January Quilt Block - Log Cabin 12" (precut)

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January Quilt Block - Log Cabin 12" (precut)

Post by Fi » Wed Dec 29, 2010 9:41 am

Want to make a quilt? I'm going to help you make a 12 block sampler quilt over this year. Sampler means that every block is the same size, but a different pattern, and they are joined at the end with sashes between the blocks. If you only want to do 2 blocks, you can make a dolly quilt. If you decide to make 6 blocks, you could make a lovely cot quilt. A 12 block sampler is a good sized single bed quilt. Even if you just do January and decide its not your cup of tea, you can make a cushion with your product.

So all you people still interested, in January we are going to do a log cabin block.

While this block seems tricky with lots of seams, its a great way to practise the basics for patchwork:

- cutting accurately preferably using a board, rotary cutter and ruler (but totally OK to use scissors and pencil)
- getting used to inches rather than centimetres - USA is the centre of patchwork in the world and we all know they use imperial system not metric, so inches it is!
- ironing accurately
- sewing accurately to a 1/4" seam allowance. To do this on your machine you MUST HAVE a 1/4" foot. If you have a commonly branded machine, you should be able to pick one of these up from your sewing shop. To do this by hand you need to have a clear ruler with inch divisions so you can mark the seam and sew it.

We will get started on 1st Jan :) Why not! So try to get yourself set up with your fabric and machine ready to go.

We will be working from this tutorial for Jan (why reinvent the wheel???)
http://www.quilt.com/Blocks/LogCabin/LogCabin.html
but I will help out and do some photos on my blog for you.
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Fabric requirements:
Fabric A - a small square of red fabric for hearth (2.5" x 2.5") Edited
Fabric B and C - a piece of fabric about 0.5m x 0.2m each to be cut into 1.5" strips

If you wish to do this as a scrap quilt (which is really fun!!) its easiest to make B and C highly contrasting to each other. So make B all blue scraps, and C all light backgrounds scraps or something like that. Or you can make B all one fabric, and C all one fabric.

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Fabric selection and care
Lets keep it easy and cheap. There is no need to go crazy!
Try to use good quality patchwork cottons. Spotlight is fine to buy from. Heck - you can make a quilt from old men's cotton shirts if you desire! But use 100% cotton.
You can wash before cutting. This is a good idea if you are going to mix really dark blacks and reds with light backgrounds, or if you are using flannels which shrink. I never prewash (except with flannels)
Thread - I use polyester thread, but purists use cotton. I use Poly cause its cheaper. If you use poly, in 50 years time your cottons will rot, and the quilt will look ugly because the poly is still holding together, but the cotton is falling apart. I plan to be in an old peoples home in 50y, and I really wont care about the quilts I made.
For Jan, buy 2 fat quarters if you need to buy anything. Buy something you like, make it pretty, or daring or bold. Its so much fun to make patchwork with bright colours and prints!
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Any questions? Post them here!!!
Last edited by Fi on Wed Dec 29, 2010 1:46 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: January Quilt Block - Log Cabin 12" (precut)

Post by Joanne » Wed Dec 29, 2010 10:25 am

Quick question ... If we are wanting all 12 blocks from the same types/range of fabrics ... how much should we have in total? (of lights/mediums/darks etc)
(spot the question from the quilting newbie ...)

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Post by stardust1 » Wed Dec 29, 2010 10:35 am

I'm in!!

Scared and confused, but in!!
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Re: January Quilt Block - Log Cabin 12" (precut)

Post by Fi » Wed Dec 29, 2010 10:53 am

Joanne - I was hoping that noone would ask......
Umm - I'm guessing that each block takes about 2 fat quarters or so.
Usually its nice to have 4-5 fabrics in each block (although thats at the higher level)

So - if you were hoping to make a quilt of all the same fabrics, I would aim for maybe 12-15 fat quarters, and at least one metre of your central fabric.
So choose a fabric you love which is your central theme, then pick 3-4 lights, 3-4 mediums, and 3-4 darks. Try to mix up the textures so you have some spots, some florals, some plains etc. If you don't want to do fat quarters, get a 20-30cm cut of each of the fabrics.

You will always be able to add more to it as you go fabric wise, the need to do so will depend on the blocks we go with. Throughout this series, I'm planning on making a "high end" block and a scrap block. So the high end block will be coordinating and flash ;) and the scrap will encourage you to grab all the bits and pieces out and just go with that.

