Project Improv
11:56 PM | Author: VictoriousVixen

I joined Project Improv at the last minute...last week! I committed to making at least 1 wonky log cabin block for charity & the deadline is April 1st. I really busted my tail to get these done...and it was my first time to top it off! I ended up making 2 for charity & 1 for me. Here is what I learned while making these fun blocks...

  1. I need to use THICKER strips as I work to the outside...they were getting sooooo small!
  2. It really sucks to over trim...measure twice & cut once...correctly!!!!
  3. Minky is not easy to quilt with!
  4. I prefer to press the seams open vs. to one side...it just lays so much flatter & nicer!
  5. If you sew over pins, you'll hit them eventually (or often if you're me)!
  6. I REALLY liked using Mary Ellen's Best Press (clear startch alternative)...makes the fabric nice & crisp & easy to work with.
  7. If you iron your raised dots brown minky fabric, you will no longer have raised dots!!!!
  8. I get really attached to my work..
  9. I really love sewing.
  10. I can't wait to do more sewing for charity.

Next time, I think I'll use lots more variety in the thickness of the strips. The minky was harder to work with, but I just LOVE texture and it seemed to work well with my blocks. I think I'll use more courdoroy too...it was very cooperative for me & added that texture that I love.

Block #1

The white is minky, the brown strips on the outside are minky w/raised dots, the brown strips inside are corduroy. I had to add the Michael Miller Hawaiian girl print in each one since I am part Hawaiian! =)

Block #2
Block #3 - This is the one I kept...it's also the one I over trimmed!
P.S. I literally kissed the blocks before I sent them off in the mail...it was hard to let them go but I know they will be put to good use! Find out more about Project Improv here: http://tallgrassprairiestudio.blogspot.com/2009/01/project-improv-wont-you-join-me.html
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5 comments:

On March 30, 2009 at 2:44 AM , becca said...

the texture in the blocks is great- wasn't this fun!

 
On March 31, 2009 at 8:50 PM , Leslie Avila said...

this is cool!

 
On April 1, 2009 at 10:22 PM , jacquie said...

you asked about where the quilts will go...most will be directly donated either to project linus or the ronald mcdonald house and possibly to the ku pediatric center here in kansas city. one of the quilters suggested we put a few aside for an ebay auction with the proceeds going to a different charity for each quilt. there's a discussion in the flickr group where folks are suggesting charities. we also have two participants who are (after all the quilts are done) making a set of cards with pictures of each of the quilts...they will be selling those again with the proceeds to charity. lots of work, but i think worth it. thanks so much for your contribution.

 
On April 14, 2009 at 8:17 AM , AL said...

I love sewing and giving away. It's mostly what I do. Nothing like using your God given gifts to bless someone else! Your work is awesome; keep it up.

 
On April 18, 2009 at 5:11 PM , Beth said...

AWESOME! Let's swap. Soon you will be a swap addict!

May works well for me if we have a deadline of later in the month, I have a few mother's day gifts to get off my plate first.

Should we choose a color scheme or surprise each other? How many blocks do you want to swap?

E-mail me and let me know!