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    Quote Originally Posted by piepatch View Post
    Needing information on the Eleanor Burns Log Cabin quilt from anyone who has made it. I had some E B instructions long ago, but I think she has revised them in recent years (not sure). I have heard her version is a good one, and would like to hear from someone who has made it. For that matter, I would like to hear from anyone who has made ANY Log Cabin quilt, and what you have to say about your method. Do you cut your strips to size, or cut long strips and sew and cut? Thanks so much.
    I'm in the process of hand quilting the binding on my log cabin quilt for my daughter. I used E. Burns log cabin in a day book. I followed her pattern and of course it took me longer than a day LOL LOL!.
    It was simple to do but of course I had to be careful when putting the squares together. I did the "Barn Raising" pattern.
    My hubby helped me pick out the colours and I must say he did a great job. Several shades of red to brown and several shades of cream to a light tan...There are two borders, inside one is red and the outside border is brown. Frames it nicely I think
    Turned out very pretty so far.

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    I just finished a floral log cabin. I didn't really follow a book, followed a friend's instructions instead. I cut all the logs in 2 inch lengths, then cut them off as I assembled the blocks. I sewed them together in the assembly line way like someone else mentioned because I kept getting lost in the order. I did square up each block as it was finished. I thought it turned out really well. I posted a picture on here. The florals were all bright with dark backgrounds and the light was made of different tone on tone whites.
    Karen in Kentucky

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    I have Eleanor Burns earlier book and I have made two log cabin quilts using her method. When I made these quilts, I was a brand new quilter of less than a year and they both went together very well. I liked her "assembly" line method and I absolutely had not problem with the blocks laying flat and had to do little squaring up afterwards. Kelela

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    I am not sure what method E B uses but have made many LC quilts. Tried the sew and cut method but went back to cutting a strips to size first. I think it's faster in the long run and I know it's more accurate.

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    I made this quilt for my parent's 50th anniversary....easy to do and came out great!

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    You must take care to use consistent 1/4" seams throughout a log cabin block in order to have them come out perfectly square. To me, consistent stitch width is more important than whether you cut a strips length before or after stitching.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RV Quilter View Post
    I use the EB method and love it. Cut all your different pieces and piece all your blocks at once. It is so easy and you don't confused as to where you are at. You will love it!!
    That's the method I use and I love it, too.
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    I always use E. burns patterns. They are easy to understand. The link is a picture of a
    Log Cabin quilt I made using he pattern for the blocks. A simple block can make a very
    nice quilt.http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...ed-t66548.html
    Denise finally in Manchester NH

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    eb has video online for many of her quilts, including log cabin
    here is the website http://quiltinaday.com/theater/library.html

    the log cabin is included in the 25th anniversary series.
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    I have made several LC quilts and love EB's method. The directions are also found in Alex Anderson's Start Quilting book, which I use when I teach my Learn to Quilt series every quarter at my LQS. One trick that I teach all the new students was briefly mentioned earlier in this thread....cut you last 2 outside strips 1/2" wider than all your other pieces (i.e.. one last strip which goes horizontally and one last one going vertically). So if all your strips so far have been 2 1/2" wide, cut these at 3". This way, once you've starched and pressed, you will have some "wiggle room" in squaring up your blocks. Many new quilters find their blocks coming out a bit too small because there are so many seams in a LC block. Good luck!
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    I agree with Suzie Quilts. I have taught the class and made quilts by EB's method. It goes very fast and is easy to square up. Just cut strips and start sewing!!

    Kathy in TX

    Quote Originally Posted by SuzieQuilts View Post
    I have taught a beginners class using her method of a long cabin quilt. I have seen two editions, and she has changed the book, somewhat. You cut 2 1/2 inch strips and sew the block to the strip each time and cut. You do not press until you are finished. I recommend buying her book, as she has some good techiques that will help you get the block to lay right, and lots of pictures for ideas of block placement. Amazon is a cheaper way to go.

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    I have made 2 log cabin quilts and enjoyed the process. I just sewed the strips and then cut. Blocks fit just fine. I now have Judy Martin's book and can't wait to start on one of hers! She precuts all the strips and lays them out in trays. Sounds like a good way to go.

