Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A Log Cabin Experiment

I have the book.  I have the ruler, and I have sample blocks.    I'm using Marti Michell's techniques for making log cabin blocks.  Not only is it a learning exercise for me, but it turns out that I'm totally surprised that half an inch makes such a big difference in the total size of the log cabin blocks.

Thimbleberries New Collection of Classic Quilts: 28 Quilting Inspirations for the Home (Thimbleberries) (Thimbleberries)See, it started this past week when I brought over a couple dozen quilt suggestions to St. Dunstan's for the quilters to choose their next annual raffle quilt.   After pouring over all these choices, they agreed on the fabulous pastels log cabin quilt that is on the cover of this Thimbleberries New Collection of Classic Quilts.

This quilt is a bit of a new style log cabin.  Have you noticed that many of the old classics are back, but without borders. The pattern shows that it has a total of 224 log cabin blocks and are blocks from edge to edge.  It's really nice..  No borders...  A very new age choice for these so traditional quilters.  This pattern calls for blocks are made up of 1" finished logs.   

So now that I'm a hand quilter, I realize that this might be a big job to hand quilt, since the 1" logs might dictate 1" hand quilting.

So, for my experiment, I'm using Marti Michell's book and ruler, I made two log cabin blocks... one using 1" finished logs, and the other using 1.5" finished logs.  What a size difference between the two blocks!  I think the perfect size for this quilt will be something in between.   I'm going to try another using 1.25" finished logs. 

I'll take all three of my experiment blocks over to them next week to see if they agree with my recommendation.

5 comments:

Linda H said...

Also remember there is a huge amount of quilting on a Log Cabin, because of all the seams...

Dolores said...

Wouldn't it be easier to gauge the amount of quilting if you put 4 same-sized blocks together? I realize it's a lot more work but visually it may help those that are making the decisions.

dp said...

My very first quilt was a log cabin. We made it into a knot of some sort.. remember... it was a quilt in a day thing... and man oh man.. .we made it in one day!

good memories...

Angie said...

Most of my favorite quilts are traditional patterns without borders. :) An excellent choice for a raffle quilt.

Kathy said...

Gail, will you bring the book and ruler tomorrow for me to see? I have not heard of a logcabin ruler.