|Log Cabin Block|
It helps to organize your workspace. Anything to keep from getting mixed up and having to
rip! I laid out 1 1/2 inch strips of different fabrics on a small table beside me, cutting the length as I went. These strips do not need to be precise, but do have to be wide enough to cover the area of an individual piece of the pattern. There are many Log Cabin tutorials and videos on the Internet with very precise directions that are worth looking at.
You can arrange the dark and light blocks as you wish. My choice is below (not showing the center flowers):
|Four Log Cabin Blocks|
You may have wondered why I broke the sequence with the post on borders. Why bother with that little 1/4 border around the compass in the middle? That was so the log cabin border would fit! I needed the extra 1/2 inch that it gave me. After the log cabin border was stitched, I added a 1/2 inch pink border around it for continuity.
An aside to this is that my daughter said, "Mom, you really have to break away from pink and blue." My response was that I love pink and blue and if that is what I want, I can do it. I have since departed to other colors, but sometimes we have to work through a perception before we are ready to move on.
|Lifetime so far on Illustrator.|
|Lifetime so far with fabric.|
TIP: When you are paper piecing take the time to lay out your fabrics in order and pay attention to the colors and numbers on your pattern. This will save you lots of grief and you can leave the cap on your seam ripper.
TIP: Check out books and videos for directions. You can always learn something even if you have already done something similar. My books are getting tattered from constant "how to" refreshers and idea searches.
TIP: It is great to learn design concepts, but ultimately this is your quilt so let your creative juices carry you.