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Saturday, January 07, 2012

Log Cabin Lessons Learned

This is the latest of the Freebie Fifteen blocks from Traditional Pastimes.  It is the first time I have done a log cabin block.  The fact that each of the "logs" ended up 1/2 inch made it pretty challenging.

The two things I learned, which helped keep the block square:
1.  Cut your strip to length - don't just cut a long strip and whack it off to match the part you've sewn it to.
2.  After sewing on the strip, measure the width of the block, and trim the edge of the newly sewn strip as necessary to keep it accurate.  I took a thread's width off with these trimming (usually just on half the strip), but multiply that by the 20 strips across the block, and it could have resulted in a very wonky block.

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