Log Cabin Knitting KAL

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I was quite determined not to start the new year like every year and sign up for all knit-alongs and quilt-alongs in my path. Usually I’d overcommit and then abandon them by May at the latest, resulting in a fresh pile of UFOs.

Well, who was I kidding, right? My resolve evaporated after just one week when I found the Fringe Association‘s Log Cabin Knit-Along.

Yep, that’s garter stitch knitting combined with the construction method of a traditional log cabin quilt block. You start with a central square or rectangle and then knit stripes around it, just like you would sew a log cabin block.

Here you can find Karen’s introductory post with all the info for the KAL and further helpful hints and ideas and resources.

So, the KAL is about a technique, log cabin knitting, more than it is about a specific project. The list of possible projects in which to use log cabin knitting is basically endless. Garments, blankets, pillows, bags – all can be constructed from these log cabin squares.

If you’d like to find out more about the technique of log cabin knitting, Mason Dixon Knitting have published the Field Guide to Log Cabin Knitting with lots of technique variations and projects. They also have this wonderful, inspiring, and detailed How-To on their website.

Want to see what ideas and projects others have come up with so far as part of the KAL? Check out the hashtag #fringeandfriendslogalong on Instagram. Loads, if not overloads of inspiration!

Personally, I’m just a tad overwhelmed by the possibilities right now. So I just keep knitting my blue square of left over sock yarns until my overheated brain has calmed down a bit. 🙂

 

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Hello 2018!

Nice to meet you!

I am so looking forward to getting to know you better. I can’t wait to find out more about you every day.

I don’t want to scare you right off the bat with already set in stone notions of “happier, healthier and wealthier” but just wanted to say welcome! Let’s enjoy our time together!

Maybe there’ll be a few new hand knitted socks and sweaters, a new quilt and lots of laughing with friends? And sunshine and rain? Some travel? We could learn a few new things together!

Be that as it may, in the end I hope we’ll part the best of friends. 🙂

Manuela

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August BOM: Card Trick

A block-a-month project means there’s at least one blog post a month 🙂

Block number eight of the 6-Köpfe-6-Blöcke QAL is the traditional card trick block, and it’s been a bear for some reason.

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Let’s just call it “wonky”, OK?

I managed to cut the fabric wrong, sew it wrong, and my fabric choice isn’t exactly perfect, either. So I was going to redo the whole thing one more time, but then decided, that this block’s less than perfect looks quite perfectly reflect my life of the past week. Lot’s of little things that went wrong, but no major disasters. 🙂

Maybe it’s a perfect block after all?

 

 

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July BOM: Snail’s Trail

Remember this post about startitis at the beginning of each year? Well, I might not have blogged, but I did do the sewing 🙂

Here’s the seventh block of the German “6 Köpfe, 12 Blöcke” QAL, a Snail’s Trail block:

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I didn’t put much thought into picking the fabrics at the beginning of the QAL, they just needed to come from my stash. And all those Japanese and Japan-inspired I had collected over the years started screaming “pick us! pick us!” How could I not?

I do think they fit the traditional bend of this QAL quite well, though. This is all of them together until now:

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As we have made it past the half way mark I’ve also begun to think of how the blocks might go together in a quilt and since the fabrics already have a Japanese theme, I dug out my old Japanese quilting mags. This I found in the oldest one I have:

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The flying geese sashing would be nice, wouldn’t it? Wouldn’t want to do the appliqued leaves, though, it would take me forever!

In any event, I am really curious to see what other blocks the six organizers of this QAL still have up their collective sleeves 🙂 If you are interested to see the beautiful interpretations of these blocks by other QAL participants check out the link party here. Or search Instagram and Twitter by hashtag #6Koepfe12Bloecke.

Maybe you know a little German? If not, pictures and photographs speak a universal language, so why not go ahead and check out the blogs of the six organizers of this QAL? There are great tutorials for the blocks and lots of inspiration for beginning and experienced quilters alike. Find them here:

LaLaLa Patchwork – Dorthe

ellis & higgs – Nadra

einfach bunt – Verena

Quiltmanufaktur – Verena

greenfietsen – Katharina

Allie & Me – Gesine

Happy quilting everyone!

Manuela

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#qb200 project: 6th mini quilt top

So for a while this will be the last top. I need to figure out what to do with them all!

 

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I’ll be using these mini to practice a little quilting, maybe even free-motion quilting 🙂

Wish me luck! Please!

 

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