Thursday, August 14, 2014

Mindless Sewing

I always like to have a machine ready to go with mindless sewing. The project needs to be one that requires zero cognitive ability. It's the kind of sewing that you can do at the end of a long day when you are exhausted but want to sew. You can just sit down at the machine and start putting pieces under the needle - no cutting to do, no matching required, no decisions to make. Just sewing. 
My mindless project is sewing these log cabin blocks on my Sweet Baby JayneEach block has twenty 1" logs to attach.  It is relaxing and easy sewing. 
And sometimes boring.
And that can be a good thing sometimes!
I had to buy more of the darker blue fabrics, so that has proven to be somewhat of a treasure hunt. 

But fabric was finally found that is "close enough" (thanks to Deanna and Barb) and I could proceed with sewing the 100+ blocks.

I have finished sewing 28 blocks and couldn't wait to put them on the design wall.
Here are some possible design ideas...





What do you think?
Do you have a favorite log cabin layout?

32 comments:

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Log cabin quilts are such a favorite of mine. Barn raising is my favorite setting, but I'm going to set my oldest grandson's log cabin in a spiral setting. It'll be interesting to see how it turns out.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Love the yellow and blue which will look stunning in any layout.

The Cozy Quilter said...

The third one looks like multiple sunsets over blue lakes...

Ellen said...

Very pretty and it looks very serene. It looks like the perfect project to work on when you are stressed.

Deb A said...

Love blue and yellow! Any layout would be beautiful..... I normally love the barn raising layout but that third one on point - LOVE it. Makes me think of the diamonds you see sparkling on the water as the sun hits it in the morning.

Linda said...

Sweet little blocks and sweet little FW! Lovely project! I love log cabins every way and any way. Such a versatile block. Your quilt will be awesome!

Quiltdivajulie said...

Cool project ... Hard to choose just one layout!

SandraC said...

My favourite log cabin is one that I spiraled out from the centre. I'd love to see you post a pic of that with your blocks on your design wall!

Lilian Pilar said...

Kathy, que bonitos los colores...me gusta el penĂșltimo, es representar el mar con un cielo azul, precioso...
Feliz dia!!!!

beaquilter said...

Love these! I just finished a log cabin for the accuquilt BOB blog hop coming up in 2 weeks, I LOVE it and love what you did! all the settings are fun but I like the barn raising the best :) - that's the one blooming out from the center right?

sunny said...

Love the colors! I like any log cabin pattern, and I just wish I had space for a design wall, so I could play around like this.

julieQ said...

I too love to have a mindless project to work on...kind of healing after the hospital day, isn't it? And your project is wonderful! I think my favorite layout is barn raising style.

Paula, the quilter said...

Seeing your log cabin blocks and reading the comments about spiraling is making me rethink the next quilt that I am starting. I need to go play in EQ.

Karen said...

I never met a log cabin quilt that I didn't like.

Terri said...

Best? I like the first one, but love that third one... whatever the name of it. Good color choices!
Hugs

Jo said...

I think I like this design over here.
http://www.quiltingboard.com/pictures-f5/limitless-log-cabin-layouts-t161392.html
It's the first one

Deanna W said...

Oh like the first one...barn raising? And you definitely can't go wrong with your blue and yellow colours. Glad I had some that would work for ya! So bright and sunny especially on a day like I am having...rainy and dreary.

Nita said...

Yes, perfect! We are going to build a little "shade"deck on the north side of the house, so next summer I will be able to set up my machine out there and enjoy some mindless sewing in cool comfort!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

I have to laugh...there is no 'mindless' for me. I make mistakes paying full attention! :)

Mary said...

Mindless and Log Cabin Blocks don't go together at my Sewing machine. They are a curse and a bad word. Yours look so pretty. Have fun making them.

Janet O. said...

I'm with Mary--I can't sew log cabin blocks mindlessly. Wish I could--maybe then the one in the box in the closet would be done.
This is very pretty--I'm always partial to barn raising and straight furrows settings for log cabin blocks.

Rebecca in AK said...

These are beautiful Log Cabin blocks! I love the blue and yellow together. I looked online for settings for Log Cabin blocks. I had no idea that there were so many ways to do it! I do like the Barn Raising, but saw two I liked, one was a Log Cabin Star and the other was called Streaks of Lightening.

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

Wow that second layout sure is different! I can't decide on a favorite. I mindlessly stitched several long chains of 1.5 in squares. I keep adding the string of twosies to the back of a chair in my sewing room I sure hope they don't get tangled!

AnnieO said...

You're very precise in your mindless sewing! I like barn raising.

Jackie at Adirondack Urban said...

I love blue and yellow anything so you had me at hello with these blocks! I think my favorite Log Cabin setting is barn raising. These are going to look great no matter what you do with them!

Missy Shay said...

That is so cool! The third layout makes me think of the ocean with all of them pointing down, I like them all!

Mary Johnson said...

I think streak of lightening is my favorite log cabin layout ... At least right now. String blocks are my mindless sewing but log cabins are a favorite of mine too!

Scrappy quilter said...

Love log cabin quilts. One of my favorite patterns

margaret said...

so many variations but personally I have problems with log cabin, the slightest wonky stitching and it sticks out like a sore thumb and I tend to be a bit wonky!

Bonnie said...

Those blocks really sparkle. I like these on points but there are so many ways to use log cabins.

P. said...

That is such a pretty block with the blue and yellow! Versatile too, as it looks great just about any way you like. My favorite is the first one...I think!?

Kate said...

Beautiful blocks. I like the first layout best.