Log Cabin, Quilt

The comma belongs there. Today we visited the Adirondack Museum, specifically to look at log cabins and quilts.

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They have an assortment of buildings on the premises including a cute cabin that is getting its finishing touches after three years. We were checking it out and had a few questions when we found a man working on the exterior. It turns out he built if for the museum and he knew every cut and log.

He had all sorts of neat toys (oops I mean tools). We saw a chain saw sawmill, log scribes and a lancelot grinder which he demonstrated on Tim’s arm.

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Kids, don’t try this at home.

Next we explored the quilt exhibit, which had beautiful quilts from the 1800’s to today. Many were made of scrap material and one was made from old neckties.
I still have a long way to go.

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Shirley and quilt

Loki, oblivious

I have almost finished my first (sort of) quilt

With the moral support of Shirley, Loki and Tim, I’ve been sewing madly. I’m pretty happy for an almost first effort. I just need to stitch around the whole thing about 3 more times and tidy up all the loose ends. My last (and first) was completed about 35 years ago and I no longer own it. I’m already planning my next project and I want to use scraps of fabric and hand sew it. Know anyone with scraps?

My flying geese’s wings are broken, does that mean my quilt won’t fly?

I’m working on my first quilt in 30 years.  It’s a traditional quilt pattern that incorporates “flying geese” which are formed by joining 2 small and one large triangle together (as best as I can tell).  Now that i am on block 34 of 42, I am getting the hang of it.  The key is to get the points and seams to line up.  In about 25 of the blocks, they don’t exactly.
Now I am wondering how this will ever form square sides.  I guess it will entail some creative seaming.  When i’m not sewing I am reading about how to make a quilt.  I’m trying to decide if I will hand sew the 3 layers that make up a quilt, which takes forever; machine quilt it on my old machine that I am not sure is capable of doing it for technical reasons about feet, feeds, etc;  or send it to a professional to quilt it at an exorbinant fee.  When I am not actually working on the quilt or reading instructions, I am on ebay or somewhere else looking for parts for my 1940’s National sewing machine.
Notice the even point

Not so much

Another oops

Machine quilting with a vintage sewing machine

I’ve tuned up the vintage sewing machine to work on my latest endeavor, a quilt for our bedroom.  The machine is from the 40’s and works like a charm, after a little cajoling , oiling and tension adjustments.  Drafting experience has been handy because the latest tools for cutting fabric are a T-square and pizza cutter.  Very efficient.  I have a feeling the piecing will go easily but the actual quilting will be a bear.


I took a break and went for a hike with local women where we identified lots of spring plants – well I didn’t identify any but those in the know did, garter snakes and trompe l’oeil.