My cutting table this morning has these squares laid out ready to be made into blocks.
My squares are cut 6.5" square, the width of the ruler! I find this size just works great for appliqué and piecing. For the projects I have planned for 2013 I decided to cut them up into 1.5" strips
As you can see these will be made into log cabin blocks (so many of you emailed and wanted to know what I was making!) and 4 patches and squares left over will be used in my postage stamp blocks .
Next I lay them out the way I will use them in the block, I cut the pieces as I am sewing the block
Sometimes they come out Perfect and sometimes my mind wanders and I am not paying attention, the size is right but the block is wonky (its ok in my book I will use that block on the left!) Thank you Gwen Marston for changing my opinion on perfection!
did you notice the 4 patches are using these same fabrics, yup keep making those 4 patches too!
And YES I trim back those 1.5" strips a lot, for me I don't want to paper piece and have to tear off the paper , this works for me and I don't mind wasting bits of fabric to do this. and 1.5" is a size I use a lot. Keeping in my system I don't want left over sizes of 1.25 or 1" I would rather trim and keep my strip sizes consistent.
Yes there are still left over strips they go into another pile they will be used for another scrappy quilt down the road.....being organized and having strips ready to go means I can just start sewing. For me its worth all the effort of precutting all year round...I have been using my system for at least 10 years works for me!
The Ultimate Log Cabin Quilt Book, by Patricia Cox and Maggie McCormick Gordon. A book I can highly recommend. I have always wanted to do that, make a few quilts with the same theme but make them look totally different. Thats my goal for 2013. This book has amazing layouts in black and white just for you to really see the graphic appeal of log cabin style quilts... and then it had this antique quilt in it that just said OMG so another red and white quilt is in my future....and just look at that setting!
hope you enjoyed a little view of how I work and what my next scrappy quilt will be :)
I often wonder if people like posts like this? do you????
process vs just seeing finished quilts?
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