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Thread: 1st attempt at log cabin- am I doing this right?

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    1st attempt at log cabin- am I doing this right?

    I want to make a scrappy log cabin, using the same red block throughout for the center square. I know you are supposed to do lights and darks, but before I get too many squares made I'd like your opinions. Is the contrast enough? I'm enjoying making them but if the lights need to be lighter I prefer knowing now. Thanks for your input.
    I'm really looking forward to playing with the placement of the blocks for different affects and see which one I like best. I'm making this for the bed in our camper. I want to make it to be a spread that hangs over the edge, not just a quilt size. I am getting entirely toooo many scraps, so thought this'd be a nice way to use them up. I'm also going to do it as a QAYG project. That's another reason why I wanted to check with you all before I wasted time & supplies on that, if I really should tweak it before going on.
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    Here it is- guess it helps to hit "upload". :-)
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    Looks great to me. As for the red center block, really its supposed to be red. Represents the warmth of the home fires! Nicely done.
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    I think it looks great for sure

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    I would not change a thing.. Proceed with confidence!

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    Looks wonderful!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ruck9085 View Post
    Looks great to me. As for the red center block, really its supposed to be red. Represents the warmth of the home fires! Nicely done.
    Or you can use a black square that was used on log cabins and then hung out on the clothes lines so that run away slaves knew this was a safe haven for them to rest and get shelter. Sometimes they's even painted a side of a barn or a bench with it just so that the message was there for them.
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    Lovely! Can't wait to see the whole quilt!

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    love it. very pretty

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    yep, they look great. red centers, yellow or black ones too look great.

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    looks perfect to me
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    Looks great!!!!

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    Oh that's going to be a stunning quilt!
    It's looking like you have nice narrow logs, which can make it even more beautiful.

    Remember, there's no rules ... the light side does not have to be as contrasting as yours ... sometimes the two sides might be different colours, such as blue/pink; or dark blues and light blues; black/red.

    Other significant centre colours ....
    Yellow ... the light in the window
    Black ... quilts made after a death (RomanoJG -- the slave significance makes total sense, and I'll remember that one in the future)
    Red ... represents the fire in the hearth (as per Ruck)

    Here's two of mine. One with the traditional red centre. The brown one was before I learned the significance. The centres are all the same brown fabric, and after that, it's totally scrappy, hit and miss, keeping lights/darks to their sides.





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    Looking good. Keep going.
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    I think you are your way to a superb example of a log cabin done scrappy!

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    You can do anything you want. There are no quilt police on this board. (if one slips in, we attack him/her and hang them by their fingernails. LOL. Seriously, it looks like it is going to be an awesome scrappy log cabin. Be sure to post pictures of the finished product.
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    looks beautiful-keep on sewing
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    Looks just right!

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    Yes it looks good I also like the log cabin quilts I made mine I also used red in the center of all

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    You could do a blue centre for an air-conditioned house lol. Your block looks great

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    Looks like a great start! Please show us again when you've finished!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    Oh that's going to be a stunning quilt!
    It's looking like you have nice narrow logs, which can make it even more beautiful.

    Remember, there's no rules ... the light side does not have to be as contrasting as yours ... sometimes the two sides might be different colours, such as blue/pink; or dark blues and light blues; black/red.

    Other significant centre colours ....
    Yellow ... the light in the window
    Black ... quilts made after a death (RomanoJG -- the slave significance makes total sense, and I'll remember that one in the future)
    Red ... represents the fire in the hearth (as per Ruck)

    Here's two of mine. One with the traditional red centre. The brown one was before I learned the significance. The centres are all the same brown fabric, and after that, it's totally scrappy, hit and miss, keeping lights/darks to their sides.





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    I would love to know what pattern you used on that jumbo log cabin on the bed. That would be perfect for my DS bed. I haven't attempted a Log cabin yet, and I think this one would be fun.

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    Your blocks are terrific! Love the scrappiness!
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    Quote Originally Posted by himnherr View Post
    I want to make a scrappy log cabin, using the same red block throughout for the center square. I know you are supposed to do lights and darks, but before I get too many squares made I'd like your opinions. Is the contrast enough? I'm enjoying making them but if the lights need to be lighter I prefer knowing now. Thanks for your input.
    I'm really looking forward to playing with the placement of the blocks for different affects and see which one I like best. I'm making this for the bed in our camper. I want to make it to be a spread that hangs over the edge, not just a quilt size. I am getting entirely toooo many scraps, so thought this'd be a nice way to use them up. I'm also going to do it as a QAYG project. That's another reason why I wanted to check with you all before I wasted time & supplies on that, if I really should tweak it before going on.
    I think your quilt will be stunning!! I love the scrappy look and can't wait to see it finished. Keep going as you are!!

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    It will be beautiful. just keep on going.

    QuiltE, the on the bed looks wonderful. Great job, on colors.
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