Sunday, August 21, 2022

Log Cabin Toss Quilt Along - Week 2

Week 2 is here of the Log Cabin Toss Quilt Along and it has been so inspiring to see all the Fabric Pulls all ready in anticipation of being made into a quilt.

What an amazing start we have gotten off to with the Log Cabin Toss Quilt Along - it is so exciting to see so many fabric pulls and cut out quilts block pieces showing up already.  I am seriously in love with lots of these that they make me want to make another one - or ten!  Have you checked out the #logcabintossqal and #logcabintoss hashtags?


If you are wanting to join in - it's not too late at all (you can join in at any point). To participate all you need to join in is:


1. Get the Log cabin Toss Quilt pattern here


2. Sign up for the Newsletter here  


3. Post your pics from the weeks prompts on Instagram to #logcabintossqal#logcabintossquiltand #tiedwitharibbonpatterns.  It also helps to tag me - @tiedwitharibbon to make sure I see your post.


You can get all the details for the Log Cabin Toss Quilt Along Week 1 here


Now that you have chosen and cut out your fabrics, this week you are going to be working on making blocks.  


Tips for sewing on the strips




Log Cabin blocks are notorious for one thing – as you add each side the block can start to become wavy and vary in the size which is highly noticeable as you go to add the next strip. The thing with log cabin blocks is to treat them exactly the same way as adding borders to a quilt.


Before you sew a strip to the log cabin block, fold the strip in half (so the short ends meet) and finger press a crease at the centre length, then fold the side of the block you will be sewing the strip to in half and finger press a crease.  Before you pin the strip to the block, line up and pin the marks and pin the top and bottom of the strip.  This will ensure the strip is evenly distribute along your block so it will sit nice and flat and not stretch as your block grows.


You can see this reel here I made about adding borders and the concept is exactly the same for log cabin strips (there is no need to measure the sides however for your log cabin blocks).



Setting your seams

Be sure to set your seams when pressing to ensure nice and straight sewn lines.  


Do you ever have trouble with your seams being wonky after pressing? 
Here is a simple tip for straight seams every time. 

1. Press the seam first as you have sewn it. 

2. Then press your seam in the direction you want it to lay.

This is called “setting your seams” and allows the top and bobbin thread to lock within the fabric from pressing, making for a much straighter seam. 

So this week’s task is to post a pic to Instagram using the hashtags #logcabintossqal,#logcabintossquilt and #tiedwitharibbonpatterns of you sewing your blocks together or some of your blocks all sewn.  Get creative, or even your cut fabrics all laid out beautifully.  It helps to tag me - @tiedwitharibbon to make sure I see your post and of course your Profile has to be set to Public for me to see it.  

Happy Quilting

Jemima x 

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