Saturday, March 28, 2020

A Story of Three Liberated Log Cabin Block Quilts, Spring has Come! RSC Green Blocks Arranging..

Liberated Log Cabins Quilt #1, cotton batting, hand quilted, 29" x 29".
Liberated Log Cabins #2, flannel batting, hand quilted.

Liberated Log Cabins #3, craft batting, machine quilted, 28" x 19".

Back up close view.

Back view of LLC#3, my machine quilting.
Front view up close.

Auditioning arrangement for Hour Glass and String blocks.
These blocks were started for the AHIQ challenge Hour Glass Blocks.

Happy spring from Rancho Palos Verdes!
The Wisteria is blooming here and birds are singing.

This week I finished my Liberated Log Cabin Block Quilt #3. I pieced the little log cabin centers from scraps left over from my #1 and #2  Liberated Log Cabin quilts.

Here's a little history on the three; I started #1 being inspired by Tonye Belinda Phillips pattern,Welsh-Folded Log Cabin. I roughly followed her directions but did not hand piece. I chose to machine piece instead. I chose my own colors/prints and arrangement and hand quilted.
I had left over scraps so I slowly pieced more log cabin blocks and arranged them into my #2 Liberated Log Cabin Quilt and hand quilted it.
And I had more scraps, they must reproduce when no one is looking! So I pieced them into small log cabin blocks and got them arranged into a smaller Liberated Log Cabin Quilt #3. I used craft batting; poly, and machine quilted it. I like the puffy look that craft batting gives.
And that is the story of the Three Liberated Log Cabin Block Quilts and how they came to be!

I've been piecing more blocks for the AHIQ Hour Glass challenge and the RSC green challenge for February. I'm not done yet. I work slow, no hurry. Hurry takes the fun out.
So I've been arranging on my 'design' bed and thinking out a plan, slowly.

That quilt friends is the news from the rancho where progress is being made and spring did not forget to come. It's out there, do enjoy!

An old saying goes something like this, 'With difficulty opportunity often comes.'
Don't forget to look up and have hope. The best things in life are free.

I'll be by to visit.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Happy National Quilting Day! Plus Blocks in Turquoise, Liberated Log Cabin Blocks #3 Progress, Flying Geese Medallion in Orange Finish

I've pieced more Turquoise/Teal Plus Blocks for RSC.

Saturday at Torrance Beach, spring weather.

The Pacific Ocean is calm today!

Here's my Flying Geese Medallion in Orange, 14" x 14", another project inspired by RSC.

Start of unpicking the binding on my LLC #3.
Liberated Log Cabins #3, Machine quilted ready for another try at sewing on the binding.

Happy Spring and National Quilting Day from Rancho Palos Verdes!

Where we have spring weather, clouds and sun with showers off and on.
The California Sunflowers are blooming and the birds are singing.

This last week I've had time to piece more turquoise/teal Plus Blocks for my 'parts department'.
Prompted by the Rainbow Scrap Challenge and Dawn's 24 Challenge using Freddy Moran and Gwen Marston's book, 'Freddy and Gwen collaborate Again'. 

Have you seen Lori Kennedy's Steampunk Quilting tutorial @
Steampunk is a literary genre where romance meets technology, very exciting!
Visit for lots of good tutorials and inspiration for quilting.

I also sewed binding onto my Liberated Log Cabins #3, however I was in a hurry and stretched the binding in a few places which caused rippling.
So I decided to redo the binding, so I could live with it!

And hand quilting is progressing on my quilt

'Bright Modern Sampler.'

And that is the quilt news from the rancho, where we are staying warm and practicing 'social distancing.' And yes, we have plenty of toilet paper!
We have a lot to be thankful for.

I hope, quilt friends that you're healthy and well.
I'll be by to visit.

Friday, March 6, 2020

March Calendar Color, RSC Color, Dawn's Challenge 24 Plus Blocks

My calendar color for March, green!
RSC color of the month Teal/Turquoise and Plus blocks for Dawn's Challenge 24.

Using this book, pg. 124 for Challenge 24...
'Sticks', I think they're close enough to call them Plus blocks.

My Liberated Log Cabin quilt #2 with borders, binding sewn onto front, pinned down on back.

Torrance Beach, overcast and cooler today.

Happy March from Rancho Palos Verdes!
And St. Patrick's Day is coming right up.

Reporting the quilt news from the rancho where we have overcast skies.

My color calendar color of the month is green, I like the words used describing green,
nurturing, organic, fertile, healing, generous, etc. Those are some good words.
Wouldn't it be a wonderful change if the media/news industry started using those words and words like them, instead of the usual negative, destructive, gloomy words they pelt everyone with.
What a relief that would be.

For Dawn's Challenge 24, I chose to use my book by Freddy Moran and Gwen Marston, 
'Freddy and Gwen Collaborate Again' pg. 124. The block is titled 'Sticks' but I think it's about the same thing as a Plus Block so that's what I'm calling it. 
I used teal/turquoise scraps to piece the Plus Blocks for the RSC color of the month and so got two challenges fulfilled in one.

I sewed the binding onto the front of my Liberated Log Cabin quilt #2 and now I'm working on hand sewing it down onto the back, almost done!

Torrance Beach for coffee this morning, overcast and cool, but still enjoyable.

And that quilt friends is the news from the rancho, where progress is being made and I'm remembering to be thankful.
We do have so much to be thankful for don't we?

I'll be by to visit.