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Thread: Log Cabin - Vellum Templates

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    Senior Member miholmes's Avatar
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    Hello there,

    I decided I would try my first log cabin. I was thinking of paper piecing it. But I was hoping to find a source for pre-printed log cabin vellum. Or at least an easy log cabin pattern I could print on my own vellum.

    I was watching this video online:
    http://www.ehow.com/video_4433324_us...bin-quilt.html
    I was hoping to find something similar to what she's using. I did call Piper's Quilts, but they are currently out of the pre-printed vellum.

    Any assistance or suggestions are appreciated!

    ~Michael

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    Hi Michael. For doing a Log Cabin have you looked at just a pattern of it? You may be able to just look at a pattern and follow those instructions instead of going through all the trouble of looking for Vellum Templates.

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    I have....but I'm a little intimidated! :)

    I don't think most people realize how much fabric is unless you sew, and I'm nervous that I will purchase all of this fabric and them mess it all up! :)

    I was even looking into buying a precut kit from ebay.

    I'm so new to this I'm afriad I'll pick the wrong colors and end up with a hideous quilt. :lol:

    But I guess I should just relax and have fun with it right?

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    Yes, relax and have fun!! Take some scraps and try a block before cutting into "good" fabric. Try goggling "log cabin quilt images" and look at all the color combinations.

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    I just finished a scrappy log cabin a couple of weeks ago. I bought the Eleanor Burns Quilt in a Day Log Cabin book. It gives you yardage for different size quilts, shows you different layouts after the blocks are made, and step by step instructions (really good instructions). It is now my bible for log cabin quilts, in fact, I'm getting ready to start another one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patty48
    I just finished a scrappy log cabin a couple of weeks ago. I bought the Eleanor Burns Quilt in a Day Log Cabin book. It gives you yardage for different size quilts, shows you different layouts after the blocks are made, and step by step instructions (really good instructions). It is now my bible for log cabin quilts, in fact, I'm getting ready to start another one.
    Yes Micheal I will agree with patty. Eleanor Burns is the best.
    She has easy to read instructions. Most of the Log Cabins I've done have all been scrappy. No color guessing at all.
    So relax and just believe in yourself.
    :thumbup:

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    I learned to make log cabin quilts from Judy Martin's book - http://www.amazon.com/Judy-Martins-C...6608700&sr=8-1

    Her method isn't paper piecing, but it's very easy and well explained. I love paper piecing, but wouldn't use it for a log cabin because I don't think it's necessary for that pattern. PP also involves more fabric waste.

    This is a log cabin that I made entirely from scraps.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-23612-1.htm

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    My favorite log cabins are the two color ones where you use the dark on one half and the light on the other. That way you don't have to try so hard to match all of the fabrics the first time around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    I learned to make log cabin quilts from Judy Martin's book - http://www.amazon.com/Judy-Martins-C...6608700&sr=8-1

    Her method isn't paper piecing, but it's very easy and well explained. I love paper piecing, but wouldn't use it for a log cabin because I don't think it's necessary for that pattern. PP also involves more fabric waste.

    This is a log cabin that I made entirely from scraps.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-23612-1.htm

    By the way, I love your scrappy log cabin

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    Welcome to the Board!
    Not to be contrary...just expressing my opinions and trying to be of some help...
    Avoid precut kits...cutting skills take some practice...but if you want to learn, you're going to have to make some mistakes...of course, that's not an issue if you just want to make one quilt.
    Think about a rail fence for a simpler, smaller project.
    Log cabins are not nearly as simple or easy as many seem to think...especially if you don't have that consistent seam allowance mastered. I do believe that E.Burns does it as well as it can be done...her books are great for all skill levels.
    Make a couple of sample blocks from low cost fabric before you commit to the expense of enough yardage to do whatever you decide to do.
    Relax...this is supposed to be pleasure!
    Using a printed paper foundation would greatly increase the accuracy of the blocks...but not everyone enjoys the extra steps enough to use this technique.
    Whatever you decide to do...you've got lots of folks here to encourage you! Have some fun...enjoy the process...best of luck to you on your new project!

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    Here is a Paper Piecing template for a 7 inch log cabin block.
    You can use regular copy paper, I do all of the time. Set your stitch length to 1.8 and the paper will tear away easily.

    Print one out, cut some scraps 3/8" larger than the strips on the template and give it a go.

    Here is a tutorial I did on paper piecing, the block is similar and if this is your first time PP in may be helpful :wink:

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-25541-1.htm


    If you would like a smaller sized block, send me a PM and I will add it here :D:D:D

    Log cabin block foundation

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    Bobbinwinder summed it all up. :thumbup: I couldn't have said it better myself. :thumbup:
    I forgot to welcome you to the board Michael so welcome from
    Washington State and have fun sewing. Would love to see pictures of your progress :thumbup:

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    Mike, just chose color that compliment each other and you will do fine. Buy some colored pencils, draw a rough draft and try colors that way.

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    Hi Michael! Welcome from STILL SNOW COVERED Northern Virginia.....Glad to have you join our group. Believe you will like the log cabins....you can start by just getting some fat quarters - (want it scrappy,right?) where the only thing to remember is that in each block you need a color for the center square, and then colors that are easily separated into lights and darks........Nothing has to match or "go with" anything else.......No need to invest in a ton of yardage - just get some fat quarters, and play with making a few blocks.......This is something to be enjoyed....Post some pics to show us the fabrics and your progress......

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    Quote Originally Posted by patty48
    I just finished a scrappy log cabin a couple of weeks ago. I bought the Eleanor Burns Quilt in a Day Log Cabin book. It gives you yardage for different size quilts, shows you different layouts after the blocks are made, and step by step instructions (really good instructions). It is now my bible for log cabin quilts, in fact, I'm getting ready to start another one.
    this is really a good book to have, it will save you time and money.

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    The first time I did PP (I'm pretty cheap), oh I'm dating myself too, I went out and bought onion skin. You can get it in a pad. I just printed out my pattern out on it and its very thin so I just misted the paper with some water and it came off nicely.

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    Hi!

    My first quilt was a log cabin. It was easy! Just sew the strips to each other around a square. As long as you use lights and darks fabrics of any color it will turn out great.

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    Please tell me about the beautiful quilt in the picture to the left of your message where your name is. It is gorgeous!

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    Please tell me abouto the picture by your name, Patty48. That is a gorgeous quilt! I had put a message in as a reply but then realized that you probably would not know it was for you as I did not identify you in it.
    Quote Originally Posted by patty48
    I just finished a scrappy log cabin a couple of weeks ago. I bought the Eleanor Burns Quilt in a Day Log Cabin book. It gives you yardage for different size quilts, shows you different layouts after the blocks are made, and step by step instructions (really good instructions). It is now my bible for log cabin quilts, in fact, I'm getting ready to start another one.

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    There is a book "The Weekend Quilter" and it has directions for easy to assemble several different patterns of beautiful quilts. They may look complicated, but the book teaches you amazing "short-cuts" that make it easy and save time. the finished product is beautiful. And there are also tips about hand quilting . Good Luck! And if you're not having fun, then it Ain't worth doing!

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    Hello Mike, buy a copy of Eleanor Burns, Quilt in a Day
    Log Cabin Pattern. the best advise I can tell you when you make your log cabin, Be sure to use a ruler when you cut your fabric after adding a log. Use your squared ruler frequently. Once your blocks get off square you can't get them squared up again. A fun block/quilt to make.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miholmes
    I have....but I'm a little intimidated! :)

    I don't think most people realize how much fabric is unless you sew, and I'm nervous that I will purchase all of this fabric and them mess it all up! :)

    I was even looking into buying a precut kit from ebay.

    I'm so new to this I'm afriad I'll pick the wrong colors and end up with a hideous quilt. :lol:

    But I guess I should just relax and have fun with it right?
    Just make one block to start and get the feel of it. You will be surprised at how much confidence you can get from this. Go to quilterscache.com and see if she has the pattern. I am pretty sure that she does.

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    Hi Michael,

    I hope you have joined some sort of a quilting guild or group.

    If possible, find or make a new friend who has the Electric Quilt program. You can audition your colors and fabrics with it ... and ... it will print out the amount of yardage needed for whatever design & size quilt you want.

    If you are really new to quilting, I think the easiest pattern is Rail Fence. You learn a lot and it is more forgiving in some ways.

    Have Fun with it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by miholmes
    Hello there,

    I decided I would try my first log cabin. I was thinking of paper piecing it. But I was hoping to find a source for pre-printed log cabin vellum. Or at least an easy log cabin pattern I could print on my own vellum.

    I was watching this video online:
    http://www.ehow.com/video_4433324_us...bin-quilt.html
    I was hoping to find something similar to what she's using. I did call Piper's Quilts, but they are currently out of the pre-printed vellum.

    Any assistance or suggestions are appreciated!

    ~Michael
    Architects use vellum. They may have some 'end of rolls' for you....just a thought.

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    Michael, Log Cabin is a very easy, fulfilling quilt to make. I was scared to death of it also, when I first started.
    I finally learned that you can do the following and not have to have paper piece, templates, anything.
    Just do this: 1. Start with a sqare of Red fabric, cut a scant 2and 1/2 " square.
    2. Sew a light fabric to 1 side of that 2and 1/2" Square.
    3. Turn the square with the 1 light pieced sewn. Now, take a another light piece and sew to the next side of the square you started with. BY THE WAY, ALL PIECES ARE 1' FINISHED; 1AND 1/2 TO START--TO ALLOW FOR THE SEAMS ; 1/4 IN. TO THE SQUARE, AND 1/4 TO THE NEXT PIECE OF FABRIC.
    4. Now you are back to the first side--light piece. Sew another piece to the first side, which will be longer, as you are also sewing to the 2nd piece.
    5. the same thing on the 2nd light piece.
    6. Keep turning the work. Now you are at the dark side. Sew a dark piece to the 1st dark piece.
    7Turn your work, another dark piece.
    8. Keep going. Each piece will be getting longer.

    ***I am making my present Log Cabin with 15" squares, so I cut the pieces 15and1/2 in. long.
    Just keep going until you reach the size block you want.
    That is all there is to it!!
    ***Before I caught on, and a friend showed me this, I bought paper piecing print blocks from The Little Foot.com site.
    I am just now getting registered enough to sell anything with the site. I have 2 pkgs. of them--10each pkg. When I clear to sell items online, if I still have them, I paid $10.00 each pkg. I will sell them both for $16.00 post pd.
    If you don't understand this and think you want to try it, you can email me and I will try to clear it up for you.
    [email protected]

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