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Thread: Please help! Searching for a Log cabin block

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    Exclamation Please help! Searching for a Log cabin block

    I'm looking for the attached block! I've looked everywhere and came up with nothing. I'm hoping someone here has seen it before and can shed some light on to what it's called, or anything:-). And no it's not a regular log cabin block...it's darker fabrics run diagonally down the center of the block.

    Thank you!
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    I think that is just a matter of placement. If turned the other way the lights would run diagonal. I could be wrong though. Sorry, not that helpful, but I don't mind taking a look around.
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    It is a regular log cabin block, but instead of using a single fabric for each log, these logs are split using 2 fabrics, light and dark.

    The change of fabric is just shifted over to create the diagonal effect.

    Neat.


    eta: It's pieced as the Courthouse Steps variation.
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    Cannot really help, but agree with the other posters that it is split logs.

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    yes, from what I can tell, it is a simple log cabin started with a large center, with a couple of light cornerstones added at the beginning, and you just build out from there. I'll bet you can easily draft this out on graph paper.
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    welcome to the board, and i agree with all the prev advice
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    Here's the outline of the block.

    Note that the center is 3x as wide as the logs.

    For instance, the center is a 3" square, with 3 rounds of logs. The total FINISHED size is 9".

    I made a boo-boo while drafting it and included an extra round (blacked it out) when, in fact, there is sashing between the logs.

    I was too lazy to change it so the quilt below shows the extra round in each block - that's why there are two lights where the blocks intersect, when there should only be one.

    (I colored one corner of the last round dark so it would more closely resemble the picture.
    Like I said, I'm lazy.)

    But you should get the idea.


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    you're good ;-)
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    Thank you for everyone's advise
    And all the warm welcomes!!

    And holy wow, mts!! Thank you!!! You seriously saved me another day of searching then drafting by hand hahaha!

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    @Ariane - you can see the sashing and cornerstones highlighted below - which, with the three rounds in each block, blends together nicely, creating a much more interesting image.

    Plus the use of numerous fabrics - controlled scrappy - helps with the blending.


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    I was busy with EQ while MTS was posting. Same result - I got one of the sashing strips turned the wrong way.
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    beautiful job.
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    Drag out your graph paper. I'm guessing here, but the centers appear to be maybe 3" finished, the other strips 1" finished and the dark ones are 3" x 1" finished on two sides and 4" x 1" finished on the other two sides with 1" wide lights finishing out the length of each side.
    Or 4.5" finished center with 1.5" finished x 4.5" finished and 1.5" finished x 6" finished darks. With lights to finish out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DebraK View Post
    yes, from what I can tell, it is a simple log cabin started with a large center, with a couple of light cornerstones added at the beginning, and you just build out from there. I'll bet you can easily draft this out on graph paper.
    It's not a normal log cabin which has two sides light and two sides dark. This had 4 sides dark but always the same measurements (well, two sizes) all finished out with lights
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    DebraK, love your pear quilt.
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    Wow, that is gorgeous! Reminds me of an Irish Star pattern also

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    Wow, that is gorgeous! Reminds me of an Irish Star pattern also

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    GrannieAnnie, I need to put a disclaimer on that picture. It's actually just a pincushion sitting on some batik fabric. It was an entry for a little photo contest I participated in. but thank you anyway ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by DebraK View Post
    GrannieAnnie, I need to put a disclaimer on that picture ;-) It's actually just a pincushion sitting on some batik fabric. It was an entry for a little photo contest I participated in. but thank you anyway ;-)
    I'd never had guessed. Would make a beautiful quilt. And you did a great job with that camera!
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    Is there anyway you can send the first image to me with the actual size? When I open it in photoshop it says its only 3" total. Thank you if you can!

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    Or I see you have a link to patterns you sell! Please let me know (you or mts) if you post it. Thank you, everyone so much!!!

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    Love the look of it in the pinks and browns. Thanks for the draft pattern!
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    MTS, I love that mathematical with an artistic bent mind of yours. You make life so easy for some of us. One more for the bucket list.

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    Very pretty variation, thanks for sharing
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    I do not know that pattern, but I noticed a few things about the construction.

    1. Those blocks have a sashing. One row's thickness with a single square at the corners.

    2. The first round after the center block looks like a standard chimneys and cornerstones pattern.

    3. I did find this tutorial, which is similar but not quite the same in proportions. It's called "converging corners":
    http://www.filminthefridge.com/2012/...ck-a-tutorial/

    4. I don't think you can chain stitch these blocks like you would normally do a log cabin pattern. Looks like each one is individually made because of the precise measurements of the sides. Notice how the dark colors step by the same amount in each successive round? Looks like increments equal to the width of each round. Tedious!

    It is a beautiful effect, though, like a log cabin Irish chain. Hope you find more help!


    ETA: Just read some of the other posts and realized I've reiterated some. Oh well, at least I can feel like the link added a little value
    Last edited by x7lillies; 11-06-2012 at 12:08 PM.
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