Like many places across the country we have gotten hammered with a winter storm these last few days. I have lived in Portland, Oregon since 1997 and I can count on one hand how many storms we have had like this last one. Pretty much everything comes to a standstill. Roads are treacherous so traveling anywhere, even a short distance, is not advised.
I must admit, I kind of like days like this where everything is covered in white and we get to hang out and wait until the storm is over. I love to spend time in my studio creating or work on a project to pass the time. Right now, I am in between major projects so I decided to “play”.
I love color and I love pattern. I really enjoy experimenting to see how I can combine both elements. It is usually a surprise to see what fabrics with pattern look like when they are cut up and sewn back together again. For me, it is just plain fun!
One of my favorite traditional patterns is the Log Cabin block. There are endless possibilities with this block and all the combinations one might create. I bought a book several years ago; “Folded Log Cabin Quilts” by Sarah Kaufman. I fell in love with the construction technique. In fact, once I get going making the blocks they are down right addicting! As soon as I have one block complete I start thinking about another possibility with the block arrangement and color combinations. They are so much fun to make!
Here is the first one that I was experimenting with:
I was really interested in seeing what would happen if I randomly combined plaid and striped fabrics. I used fabrics from my Kaffe Fassett stash. The block I created is interesting I think, but I also wonder if it would be fun to play with some additional combinations and possibly develop more contrast? This block measures 7"x7".
The next combination that I did was building blocks using the Courthouse Steps arrangement. I selected some really graphic fabrics with intense colors. I made four blocks and created a "Mini Quilt". This piece is 12"x12". I am calling this mini quilt, "Side Stepping".
This mini quilt spurred me on to more play. This time I decided to use one of my favorite color combinations, black and white. I built these blocks using another Log Cabin configuration. Here is an image for this mini quilt:
I named this piece: "Text Me". The white fabric has a text design printed on it. I enjoy using fabrics that have numbers or letters printed on them. This piece is a little bigger based on the construction. It measures 14"x14".
I really enjoy how this construction method creates dimension in the pieces. If you were to see them in person you could appreciate this aspect more.
So that is how I spent the last couple of days with no where to go but all the time to play in my studio. I hope you all are staying warm if you are in a place where winter is knocking at your door. Bye for now, I think I will call it a day and tune in to the Olympics!
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