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Thread: Best Way to Make Log Cabin

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    I've done it with precut pieces as well as Eleanor Burn's way. I will always do it E. Burns way in the future. I also don't see the point of piecing a log cabin with a foundation. Even miniatures are easily done crisp and clean using E. Burns method. I get it if you are using old shirts and don't want to spray starch them in advance. Otherwise, I think you are just making more work for yourself (and you are welcome to do so). If you perceive something different than those who regularly use the E.Burns method, far be it from me to say otherwise. I don't see it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    Craftybear posted this link to a tutorial that shows the method Eleanor Burns made famous:
    http://stitchesinplay.typepad.com/st...-tutorial.html

    Eleanor Burns has some great books on how to make log cabin quilts with this method, in various sizes. This method is fast and rewarding, and always works for me!
    Thanks for the tutorial, now I have to try a log cabin.
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    I guess a lot of this is about liking foundation quilting or not. I've made log cabin quilt with foundation quilting on muslin. I cut the strips, left the long, and trimmed off the excess as I went along. I think foundation quilting is so easy and kind of mindless since all you have to do is stitch on a straight line! The next one I will try using paper and see how it goes. Removing the paper is one of those things you do while watching tv. To each their own!

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    I looked on the Eleanor Burns website and found a book about log cabins. I checked the public library and they have the book, plus one on Underground Railroad patterns. I have a friend who is graduating from college in December, at the age of 60. She's always wanted to travel the Underground Railroad and I think she would like a quilt.

    When looking at free patterns I found a Christmas stocking pattern. I made all my kids and grandkids those stockings last Christmas. Very easy pattern.

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    I have an additional Log Cabin question. Is it hard to use flannels in a log cabin pattern? What should be done differently or in addition to the regular steps? I haven't made a log cabin yet is it best to make one from quilt cottons the first time? I have E. Burns book & will be checking out some tutorials on her method also.

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    I also like Eleanor Burns way.

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    I made on regular log cabin, the Thimblberries way, turned out great. I have made three variations and liked them also.
    After reading all the comments, sounds like make them the that works out best for you. I'm thinking of making another soo,
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    for me chain piecing is always easier than 1 block at a time it just takes to much time if i am doing a crazy quilt i do it on a muslin square it takes a lot of time but uses scraps more efficiently

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    I want to make one, but wouldn't it be just as easy to lay down your middle color on a another strip and then just cut 2 in squares and go from there. You wouldn't have all the little snips between the blocks?? = J

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nolee View Post
    What is the advantage of having this ruler over just cutting the strips with a regular ruler? I do make a lot of log cabins but I'm trying not to buy things that aren't really necessary.
    I don't think there is an advantage over cutting with a regular ruler as far as accuracy. The Marti Michell ruler has all of the measurements marked which might make it simpler for some. See the ruler here: http://www.frommarti.com/mm5/merchan...gory_Code=R-LC

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    I love the strip method.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    For me, the strip piecing method of Eleanor Burns works best. I tried the Judy Martin way and found pre-cutting all those strips was way too boring for me. Also would not paper-piece this pattern because it adds so much work to the process.

    I have not had any difficulty at all getting accurate blocks with the strip method, so it's hard for me to understand what is going wrong for others. I do not prewash fabric (but do test for colorfastness), so the strips I use still have the manufacturer's sizing. These yield more accurate results than prewashed fabric that is not starched before cutting. (I have wondered if this is part of the problem for others.) I also use moleskin to create a physical guide for my seam allowances. This means I can sew fast and still maintain accurate seam allowances. (Just using my eyes and a visual mark does not work nearly as well for me in terms of accuracy, not to mention speed.) Maybe this is the reason my blocks always come out fine?

    Also, log cabin blocks are not that fussy in terms of accuracy. There are no points being cut off, for example. If a block of mine were to come out too wonky, I would just use spray starch to "block" it into submission (a la the Sharon Schamber way on Youtube). However, I can say that I have never had to actually do this, and all of my log cabin quilts turned out fine.
    I have used Elearnor's way when making a large diamond log cabin tree skirt and it came out perfect...I think the
    trick to any log cabin is being very sure the strips are cut the right size.

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    I take a long strip width of fabric, cut the correct width, and sew all the middle squares onto the strip leaving a 1/4" space between squares, until all of the middle squares are sewn on the strips. Then I press toward the strip or outside the block and trim. Then I repeat this process until all of the blocks are done. The quarter inch space allows for trimming.
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    Eleanor Burns!
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    Exactly what is the Judy Martin method?
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    I love the Marti Michell method, block ends up perfectly square!!!!

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    I love E. Burns methods for big strips. I've made a ton of tops using it it...in fact, I'm about to replace the first big quilt I did for us about 15 yrs ago, it's starting to wear out and rather then try to fix it I'm just going to replace it, I think.

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    I used this Youtube video and my Accuquilt cutter and I liked it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjdVEEw8BWU But I'm new at this as really appreciate all the info here. I'm going to try the E. Burns method with my strip die. Looks like it will be fast and easy. Thanks!

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    I would think that paper piecing wouldn't take any more time than squaring up after every strip. I prefer PP. It also allows me to add different colors through the middle of the block, especially if the center of the block is curved. Just my two cents.

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