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Thread: Log Cabin Blocks

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    Log Cabin Blocks

    Whoever thought that they were a good idea for a beginner should be chastised!

    Especially if using skinny logs!

    They are, however, a "wonderful" exercise for precision and accuracy!

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    There are four kinds of log cabin designs according to Judy Martin who has published several quilt books. I remember the traditional, quarter block and courthouse steps. She says she uses the Juki (cheap model) for straight stitching and sends her quilts out for LA. Her books show how she gives the illusion of curves in the log cabin design. I love her books and designs.

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    I've made more log cabin quilts than any other kind. Even my avatar is a log cabin. I started with one of Judy Martin's log cabin books when I was a very new quilter and never had any problem with them, following her methods. I cut the logs on the grain when possible, and always cut them to length before I start sewing. I have another log cabin bed quilt all ready to put on the longarm.

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    I love log cabins and have made several. I have several more I want to make. Sure wish I had a LA to do my own quilting on them and other quilts.
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    I made a log cabin as a beginner with no issues, but I used 2.5inch strips
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    I love the look of the LC and it has so many layouts. I always admire the ones I see.
    I do not like making them. I made one when I first started quilting and loved how it looked but it was a nightmare to make. Then I made another many years later and wasn't very far into the making when I knew that it was unlikely that I would ever make another.
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    I have always used 2 1/2 inch strips and had not problem.
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    My very first quilt class was learning to do a Log Cabin and I had no problems but I cut out 2.5" strips and that may make a difference. Sorry you are unhappy with your pattern and hope it doesn't discourage you from trying another quilt pattern. This hobby is quite addictive to say the least. I love quilting-good therapy for stress!

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    Sometimes it is the "easy" patterns that mess me up. I have made two Log Cabins. Both times I had to concentrate in order not to sew something to the wrong side. They came out nice, but I think two will never turn into three.
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    The 2nd quilt I ever attempted, 100 or so years ago, was a log cabin. I did not have anyone in my family that sewed or quilted at all and I didn't go to any classes. I just thought quilts were beautiful. So I just saw a picture of a log cabin one and I was on my way. I got so confused on the very first block... that same block was the 1st and the last one I ever did. It was back to 9 patch ones for me until I got the nerve up to try some triangles. So at 100 years later, I'm still learning.

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    I'm with Bearisgray on this one. I have always had a hard time keeping them from going wonky.

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    My first quilt had six log cabins in it with 2 inch strips and it was very difficult. After that one, I’ve made others with smaller strips and they all turned out great, I love them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SillySusan View Post
    The 2nd quilt I ever attempted, 100 or so years ago, was a log cabin. I did not have anyone in my family that sewed or quilted at all and I didn't go to any classes. I just thought quilts were beautiful. So I just saw a picture of a log cabin one and I was on my way. I got so confused on the very first block... that same block was the 1st and the last one I ever did. It was back to 9 patch ones for me until I got the nerve up to try some triangles. So at 100 years later, I'm still learning.
    One of my "official" first quilts was the LC from Eleanor Burns- QIAD book....it was easy because her books have such great instructions and pictures, you just can't go wrong. Anyway, altho it came out as it should have, I was not in love with the pattern and have not done another...mine too seems like 100 yrs ago.....but it is still being used on a bed.....
    And I have been watching on YouTube Eleanor burns videos on her new venture 40 fabulous years, and I am almost tempted to try another one.

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    My first pieced-block quilt, was a log cabin -- which I presented to the son of a very good friend of mine -- he served in the U.S. Army and was seriously injured in Afghanistan. I used 2.5" strips -- my biggest problem was assembling the blocks and it was far from perfect, but then so am I far from perfect. Since then, I have pieced three more log cabin quilts, one for myself which is very large (approx. 130" X 130"), and one for each of my two sisters which are king size plus!. Accurate cutting and stitching are extremely important for keeping the blocks square -- I think I was just lucky!

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    The only way I mastered the log cabin was by paper piecing...(is that cheating?)

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    I started a LC by hand, using quilt as you go. The strips were relatively narrow. I finished eight on my lunch breaks at school (staff). Eight was enough. I sewed them into two wallhangings and sold them for a nice amount at the church bazaar. I would like to make a LC, but it's not at the top of my list.

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    I guess it depends on the LC pattern that you use or the method, maybe. Surprising there can be so many different ways to approach an essentially simple looking block. A LC block was one that we made in my first basic quilting class. It was one of what you would call a sampler quilt. I am just completing one now, it is my second LC quilt. I don't think that it is any more difficult than other basic blocks. Sometimes I wonder if people get into problems when trying to use a short cut method or just looking at a picture. (Not directed at you, Bear, or anyone in particular ) Just random thoughts, you know.

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    The third quilt I ever made was a log cabin from Elenore Burns book, "Quilt in a Day". It was such a blast to tear those strips! What a difference it made in the time it took, compared to the other (previous) quilts I had made. Templets, hand scissors and hand piecing are a lot of bother now. LOL! Really fun to rotary cut too. I have made a few other log cabins since during all of these years and I never get tired of them or not love the way they turn out. They all turn out so differently.
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    I made a log cabin from two inch strips, no problem. But I have made several scrappy log cabins with uneven strips just with darks on one side and lights on the other and oh what fun I had! I wish I knew how to post pictures but it takes me some many tries, I end of giving up! I love scrappies and the log cabin with uneven strips sizes came out great but I like that kind of quilts.

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    I have not yet done a log cabin quilt...I purchased a Creative Grids ruler which I think is supposed to eliminate having to be so precise and accurate. I plan to do one in 2019.
    attitude is everything...the rest will fall into place.

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    I made Court House Steps for my son Greg over 20 years ago.....back before I knew it was a variation of the Log Cabin block. Wish I had that particular instruction booklet back again because I never had a problem making it. I choose Court House Steps for him because he was about 17 then and always getting a traffic ticket....thought it seemed to fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jane Quilter View Post
    The only way I mastered the log cabin was by paper piecing...(is that cheating?)
    Heck no, 'cause if it is I'm really guilty. Make all mine that way")

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    I made a variation of a log cabin quilt, but didn't realize it at the time. It was Cozy Quilt Designs, Butterflies and Blooms. When I got to the last blocks they were coming out a bit wonky, but I made it work. My curiosity got the better of me so I started doing research on Log Cabin blocks and figured out where I went wrong. I have fabric in my stash for a couple more log cabin quilts; I love them because they look simple but if you make a goof it's amplified in the following rounds.

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    Back, before I considered myself a quilter, I decided to make a log cabin quilt for my bed. It was made of flannel, washing the fabrics first as I was told to do. Never heard of starching at that time. Well, this thing was a nightmare. I found that when making 10 LC blocks I ended up with 10 different sizes. And I backed this thing with polarfleece, and hand tied it. Now I know the merits of perfect quarter inch seams, and accurate cutting. Maybe someday I will make another one, but it won't be of flannel.

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    I've made more LC's than anything else. I use 2 inch strips and haven't had a problem with them being wonky.

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