Friday, June 02, 2006

UFO Busting















I am making really good progress on my 2 Ocean Waves tops, but am taking a short break from all those triangles - just for a bit. But, rather than start anything new, I am going to try to finish this log cabin top (no triangle in sight)! Currently it measures about 60" X 60". It needs to grow some - in a "creative" moment I decided not to make the remaining log cabin blocks that I usually put around the outside edge. So, it has sat and sat for at least 3 years (at least - it is pre-Little Boy) because I am mentally stalled on any border idea. Today I decided that whatever I do is going to be better than having it sit in the back of the closet for how many more years? So, I've raided my box of 2" strips and squares and I am going to make a checkerboard border all the way around - that will make it grow very nicely! I might, might, might add a thin red inner border before adding the checkerboards, but will wait to see how the checkerboards make up first.

And - look who was sitting in my apple tree this morning. Actually, there were dozens upon dozens of these birds bombing the tree - I think they were eating the apple blossoms!

14 comments:

quiltpixie said...

done is better than perfect... Congratulations on getting a UFO out when you needed something non-triangled. I'm sure you'll love it with a checkerboard border

Jeanne said...

I always love log cabins!!! The red border would be zingy, and then the checkerboard.
Is the bird a waxwing?
Jeanne

anne bebbington said...

The bird may look like it's eating the blossom but is probably scoffing all the little tiny insects that hide in the flowers - checkerboard border round those log cabins sounds lovely - I'd go for the fine red border too

KCQuilter said...

That is one gorgeous log cabin. I like both border ideas. Can't wait to see it done.

joyce said...

I also think the red border and checkerboard is a great idea. Awaiting further pictures with bated breath!

Fiona said...

My vote also goes for the red thin inner border - it will pull together with the red squares in the centre of the log cabin blocks beautifully.

Lucy said...

What a beautifull bird! and quilt too:c)

cher said...

hurray for working on a ufo and sounds like you came up with great ideas for growing this top. good to take a break from triangles by switching gears that way too.

Linda_J said...

looking good so far---this deserves to see the light of day, Evelyn. Red definitely!

I would take a break from all those triangles right now too and move to something linear like the log cabins too!

ForestJane said...

Do they leave you any apples ?

I like the pale colors in your log cabin, so many times people just use muslins and beige, but I like the pastels!

Finn said...

I think checkerboards would be a great solution..I was thinking of sawtooth stars, but that is alot of piecing! Your idea is easier to vary the size, and easy to adjust..and definitely a narrow inner border..you're doing great!!

Shelina said...

That's a beautiful quilt, and a beautiful bird. I understand about stalling when trying to make decisions - like the border. How about some triangles? Just kidding! I've got several quilts in that stage too. Good luck with yours.

JudyL said...

Good for you for working toward finishing the log cabin.

That's a great picture of the birds in the apple tree.

Judy L.

Dawn said...

Your scrappy log cabin is so pretty! I just love how scraps can turn out so wonderful! I can't wait to see it with the border!

And what an excellent picture of the bird! What kind is it - none like that around here where I live - that is a great picture!