Wonky Log Cabin tutorial and progress

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So, while I’ve been busy doing other things away from the computer, I have been steadily adding to my Wonky Log Cabin blocks. The whole patchwork top is coming together nicely, however, I have had to source some alternate sashing for the final light toned logs on each block, as I have already been through one and a half metres of fabric. Unfortunately, as if often the case when you buy something so long ago, there is no more to be had, so I have kept the same light value and just mixed it up a little. Overall, viewing from a distance, you’d never notice that they are different.

I originally cut strips, measuring from 3″ to 2 1/2″, 2 1/2″ to 2″ and 2″ to 1 1/2″ inches wide across all my fat quarters. Each block has only needed each fabric once, except for the 4 faux “sashing” strips, at 2″ across the width of fabric. To make the most of my sashing fabric, I have occasionally joined the trimmed ends together to make longer logs, which is hardly visible on the finished trimmed block.

 

Wonky Log Cabin Quilt - Cassandra Madge

 

I thought I’d put together a little step by step as to how I’ve made these blocks, and what I’ve found works and doesn’t work for me.

 

Wonky Log Cabin Quilt - Cassandra Madge

 

Firstly – pin, pin, pin!! I pin every log – starting with my first “square” which is around   2 1/2″ to 3″. At least one edge of this square is cut on an angle.

 

Wonky Log Cabin Quilt - Cassandra Madge

 

It’s so easy to trim as you go with a smaller board and ruler right beside the sewing machine.

 

Wonky Log Cabin Quilt - Cassandra Madge

 

I keep all the scraps from each strip, so I chose from among those pieces to get each block started.

 

Wonky Log Cabin Quilt - Cassandra Madge

 

Pressing all the seams to the newly added log, and always remembering to proceed clockwise.

 

Wonky Log Cabin Quilt - Cassandra Madge

 

Here you can see I have pinned into the three sections of the block, however, I have learned to stitch with the new log on top – this reduced a lot of stretching at the seams for me.

 

Wonky Log Cabin Quilt - Cassandra Madge

 

I trim the log shorter before pressing, but AFTER sewing it on. The scrap goes back on the pile to find a new home in the next block.

 

Wonky Log Cabin Quilt - Cassandra Madge

 

Keep in mind, that all these strips have already been cut on an angle – so check as you are placing each strip if you want the width to go on the left or right end – in the example above, the width needs to go to the left, otherwise the block will develop a very large angle which will not work as well. However, if an angle still isn’t looking right to you, you can always trim the logs down before proceeding with the next row.

Keep adding logs until the entire block measures approximately 10″ square, remembering that when you add your final light value sashing of 2″ wide, you will lose 1″ per width and length in seams. You want to have more to play with for the final trimming than less, so you can really accentuate the angle of the finished block.

 

Wonky Log Cabin Quilt - Cassandra Madge

 

Here is the current number of blocks – since laying this out I have completed 2 more, so there are 4 left. This will give me a finished quilt of 5×5 blocks, or 60″. Using this method, I have been crunching out the blocks in about 40 minutes, which seems fast to me.

 

Wonky Log Cabin Quilt - Cassandra Madge

As you can see, the difference between the original “sashing” of brown vine on white has been met by the muted little floral of grey on white. Both tone very well with all the different fabrics making up each block, and really form a nice background against which the stronger fabrics can pop.

 

Wonky Log Cabin Quilt - Cassandra Madge

 

So, I’d better get to work to finish those last 4 blocks, so I can get this beauty finished and on the bed. Autumn is definitely coming – the nights are chillier, although we are still enjoying daily sunshine.

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