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Block 1 – the Adventure Quilt … a Road Trip Quilt Along Project

Hi friends!

Welcome to the start of the Adventure Quilt … a Road Trip quilt Quilt Along.

It’s here! Block 1-Home- is here!

The Adventure Quilt ... a Road Trip Quilt Along Project, featured by top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs.

 

We are so excited to get started on this journey with you. 

Our first block is the Log Cabin. We started with a log cabin block because it’s a fun, easy to piece block! And, in our quilt, it represents home. 

Home is where any good adventure starts. Early adventurers would leave home, explore new areas, and then set down roots and create a new home. Whether their home was a log cabin, an adobe hut, or a home made of bricks and stone, people have been looking to both explore this world and set down roots.

So let’s set down the roots of our quilt.

We will be making 2 different Log Cabin blocks- one we call North and one we call Southwest.

The Adventure Quilt ... a Road Trip Quilt Along Project, featured by top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs: blue and yellow Log Cabin blocks
North blocks

 

And we will be making each of the blocks in 2 sizes. 

The Adventure Quilt ... a Road Trip Quilt Along Project, featured by top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs: coral and green log cabin blocks
Southwest Home blocks

 

When making a Log Cabin block, there is not much you have to do to be successful; first thing you need to do is keep the strips organized! Since there are 2 different blocks, each in 2 sizes, you may want to separate the strips into piles as you cut them – one for each size and type of block. 

The Adventure Quilt ... a Road Trip Quilt Along Project, featured by top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs: log cabin blocks pieces
Pieces laid out in piles by block and size

 

The cutting will probably take longer than the sewing, though it may have taken me longer than normal since I had help!

The Adventure Quilt ... a Road Trip Quilt Along Project, featured by top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs: cat sitting on fabric cutting table
Luna helping me cut!

 

The next thing to do to be successful, is to be sure to add the logs in the same rotation. 

The logs are added going one way for the Southwest blocks, and in the opposite direction for the North blocks. 

Let me show you the rotation of the North blocks.

For the North blocks, every time you are ready to add a new log, the log you just added should be at the top. In the image below, I had just added a Dark Gold log, so I turned my block so the Dark Gold log is at the top of the block. Then I was ready to add my next log, a Blue log, to the right side of the block.

The Adventure Quilt ... a Road Trip Quilt Along Project, featured by top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs: building a yellow and blue log cabin block
Add log to the right side of the block.

 

After adding the first Blue log, I turned my block so the Blue log was at the top and now I am ready to add the next Blue log to the right side of the block. Easy peasy!

making a yellow and blue log cabin block
Rotate the block and add the next Blue log to the right side of the block.

 

The Southwest blocks are added in the opposite direction. And don’t worry if this seems a little confusing, the pattern has great diagrams for you to follow!

The other thing that you need to do to be successful with a Log Cabin block is have an accurate ¼” seam. 

Today’s Tip

Today’s tip is my method on how I check to make sure my ¼” seam is accurate. First I start with Celine Perkins Perfect Piecing Seam Guide and set it up on my sewing machine with the needle thru the small hole in the guide. The Seam Guide marks a scant ¼”. 

Then I place a small piece of the Sewing Edge from C&T Publishing along the seam guide and adhere it to my sewing machine. I cut a piece of the Sewing Edge to fit on top of my bobbin cover. 

The Adventure Quilt ... a Road Trip Quilt Along Project, featured by top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs
Setting my strip of the Sewing Edge in place

 

Next I take 3 pieces of fabric cut 1 ½” wide and sew them together. I press away from the middle strip and then check the size of the middle strip. 

If the strip in the middle is too big, my seam allowance is too small and I need to adjust the placement of the Sewing Edge. If the strip in the middle is too small, then my seam allowance is too big. 

The Adventure Quilt ... a Road Trip Quilt Along Project, featured by top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs
Seam is too big- the strip ends up too narrow. It’s also crooked!

 

If the strip in the middle is exactly 1”, I have my Sewing Edge in the perfect spot. Lucky me!

The Adventure Quilt ... a Road Trip Quilt Along Project, featured by top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs
As Goldilocks would say, this one is Just right!

 

Once in place, my Sewing Edge will last for a quite a while and it really helps to have something to butt the edge of the fabric up against. You could use Post It notes or tape, but I have found the Sewing Edge lasts longer than either of them and it has a nice small edge that really helps keep your fabric lined up but is not so big as to get in the way.

Giveaway

How would you like to win a Perfect Piecing Seam Guide and a package of the Sewing Edge strips?

