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    Best Way to Make Log Cabin

    I want to make a log cabin and noticed that there are 2 ways to do it. The first is to attach each block separately and the second is to piece it by precutting strips. What do you recommend and why?

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    I prefer paper-piecing myself. I tried using strips and the quilt turned out wavey.

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    I will precut my strips and then piece them in by strip quilting - as many sewn as possible in one long continuous piece. I want my 4" strips to be 4", not give or take a bit as determined by the feed dogs of the machine.

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    Eleanor burns way!

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    Hard as I try, I cannot make a straight log cabin without paper piecing it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok View Post
    Eleanor burns way!
    I second that!

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    My preferred method is to pre-cut the strips to the width I want, but I leave the length until after I've stitched the log on. I re-use the cutoffs on the next block.

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    Judy Martin's way, not Eleanor's. Pre-cut the strips. The blocks will not go wonky that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok View Post
    Eleanor burns way!
    I agree with jackie, PP is to time consuming for me since it is a simple block, and individual pieces to me leads to error, I do the eleanor burns method and just square up at each step making it way more accurate

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    I have never made a log cabin quilt. Could someone please explain the Eleanor Burns way? Thanks

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    I will precut my strips and then piece them in by strip quilting - as many sewn as possible in one long continuous piece. I want my 4" strips to be 4", not give or take a bit as determined by the feed dogs of the machine.



    I do mine the same way.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mom2boyz View Post
    I have never made a log cabin quilt. Could someone please explain the Eleanor Burns way? Thanks
    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!

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    Great link! Thank you!

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    i prefer foundation piecing my logcabins blocks- (i use a muslin foundation-so i don't have to remove paper) cut my strips to the width i need them & leave them long- or sometimes i cut them to size ---just depends on the project & my mood i guess- either way works fine for me. (generally the Judy Martin technique)...better accuracy
    foundation keeps everything from getting wonky- adds stability- and some weight (an extra layer) to the quilt- helps keep all those seams secure- especially helpful if using thin strips---like 1 1/2" or less---wider strips don't need the foundation as much.
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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 link. this is the method i prefer, as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok View Post
    Eleanor burns way!
    The only way I do it.
    Happy Quilting.

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    love the log cabin various looks and I see no reason to PP> Use the Judy Martin version

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    I like to make mine the traditional way. I pre-cut my strips also. Much more accurate. If your mindful of your 1/4 in. seam allowance, you should not have a problem.

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    I totally agree, eleanor burns way

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    Quote Originally Posted by mom2boyz View Post
    I have never made a log cabin quilt. Could someone please explain the Eleanor Burns way? Thanks
    It's easier to show you. Go to quiltinaday.com and check out her media theatre. It's free and she does tutorials there. There are lots there to check out. Enjoy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok View Post
    Eleanor burns way!
    do you have a book or video of that method?

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    Guess my way is the Eleanor Burns way. I make scrappy log cabins, so I am not going to worry about perfection. I use a square ruler and check that my block stays square with each trim. I usually work on about 24 blocks at a time, all in a different stage of construction.
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    Benartex has some preprinted foundations on fabric for many designs. these are accurate and easy to do and have instructions printed right on the fabric. The searies which contains abut 12 designs is called "Foundatiokn By The Yad" and comes in 46" panels. They have a log cabin design.

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    I have done it both ways but the quilt comes out better if your precut each strip to size. However, the other way is faster.

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