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    I have made a king size log cabin using Eleanor's method and helped to make 2 more queen size log cabins for gifts for former pastors of our church. Her method is very fast and easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuzieQuilts View Post
    I have taught a beginners class using her method of a long cabin quilt. I have seen two editions, and she has changed the book, somewhat. You cut 2 1/2 inch strips and sew the block to the strip each time and cut. You do not press until you are finished. I recommend buying her book, as she has some good techiques that will help you get the block to lay right, and lots of pictures for ideas of block placement. Amazon is a cheaper way to go.
    I agree with Suzie, I have made at least 4 LC's using Eleanor Burns Log Cabin Quilt in a Day book. I love her method. I can't say anything about other authors and their methods, as I haven't tried theirs. But I highly recommend her book, if you don't have it I suggest that you get it, just my opinion. I love her method and think it is really quick and easy to do.

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    Log cabin

    Quote Originally Posted by piepatch View Post
    Needing information on the Eleanor Burns Log Cabin quilt from anyone who has made it. I had some E B instructions long ago, but I think she has revised them in recent years (not sure). I have heard her version is a good one, and would like to hear from someone who has made it. For that matter, I would like to hear from anyone who has made ANY Log Cabin quilt, and what you have to say about your method. Do you cut your strips to size, or cut long strips and sew and cut? Thanks so much.
    I am addicted to log cabin and use it for all my quilts! There are so many variations that they all look completely different. I always use foundation piecing so don't cut the strips to the exact length - and I always add an extra 1/4 inch to the width, trimming with an 'add a 1/4' ruler after stitching each strip. This method does take a little longer but it's well worth it for the accuracy it produces. Also, I always cut the strips on the lengthwise grain so that there is no stretch - if you cut across the width of the fabric, the strips are not nearly as stable. Hope this helps!

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    I used her instructions for a Christmas quilt and I liked it as it seemed to go together faster than in the past when I cut each strip individually.

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    I have made about 8 log cabin quilts and used the EB method. Love it, goes fast, looks great, very versatile.

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    Google Eleanor Burns on Vimeo and all of her shows are there to watch for free.

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    pdcakm..Thanks for the link to Eleanor Burns video....Great! Also thought it an odd coincidence, that she named one of her last quilts on the video "Texas Tornado"..Berni, also from CA..Central Ca...

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    I like using the strips and not cutting to size.

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    I have no idea how many log cabin quilts I have made from her book over the last 32 years. I have also taught high school students to make this quilt. I'm not sure whether I've seen the newer book or not. The orginal book was before rotary cutters. Believe it or not, we tore our strips.

    The last few times I have made this with a group of ladies working on the same quilt. There are always differences in our sewing. I did square up blocks about half way through, then added a wider than 2 1/2" strips, and then squared up the final time. The little differences in the block after the final row, don't show up with this method.

    To me cutting the strips to length would add a lot of time.

    Either way it is a fun block with so many possibilites. I live in a log house and consider this my favorite block. Have fun.

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    I have made several log cabin quilts, never cut the strips to size, only WOF strips, sew then cut. Just be careful with your cuts so they are straight! If your seams are fairly close, you will be OK and it sure works up faster. I recently did one with two of the sides black and the other two bright, bright, bright. Everyone loved it!



    Quote Originally Posted by piepatch View Post
    Needing information on the Eleanor Burns Log Cabin quilt from anyone who has made it. I had some E B instructions long ago, but I think she has revised them in recent years (not sure). I have heard her version is a good one, and would like to hear from someone who has made it. For that matter, I would like to hear from anyone who has made ANY Log Cabin quilt, and what you have to say about your method. Do you cut your strips to size, or cut long strips and sew and cut? Thanks so much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltingCrazie View Post
    I have the EB book I have made two and will do another this year. I like the assembly line sewing for log cabins personally because I think they are boring to do one block at a time. Just me! PM me if you need help...
    I agree. I've only made one LC but I used EB's method & really enjoyed it. I do press more often than she does but that's just because I'm kinda anal about my pressing (my mom always taught me "Sew a seam, presss a seam").
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    I paper piece log cabin quilts. Cut your strips to the approximate size then sew on the line! I never, ever pre-cut strips, just eyeball them. Can also chain piece blocks, sew all #2s, 3s, 4s, etc. Couldn't be easier. Linda Causee books have easy log cabin patterns of all sizes. Hope this helps.

    Maybe I am "quilt pattern challenged" but I always find EB's patterns confusing and "time wasting". This is just my opinion, so please don't flame me. EB has a huge following and I know many, many folks love her. I just can't seem to wrap my mind around her instructions, so I know it is ME and not EB. I do love her Sun Bonnet Sue patterns, though! :-)
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    Thank you all for your help! I have read your comments and will go over them again before I start cutting. I am not sure yet which way I will go. I am going to look at EB's latest instructions on a LC quilt before I decide. You have all been a great help, as always! Thanks again.

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