Wednesday, September 17, 2014

What I'm Working On: Scrappy Log Cabins



 I just can't stop making scrappy log cabin blocks. I went through my scraps and separated a lot of "low-volume" fabrics to use for the "light" sections


 I try to pick out fun center squares and then make sure there is a good mix of colors in each block. So the blocks aren't completely random, but I'm not being super picky, either.





Several people mentioned that the Creative Grids company has You Tube tutorials for the ruler which are excellent, so I won't do a full tutorial, but I will share briefly how it works. The only requirement is that your center square measures exactly 2 1/2" and that the other strips have one straight edge and meet the minimum width requirement. I actually have found it's easier if the strips are a little bit bigger than necessary so the blocks don't end up too small.

As you can see in the photo above, begin with a center square, add two light fabric strips, and finally add two dark fabric strips. At that point trim the block for the first time using the special markings on the ruler.



 After adding two more light strips and two more dark strips,  trim the block for the second time, squaring it up again.


After adding the third set of light and dark strips the block is trimmed for the final time.



I also want to share my new patio furniture cushions; they are made with gorgeous coated fabric I won several years ago in a Minick & Simpson blog giveaway. I was going to re-do the cushions myself, but then I found someone much more capable and had them made! Now (as you can see from the photo) I need to re-paint the wicker to finish up this project! There are actually two chairs and a love seat in the set, and with the new cushions my patio looks much more inviting!



Thanks so much for stopping by!

18 comments:

Sandy D said...

Great idea for the scrappy log cabins I think I will give them a go. The cushion looks awesome they did a great job.

Elaine said...

Love the new cushions, I am a Minick and Simpson junkie! Will have to look for the ruler, you make it sound really easy!

Rori said...

Cute Log Cabin blocks! I like the idea of using fun low volume prints for one side. Are you using the Creative Grids Log Cabin Trim Tool ruler? Or another CG ruler?

Rori said...

Actually, I figured it out and I ordered the Log Cabin ruler. So fun!

Melissa Corry said...

So fun!! Makes me want to start making some ;)

Joy said...

I love these cute blocks! Your colors are soo bright and cheerful. I wish I had a LQS, so off on the Internet I go to find me a ruler too!!

Nita said...

Log cabin blocks are my favourite because we have a little log cabin on a lake in the Yukon that we love. :)

susiefloozie said...

Love your new cushions! Probably because I love Minick & Simpson fabric!!! :D

Karen said...

I love your cushions and wicker chairs! And your scrappy log cabin blocks are very fun and inspiring. It's definitely time to go through the scrap bins!

Mindy Williams said...

I have ordered the ruler and can't wait to get it. My New Years resolution was/is to use at least 1/4 of the scrap fabric I have!! This will help.

Mindy Williams said...

P.s. The cushions are fantastic!

Anina said...

You're inspiring me to get my scraps out, but first I need to finish a couple of projects...
I just bought fabric to redo our patio cushions but I'm a little intimidated and thinking about having it done. Yours are lovely.

Beverly said...

I love log cabin and your scrappy one is the bomb! Love it

Kelsie said...

Oh, the log cabin block is one of my favorites! Looks great!

Schoolgirl Samplers said...

The log cabin block is one of my favorite quilt blocks and your blocks are very pretty. TFS

Carla said...

Sherri, your churn dash block arrived today and it is lovely. Thank you! I'm looking forward to sewing your log cabin

OPQuilt said...

Now I can finally use those rulers I purchased at Sample Spree! Can't wait to get going on this--a fun block!

Carla said...

Just double checking on these and will make your blocks soon . They are so fun looking!

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