At the end of November, Cynthia (Quilting is more fun than Housework) announced her next quarterly block drive: Offset Log Cabin blocks. You may remember the blocks I made for her Happy Block drive. In fact, you may have made and contributed to the Happy Block drive: Cynthia received a total of 3,765 blocks from 109 people. WOW!
Since Cynthia requests that the Offset Log Cabin blocks be mailed to her by the middle of February at the latest, I knew it was time I made my blocks and got them into the mail. She is asking that we use blue, green, and purple for the dark prints and white based prints for the light prints.
After going through my stash and pulling together likely options, I was able to get fabric cut for 5 blocks in one afternoon last week.
Knowing that we were about to get a lot of rain here in central California, it seemed like these blocks were going to be the perfect chain piecing project to keep me busy on the dreary afternoons. I was right! Over the next few days, I listened to the rain on our metal roof and chain stitched, pressed, and trimmed. I love log cabin blocks, but I have found that they can easily get a bit wonky, so I like to square up my blocks after every sewn seam.
The photo above shows the most I ever really trim from a block after sewing a seam. It’s not much, but every little bit helps to keep things square for the final block.
In addition to the five blocks, I’m sending a little over ½ yard of the blue and green stripe print to Cynthia. I think it would make a great binding for one of her future compassion quilts, but regardless of how she uses it, I know it will be put to good use.
2 of the white prints I used in the blocks have a bit of sparkle in them: the center white square is an Alison Glass print and uses sparkly gold and one of the Carolyn Friedlander prints has bits of silver included.
If you are interested, there is still time for you to make a few blocks to send to Cynthia. You can find all the details on her blog here: