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Thread: log cabin - paper piece or not?

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    which method would you recommend?

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    I love the log cabin block - but I have never paper pieced so it can be done very easily with strips and chain sewing - they usually go pretty quick. I would love to see a paper pieced one though.

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    I've heard pp is way more precise, but I've only done regular piecing for log cabins. Just be sure you square up precisely at the end so your blocks don't go together wonky.

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    One of my first quilting project was log cabin. I could not get it to be square....so I made my own paper pattern and paper pieced it. (it was for a valance) I worked. I had the same problem with square in a square. I made my own paper pattern for it too. My seams are a little more accurate and do not use the pp method now for these "simple"
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    I am making one now. First one. I did find out that it is better to have your pieces cut to length. I did try it with a strip and just add pieces than cut to length it did not work out for me.

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    I tend to paper piece a lot of blocks. I like that I can just sit and sew without worrying so much about exact seams.
    I would cut strips the right width and approx length and just go for it :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by newbee3
    I am making one now. First one. I did find out that it is better to have your pieces cut to length. I did try it with a strip and just add pieces than cut to length it did not work out for me.
    I have found, too, cutting pieces cut to length works for me. Instead of PP try foundation piecing. Use a piece of lightweight fabric about 1 " larger than your finished size--muslin works. Start with your center square in the center wrong side to the muslin. Then piece as if you were sewing a regular log cabin using the measured pieces. The muslin helps keep the block from stretching and gives the block stability. I use this method especially for my small pieces--as small as 3/4" wide strips.

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    I've done it both ways. If you have your fabric all pressed, starched and cut to the correct size and you sew a very consistent 1/4" seam that would be easiest. If you have a pile of strips and just want to sit & sew; paper piecing is the best way to keep the block square.

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    I have made over 25 log cabin quilts and I have never done any PP, I do the strip method and just keep my seams 1/4" if you do a scant 1/4" seam do it on ALL blocks I just stick to the 1/4 inch seam, and it works for me

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    Just don't double the size of the strips. I mean the width. OMG, you should have seen the size of that quilt. Only one house in the family had a floor big enough to lay out the top for pinning. And I took a row off the top.

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