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Thread: Log Cabin Question

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    I have made a log cabin quilt before using Eleanor's strip method and nothing I ever do is less than a struggle but when I saw Dunster's little containers with all the lengths in them, it brought a question to my mind. Which do you find easier. The strip method or cutting out the sizes? I hope I asked that in the right way so you don't think I'm a nut lol Thanks, Wendy

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    IMHO strip method.

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    Cutting out method. IMO, it's easier to keep the block exactly square and the same size as the next one.

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    I love making Log Cabins. I cut the strips to proper lengths and then I make blocks. I don't like to sew and trim, even if done in chain piecing. Everyone does it the way they like best. Try a little of both methods and you will soon see which you like best. Happy piecing!

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    I cut the pieces to the correct sizes first. I like the built-in accuracy at each step. The blocks are all very close to the same size and there is very little trimming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose
    Cutting out method. IMO, it's easier to keep the block exactly square and the same size as the next one.
    Yep, I totally agree. When I do it this way, I don't have to bother with squaring up at all. And it goes faster for me, I can do all the same strip at the same time... strip piecing. Easy, peasy :thumbup:

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    I do Log Cabin PP'ing..so much easier

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    Quote Originally Posted by hobbykat1955
    I do Log Cabin PP'ing..so much easier
    You beat me to it! I have to do it by PP'ing. If I don't, they come out wonky!

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    I vote for squaring up after sewing strips.

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    Strip method cause I can chain sew.

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    You beat me to it! I have to do it by PP'ing. If I don't, they come out wonky![/quote]

    Mine come out wonky too.

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    No matter how careful I am cutting the logs and sewing, or using the strip method, I have found I just can't beat the accuracy of paper piecing them. So, that's what I do now.

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    I like cutting the strips to the proper length - no squaring up required as you're checking your dimensions with every seam. :)

    I tried it Eleanor's way (and I'm a huge fan of hers, so I'm not knocking her at all) but it just works out faster for me to cut everything to the proper length before sewing. :)

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    I wondered that too. I have quite a lot of her books and videos and she's one I'd love to kidnap and never let go lol When I did her method they were never straight, so I will try both the cutting to length and a paperpieced block. I've never done a pp quilt but we'll see how it goes. Thanks so much for your help

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    I like Eleanor's best because I like to chain sew.

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    I like cutting the logs the length they should be and then fudging them to fit the block, if necessary. I found that the other way makes them get out of shape easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slstitcher
    I like Eleanor's best because I like to chain sew.
    You can chain sew with either method. I use Judy Martin's method because I never have to square up. Having the strips pre-cut lets you know IMMEDIATELY if you are getting off-square. It also helps to starch the fabric before cutting and to cut with the grain rather than across the WOF, but since I do most of mine with scraps I can't always do that.

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    I'm with ya Hobby - PP is the only way I get straight lines. But I'm working on that 1/4" thingy every day - maybe, just maybe by the time 110, I'll master it

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    I was very impressed with dunster's method of precutting everything. I'm not as organized. I cut each group of logs to the correct size before each round.....then just chain sewed. It went really fast and then at the end..... the blocks were all the right size and I had very little trimming to do. It went really fast. No need for paper piecing to get a perfect block this way, that would be WAY too much work!

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    I was really impressed too, I will try this as soon as I finish my present quilt
    Quote Originally Posted by A1penny
    I was very impressed with dunster's method of precutting everything. I'm not as organized. I cut each group of logs to the correct size before each round.....then just chain sewed. It went really fast and then at the end..... the blocks were all the right size and I had very little trimming to do. It went really fast. No need for paper piecing to get a perfect block this way, that would be WAY too much work!

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    I have not yet made a log cabin, but have read several posts over a period of time that said if you don't cut the strips to the exact size, the blocks won't be as accurate. I was surprised by that. I just assumed if you were careful, you could sew and trim and get a nice block. I read a post on another forum where someone made the whole quilt by the faster, sew and trim method, and the quilt was way out of square. I guess she didn't square up after she sewed the blocks.

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    I use the strip method. Everyone is different, You and should try all the methods and pick out the best one for you.

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    I like to cut the right size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose
    Cutting out method. IMO, it's easier to keep the block exactly square and the same size as the next one.
    I agree.

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    Strip, chain sewing, then squaring when blocks are done. Should always square up before sewing rows together. Trust me, not quite right if you don't.

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