Playing with Lincoln Logs–

I did. Did you? How I loved to build and rebuild. Plastic blocks are more versatile, I know, but something about that real wood spoke to me. I relived the experience this week building a “Log Cabin in the Pines.” I have to admit that it grew and grew. I originally designed it as throw, but then I decided to go for a twin bed quilt. However, when I started cutting, I accidentally followed the notes for the double bed size, and ended up making an X-long 108″ double!

I went back and tweaked the pattern so that it’s easy to choose twin, long double, extra-long double or even queen size by changing the borders….and what fun it was to go through my stash and put together lots of different woods and pine greens, meadow, weeds, and even “pebbles” for the path. There is so much variety in fabric colors and patterns these days.

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Log Cabin in the Pines: Quilt in Multiple Sizes by LJ Christensen

So if this one appeals to you, just click and get it–on sale for only $3.50 this month. Keep watching the blog–I’m building a castle next and have some great Christmas ideas like my “Joy to the World” quilt with music and over-the-door quilt and Santa outfit from a sweatshirt. Oh wait, first comes Thanksgiving, and I have a funny Turkey Platter Pad–hmm, which to feature next?

Speaking of building, the Christensen Creations Sewgocreate Studio is (slowly) coming along. The ceiling is done now and hopefully, painting will start this week. If they don’t get to it soon, I may get crayons out and start coloring the walls, but what I REALLY want is shelves and more shelves. Notice that I already have a great cutting table in there (it actually has 2 more leaves). It’s a genuine “find” from the Abdullah House Thrift Shop–very big and very sturdy! I love recycling! Some family had wonderful dinners around this table.

Christensen Creations Sewgocreate Studio cutting table!

Back to log cabins, though, I’d like to point out another log cabin quilt of a very different kind–I love 3D embellishment, so I made a flag with 3D log cabin blocks. It’s not hard. You simply cut normal log cabin pieces, but make them twice as wide and fold them. The trick is to trim the seam layers underneath because they get bulky. I really didn’t want to quilt over the layers, so instead I tacked it (like tying) with the little asterisk motif. We don’t use our fancy stitches enough! Click here to see the flag:

Closeup of “My County ’tis of Thee” by LJ Christensen

Since I’m on the subject of log cabins, I’ll sign off with a photo from Wetumpka, near the river and the library. A true historical log cabin in the flesh! Go see it if you’re in town, but “Watch Your Step!”

“Watch Your Step” by LJ Christensen (Wetumpka, Alabama)