Friday 26 June 2015

My personal vintage fabric quilt project ... with the log cabin ruler!

Those who sleep under a quilt, sleep under a blanket of love.

Well the first intrepid steps have been taken and I have to say I am impressed with the log cabin ruler that my friend Suzy told me about..... Happy purchase.

I cleared my dinning room table and put the cutting mat down and brought down a beautiful vintage French linen sheet to to cut up for my new but vintage log cabin quilt.  I would also like to do some hand embroidery on there as well as incorporate some vintage embroidery.  I would like to put some names and dates on there too ( a sort of signature quilt) .... My father 's Birthday and name must be included ( he died 16 years ago and I miss him so much, he was like a teddy bear to me.. very hug -able and missed greatly) There is so much I want to talk to him about daily, as I did..... So it is only right and fitting he is firmly placed on this project.

I got my trusty rotary cutter out with a new blade for the start of a new project and then crossed my fingers that I could cut straight and true with the instructions from the ruler I was going to be using!

I am so excited about this project and it is one for the sewing machine.  I am making headway with my hare cross stitch sampler and that is nearly done, but I wanted to start cutting for this project so that I could cut several pieces out to stitch up several squares at a time.  I have been sorting through my vintage linens with embroidery on for me to cut the middle squares of the log cabin squares as well, so it is all go!

The log cabin ruler combined with a large cutting mat and rotary cutter is working brilliantly and it is fairly quick.  I say fairly, a more experienced quilter would zoom through it I know but I am so intent on getting it straight and true so that it can be stitched in the ditch that I am probably faffing about a little to be honest, but well I want this right. My friend Suzy has a long arm quilter and if my quilt is good enough then she can quilt it on there for me or I may have to do it by hand and that will take me forever because lots of free personal stitching time, I do not have!

So for now I am cutting out strips and choosing vintage embroidery bits to go in the middle squares.  Then it will time for me to sit and do some stitching on my sewing machine.  I think it is better to get a rhythm going on these things.... cut out a few and then stitch up a few.  Then when I have decided that is a big enough line of them, stitch them all together and then repeat!  This way you break up the project.  I do not want this to become a chore but indeed a labour of love!

I am off to Sarah Moore's Vintage pop up fair tomorrow and we are at a B B Q on Sunday lunchtime and there is the weekend!! but I will get some cutting out done on Sunday morning again and I may finish working today about 4pm and get an hour or two in as well.....

Do not forget lovely people it is stitch of the week tomorrow as always so please do not forget to come back and have a look ... Lovely variation on a simple stitch, you will love it..

Have a wonderful weekend everyone and as always....
  Happy Stitching!

There is nothing more exciting than starting a new project!!

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