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Thread: Log cabin blocks

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    Question Log cabin blocks

    I have been told that the center piece in a log cabin should be a square twice the size of the logs. Or if your logs finish at 1inch wide then your center block should finish at 2 inches. Has anyone else heard this and if so do you know of a source where I can find more information? Thanks for any and all information.

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    I am working on a log cabin now and my center were cut 2.5" and the logs are 1.5" This might help some http://www.quilt.com/Blocks/LogCabin/LogCabin.html but remember its your quilt and it boils down to what u like best....if u want a picture let me know and i will show u what mine look like.
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    The ones I did by hand were the same width as the strips. They were 2", so my center was 2"x2".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Longarm View Post
    I have been told that the center piece in a log cabin should be a square twice the size of the logs. Or if your logs finish at 1inch wide then your center block should finish at 2 inches. Has anyone else heard this and if so do you know of a source where I can find more information? Thanks for any and all information.

    Longarm.

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    I always do mine with center square the same as the logs.

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    I have done mine with a larger center block , and many with the same size as the width of the log. I prefer the look of the same size as the log width.

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    I make center log same as others. I never heard of making them twice the size of the logs.
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    The center can be any size or block you want. One of the prettiest log cabins I have ever seen had stars in the middle of the blocks. I have also seen minature mariners compass blocks in the center -- that was also a wow (the hubby was in the navy and his wife wanted him to know he was still the center of the home.
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    I've made so many log cabin quilts!.....with center/hearths much larger, the same size, or much smaller. All were wonderful! Wish I still had the quilts to photograph for you.

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    Loosen up! Make it any size you want! When I make log cabins I like to make them slightly wonky... Think about it (those of you who have never seen a real log cabin being made) trees are larger at the bottom and smaller at the top. I like to start with my strips the same and deliberately make it uneven. It gives a lot of movement to the quilt. Of course this is just my way. If you make the original strip wide enough you can cut the first piece as it needs to be and save the other half for a later "cabin" square. Have fun!!!!

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