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.


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

  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!

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

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

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

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

  7. great a fabric bag....
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