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Thread: Wrong size strips

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    Junior Member Pat_sews's Avatar
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    Lightbulb Wrong size strips

    UGHHHH I was wanting to make a king size log cabin quilt. I looked at a pattern.. (First mistake) I should have looked at a lot of patterns. I cut the strips 1-1/2 " wide. I cut a LOTTTT of them. While I was cutting I thought I would check QB to see if I could get some pointers. Almost all that I have read say to use 2" strips.. Have I jsut made the job double hard by such narrow strips? I want to do it in the Barn Raising pattern. This will be my first Log Cabin. What do you think? Should I start over or jsut make it with these? I am sure i have enough strips cut for 3/4's if not the whole quilt... Thank u for any suggestions...

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    lots of people use even narrower strips- like 1"---your strips will finish at 1" and will make a beautiful log-cabin quilt- i would not start over- i would use what has been cut- (personally i think the ones with wider strips really loose something special) your blocks will just finish a bit smaller than the pattern you chose & you will need more of them- or you can add extra rounds to make the blocks larger.
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    I wouldn't start over. A log cabin with strips cut 1.5" wide will be beautiful. If you wanted a different look, you could cut larger strips or smaller strips too. Let me see if I can link to an example of an uneven log cabin quilt:
    http://www.quiltology.com/quiltology...gy-quilts.html

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    Almost every log cabin I have made have 1 1/2 inch cut strips.

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    My first was 1.5" wide strips and it came out just fine. It was easy to work with and I didn't have any problems with the size.

    Have fun with it!

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    This is a log cabin I made with 1 1/2 inch strips. It's from Judy Martin's log cabin book. I love the look of this quilt.
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    I've made all my log cabins with 1.5" strips. If it's a scrappy log cabin you'll find that the colors mix better when the strips are smaller. You can also make more designs when the blocks are smaller. I make 9" blocks, but you could make any size.

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    I would carry on with your 1 1/2 inch strips. It will take a little longer but you will get a better effect of the dark and light shading with smaller logs. Remember you can always do your next one with bigger logs if you want.

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    This is one of mine with 1 and 1/4" strips!
    I've always felt that the more logs the block has, the better it looks when finished.

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    Neanie, big thumbs up! Love it!

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    You get much better definition with 1.5" strips. I have made quilts with strips between 1" cut and 2.5" cut and I far and away prefer the 1.5" strips -- you get good definition and don't go nuts with piecing forever like you do when you use the 1" cut (my twin quilt with 1" cut strips became a table topper -- I got bored )
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    Hi All, Thank you all for your answers. I decided to try one with the 1.5" strips..Ive decided to use these directions, http://www.quilt.com/Blocks/LogCabin/LogCabin.html And I made one today. I thought a log cabin would be fast easy.. geesh I got turned around and had to frog stitch a few times. but finally its done. I had to trim it to 12.5" but it turned out ok....Ive added a pic of the block but I am never sure if it will show up or not. I just wanted to thank you all for all the helpfull info.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neanie View Post
    This is a log cabin I made with 1 1/2 inch strips. It's from Judy Martin's log cabin book. I love the look of this quilt.
    Wow! I love the look of it, too! It's gorgeous!
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    Beautiful Pat. I have myself be researching about the log cabin and I like the look of the narrow strips. I am just finishing up the quilting on a Irish Double Chain, but my next project is going to be a Log Cabin Broken Star. Be sure to show us when done casue it looks like it will be wonderful.

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    you can use smaller strips, your cabins will have a different look, but you can use any size you want as low as 1 inch

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    I prefer 1 1/2" strips for LC. I think your sample block came out great. Keep going!

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    You will be fine with a smaller strip - it will be just as nice and oh by the way we have the same avatar
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    Actually I think you made a happy mistake. IMHO log cabins are best with narrower strips

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    I would just use what you already have cut.
    If a woman's work is never done....why start?

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    Your already cut strips will be fine,. you may just have to make more blocks. Let us see the quilt when you finish, I'm sure it will be beautiful.

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    Beautiful log cabins. Makes me want to make one right now.
    Lorraine

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    I normally use 1.5" strips with a wider one as my last round. This makes it easier to square up the blocks.
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    Neanie, I absolutely fell in love with your quilt the minute I saw it. I cannot keep from looking at it. What is your secret? I noticed the B/W border really sets it off, but you also used a colonial mix of blues and golds and reds? Did you stay in one line of fabrics or use scraps?
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    It is turning out very nice! I love how you contrasted the darks and lights in your block!
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    All the Log Cabin patterns in my book recommend 1 1/2 inch strips.
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