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    I am about to embark on a half log cabin quilt and wondered which is the best method. Is it better to cut each log then sew together or sew the center squares onto a long strip then cut apart?
    I have my center squares cut but haven't cut my strips yet and wondered which comes out more square.

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    Claire,
    I just posted a new thread asking some questions about half Log Cabins etc. There's some great info there. Enjoy!
    Here's the link to the post :
    https://forum.missouriquiltco.com/sh...ad.php?t=70545
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      Your post was the reason I posted my question. I guess no one else has tried both to compare the two different methods as far as accuracy or speed goes.
      I am trying a combo of the methods, first two sides with a long strip and the next rounds will be cut to size.

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        Sorry...I am no help either. I have never made a Half Log Cabin or even a regular Log Cabin Quilt. I like them though.
        I have a book from Eleanor Burns which has a lot of information on Log Cabin Quilts.....( tells you all the measurements for whatever size quilt you want to make etc.) I purchased the book at a yard sale a friend of mine had, the book belonged to her MIL>....There's some nice quilts in that book.
        Plus, I have seen some of Eleanor Burns YouTube videos too....you might check that out Claire to see if there might be the help you need there ?
        Hope so !
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          I have made log cabis by both methods. While I found sewing to strip was quicker, mine were more accurate when cut my logs before I sew.
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            I made the Curved Log Cabin using Jenny's tutorial. She assembly line sews, that's what I did. Sew each piece to a strip. I found more continuity that way. Does that make sense?
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              Ive done the elenor burns method before Jenny and had sucess

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                It kind of depends on how you sew. For me while it was quicker to sew then cut after I had far far better results pre cutting all my logs. A friend she can do either way and they come out the same. It depends on how accurate your seam is and how well you press. I tend to mess up pressing just a bit here and there so I can get out of square doing the cut after. You might try a couple test blocks and see what works for you.
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                  Originally posted by Claire Hallman View Post
                  Your post was the reason I posted my question. I guess no one else has tried both to compare the two different methods as far as accuracy or speed goes.
                  I am trying a combo of the methods, first two sides with a long strip and the next rounds will be cut to size.
                  Please let us know which works better. I've been wanting to try one, but I had the same question you asked.
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                    Faster to chain sew like Eleanor Burns, but more accuracy when you CUT each log and add it to your block piece by piece (as advised by Marti Michell -- look for her videos on Youtube as well she had a FREE log cabin class on Craftsy).

                    As Marti also says: as you sew each cut log strip to your block, you get INSTANT CONFIRMATION that it fits and is accurate (e.g., with a correct 1/4" seam and with cutting). If it doesn't fit or looks "wonky", you know something is wrong BEFORE you finish your entire block.

                    She has a great way to lay out the cut pieces so the process goes faster, too! (as shown in her crafts class)
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                      I have tried both methods and I find pre cutting each piece results in a more accurate block, if you look at Marti Michelle's method for cutting a log cabin you will have an ahh ha moment. I cut out a king size log cabin quilt in no time at all, and had it all together in 3 days, so in less than a week I had a top done. The same method can obviously be applied to half logs as well.....

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                        Jordan Fabrics has a recent tutorial on log cabin quilt from jelly roll. Its definitely worth the watch. She really gets down to business. She has some older tutorials on log cabin as well. Here is the jelly roll link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NWnkdtYpR4

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                          Thanks everyone. I have done about half of my centers using the sew a center square to a strip then cut method on two sides using an accent fabric that will be constant in all the blocks. Then I started cutting the logs since this will be scrappy and I wanted my blocks as different as possible based on my fat quarter bundles will make them.
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                            Originally posted by kgirlmom View Post
                            Jordan Fabrics has a recent tutorial on log cabin quilt from jelly roll. Its definitely worth the watch. She really gets down to business. She has some older tutorials on log cabin as well. Here is the jelly roll link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NWnkdtYpR4
                            That was sure efficient!
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