There are quite a few different ways to sew LC blocks; foundation piecing over paper or cloth, chain piecing the units together onto a new strip, trimming after every round, making the last round oversize and trimming at the end. I've made lots of Log Cabin quilts, and I've used all those methods. My blocks always ended up too small and definitely not a square. The only thing I hadn't tried was cutting each individual log to the correct size. I thought, if I can get so wonky and out of shape with extra material, I'll really be in trouble if I only have 'enough' for each bit. Look at this post on Fabric Therapy to see Log Cabin pieces arranged neatly, ready to be sewn. I wondered if I could make myself be that organised...
Before I started making my Log Cabin blocks in earnest I did a little experiment. I cut all the exact pieces I would need for one block, and I pieced another one in the same fabrics by sewing the strip on and trimming it level with the edge of the rest of the block.
At the end I measured both blocks and was very surprised to find that the precut pieces had built into a Perfect 8.75" block, while the sew and trim one was wonky and too small. I thought I'd been extra careful, but it wasn't enough. It just got away from me at the end.
There was retail therapy during the week, a quick trip to the Jamestown patchwork shop.
Mereth and I always admire the batiks, and then reject them because we don't have a batik stash. This time I made a desicion; on every trip to a patchwork shop I'm going to buy one piece of batik. Over time they will mount up and become a stash, and it will have happened without any effort on my part. These are the ones that came home with me on that trip; that wasn't hard at all!
Westalee rulers are an Australian success story, they won the Viewers Choice Grand Finale on the ABC's New Inventors Show on July 2008.
It's a public holiday today, and there's been no time for sewing with the family here this weekend, We're about to leave for the beach, with four dogs. I hope Dolly doesn't find anything to roll in today....