Wednesday, 25 March 2020

WIPW - Log Cabin Challenge

The steady flow of news and information about the Corona virus outbreak is overshadowing everything else, but I have tried to Keep Calm and Carry On Stitching.

Freeform Embroidery
I added three stitches: Indian Edging,

Fly Stitch Filling and Parma Stitch.

Crazy for Crazy
Here I covered two rings with Buttonhole Stitch and stitched them down. I also worked a row of Buttonholed Lazy Daisy Stitch. These will later house a bead each.

New! Log Cabin Challenge
Every year in January, at Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival, my friends Julie and Tanya, and self, set ourselves a quilting challenge. Our projects have to be ready in time for next year's quilt show. We will take a rest from looking at the show and sit in the stands of the gigantic baseball stadium called Tokyo Dome and 'show and tell'.

We did Mola (2018), Cathedral Windows (2019) and Circles (2020).
For 2021 the theme is Log Cabin, and we are happy to be joined by Cynthia, and maybe some others of our friends.

I have very limited experience of making something with the Log Cabin quilt block, so am happy to challenge myself.
Here is my collection of fabric, so far, anyway. You might recognise most of them from the Circles challenge. My aim is to use up my stash, but I might have to add some new pieces. We will have to see how the project grows.


  1. I have just been reading Mary Ellen Hopkins book on Log Cabin in preparation to starting one myself. Her major tip seems to be don't make you strips too wide.
    Everything else is progressing just fine.

  2. I love the buttonhole ring! How in the world did you get them to interlock?

  3. Your stitches are looking good!
    And Log Cabin Blocks are easy peasy. You can do it!
    I usually like to make log cabin blocks 'liberated', meaning I use varying widths and I just keep piecing on logs until the block measures what I planned. If you're piecing traditional log cabin blocks just keep a consistent seam allowance.
    It's one of my favorite blocks.

  4. I strongly recommend finding a radio station that doesn't have hourly news bulletins, and doing a lot of something that requires concentration!

    Stay safe, and keep stitching!

  5. The Log Cabin challenge sounds exciting. I love the buttonhole rings too.

  6. Ooh! Pretty fabrics for the challenge! I've been working on mine and so far it is completely out of the scrap bin! If I continue in this vein the backing is going to get heavy but I'm not there yet anyway.

  7. Your challenge sounds perfect for getting away from the constant news. The Freeform is filling quickly, I like the Parma. I too am intrigued by the Buttonholed rings. Did you use magic?

  8. Carin, you've inspired me to really think about the challenge. Surely there will be a Dome show (shudder to think it will be as crowded as ever). I've made many log cabin quilts over the years - just keep going back to it! So versatile and flexible I think I will challenge myself to make a bag or tote. I really like the color scheme you have going for the challenge and I *know* we will see your gorgeous embroidery in whatever you choose to do! What a stressful time. Finally Tokyo has created a "task force" about COVID-19. It's hard to not be overwhelmed by worry but I like your attitude ... keep calm, stitch on.


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