I have learned a new technique! The Log Cabin Block. I think I’ve mentioned before that I have a…fondness…for pre-cut strips. I find the rolls to be charming. (Now that I’m thinking about it, 4 of the 5 quilts I’ve worked on are made from pre-cut 2 1/2 strips) I’m always a fan of less cutting because my cutting isn’t anything to write home about.
(Hmmm I should probably do MORE fabric cutting so I can get better at it…)
One of the things I like to do is watch quilting tutorials on YouTube. In the last few weeks I marathoned my way through The Midnight Quilt Show by Angela Walters. It’s a fucking delight, y’all. She’s real funny and I really like her “finished is better than perfect” mentality as that is definitely something I struggle with.
All that being said, almost every quilting channel I watch talks about the Log Cabin block and variations of the block. I’ve always liked the way it looks but it’s a lot of cutting and a lot of piecing so I’ve been pretty hesitant to give it a shot. To be honest, my cuts end up pretty wonky most of the time. I seriously have issues with straight lines – can’t even draw ’em with a ruler.
But I got a bug up my butt about giving them a try. Especially when I was looking at cool layouts you can do with them. Plus, the piecing looked very satisfying. Like a puzzle. So I grabbed the Meraki Jelly Roll from Moda as it was the pre-cuts I had with the most contrast and started separating the darks and the lights.
I’ve learned a lot already from working on these blocks. For example: don’t assume you know how many cuts you can get from a single pre-cut strip. Because then you end up with a lot of cuts you can’t use. Also! Taking a minute to figure out how you want the blocks to look before starting to sew is important. I originally thought I was going to make it super scrappy and then decided I didn’t like that so had to go and rip out.
Plus I didn’t cut a lot of the strips correctly so I have a ton of leftovers and not enough fabric to make a whole quilt so I had to order another roll. But that’s ok, learning is good! And when I get the next roll I’m going to slow down and figure out exactly what I need to cut.
All that being said, I am really liking how the blocks are turning out. My cutting is definitely getting better and my piecing is more consistent. This is why I love crafting, it’s so easy to see improvement from project to project, even from block to block.
What type of quilt block should I try next? Maybe I should do an actual pattern?