Go Back  Quiltingboard Forums > Main
Crazy Question >

Crazy Question

Crazy Question

Old 04-21-2020, 09:35 AM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2020
Posts: 13
Default Crazy Question

Iím making a log cabin quilt from scraps and Iím afraid I chose the wrong material for the center square. I probably should have used the same solid color for all the center 2Ē squares. Iíve made six blocks. Moving forward, I thought Iíd just start doing that. My question is though, can I rip the center square out and replace it w/o ripping the whole block? I have 4 rows (or whatever you call them) of logs sewn together
gigigreen is offline  
Old 04-21-2020, 09:54 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Ontario
Posts: 309

Sure you can. It will be a bit awkward but totally doable. I have had to remove a couple of 2” squares from a completed quilt top that I put in wrong side up. I am terrible at describing processes but once you take out that center square it will be pretty obvious as to how to replace it.
Cattitude is offline  
Old 04-21-2020, 10:36 AM
Super Member
Join Date: May 2017
Location: Sunny Florida
Posts: 4,416

Yes, you can change out the squares with careful ripping and careful re-stitching!

Mark the seams on the new piece so you can see where to stop stitching. You don't want to over-stitch or under-stitch the seam lines. Good luck!
Rhonda K is offline  
Old 04-21-2020, 11:39 AM
Junior Member
Join Date: Apr 2017
Posts: 298

I did my log cabin all scrappy including the Center square.
Patchworkbarb is offline  
Old 04-21-2020, 12:07 PM
Super Member
Pam S's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Northern KY
Posts: 1,911

I wouldn't bother reworking those 6 blocks. Go ahead and make the rest of your blocks using the same center square if you want, then just scatter the original 6 blocks throughout the quilt. Since it's scrappy, they'll fit right in.
Pam S is offline  
Old 04-21-2020, 12:24 PM
Super Member
Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: Greater Peoria, IL -- just moved!
Posts: 6,000

I agree with Pam, don't redo your first ones if you go scrappy just add more fabrics to the mix. I'll often use the traditional red or yellow center square, but not always. I've used all the same and all random. Also I've used bigger or smaller squares than the logs for the center.

If you decide you really hate those blocks, I'd probably just applique a square of a different fabric over the top.

Typically I work in a scrappy style and I usually make a few extra blocks just in case the fabrics aren't behaving nicely. Sometimes my favorite blocks are the trouble makers and don't get used! I used to just have orphan blocks but nowadays in that case I'll put just them in the backing somehow. So making more is always an option.
Iceblossom is offline  
Old 04-21-2020, 04:10 PM
Super Member
juliasb's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Waterford Michigan
Posts: 7,241

I too agree with Pam, I wouldn't be ripping them out only because of the work you have already put into these scrappy blocks. Putting them through out the quilt will be a treat. there is an old saying, "there is no such thing as a perfect quilt. The only perfect quilter is God." Many perfect quilts have intentional "mistakes". These blocks will becomes part of the 'plan'.
juliasb is offline  
Old 04-21-2020, 04:16 PM
Super Member
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Alturas, CA
Posts: 9,393

Another vote for Pam's suggestion.
pocoellie is offline  
Old 04-21-2020, 09:13 PM
Super Member
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 9,300

Do you like the random look of different center squares, or do you really want consistency? If consistency, make the rest from here on all the same color, but consider using the six youíve already made on the back.
zozee is offline  
Old 04-22-2020, 12:20 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Apr 2019
Posts: 825

I don't think I would resew. You've gotten some great suggestions. I would probably go for the backing suggestion - but the Applique idea is inspired.
Rff1010 is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

FREE Quilting Newsletter