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Thread: What is your favorite strip width for scrappy log cabins?

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    http://www.quilterscache.com/L/LogCabinStarsBlock.html

    here is the link for the log cabin stars. I am currentyly making one also. Somehow with all the requests for quilts though it has landed in the UFO pile for a little while.

    My log cabin stars WIP
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    For those of you that have made a log cabin quilt -- do you cut all the strips the correct length before you sew them together?? I'm sure that I would mess that all up! :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewjoyce
    For those of you that have made a log cabin quilt -- do you cut all the strips the correct length before you sew them together?? I'm sure that I would mess that all up! :lol:
    I never have, and there are some forms of log cabin that it is nearly impossible to do it (diamond log cabin comes to mind) ... however!
    I have read all the reasons to cut the correct lengths before starting, and I am beginning to think that those who propose it are correct!
    Get yourself some clip clothespins (if you are very young you may never have seen one, but we will help you! LOL)
    Anyway, with a sharpie, you can mark the sizes of strips you need to cut, do some math to know how many to cut to that length, and then just put the correct strip in the correct clothespin - - with chainpiecing, you will be on a good path

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    Quote Originally Posted by bitty39
    If you use two different widths you can makea curved kinda affect....as per below.

    From memory they were 1" and 1 1/2"!

    First time I've ever seen the curved placement design...talk about dynamic and beautiful! Thanks for posting this photo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewjoyce
    For those of you that have made a log cabin quilt -- do you cut all the strips the correct length before you sew them together?? I'm sure that I would mess that all up! :lol:
    I like to do this as it gives you a sort of running check that all your seam allowances are OK. If the strip you are currently adding is too long or too short, you can see straight away that a seam(s) must be wonky!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewjoyce
    For those of you that have made a log cabin quilt -- do you cut all the strips the correct length before you sew them together?? I'm sure that I would mess that all up! :lol:
    I tried, but found I lack the patience and fortitude to do this. It delays getting to the sewing a *lot*! Since I have strip-pieced log cabins without problems of accuracy, I have gone back to strip piecing and cutting to size as I go. Just works better for me.

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    Thanks everyone for your replies!! Since my sewing isn't ALWAYS that precise, it sounds like a good idea to cut all the strips ahead of time. I guess I'll just have to cut a little while sewing on another project so that I don't get burnt out on making the quilt before I get started sewing...

    And, Omak, to really date myself, I had to hang out clothes when my daughter was little -- in the winter. Darn frozen diapers :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by StitchinJoy
    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    I've made log cabin blocks with wider widths, but not the 1.5 inch cut width.

    Any advice?
    I like small strips because the give a lot of movement to the finished piece. But I most often use 2" strips because I am usually making quilts for Project Linus, and they need a lot of quilts-- fast!

    Here's a link to a great article from the Quilt Study Center on Log Cabin quilts, showing different settings and explaining a lot of why they do what they do.
    http://www.quiltstudy.org/includes/d...lleryguide.pdf
    That was fabulous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewjoyce
    Thanks everyone for your replies!! Since my sewing isn't ALWAYS that precise, it sounds like a good idea to cut all the strips ahead of time. I guess I'll just have to cut a little while sewing on another project so that I don't get burnt out on making the quilt before I get started sewing...

    And, Omak, to really date myself, I had to hang out clothes when my daughter was little -- in the winter. Darn frozen diapers :lol: :lol: :lol:
    LOL ... isn't life experience a WONDERFUL thing??? LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peggy
    I always cut my excess fabric into 2" strips for future quilt projects. Have made several log cabin quilts out of this size strips. Really like the look I get with this width.

    However, I still have hundreds - HUNDREDS - of scrap strips in this width and need another pattern(s) as I am tired of log cabins (at the moment). Anyone have any idea(s) about how I can use these 2" wide strips? I prefer easy patterns!
    Check out quiltville.com for free patterns, many are made with 2" strips.

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    thank you all for the information. God bless. Penny

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    Thank you guys for this thread. I also would like to make my first log cabin from my scraps. But question, What about hand quilting - is hard to quilt with the strips not being so wide? Or would it be better to press open (now that scares me, 'cuz then the seams aren't protected as well) or am I being too parinoid (not sure of spelling). lol

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    With narrow strips in a log cabin, you have the prospect of a *lot* of seams to hand quilt through. One solution is to just hand quilt a line through the middle of each log. You can spiral, or make concentric squares to minimize the seam allowances you have to cross. With wider strips, you have the option of outlining 1/4-inch inside each strip, never crossing a seam allowance.

    I'm not paranoid about pressing seams open if the seams are made by machine. The original reason to press seams to the side was to strengthen hand-pieced seams. Machine-pieced seams are strong enough. I wouldn't use a polyester batting or wool batting with seams pressed open, though, because of the higher risk of "bearding" through the seams. (As far as I know, cotton batting does not beard.)

    I think it would be a pain to press seams open for log cabin blocks, though. It's more difficult and time-consuming to press a seam open than it is to press it to the side. The big reason to press seams open is to achieve better accuracy for intricately pieced designs.

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    I agree Prism, I have hand quilted several log cabins with no problem.

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    watching this thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by StitchinJoy
    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    I've made log cabin blocks with wider widths, but not the 1.5 inch cut width.

    Any advice?
    I like small strips because the give a lot of movement to the finished piece. But I most often use 2" strips because I am usually making quilts for Project Linus, and they need a lot of quilts-- fast!

    Here's a link to a great article from the Quilt Study Center on Log Cabin quilts, showing different settings and explaining a lot of why they do what they do.
    http://www.quiltstudy.org/includes/d...lleryguide.pdf
    wow, fantastic link/guide - thanks

    :thumbup:

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    this is gorgeous!! love the blue! I am just starting a log cabin, with paper piecing, because I struggled with making one block wihtout it getting all mixed up with lights, and darks in wrong posititon. lol. So I am cheating I suppose, and marking the paper I printed with an " l " and a " d" to help me remember! You did a great job!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peggy
    I always cut my excess fabric into 2" strips for future quilt projects. Have made several log cabin quilts out of this size strips. Really like the look I get with this width.

    However, I still have hundreds - HUNDREDS - of scrap strips in this width and need another pattern(s) as I am tired of log cabins (at the moment). Anyone have any idea(s) about how I can use these 2" wide strips? I prefer easy patterns!
    Hello. Have you seen this site? Various widths of strips, you could use a lot of your 2" strips in these. I have made a couple different ones , very pretty.
    http://www.ohfransson.com/oh_fransso...ilt-along.html

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    I want to make the quilt as u go log cabin, i just thought it would b fun, and using 1 3/4- or 2 inch strips, has anyone done one like that??? I want my squares to b 10 inches, or i might change to 12 inches. Is anyone good at math or know of a sight to help figure out the yardage for a king size quilt, i would appreciate it. I will add two borders all the way around and maybe sashings in between. thanks for the help. And a big thank u to the person who startest this great topic, i love log cabins and the color red, so mine will be reds. thank u
    Mary

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