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Old 02-22-2012, 05:40 PM
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What is your favorite method for constructing the log cabin blocks? Do you prefer cutting the strips to size for each section of the block or to sew each pieced section to a long strip and trimming after? I know this is suppose to be a very easy block to sew, but first, I have trouble deciding on fabrics (lights and darks) and have a hard time getting started without a diagram.
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Old 02-22-2012, 05:49 PM
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I've only done scrappy, wonky style, log cabins ala Mary Johnson's instruction site, but I am collecting florals and lights to do a barnbum (one of our members) special, so I will have to get serious (maybe). I have Judy Martin's book on log cabins to guide me. It has excellent ratings if you are looking for expert, published advice.
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Old 02-22-2012, 05:51 PM
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I strip piece. Love the quilt in a day method.
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Old 02-22-2012, 06:08 PM
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I love these log cabin blocks. I cut each piece and sew together, one block at a time.
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Old 02-22-2012, 06:30 PM
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I prefer to cut the strips to size and then sew them. I tried sewing them onto a long strip and my blocks tended to grow wonky.
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Old 02-22-2012, 06:34 PM
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I made one with the Quilt in a Day method and loved it...all my blocks came out square and when I sewed on that last log, all 24 blocks were done!
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Old 02-22-2012, 06:54 PM
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I use the strip method and there are so many patterns to possibly use, you don't get sick of making the log cabin.
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Old 02-22-2012, 07:05 PM
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I make log cabins the Judy Martin way. Starch, cut with the grain, cut each log to length, and chain piece. If I'm using scraps I can't always starch and cut with the grain, but I still cut each log to length.
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Old 02-22-2012, 07:12 PM
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I make log cabins the Judy Martin way. Starch, cut with the grain, cut each log to length, and chain piece. If I'm using scraps I can't always starch and cut with the grain, but I still cut each log to length.
I am with Dunster on this ... Starch ..cut lenghtwise grain, cut to lenght ... I tried the strip method it didn't seem to make that much difference to me time wise , but it was easier to get wonky going with strips and cross grain. I like Eleanor Burns but on this issue we differ.
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No matter how hard I try, I cannot keep my log cabins straight unless I paper piece them.
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