Westward Ho or Can You Hear Me? Part 1

A Restored Log Cabin

We went on an excursion recently to parts west of our home. Our destination was a restored log cabin hidden amongst the trees in a quiet part of Missouri. The purpose of our trip was to relax and unwind with family and friends.

Cabin From A Distance
Cabin from a Distance

The restored cabin, originally built decades ago, was disassembled and moved from one side of a lake to another. With all of its pieces carefully put back together, along with the addition of modern day conveniences, the restored log home provides shelter and comfort for a growing family. It was hard not to be enamored with the history of the building, the logs, and character.

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I side view of one of the logs

When the process of reassembling the log home was complete their remained several unused pieces of wood. A decision was made to convert them into benches for the front porch. The Benches were delivered during our visit. This is a glimpse of one of the benches.

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A Bench Fashioned from Leftover Log Cabin Logs

Yucky Weather!

The weather outside was a mixed bag of rain, wind, and clouds along with an occasional teasing glimpse of sunshine. Not exactly what we had ordered; these days the weather leaves much to be desired. As if to thumb our noses at the chilly temperatures, and ever so present falling precipitation, we donned layers of sweaters, coats, hats and gloves and went outside to explore the wonders of the property.

Our feet were protected by waterproof footwear to keep the soggy earth from spoiling our fun. We spent hours traversing the terrain enjoying the early spring sights and sounds. Among the sounds heard were the rain as it fell upon the leaves, the muffled noise of twigs breaking beneath our feet and the squish, squish of the rained soaked earth as it moved beneath our feet. Also heard was the monotonous sound of water spilling over a bank.

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Texture

 

I walked around the log home several times taking in the surroundings. The landscaping is simple and easy to take care of; which is important when you would rather enjoy your visit than spend all of your time doing chores. On one of my many circles around the outside I spotted this rock. The natural markings caught my attention. The two, richly colored orbs on either side reminded me of eyes and the peach colored indentation in the front looked like a mouth. Combined together to me they resembled a fish.

A Fish?
A Fish or Just A Rock?

This is a view of the rock from the side.

Side View
Side View of Fish?

So what’s your opinion?

A Swing Set

During our visit we also helped to build a swing set and climbing tower for the youngest members. Being able to complete 3/4’s of the structure was quite an accomplishment given the amount of precipitation that fell.

Swingset
Swing Set

Thats All For Now

We had such a great adventure at the restored log cabin and with so much to tell I simply must divide this post up into several pieces. It wouldn’t be fair to tell you the whole thing all at once; your eyes would glass over and your mind would go crazy. So for now…bye from Missouri!

Brother and Sister
Mr. B, Ms. A and Beaker the Energetic Corgi

Thank You!

Thank You so much for taking the time to visit today. I’m so glad that you were able to stop by.

Talk with you soon!

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My Teacup

Block Magazine

I was once a subscriber to Missouri Star Quilt Company’s Block magazine. The magazines I received are still resting on the reclaimed cabinet in my office. Shown below are some of them.

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Some of the Block magazines that I own

I’ve spent many hours browsing the pages of each one of those books. On the back covers I wrote the names of the quilts I might oneway like to make.

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Back of Block Magazine

One of the many quilts I fell in love with was the Teacup quilt, published in the Fall Vol 1 Issue 5 magazine. As you can see by the above photo it was one of the projects I listed on the back cover.

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The Block magazine that has the Teacup pattern

Let’s Make It!

Having fallen in love with the Teacup pattern I set-out to make one for myself. After browsing the Missouri Star Quilt Company’s website I chose a grouping of fabrics to purchase for my project. Buying the fabric, for me, is always the easy part. Finding the time to make it is what’s hard.

I had the fabrics for the quilt sitting in a tub for more than a year. Last summer, on one of my sewing retreats, I finally was able to get started. The quilt was a fun and easy quilt to assemble. Unfortunately the pattern has an error. It wasn’t until I had all of the blocks made that I discovered it.

A Pattern Error!

