Many quilters develop a large stash of scrap fabrics from all of our projects over the years. Aurora Sisneros shows us a fun way to use up that stash of scrap fabric by creating log cabin quilt squares. Watch and learn how to take any fabric you may have lying around, and turn them into beautiful quilt squares to use yourself or give as a gift!
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You really use pins to hold a 3 1/2 inch square? Who has that much extra time? If strips get really long, maybe a couple pins, but certainly NOT on that first 3 1/2 inch center block.
Thank you for this wonderful video, Aurora! I am starting today a memory quilt using this technique. I just have one question in regards to something I can see happening with me as I get into this. You are very careful to check and make sure as you are going that the block stays square. What would I do if, when I checked this, it was not square? Would I rip the strip off and start that one again? Or trim to square? Or what would you suggest?
Thanks again – I loved this video! Your enthusiasm is catching!
And just one more question for you, if I may. When you are cutting your strips for piecing, where exactly do you place the edge of the fabric under the ruler? Should the line on the ruler sit on the edge or beside the edge of the fabric? Should I only see fabric beneath the measurement line? Or should I center the line on the ruler over the edge of the fabric? I think this could make a noticeable difference across an entire quilt. Just wondering what you do. Thanks so much!
Do you use the same fabric for all your 3 1/2″ center square
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I save all the scraps and strings from any quilt I make and if the fabric is smaller than a 2 inch block, I place them and the strings in a separate box to be used as the filling or stuffing in a pet bed that would be give to the local animal shelter.
Great video. I’ve been wanting to do a log cabin and you make it sound simple enough to try. If I want to use 2.5-inch strips, how do I figure the size of a center square?
If you are planning to use 2 1/2″ strips- you can also start with a 2 1/2″ square.
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Does it matter about the bias?
As long as you are being cautious as to not stretch the fabric as you run it through your machine, you should not have to worry about the bias at all.
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Very easy to follow really enjoyed that.
Thank you I am making this pattern for a quilt now, I love you easy to understand video.I love the tips on the square pattern of the quilt, how to press, thank you this made alot of sence to me and will make my quilt go a lot quicker.
Thanks for all the good ideas and points you offered. I am definitely going to try this !
I like the extra points you’ve make about making sure your square stays square. I will use that extra point about checking your alignment during trimming. Thanks