32 am | Reply

    lol…i totally do that too. sew standing up and ironing and cutting as i go. it’s nuts, isn’t it? my sewing nook is small so i don’t have to walk far, otherwise it would count as exercise. 🙂
    anyway, great selection on your fabrics and congratulations on your etsy shop and getting to teach the class.

  • Bridget

    April 6, 2009 at 10:35 am | Reply

    I love these blocks and I love the colors! You have inspired me to do something with all those miscellaneous prints I have been hoarding! Wish I wasn’t in the Inland Empire so I could take a class w/ you.

  • wendy

    April 6, 2009 at 10:35 am | Reply

    I always select and cut as I go. I don’t press until all the blocks are made, that might be your solution!

  • Carrie

    April 6, 2009 at 10:43 am | Reply

    I just love the colors you’ve selected. It’s going to be a fun one.

  • Mandy

    April 6, 2009 at 11:07 am | Reply

    The Amazing Wonky Log Cabin is not a rut! It’s a great place to be, and stay forever if you like. I’m with you on putting my sewing machine higher so I don’t have to “bother” with sitting down:)

  • Angie

    April 6, 2009 at 11:32 am | Reply

    Could you bring your iron to the sewing machine? Maybe place a small tabletop board near your machine?

  • Amy @ parkcitygirl

    April 6, 2009 at 11:53 am | Reply

    Great selections 🙂 So long as you are enjoying yourself, keep making the same block!!

  • Kat

    April 6, 2009 at 12:24 pm | Reply

    There is a very thin line between being on a roll or in a rut. I would say if you are still having fun, you haven’t crossed over to the dark side yet.

  • Amy (badskirt)

    April 6, 2009 at 3:06 pm | Reply

    I’m a stander at times too. Sometimes it’s just more practical than settling down to sew. I’m digging the yellows in your fabric picks. I thought you didn’t have any? =)

  • Maria

    April 6, 2009 at 5:32 pm | Reply

    love those mermaids

  • Jackie

    April 6, 2009 at 5:45 pm | Reply

    I also like selecting those fabrics when starting a new project. I love your selections, it will be a great quilt!

  • amandajean

    April 6, 2009 at 6:25 pm | Reply

    are you my twin? seriously. i cut as i go along. and yes, i do sew standing up. not all the time, but when i’m doing a lot of piecing, pressing and cutting, i will stack up books and magazines (a lot of them) and make two equal piles. then i plop my machine on top and sew like crazy. i like to do that for piecing, but wouldn’t attempt it for quilting.

    i LOVE your fabric selection. it’s amazing!

  • jacquie

    April 7, 2009 at 3:44 am | Reply

    i sew standing up too…never thought about raising up the machine. i like the whole cut sew, press, trim thing.
    love your fabric selection…picking fabrics is my favorite part!

  • craftytammie

    April 7, 2009 at 5:08 am | Reply

    I used to sew standing up – my machine and fabrics were in my laundry room, so I’d put my machine on top of the washer! Not great for large projects, (I do waaaay too much laundry) but it sure was easy on my back! Beautiful fabrics, it’ll be a stunning quilt!

  • Sarah

    April 7, 2009 at 11:22 am | Reply

    I’m trying not to be jealous of that lovely stack of fabrics you have!

  • Mal*

    April 7, 2009 at 3:02 pm | Reply

    Man. Your sense of color is so amazing. If you were teaching a class on color theory and color selection, I would totally take it.

  • Bekhyt

    April 7, 2009 at 4:18 pm | Reply

    Hey Alissa: check out simply robin’s blog–one of her posts shows her sewing arrangement: she pieces while standing up as well, puts her sewing machine on a big table set up for pressing. It’s kind of cool. Personally, I have a rolling chair, and my cutting table is right behind my sewing machine so I keep rolling back and forth (like maybe a foot):P) and stand at the cutting table; the ironing board is also behind the sewing table right next to the cutting table so I have an efficient triangle going. (sound familiar? like kitchen planning? LOL) Every once in a while for a super-short seam, I’ve just kept standing at the sewing machine and even though I’m very short (5’2″) I find it awkward :P. I do have the bed of the sewing machine level w/ the tabletop though so maybe those extra few inches might make a difference. I sure like a big seamless sewing table though.

  • Kristen

    April 8, 2009 at 6:36 am | Reply

    You don’t need to make your sewing machine higher, you need to lower your ironing board! Mine (which is a cheapo from Walmart) will lower down if you hold the trigger-handle, then lock into place. I set the lowered ironing board at a right angle to my sewing machine table, then I can just turn and press after piecing.

  • Christine

    April 8, 2009 at 7:20 am | Reply

    I like the wonky log cabins you do a lot! I haven’t come across another block that showcases pretty fabrics as well as this block. Especially when there’s very little of a fabric or it’s really expensive, I think this block if perfect to get the most of it!


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