Tuesday, March 12, 2013
The Mighty Log Cabin
So, the next block for our funky Mulligan Stew/Kitchen Sink crazy block exchange is the Log Cabin. I love this block, I truly do. It has so many possibilities!
It can be classic and traditional.
Or funky and modern.
I counted and I've made 9 quilts that involve log cabins in some shape or form since I started seriously quilting six years ago. I won't picture them all here, but if you're curious the links are here- tummy time quilt, bright baby, there's no place like home, cars quilt, cheeky monkey, Sam's quilt, birds and trees, doll quilt, and lawson's quilt. That's a lot of log cabin love.
Saturday night, I demonstrated a simple, jelly roll friendly log cabin block.
I won't go into too much detail here but here's a quick and dirty diagram of the block.
The measurements of each of the nine pieces are listed. You sew #1 to #2. Press. Sew on #3. Press. And on and on. If you wanted a really traditional block, #1 would be red, #2, 3, 6 and 7 would be either light or dark. #4, 5, 8 and 9 would be the opposite. For a square in square look, #2, 3, 4, and 5 would be all the same fabric or color. #6, 7, 8, and 9 would all be a different fabric or color. Does that make any sense at all?
I know that's not much of a tutorial, so here are a lot of others!
Trim As You Go Traditional Block
Scrappy Log Cabin
Picture Frame Log Cabin Block Video
Wonky Log Cabin
Hexagon Log Cabin
Strip Pieced Log Cabins
And if that doesn't keep you busy enough, here's a ton of inspiration-
Well, if that doesn't send you racing off to your sewing machines, I don't know what will. Just remember, if you want to participate in the block exchange you will need to bring six finished log cabin blocks to our meeting on April 6th.