For a little while now I’ve been thinking about a new blog feature I want to do on Fridays: “Favorites on Friday.” This will give me an opportunity to feature favorite fabrics, favorite notions, and even favorite quilt designs and patterns. It will be something different every week!
Recently I made some log cabin blocks for my “Bees Knees” quilting bee group and decided to try out a ruler I’d had in the drawer for a while (fabrics are S’More Love by Eric & Julie Comstock for Moda). A few months back I saw the Creative Grids Log Cabin Trim Tool for 8″ Finished Blocks Quilt Ruler (CGRJAW1) demonstrated at a quilt shop. It looked like a nifty way to utilize some of my strip scraps and get them put into perfect log cabin blocks.
I was pleased with the results! You start with an evenly cut center square and then use strips. Only one edge of the strip needs to be straight, the strips can be all different sizes as long as they meet a minimum width requirement, and you trim at three different points while making the block. The result is a log cabin with absolutely no “wonky” edges at all. I really feel like this will help me use some of my scraps–since the strips don’t need to be cut to exact sizes I’ll save a lot of time.
So, this is definitely a ruler I’m happy I purchased. The ruler also offers options for half log cabin and courthouse steps blocks. I’ll have to try those versions as well: maybe I can make a noticeable dent in my scrap bin!
And also for today’s “Favorites on Friday” is the Aurifil Fig Tree Thread collection. I do sew a lot with Fig Tree fabrics, and often need the perfect color for sewing bindings or for applique. This is a wonderful collection of thread that will last me for many years to come, so I was okay with paying a little extra to get this. The colors are beautiful and blend wonderfully with the Fig Tree fabrics.
Thanks so much for stopping by! If you have any suggestions for upcoming “Favorites on Friday” posts, please feel free to send me an email or leave your idea in the comment sections.