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Accuquilt log cabin die versus 1 & 1/2 (finished) strip die

Accuquilt log cabin die versus 1 & 1/2 (finished) strip die

Old 08-09-2014, 08:23 AM
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Default Accuquilt log cabin die versus 1 & 1/2 (finished) strip die

I make log cabins and want to start cutting with more accuracy. I have an Accuquilt and am torn between buying the 1 & 1/2 (finished) strip die or the log cabin die. Anyone have any advice or used the log cabin die for advice versus the 1 & 1/2 finished die?
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Old 08-09-2014, 09:01 AM
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I have the log cabin die. I like it because all the lengths fit perfectly, no measuring. The strip die will work fine just have to cut the strips to the lengths you want. I would buy the log cabin die if I had to make a choice. I don't use 1 1/2" strips that much for anything else.
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Old 08-10-2014, 05:35 AM
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I've wondered about that, too. If you use the die, though, you get a log in every size in one fabric, right? If you use the strips, you can cut them into whatever size log you need for that fabric. Hope that makes sense.
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Old 08-10-2014, 07:09 AM
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here is a video that may help: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bqS1SSODZ8
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How would you use the log cabin die if you wanted different colors? I have seen the viedo but that was with just one color.
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The video shows two color fabrics being cut. I put different color fabric pieces on the die. For the short lengths I use scraps. Just layer them up and cut. I separate lengths in dark and light piles after cutting. A flatware tray works great for this. I like the bamboo trays at Walmart. They stack and look nice too.

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This was one of the first dies that I got. I was using 6 different fabrics for the lights and the darks. I did not care where in the rounds that the various colors fit. In fact I made sure that I used a different light or dark for each round. For example, the center was purple. It would not be used anywhere else in the block. The next 2 logs were from 1 of the lights. then the next 2 were a different dark. By doing this I got to use all my darks and lights from each color in each block.

When cutting I just layered my darks and cut and then layered my lights and cut.
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