In June I’ll be teaching a class entitled Log Cabin with a Flair at the Vermont Quilt Festival. Of course I want to WOW my students with a new, never-before-seen log cabin block, so I’ve spent the week doodling ideas.
The log cabin block has been around since the very beginning of quilting, centuries ago, so coming up with something that no one else has thought of is probably impossible. However, I continue on my quest to create some new innovation. Just when I’m feeling victorious, I usually discover that someone else had the same idea.
Doodling is probably not the proper term for what I’ve been up to. Unlike the average random wanderings on a blank sheet of paper, my “doodling” requires a ruler and graph paper.
Call me weird, but sitting with a large piece of naked graph paper before me waiting to be filled with my carefully calculated lines is something I find exhilarating. The anticipation of what my block will look like, should all my calculations be correct, keeps me pushing on through all my trials and errors. Yes, erasing is also an important component in my design.
As an instructor, I meet all kinds of quilters. I’m always open to input from my students and encourage them to share their ideas with the class. I am self-taught and am known for flying by the seat of my pants. I do what works for ME and encourage my students to do what works for THEM.
Over the past couple of years I have come to realize that the tech world has permeated literally everything, even the joy of quilting. For me, there is no greater satisfaction than creating something using just my brain without the help of a hand-held device.
I have visions of presenting my hard-earned graph-paper technique to a class and hearing someone say “There’s an APP for that.” I fear that day is coming all too soon.
Progress? I’m not so sure.
The results of my efforts are the blocks on the left and lower right. I’m happy with the results and I’m sure it will become one of my favorite blocks. It was a bit tricky to piece, but well worth the time and patience it took to design and sew it. I haven’t decided just how I’ll use them, but, I have a title, Opposites Attract. Stay tuned.