This may seem pretty obvious, but it really helped me when making log cabin blocks in the past, and I rediscovered it this past month while making offset log cabin blocks.
It gets confusing (or it could be just me, there's a thought) as to which side to sew each subsequent strip on. At first, I thought it's a no-brainer: sew the coloured strips to the coloured sides and the low volume strips to the low volume side. However, there are two coloured sides and two low volume; which one do you sew the strip to first? Does it matter?
Yes it does.
Here's the tip: always have your block with the last strip sewn on at the bottom. Look at the above photo. The top block had the green on last, so it is at the bottom. The lower block had the light grey floral sewn on last. I can tell simply by seeing it is the only round where the seam goes straight across. So simple, and so effective.
One other tip: chain piece, as we all do. AND...see the middle block below? I love that green leaf print but didn't have a wide enough strip. Well, it's a scrap quilt! So I found another small piece, pieced the two together to get a wide enough strip! Isn't that how quilting originated? Making do.
I have my next quilt on the longarm, practising in preparation for all the quilting that will be done on Dayna's quilt. This is Over and Under, a quilt from the Fall 2011 Quilt Sampler. I've named mine Parisville Weave.
Angela Walters, Christina Cameli, and Kathleen in the above photo. I'm loving it so far.
Speaking of loving it, I loved the New Bloggers Hop that recently completed its fourth round and is now ended. I've met some great new people, read some great new blogs, learned all kinds of new things, and have added to my blogging friends list.
But the learning and fun is not quite over! Our four intrepid leaders have teamed up with Fabri-Quilt and have created a New Quilt Block Blog Hop beginning at the end of this month.
Linking up with my hive mama, Stephanie, of Late Night Quilter for her Tips and Tutorials Tuesday.