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    This is the tutorial for a log cabin style square in a square block I put together for Sharon b's C-1 block in the Dear Jane block exchange. I made the files small for those with dial-up :wink:

    You will need:
    A glue stick
    Pins- I prefer flower head pins, they lay flatter and don’t distort the paper as much.
    I use and prefer regular copy paper
    2 copies of this block
    Fabric scraps
    Thread
    Rotary cutter
    Ruler
    A piece of cardboard with a straight edge or something else very flat to use, to fold the paper over. Rotary rulers are to thick. I used an old Utunes credit type card in these pictures.

    Always measure your blocks after printing them out, some will be too large or too small. If you use steam to press, it can even shrink some papers. If you must use steam, steam press your papers first to preshrink them. I do not use steam ever for paper piecing, but that is my preference.

    On the back side of one of the patterns, mark each piece with a big X. Then cut out each piece, these will be your templates, be SURE that you use it as a template with the X side up. All fabric should also be right side up. This will not really apply to this block, but it will to many others, so it is a good habit to start out with. Cut your fabric 3/8” to a ½” bigger then the template, this will give you wiggle room. After this block you may find that cutting them exact will work for you, if you are unsure, continue cutting them larger. The last round of the block, I always cut them at 1/2" larger just in case when squaring them up.
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    Brilliant amma! Thanks so much, you are truly the Queen of PPing! :D

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    Thanks. I have only done one pp on my own.

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    Amma,

    I don't precut templates, I just eyeball it and cut strips/squares/rectangles. It may waste fabric, but to me it's faster and easier.

    And I could never paper piece without my "add-a-quarter" ruler to cut the seams with.

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    Amma,
    Thanks for the tutorial. I think I have a few more clues to what I have been doing wrong when I try to PP. You are all bookmarked and ready for the next day I get to sew.
    Lisa

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    Thanks Amma!!!

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    Nicely done, Miss Amma.

    I think if I were doing them, I would do them more "courthouse steps" style than "log cabin" style, but that's just a personal preference.

    I definitely found the "glue the center piece down" suggestion to be very helpful.

    And the cutting the outside round pieces a bit wider than "necessary"

    Thank you.

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    Thank you all for the kind comments!!!

    gaigai, Sometimes I just randomly cut fabric too, but if I am doing a lot of blocks I usually cut them and stack them and chain piece them. Cut out the next bunch and on I go LOL
    The add a quarter ruler would be handy...it is on my wish list :wink:

    Lisa, and anyone else, if you have any questions on this feel free to send me a PM!!! I am more than happy to help!

    I probably would have pieced it that way too bearisgray...most fabrics would not show the difference, but I went with the numbering on the template for the tutorial, I did not want to confuse anyone.
    The other benefit to showing it this way was it did teach people new at pp to look at the lines and determine where to trim after each addition.

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    I noticed the numbering - and I appreciated that you added the pieces in the same order as the numbering of them.

    When I'm trying to learn something, I really appreciate things being kept in consistent order. Maybe because I process very linearly. Or confuse easily.

    THEN I want to go and do it differently! :)


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    Thank you for this tute!!

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    You are very welcome sewnsewer2

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    Thanks for the tute!

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    Thank you so much for this Tut. Amma

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    You are welcome Shemjo and Pickles :D:D:D

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    Add a quarter with the skinny side of your sewing gauge. Just be careful not to nick the metal edge with the blade.
    Fran Mc

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    I have never done pp before, but I just looked over the tutorial and at least have a better understanding of it now. Thanks so much. I was totally lost before reading that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crafty Nana
    I have never done pp before, but I just looked over the tutorial and at least have a better understanding of it now. Thanks so much. I was totally lost before reading that.
    once i did the tutorial i wondered why i was so scared to pp. now that's all i want to do :-D

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    Where were you couple of nights ago when I got brave enough to try PP....only I sewed with the paper underneath the fabric...couldn't figure out for the life of me what was wrong. Kept thinking, something isn't right. After I got a wonky looking block made, I thought I'd done it backwards, but didn't get the chance to get back to the machine. See why I said I was afraid to try...but did learn by that mistake. Thanks so much for showing the ones of us who don't know.

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    it's really great once you get the hang of it

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    Once you get the hang of remembering the top of the paper with the lines is the mirror image, and that the fabric side is the top, you are over the biggest hurdle :wink: :D:D:D

    Even with as much PP as I do, I still print out an extra copy to use as templates for cutting my fabric...those angles still will throw me off LOL

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    What a fantastic tutorial on PP. Very detailed. Thank you

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    Thanks for the glue tip. I always hated doing the first piece. I think the glue will calm my fears.

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    Amma, every time I see your tutorial, I notice more aspects. Have to try again soon.

    We have snow warning for ?? inches, so now that I got my supplies in I don't have a reason not to sew.

    TTUL

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    Sounds like a winner !!!! Also, thanks for the glue idea. MUST have heard that before but just did not pick up on it.

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