As I laid out the blocks to decide on their placement I realized I only had half of the blocks the quilt pattern called for. Being puzzled by this revelation I went back to the book to figure out where I went wrong. As I studied the pattern I realized that the quantity of fabric called for in the pattern was incorrect. The pattern listed only one package of 10 1/2″ squares (aka layer cake). In order to make the correct number of blocks I should have purchased two packages.

Letter to the Company

I contacted the company to point out the error.  They thanked me for the information and credited my account for $5. I guess the $5.00 was supposed to make me feel better. $5.00 was not going to make it possible for my quilt to ever be the size I was anticipating.

No Longer Available!!!

Since I waited so long to actually start making the quilt the fabrics had since gone out of print and were no longer available. On top of that I had purchased enough fabric to make the quilt backing to the correct size. Obviously I can use the extra fabric on another project, but that’s not the point. Had I known that my quilt would be much smaller I obviously wouldn’t have purchased as much. Thus, their $5.00 compensation paled in comparison to my level of disappointment and the amount of money spent on this quilt.

MSQC’s Pattern Corrections

Missouri Star Quilt Company publishes a list of pattern corrections for its subscriber to refer to. As of today the error that I found is not listed on that Missouri Star Quilt Company’s pattern correction list. I’m disappointed that my revelation has not been shared on their website. If you decide to make the quilt yourself make sure to adjust the amount of fabric that you purchase. Otherwise you too will be disappointed.

Ok, enough about my disappointment! Let’s get back to my very pretty quilt.

Moving On

In December of 2017 I was able to finally find time to finish my Teacup quilt. Using a straight-line geometric pattern, swirls, a paisley design and white thread I quilted my Teacup project on my longarm machine. Here’s how my sweet little quilt looks now.

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My Teacup Quilt Top
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A closeup of the geometric meandering
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A closeup of the binding, and border quilting
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The back of my Teacup Quilt

Conclusion

Throwing aside the disappointments associated with my experience, I must say that this darling little project sits very high on my list of favorite quilts. I am so pleased to have it in my arsenal of finished quilts. 🙂

Thank You so much for visiting with me today. I look forward to our next encounter.

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Note: At the beginning of this post I mentioned that I was once a subscriber to the Block magazine. My experience with one of their patterns and the company’s failure to correct the issue had nothing to do with cancelling my subscription. I made the decision to stop receiving the magazine because I felt I had more than enough ideas for possible quilts to make in the future; let alone finding the time to make them all. I’ve also found improv quilting to be my preferred avenue to follow. I’m not saying I would never make a pattern quilt again; it’s just not as likely as it once was.

Smash My Stash # 3: So What’s Up Next

Smash My Stash

Picking up where we left off last time

A Lot of Work

After taking time to dig out my stockpiled projects I was quite exhausted. Seeing everything in one place, the sheer size of the menagerie, proved three things:

  1. I’ve been very busy shopping
  2. I have quite the talent for managing and stowing away my projects,
  3. It’s quite possible I have just as much fun purchasing and stockpiling projects as I do making them.

Categories

As I contemplated returning my previously well-hidden/camouflaged projects to their designated places it occurred to me that there were obvious themes running through my inventory.

There were patterns for-

  • totes/purses/wallets,
  • projects whose main focus was the utilization of hand-dyed wool,
  • small quilts,
  • large quilts,
  • objects to be quilted, etc.

Since there were discernible divisions I figured why not keep them organized together.

But Wait

Before packing everything up I took a few photos of my stash. Pictured below are the fruits of my labor.

Totes n More Totes and More

Kids, PursesSkirts for Kids and Purses

Wall Hangings n PillowsWall Hangings and Pillows

Wool ProjectsWool Projects

Quatrefoil QuiltQuatrefoil Quilt

Tea Cup Quilt  Tea Cup Quilt

Not included were photos of the projects waiting to be quilted on my long arm quilt machine as well as several other items. Those will be shared another time.

What’s Next?

Time to make a list of my unfinished projects.

Thanks so much for sharing your time with me. Check-in again to follow my progress. Have a Great Day!

Cindy Anderson