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    How do you do it?

    I know there isn't a right way or wrong way but I'm curious. I am making my first log cabin quilt. Do you chain piece the first two pieces and then go to the next piece or finish a block at a time?
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    Re: How do you do it?

    Originally posted by LauraP View Post
    I know there isn't a right way or wrong way but I'm curious. I am making my first log cabin quilt. Do you chain piece the first two pieces and then go to the next piece or finish a block at a time?
    I've done both. Where I was making each block in different shades and I had specific sequences of fabric I wanted to use for each log, I did one block at a time. When I was making matching blocks, I chain pieced - but had to be very careful to make sure I was placing the right log on the right edge (after having to redo a few logs.....) I personally found the one block at a time method to be less stressful for me, but definitely not the speediest approach.
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      #3
      Re: How do you do it?

      I have done it both ways. It depends on my mood at the time. Am I in a hurry to get blocks done. Or do I want to just enjoy the process and make one block at a time.

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        #4
        Re: How do you do it?

        I'm never worried about speed, so I do one block at a time so as to not confuzzle my brain.

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          #5
          Re: How do you do it?

          I sewed mine one block at a time. I had my strips all cut & laid out in the correct order. One has to be consistent with seams.

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            #6
            Re: How do you do it?

            One block at a time. I think I would get mixed up or get the pieces mixed up if I chain pieced them. Chain piecing would make the sewing part go faster but then you would have all that sorting out to do after, so in the end I think that method would take more time. At least for me.

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              #7
              Re: How do you do it?

              You could do a combo method and work on a few blocks at the same time. You would get some of the speed of chain piecing, but still the satisfaction of completing blocks and not getting too confused as to where you are in the process.
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                #8
                Re: How do you do it?

                I chained 6 blocks at a time. That solved my need for speed and kept me focused
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                  #9
                  Re: How do you do it?

                  I have only done it the Eleanor Burns method where you don't precut the strips. So it was chain piecing the length of the strip then trim, press, then chain piece using the next strip. I made a king size using this method.
                  Vonnie

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                    #10
                    Re: How do you do it?

                    Often I use a log cabin as "beginner and ender", especially for scraps. In this way the blocks are finished in no time and nearly by themself - always good for a baby quilt

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                      #11
                      Re: How do you do it?

                      I do one block at a time. No need to rush and get confused.
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                        #12
                        Re: How do you do it?

                        I'm a one block at a time sewer. It keeps sewing more fun for me if I know where I am without getting lost.
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                          #13
                          Re: How do you do it?

                          Guess I'm odd man out. LOL I chain piece the first 2 blocks together then go and finish one block at a time. I also made a king sized quilt that I just love.
                          One word of advice. Keep you seam allowance the same in every block. I had to remind myself with a piece of paper to move the needle over. When I finished for the day I put the paper under the pressure foot so when I started the next time I wouldn't have wonky seams and blocks. That worked out great.

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                            #14
                            Re: How do you do it?

                            Finish a block at a time! Otherwise, if you have to stop (planned or unexpected), it is easier to know where you left off.

                            My favorite log cabin tutorial is by Marti Michell on Craftsy.com; it's FREE. Search for her name along with "log cabin".

                            Although this tutorial focuses on making them with fat quarters, the advice in it is invaluable for traditional log cabin blocks!
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                              #15
                              Re: How do you do it?

                              I tried searching on Craftsy for that and it doesn't seem to be there. There is a $19.99 class by Marti but the free one must be gone.

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