The Adventure Quilt ... a Road Trip Quilt Along Project, featured by top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs

 

Celine Perkins of Perkins Dry Goods and C&T Publishing were very generous to sponsor this post and to offer a giveaway! I will draw 2 names next week and each winner will win a Seam Guide and a package of the Sewing Edge strips! Woo hoo!

To enter, use the Gleam Widget below to enter.  Giveaway will close on Tuesday February 5th at 5pm MT.

Perfect Piecing Giveaway

 

Block 1

Click here to download a copy of the Block 1 PDF. The block is free to download thru Tuesday February 5th, 2019 at midnight MT. After that, the block will be available for $3.00 

The Adventure Quilt ... a Road Trip Quilt Along Project, featured by top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs

Note: you will have to enter a name and address to be able to download the block. The system won’t let you get the block without doing that. It is just how it works! We tried to go around it but… to make things easier each week, you could create an account and then you would not have to enter all that information each time!

Also if you don’t hit the button that says “Complete Order”, you won’t get the block!

 

Tammy’s Block

If you want to see Tammy’s blocks, click here to go to her blog post today.

 

Facebook Live

On Saturday, I will be doing a Facebook live about the block. It will be short and sweet. So tune into my Facebook page on Saturday at 1oam MT and check it out!

Maybe Lark will help that day too- she was my photo shoot helper!

Lark! She looks bored…

 

Have fun making Block 1-Home and we will see you next week on Tammy’s Blog for our Quilt Along Block 2. Block 2 is called Milemarker and you will need these fabrics:

purple and green fabrics
Quilt Along Block 2 fabrics

 

 

Background, Light Green, Green and Dark Purple.

See you then!

happy quilting,

Kate

p.s. Tomorrow I will be back with my post on the Turnabout Patchwork book blog hop with a chance to win a copy of her ebook! So be sure to come back then!

57 thoughts on “Block 1 – the Adventure Quilt … a Road Trip Quilt Along Project”

  1. I love log cabin blocks, and have really been tempted to try them. Thanks for the great tips to get them started. I love your colors and can’t wait to see how this quilt builds.

  2. I am so excited for the qal. Thank you for all the great tips. I’ve struggled with log cabin blocks and am anxious to try making one again using your tips.

  3. Home is my happy place, safe from the crazy world. Your log cabin directions are certainly new to me…I hope I can keep the twists and turns right!!

  4. Home is my peaceful haven of comfort. I can gather my family to cook and share a meal with all their excitement or quietly sew and create when by myself.

    1. Sorry–I didn’t see the question until after I had commented. But, in a way, I started to answer. Home, to me, is being with our cats, dogs, and human family members. Time has taught me that home is about more than a place. I carry with me the memories of many places that have been home. As long as my loved ones are with me, I’m home.

  5. I’m looking forward to the Adventure quilt along. The fabrics will be mostly from my stash as close as possible to the colors seen on the charts. Thanks for project.

    1. Just reread the requirements for the Comment…home is where I can find my husband and dogs; where I can dig in the dirt to plant flowers and where my son feels good about his visits.

  6. I have not done a log cabin so of course I’m looking forward to learning this block. Love the idea of a way to make accurate seams.

    1. Ok, I didn’t read very well either. Home is where I live. I feel at home in so many places but actually being Home is a different feeling. Back home is in Indiana, Home is Colorado.

  7. I must be a little confused. As I look at the cutting instructions, Under RED, I see it says to cut 1 square 2 3/4″ x 2 3/4″ And 3 squares 2″ x 2″. Shouldn’t that be 2 squares 2 3/4″ x 2 3/4″ and 2 squares 2″ x 2″?????

    I just want to make sure before I cut.

  8. This morning means warmth, comfort and love on a cold gray morning. I have a lovely fire started and a big pot of pasta sauce going and I’m determined to finish the rag quilt sitting at my sewing machine so perhaps I should also add that home also means productivity and optimism

  9. Home to me is wherever my family is. I really like spending time with my family and no matter where we are if we are together that feels like home.

  10. Home, to me, means being with friends and family and being able to share your true self and feelings with those who love you most.

  11. I got so confused on my colors and sizes. Used the sheet that I have placed the color/fabrics I choose. Once I got the blocks done, they looked really good. Sent a link to my sister to see what is going on.

  12. Home is where I can feel safe and secure with my husband and two kitties. This is a pretty fun concept for a quilt. Thanks for doing it.

  13. I like road trips, but I am always glad to return home. I always feel like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz–“There’s no place like home.”

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