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    Applique Angel

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    Default Log Cabin Quilt question

    I watched a very informative tutorial on YouTube, not MSQC, about how to piece a log cabin quilt. It said to start with a 3 1/2" block for your center and to add 2" strips around it. I was wondering if a jelly roll was used, would you need to have a 4" square to start as your center? That way the proportion would be preserved. Or does it matter at all? I'm just curious what people have done (especially if you were pleased with the result!) I'm probably going to end up buying quarter yard cuts from a fabric store. I want to make a quilt for a friend who is battling breast cancer & she loves the color red. Michael Miller makes a red & white jelly roll, or I can just pick and choose my own fabrics. Wondering also what would work best for that starting square, colorwise. Would appreciate all creative comments. Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: Log Cabin Quilt question

    Log cabin blocks can be made so many different ways. I have seen them with the larger center square, like you describe and I have seen them with a center square that is the same width as the rest of the strips. I think it is just personal preference.

    As for a center color to go with a red and white log cabin block, black would be striking.
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    Default Re: Log Cabin Quilt question

    I made mine with 2-1/2" strips and 2-1/2" center squares. I also think a black center with red/white would be pretty!

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    Default Re: Log Cabin Quilt question

    I made this one, it's great for Jelly Rolls. Curved Log Cabin I used most of a jelly roll for the fat sides, and cut various beiges for the smaller sides (Jenny used a honey bun, even easier). Tip: if you cut, cut length of fabric if you can, WOF can have significant stretch that'll throw you off sometimes.

    I believe the traditional color for the center block is red, representing the 'hearth of the home' Have fun - send pics!

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    Default Re: Log Cabin Quilt question

    If you google log cabin quilts & patterns you'll find many different ways to lay them out & sizes for the pieces. The only log cabin I made was the Freedom Star Quilt which is in my albums. It alternates with star blocks. It was a free pattern on the Henry Glass web site.

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    Default Re: Log Cabin Quilt question

    Just a progress report: I went ahead and bought 12 quarter yard cuts of assorted red fabric & one tone on tone black. After cutting the black up into 3 1/2" squares, it kind of reminds me of material that one would find in a brassiere! I decided to make a scrappy log cabin block by precutting all my red fabric into strips. I then alternated sewing them onto the blocks so every block was unique. This made a quilt that was 3 x 4 blocks, not quite big enough for a lap quilt in my opinion. I went back and cut the remaining strips to make an additional 8 blocks. I just had enough material -- I would not have been able to make one more block if I wanted to! At one point, I found that I duplicated one of the fabrics and had to rip out the entire block (I was 2/3 done with it!) My seam ripper and eyebrow shaper had that block unsewn in record time! I had enough material to make a new strip to sew into it and saved the block. I found that my blocks got out of alignment quickly. Early on, my strips seemed too long for the block I was sewing onto, and towards the end my block was too big for the strip! My blocks should have come out to 12" square, but I think the will be sized down to 11 3/4" by the time I'm done squaring them up. Here is a quick preview of the blocks arranged on my bed; this may or may not be the final placement. Not sure if I want some kind of skinny border to go around the whole quilt; the suede look red fabric I chose for the binding does not look good against the red of the blocks. A border (white? black? something else?) would help offset that.
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    Default Re: Log Cabin Quilt question

    The quilt is beautiful. How about a one inch white border and then a three inch black border and bind it in black.

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    I agree, lovely quilt! Tell your friend it is her belated birthday gift

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    Default Re: Log Cabin Quilt question

    I'm making a Curved Log Cabin now and I used the same size center square as my wider strips, 2 1/2", and the proportion looks fine.

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    Default Re: Log Cabin Quilt question

    here is one I made with a bigger center square.It was done with all homespun fabrics.
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