Saturday, September 11, 2010

{Aqua & Tangerine} Tiny Log Cabins

I decided I wanted to play around with tiny log cabin blocks the other day. I had so much fun I made five. Four became coasters -


I'm disappointed with the skipped stitches in my quilting, but I was using a size 9 needle and maybe it just wasn't up to the task. I later switched to a size 14 and didn't seem to have any more trouble.

I love the backs of these coasters too!


The fifth log cabin became an easy pincushion. I experimented with the triple stitch on my machine for the quilting on this one.


I just love these colors!


AND, I just have to share that I used basting spray for the first time ever on these little log cabins and I'm IN LOVE. Sooo nice to not mess with pin basting on such a tiny "quilt sandwich." I used 505 Basting Spray from my LQS, but I'd like to find something cheaper. The 505 spray was $13 - yikes! Not sure I'd be willing to use it on a larger quilt at that price.

I definitely see more tiny log cabins in my future . . . too much fun, and perfect for scraps!

Happy sewing!
Mary

22 comments:

  1. your coasters are too cute! I also purchased that hedgehog fabric... not sure what I will be doing with me...
    the blue/turquoise looks great with the orange.
    I am also a fan of log cabin.
    I am interested to see what you will be doing next!

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  2. Oh! I see the Amy scraps! Those are adorable! I was thinking of making coasters too. Did you just use one layer of batting, turn and then quilt? That was my plan. The hedgies are too cute. I have a hedgie project in the works too!

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  3. These colors are so great together! Love the little pincushion.

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  4. those couldn't be cuter!!! you are sew talented!! ;)

    (seriously though!)

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  5. I love the coasters and pincusion ... so cute! I'm really loving tangerine and aqua at the moment. I just bought a fabric bundle with those exact colours the other day.

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  6. This is the time when Joann's comes in handy - they run sales on the basting spray, they also have coupons - I hoard my coupons or watch for 50% off quilting notions sales. Then I stock up!

    FYI, for small items (potholder size or smaller), you can use Rave 4 hairspray instead of basting spray! I wouldn't use it on anything large that you might have to roll up to quilt, but for smaller stuff it works ok. Just iron the item after you spray and sandwich - the heat helps set the "sticky". And the best part? Hairspray is $1.99 a can at Walmart!

    Beautiful coasters and pincushion, by the way!!

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  7. These are adorable :-)

    I just started with the 505 basting spray, too, and love it. I have done 3 baby quilts with one can, and still have some to go....I don't use too thick of a coat, and it lasts, so I think it is worth the cost!

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  8. Oh Mary, those blocks are adorable...especially the pincushion. I am a sucker for tiny log cabin pincushions...too cute! For small projects I use Sulky kk2000 from Jo-Anns....I only buy it when I have a 40% coupon.

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  9. I think your log cabin's are the cutest! I love the colors. For smaller projects I use a fusible batting. When you press all of your layers together, they just stay in place! Love it.

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  10. i love these! the orange and aqua is so cute. I've been wanting to make coasters for so long, too! And the pincushion, just too cute, yay for hedgehogs!

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  11. So cute! Love the hedgehogs...

    Jennifer :)

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  12. Lovely coasters! What is a basting spray and how exactly fo you use it? Is it like a glue spray that you use to stick teh fabric with the batting instead of using safety pins? Do you spray it on the fabric or on the batting? I know, silly question maybe but as you know - I am new here and learning new things every day. This won't be my first silly question, that is for sure. Ciao!

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  13. So very cute, Mary! Too cute to use as coasters in my house. LOL!

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  14. Log cabins are a classic and look lovely in those pretty colors!

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  15. love these!!!!! especially the tiny hedgehogs in the center! you're making me fall in love with this aqua and orange combo!

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  16. They are so pretty! I love the color combination.

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  17. They turned out lovely! And I especially love the orange!

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  18. These are so happy and cute! I use quilt basting spray by June Tailor that I found at Joann. It is about $10, so I get it only when I have a 40% off coupon ;) I don't know if 505 basting spray is better, but I am very much satisfied with the one I have ;)

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  19. The color combination is fabulous! ANd I think the stitching looks great!

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  20. Awwwwwww...CUTEST little hedgehogs!!! I agree with another comment poster --- just get you some JoAnn's coupons and buy their basting spray. Any brand will do - I like the June Tailor very much though.

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  21. These are adorable!!!!
    I keep admiring your work. It's just so perfect, and "clean". I love how you top stitch. I've never done it, but then, I'm a very beginner patchworker, not even quilter.. he he
    I've become your follower, since I can't wait what you'll be making next!

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