The log cabin blocks I'm making for this quilt aren't "true" log cabins.
These blocks are called ... uh ... hmm ... I can't remember what they're called! And I can't seem to find it online or in any of my books. Nutty nutbar. If you know what this block is called, please tell me. For now I'll call it a partial seam log cabin block.
Anyhow, if you look carefully at my block below you'll see that all 4 "logs" in each row around the center square are the same length rather than the small, medium, medium, large of a traditional log cabin block.
I think this block version isn't very common because partial seams are required. And I'll come clean now by saying if I had to make this quilt all over again, I wouldn't bother doing it this way - I'd just go the regular log cabin route.
But I got it in my head that because this quilt started with colours inspired by my blog header, I wanted to make it with a design that also references my banner.
My first thought was to go with hexagons ... but I was afraid I might be overdosing ya'll on those, so I went with the little log cabin blocks - which I had just so happened to make this way.
There is method to my madness ... but madness it is.
Seems like lots of you want to join me here in craycrayville and have asked me to show you how to make this log cabin block with partial seams. I will warn you now that my small center squares are fiddly, but not impossible. Okay?
To start, here are the cutting measurements I used:
- Center square = 1-1/4" x 1-1/4"
- First row logs = 1" x 1-3/4"
- Second row logs = 1" x 2-3/4"
- Third row logs = 1" x 3-3/4"
- Finished block size = 3-3/4". (And my sashing strips are cut 1-1/4" wide, if you're interested.)
Step 1 - With right sides together, lay a 1-3/4" log on the center square, lining up the top edges. Starting at the top edge, sew a 1/4" seam that is 5/8" long. Do NOT sew to the end of the square.
(Other side so you can see how far down the square to sew.)
Step 2 - Press the log away from the middle, but only the section that has been stitched to the square. Do NOT press the entire log ... you don't want a crease on the unstitched part of the log.
Step 3 - Add the second 1-3/4" log across the top edge.
Step 4 - Add the third 1-3/4" log to the left side.
Step 5 - Add the fourth 1-3/4" log to the bottom edge, tucking the first log out of the way.
Step 6 - Now you need to finish the partial seam for the first log. But here's where it gets a little fiddly. Because the center square is so small, getting the sewing machine needle into the right spot is tricky.
To make it easier, I cut a little slit in the seam allowance, about 2 stitches up from the end of the partial seam. Now the partial seam lays flat and is easy to sew.
Complete sewing the seam.
The first "row" is done.
Step 7 - Repeat Steps 1 & 2 for the first 2-3/4" log. This time, sew the partial seam about half way down the log.
Remember to only press the stitched portion of the log.
Step 8 - Add the second 2-3/4" log to the top edge.
Step 9 - Add the third 2-3/4" log to the left side.
Step 10 - Add the fourth 2-3/4" log to the bottom edge, keeping the first log out of the way.
Step 11 - Complete the partial seam and press. The partial seam is easier to deal with this time because the seam is longer and there's enough room to stitch without clipping the seam allowance.
Step 12 - The third row - with 3-3/4" logs - goes on the same way as the second row.
And there you have it.
After a few of these blocks you'll be able to do partial seams in your sleep.