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Thread: Has anyone ever made a whole quilt as a log cabin?

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    Has anyone ever made a whole quilt as a log cabin? I love the log cabin pattern though I've made only one and didn't know about chaining to construct it. Oh well...next time. But my question is whether any of you has ever made a log cabin quilt that started with the center square and just continued adding strips until the whole quilt was made. If so, is there anything I should know before I embark on such a project? If not, what do you think? Can it be done?

    I fell yesterday and broke my leg so I'm laid up on the sofa in a boot with a walker at my [email protected]#$% so I may just have too much thinking time on my hands.

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    Go for it. Sounds like you now have some time. Sorry about the break!!!!

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    Yes, many patterns are constructed this way. There are so many variations, depending on the layout.

    Google: quilt+logcabin+images and you will see hundreds of different layouts :D:D:D

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    These are fun. Here is one a board member here made.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-65254-1.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by lue
    Has anyone ever made a whole quilt as a log cabin? I love the log cabin pattern though I've made only one and didn't know about chaining to construct it. Oh well...next time. But my question is whether any of you has ever made a log cabin quilt that started with the center square and just continued adding strips until the whole quilt was made. If so, is there anything I should know before I embark on such a project? If not, what do you think? Can it be done?
    Depending on how big you want it, you'd be working with some very long, skinny strips. Your end result would be a huge square. Is that what you mean? One big square?

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    If you mean making a quilt as one huge log cabin square, it could be done, but I think you'd need to keep squaring it up if you weren't going to pre measure the length before adding the next strip.

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    I've never done one that way, but it sounds doalable...I'm may play in my EQ program to see how it work.

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    Sorry about your leg. I do hope you were climbing trees to bird watch when this happened!

    You would end up with one big block. Sounds interesting. go as far as you can and if it gets to big to handle, Start another block. I really think one big LC would be difficult to manover after it gets to a certain size.

    How big do you want it to be?

    Maybe try 4 big blocks and sew them togeher for a larger quilt! Hope this helps your thought process!
    peace :D

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    Hope you mend quickly. Just like ube quilting said, you'd be working with some long pieces. Since most quilting cottons comes in 42-45" lengths, you'd have to piece anything longer or precut from the length. Sounds a bit tedious to me.

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    sure it can be done. would you do a dark half and a light half. can't wait to see what you decide,.

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    No, I have never made a log cabin !

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    Sorry about your leg.

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    I haven't, but I have thought about it. I was thinking it would make a quick and easy baby quilt by making the logs 3" or 4" wide. Probably would have to pre-cut the length of the logs to avoid stretching while sewing and to keep the quilt top flat. Try using graph paper to design it.

    Sorry to hear about your leg.

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    Interesting idea, but it sounds expensive and very awkward (and stretchy) to make what with long strips of many multiples of fabric.

    How about this idea. Find a block you especially like that is made up entirely of half square triangles. Now, blow it up to quilt size and replace each HST with a log cabin block. This is what Ocean Waves looks like, for instance.

    It's still a quilt with a single block as the design, and log cabins as the unit...and no hassle matching points! :lol: Just thought I'd throw it out there for you to think about. I love log cabin blocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by btiny36
    I've never done one that way, but it sounds doalable...I'm may play in my EQ program to see how it work.
    What's an EQ program?

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    I made one like that for my sister. Just start with the center as usual and grow it until it is as big as you like. She loves it.

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    No, I have made a log cabin the usual way, squares of them sewn together to make a full/queen size and another variation.

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    I made a baby quilt that way using all different polka dot fabrics and minkee backing. You can see them on allpeoplequilt.com.

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    Thanks for all your comments! I hadn't thought about how unwieldy it might become as I add strips. I think I'll take ghostrider's advice and do an Ocean Waves! Seems easier.

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    Oh my, hope that you heal up quickly. I have made several log cabins quilts, from twin size to queen size but I went with Eleanor Burns Log Cabin book. Very easy and they both came out great. Love the Log Cabin Quilts... Good luck.

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    I made a baby quilt that was one big square called "baby steps". If you google that it should come up. I would think that you could do the same for a larger quilt and just keeping adding logs (strips). Have a fun time making it and hope you heal soon.

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    Love "Baby Steps." Thanks!

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    I love your idea. Let us know how it turns out.

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    Kaye Woods 6 hour quilt is made that way.
    Many of the Gees Bend quilts are one block log abin.
    So Yes, you can do it. I would think you need to do some simple calculatons to make sure it comes out the size you want which would start with the length of the center strip.

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    Only thing you need to know is that your finished quilt will be square instead of rectangular.

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