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Thread: share your best log cabin block tricks with me........

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    Senior Member IngeMK's Avatar
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    I'm about to dive into my first log cabin .. do you cut to size, trim the strips after sewing, square up or not, what works for you??
    thanks in advance...

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    I tend to sew, measure, trim as I go. This way I can stop any wonkiness at the source... I do this on all of my blocks.
    I chain piece, so I sew all of one side, and then check them all before continuing to the next one :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by IngeMK
    I'm about to dive into my first log cabin .. do you cut to size, trim the strips after sewing, square up or not, what works for you??
    thanks in advance...
    What works best for me: Not pre-washing fabric before cutting strips (or starching fabric before cutting if I have prewashed).

    Strip piecing the blocks.

    I found that trying to pre-cut the pieces made progress frustratingly slow. My accuracy with starching and strip piecing is really good, so pre-cutting blocks too size is unnecessary for me.

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    I paper piece mine so accuracy is assured!

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    forgot to ask: do you cut selvage to selvage or strips parallel to the selvage??? :D

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    cut strips, sew, trim, sew, trim no measuring for me!!!

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    I cut selvage to selvage.

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    I cut the last 2 strips 1/4" wider than the rest in case the block is a little off. May in Jersey

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    Quote Originally Posted by IngeMK
    forgot to ask: do you cut selvage to selvage or strips parallel to the selvage??? :D
    It's best to cut strips parallel to the selvage (grain is less stretchy in that direction, making for more piecing accuracy); however, for convenience I almost always cut my strips selvedge to selvedge. Especially if you starch, the crossgrain strips (selvedge to selvedge) are sufficiently stable for me.

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    Elanore Burns Quilt In a Day Log Cabin book

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