Hello, Hello….Is anyone still Crumbing Along? I know some of you are. If you check out last week’s post you can check the linky and see what everyone has done….I just love seeing all the different blocks. It’s fun to imagine all the quilts that were made with the from the fabric that made the tiny crumbs we are all sewing with.
Today’s crumb quilt block is the log cabin. I only made one for this quilt…in the original there were about 6 log cabin blocks. My favorite spot to put the log cabin blocks are in the corners. You can see in the photo of the quilt along quilt top what the block looks like when it is positioned in the corner.
You can use log cabin blocks anywhere in the quilt. My personal preference is the corners.
There is no trick to making the blocks…it’s the same construction as a regular log cabin block. Start by sewing a red (or accent color) square to a neutral square.
I just finger press the seams, but you can press them. Then add another neutral along the top. Finger press. Add a color along the side. Finger press. Add a color along the bottom and finger press. You will have a block like the one shown.
Following the same procedure as above, add more pieces until you have this.
Again add pieces and you should have this.
Lay your ruler over the top and square up your block. Most of the strips I used in the block were about 1.25″ wide. You can use a mis-mash of sizes if you want. You can use pieces of fabric that are wide on one end and narrow on the other. You can twist your ruler when squaring up the blocks to make them look more wonky.
Here are my Civil War fabric versions….These are a little more non-traditional. One of the block wasn’t wide enough so I just added a strip of scraps along the side. Whatever you like is just fine.
Okay…now I bet you’re wondering how many of these. Make one or two log cabin blocks. If you want them in the outer border as corner pieces, make four.
Now you need a total of 42 blocks for the center if you are planning a baby quilt. Work to make blocks of your choice this week until you have at least 42 total blocks. If you have more GREAT…you’ll need them for the outer border. Next week we are going to assemble the center, so you will want the 42 blocks.
I would suggest laying your blocks out on the floor and looking at them all as a group. Then you can see if you are adding enough of your accent color. You can see what blocks are your favorite and which you might want to make of.
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