I've just cutting my fabric now, and I will post something on my blog when I get a card reader and edit it all.
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Re: January Quilt Block - Log Cabin 12" (precut)

Post by rangitotogirl » Wed Dec 29, 2010 11:03 am

I've bitten the bullet and ordered a quilting foot, although I have no ideas of colours yet and our nearest fabric shop (aka spotlight is about 35 minutes away).

I'll probably try and co-ordinate it with a quilt that Lucy is going to be given which is currently in pastels. I do have some of the fabrics for that already, so may be able to get started sooner.

I was thinking you would need the equivalent of 2 yards, plus enough for wastage, so around 10 fat quarters minimum.

And can I be an idiot, and ask why it needs to be 100% cotton? I was also thinking of minky, but I'm guessing the stretch would be quite problematic.
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Re: January Quilt Block - Log Cabin 12" (precut)

Post by missymoomoo » Wed Dec 29, 2010 12:19 pm

poop, if I had known about this yesterday I would have taken advantage of SL's 50% off.

I am still going to give this ago, fingers crossed I find the time because I really really want to make a quilt.

Great idea too by the way :D
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Re: January Quilt Block - Log Cabin 12" (precut)

Post by Fi » Wed Dec 29, 2010 12:37 pm

rangitotogirl wrote:And can I be an idiot, and ask why it needs to be 100% cotton? I was also thinking of minky, but I'm guessing the stretch would be quite problematic.


I hate sewing minky - let alone using it for patchwork!!!
You need to keep all the fabrics the same so that they age/wash the same way.
For simplicity I am recommending 100% cotton, but you can make wool quilts, minky, knits, polar fleece etc.
Its alot easier (and cheaper!!!!) to learn on fabric which is pretty forgiving.

I've just posted steps 1&2 on my blog. 3 will follow when I figure out what I am going to use. No sewing yet, but Jan is going to be a tricky month for me, so I want to get on top of this just in case baby comes tomorrow! Of course, I may still be trudging along in 3 weeks.....
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Re: January Quilt Block - Log Cabin 12" (precut)

Post by hannah » Wed Dec 29, 2010 2:08 pm

super!
I'm in! 8-) I've ment to give it ago for SO long! I have some retro rocket rascal fabric here to base one around for Arlo, so just cot sized this time I think. I'm hoping to eventually make Lucas a space invaders quilt so this will give me the know-how to do that :mrgreen:
I have a LOT of fabrics I'd love to use and if I think to hard I might go for cowboys or 2D zoo...etc rather than use the rockets that I still love but have had for ages...must not over think themes aye 8-[
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Post by Makana » Wed Dec 29, 2010 2:58 pm

I am in too!!! I am glad I have a bunch of fat 1/4's already.
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Post by Fi » Wed Dec 29, 2010 4:00 pm

OK - I have posted enough for now - and because I cut too many strips I have made up an extra 3 blocks worth of fabric, which I will give away.
So - leave a comment on the blog and you may be in for one of them!

I know it seems like I'm streaking ahead, but I am going to go really slowly once Jan 1st rolls around, and I would rather have the info there for you, then let you get all confuddled at an early stage......

http://kiwifisworld.blogspot.com/2010/1 ... tting.html

Remember to leave a comment! Especially if you need a hand with $$$ for the fabric, you're not fussed about the colours of the final, you are planning to donate this one to the collective quilt, or you are miles from a patchwork shop. :D
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Post by Dunners » Wed Dec 29, 2010 4:38 pm

You're a legend Fi! So exciting, thanks for writing all that up! Sorry I can't comment on your blog - can't remember how to log into my Google account (it seems to accept the username I'm giving, but not may standard passwords and I've given up trying).
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Post by Fi » Wed Dec 29, 2010 4:38 pm

Leanne - I'll put a comment in for you :)
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Re: January Quilt Block - Log Cabin 12" (precut)

Post by missymoomoo » Wed Dec 29, 2010 5:11 pm

I think I've sorted some fabric for the first one, just need to get my 1/4" foot, then I'm ready to go.

(I have to keep telling myself I can do this since I've been putting it off for far too long)
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Re: January Quilt Block - Log Cabin 12" (precut)

Post by Joanne » Wed Dec 29, 2010 5:12 pm

Yep, I've decided I need to '1/4" foot' too. Might check out prices in the shops tomorrow ;)
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Re: January Quilt Block - Log Cabin 12" (precut)

Post by Emma » Wed Dec 29, 2010 5:15 pm

Do I need a 1/4 " foot really? I'm going to struggle to get one.
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