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Thread: log cabin - paper piece or not?

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    Super Member kriscraft99's Avatar
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    which method would you recommend?

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    I love the log cabin block - but I have never paper pieced so it can be done very easily with strips and chain sewing - they usually go pretty quick. I would love to see a paper pieced one though.

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    I've heard pp is way more precise, but I've only done regular piecing for log cabins. Just be sure you square up precisely at the end so your blocks don't go together wonky.

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    One of my first quilting project was log cabin. I could not get it to be square....so I made my own paper pattern and paper pieced it. (it was for a valance) I worked. I had the same problem with square in a square. I made my own paper pattern for it too. My seams are a little more accurate and do not use the pp method now for these "simple"
    patterns:)

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    I am making one now. First one. I did find out that it is better to have your pieces cut to length. I did try it with a strip and just add pieces than cut to length it did not work out for me.

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    I tend to paper piece a lot of blocks. I like that I can just sit and sew without worrying so much about exact seams.
    I would cut strips the right width and approx length and just go for it :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by newbee3
    I am making one now. First one. I did find out that it is better to have your pieces cut to length. I did try it with a strip and just add pieces than cut to length it did not work out for me.
    I have found, too, cutting pieces cut to length works for me. Instead of PP try foundation piecing. Use a piece of lightweight fabric about 1 " larger than your finished size--muslin works. Start with your center square in the center wrong side to the muslin. Then piece as if you were sewing a regular log cabin using the measured pieces. The muslin helps keep the block from stretching and gives the block stability. I use this method especially for my small pieces--as small as 3/4" wide strips.

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    I've done it both ways. If you have your fabric all pressed, starched and cut to the correct size and you sew a very consistent 1/4" seam that would be easiest. If you have a pile of strips and just want to sit & sew; paper piecing is the best way to keep the block square.

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    I have made over 25 log cabin quilts and I have never done any PP, I do the strip method and just keep my seams 1/4" if you do a scant 1/4" seam do it on ALL blocks I just stick to the 1/4 inch seam, and it works for me

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    Just don't double the size of the strips. I mean the width. OMG, you should have seen the size of that quilt. Only one house in the family had a floor big enough to lay out the top for pinning. And I took a row off the top.

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    I started quilting with log cabin patterns because they always look beautiful to me. I have never had any problems with them. I cut all the strips (carefully) and arrange the colors just how I want them before I start to sew. Then just keep a 1/4" seam - my Janome has a 1/4" foot and markings on the throat plate. I am thinking about paper piecing a small log cabin quilt or wall hanging just for the fun of learning pp, but not because of problems. However you make it, it will be beautiful!

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    I have made 2 of them now and neither of them were paper pieced. I used the Eleanor Burns book and it was very easy to follow. I actually just finished the one in my avatar and I hand quilted it.

    I'm sure it will look wonderful however you choose to make it

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    no paper = strips! I'll cut for you.
    Quote Originally Posted by kriscraft99
    which method would you recommend?

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    I wouldn't paper piece mine!

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    It is not that hard of a block to piece. Just use Starch and a 1/4 inch foot. Starch your fabric before you cut . And then use your best method of a 1/4 inch seam , be it a special foot or other method.
    For the time it takes to take the papers out .... not worth it for this block.
    If this is your first log cabin , make it just a bit easier on yourself and make the center block bigger! Start of with a 3 inch square or maybe even 4 inch. so you do not have to go around the block so many times.

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    I enjoy paper piecing, but I wouldn't use it for a log cabin. If it's a square log cabin block, I cut the logs to size before sewing. For the diamond log cabin in my avatar, I cut logs a smidge too long and trim after sewing. Both methods work well, faster than pp with less fabric waste.

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    I didn't paper piece I love just going with it!

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    My second quilt (finished) was a queen-sized log cabin sewn using the strip method. It turned out nice and my sister still uses it. What I found was that I did better when I finished one block rather than the string piecing of the same order. That did not work for me.

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    I think a lot depends on how narrow or wide the strips are.
    If narrow I would say paper or foundation, otherwise not.

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    Log cabin is very easy and goes together quickly. You'll love it. I've never paper pieced it but I have lots of sewing experience. If you are able to sew accurate seams, just get busy. If your seams are not so accurate, try paper piecing cause that will help. Good luck!

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    I am not a lover of PP but I tried to do a logcabin using the the regular method and my block was very out of shape! I did PP and loved how precise it was!

    I am working on drafting up a PP foundation for "Flowers in the Cabin". I'll never make it without the paper piecing foundation!

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    I love the logcabin and have done so many...Never crossed my mind anyone would PP it..

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    I just use strips, paper piecing takes to long, HOWEVER, I did a 3" log cabin block AND did use paper piecing for that one. Ended up with 1/4" logs --Yikes, it was pretty though.

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    Wow Dunster,
    That is a beautiful log cabin quilt. I have never seen that one before. What pattern did you use? I have to have one of those!
    Thanks,

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    I've only made 1 log cabin quilt and I just cut the strips and sewed them together. It worked fine for me.

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