Consistency

Consistency  – the agreement or harmony of parts or features to one another or a whole.

This week I worked on putting the blocks for a log cabin top together.  This was not the first time, I’ve done plenty of log cabin blocks over the years.  I like them, they are easy to cut, assembly line sew, and there is a myriad of  ways to put them together.  The main thing about them is consistency.  Consistently sized pieces, seams and blocks.  My blocks always turn out 1/2 inch smaller than they should. It’s just the way it is. I’ve tried pressing them different ways, thin thread, thick thread, starch, no starch, squaring as I go, the list goes on.  I have accepted this consistency of mine and I will move on.  This quilt top is all log cabins, so as long as they are all the same size, it will go together and no one will ever suspect they aren’t the “right” size.  I just noticed that there is a block turned in the second row, I’ll fix it before I sew them together.

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The problems begin when combining them with other blocks.  Like I had with assembling the “Simply Amish 2″ quilt from a few years ago.  Those LCB’s were taken apart and re-sewn with a 1/8” seam allowance, which made for the right size in the end.  I am wondering it I should make all my LCBs with 1/8 seam allowance hence forth, as if I learned from my mistakes ;). My next project with LCB’s is called “Forest Floor” by Wing and a Prayer quilts.  Its got 16 cabins in it and some elongated ones in the borders.  I really like the colors and composition of this quilt.  Plus I have a whole set of digital quilt designs that go with it.

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But first I need to start and finish the Blue Storm at Sea quilt.  I got the fabrics together, and now I have to get the foundations printed.  Maybe today, as I have to drive over to civilization and I’ll be passing a few Kinkos or Office depots for sure. There will be math involved in figuring out how many sheets, but as long as its easier to figure than taxes, I’m good.

Linking up with Judy at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts for design wall Monday.  Its her birthday, stop by and wish her a happy day!