Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Skinny Log Cabin

Log cabin blocks have always been my favourite.  They are easy, use up small scraps, and have many variations.  In August there are a lot of birthdays in my family  - two of them will be getting log cabin quilted makeup bags. I hope they will appreciate the depredation on my hoard of Liberty Lawn.

This blue and yellow bag has logs 3/4 inch wide.


For the blue one I went down to half an inch wide.

I started to wonder how small I could go with these log cabin blocks.  Valerie Campbell-Harding's book Strip Patchwork is the best book I know on working with strips.  Although it was published a hundred years ago in 1983 you can still find it on Amazon.  She suggests using a piece of calico as a foundation fabric for folded strips.     Using this method I was able to get down to 1/8 inch strips although by first attempt is not very square.  Here is is in the machine:

It really is very tiny.  I am not yet sure what it is for (people have learned to stop asking me what things are for- do they have to be for anything in particular?) but I expect and idea will come to me.




This is my first blog post.  I am not expecting loads of visitors, but if by some accident you find yourself here, you are welcome to leave a comment.  If I can work out how to do it, I will link up with Crazy Mom Quilts for finish it up Friday.



7 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your first blog post! I love your log cabin makeup bags and I'm sure the recipients will too!

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  2. Oh my that is some small strips. On my to-do list is working with small blocks and it looks like you have it down.

    Congrats on your first blog post!

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  3. Very nice bags! I'm sure they will very greatly appreciated. Congrats on your first post....may you have many more!

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  4. Great to see your blog. I agree with you regarding Val's book, it is brilliant.

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  5. Love your make up bags, liberty print is so nice to work with..welcome to blog land...

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  6. Very sweet little log cabin block! It is tiny! Pin Cushion? Picture in a frame? Welcome to finish it Friday. K-

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