After picking out my fabric during week one, week two was focused on sewing ten log cabin blocks together and I LOVED how they all turned out!
Cutting and Sewing Log Cabins
Like I’ve mentioned previously, although I’ve been sewing for about 10 years, I’m very new to the world of quilting. Most things I’ve sewed so far I’ve learned from watching video tutorials, using and tracing templates, and eye balling most things. Although Sharon did a great job sharing tutorial videos on her Instagram TV – which were all very helpful – this was my first time sitting down with an actual pattern and figuring it out.
And the worst part is – and you’re going to laugh at me – I actually don’t know how to read a ruler. And on top of that, I’m dyslexic. So sometimes reading instructions and numbers mistranslate.
You’re probably thinking, “… and you chose quilting as your hobby…”. Yes, I did. Because I think it’s one of the most beautiful crafts and a blessing that I can do for my children. I also hope to one day be a pattern designer myself in the future.
I work a lot in Illustrator and Adobe products for my day job, so I work very well with shapes digitally. But the first night trying to cut out all of these fabrics for the log cabins was spent accompanied by a lot of crying (pregnancy hormones aren’t helpful, either). Eventually my sweet husband came over and helped me understand my ruler and cutting mat and by the third log cabin block I was movin’ and groovin’ just fine.
I know this might sound silly to some, but learning to read a ruler and finally being able to understand it is a huge win for me. I actually feel really good about myself. If my very dyslexic Grandpa learned how to read a book for the first time at sixty years old, then I can feel pretty good about learning how to read a ruler at thirty-one.
Needless to say, I’m really enjoying making the Sweet Home Quilt and I highly recommend Sharon’s pattern which you can purchase here. It’s a well-crafted pattern and I love the quilting community on Instagram who have been so supportive every step of the way. The best part is checking out the hashtag #SweetHomeQAL and seeing everyone’s quilts! I love them all! So many cute homes. I love seeing everyone’s creativity and beautiful fabric choices.
Now that we’ve started week three, we’re moving on to sewing all of the bungalows! To watch my progress a long the way, connect with me on Instagram at @QuiltingJewish and say hello!
And if you still don’t know how to read a ruler either – your secret is safe with me, friend.