I have completed 64 scrappy log cabin blocks and trimmed them to 5 1/4 inches unfinished.
This is the perfect time to experiment with some layouts and I have discovered one thing already. It’s very easy to make a mistake in laying out your pattern. Taking a photo and examining that photo on your computer screen is a great way to check your layouts. Inconsistencies just seem to leap out in a way that they don’t when the blocks are laid out on your design floor.
Here are a couple of examples, with the problem areas circled. I could pretend it’s all part of the process pledge and that I left these inconsistencies in just to show you, but that would be a lie. In fact, I just didn’t see these problems until I had the images on the big screen.
And here’s Fields and Furrows, without any errors, as far as I can tell.
Suite 101 has five popular layouts that are a handy reference.
Over the next few weeks I plan to build another set of logs around these blocks to increase their size. The quilt right now would finish to about 40 inches square and that’s too small to be useful to anyone I know.
If you have a preferred log cabin layout, please leave a comment and tell me what it is.