Log cabin quilts have been around for over 100 years. The center block is traditionally red for the heart of the home or yellow for the light of the home. One side of the block is light for the happy times and the other side of the block is dark for the sad times. You certainly don't have to follow this rule. It's your quilt use the colors that make you happy. As you can see I did go with a yellow center but I also used yellow as one of my colors.
Supply List For Log Cabin Quilt
1/4 yard of fabric for your center
1/3 yard of fabric for 1st dark
2/3 yard of fabric for 2nd dark
3/4 yard of fabric for 3rd dark
Yes those gray splotches are supposed to be there
You can also substitute one fabric for either your lights or darks. I chose to use the black and white stripe for my dark and my yellows as my light.
Cutting Directions For Log Cabin Quilt
Center fabric - 1 2" strip
1st light fabric - 2 2"strips
2nd light fabric - 5 2" strips
3rd light fabric - 10 2" strips
1st dark fabric - 4 2" strips
2nd dark fabric - 8 2" strips
3rd dark fabric - 11 2" strips
If you are using one light you'll need a total of 1 1/2 yards of fabric and 17 strips. If using one dark you'll need 1 3/4 yards and 23 strips.
Let's cut a strip now. I'm using my ruler, self healing mat, and rotary cutter. If you don't have these items you'll need to measure your fabric with a line every 2" and then very carefully cut on the line.
Line your fabric up on your mat so it is straight. Use the folded edge as your guide. It will more than likely be cut crooked and the selvedge may be printed crooked.
Now we'll straighten up that crooked edge. Using the lines on your mat, lay your ruler on your fabric making sure it is straight. Put one hand down on the ruler, keeping your fingers away from the edge, putting just enough pressure on your ruler to keep it from moving. Then run your rotary cutter along the edge to make a clean, straight edge.
Do not move the fabric from now on, only move the ruler. I moved my ruler down 2" from our straight edge. Again put your hand down, keeping your fingers away from the edge, putting enough pressure on the ruler to keep it from moving. Slide your rotary cutter along the edge to make your first strip. Continue doing this with each fabric until you have the number of strips called for.
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