actually, i'm not sure what this block is called, so i decided to call it a 3/4 log cabin. or a 3-sided log cabin. whatever the name, it is the block i'm asking the love circle of do. good stitches to make this month. i'm also calling this a "high volume" quilt. because i'm a little contrary and i'm tired of so much low volume right now (says the girl whose last do. good stitches quilt was all about low volume fabric). but today give me bright bright bright!
i'm asking for two 12.5" square blocks that contain one or many 3/4 log cabins. it's totally up to you. i made one large one and one with a tall skinny and two small squares. but you could make one with four little ones, two tall skinnies, two short and longs, whatever. the only parameters are that the fabrics are all solids and that the overall look is bright, colorful, and saturated. of course, you can use some neutral or light fabrics but do so in moderation and just make sure that the look remains bright and "high volume".
and i'm sure everyone is smart and can figure out how to make these on their own, but i've made a little mini tutorial and given a few tips to help out.
first pick your fabrics. use at least three for each 3/4 log cabin and up to as many as you want. 3 to 4 seems to be a good number.
you can start by cutting a bunch of strips in various sizes or you can cut as you go. i found that when i cut first i still had to go back to cut a few different widths because i didn't have enough.
start with a "center" block in one color (can be square or rectangular) and begin sewing the sides in another color as you would a regular log cabin. for this quilt i'd like the sides to be generally square, as opposed to wonky, but each side can be a different width.
but instead of sewing a fourth side, stop there!
sew another round as you did before in your third color.
and another in your fourth color if you're doing more than three rounds. keep an eye on the size and make sure the width of the sides you are adding will be enough to bring your block to size, especially on the last round. you'll notice that the top strip (the roof) needs to be wider because there's only one, as opposed to two sides (the walls).
then just trim your block to 12.5" square and you're done! if you're making a block made up of smaller cabins, then put them all together and trim to size.
easy peasy lemon squeezy. seriously, these blocks are very easy to make and go quickly.
this is the general look in quick sketch form that i'm going for. in my own biased opinion, i think this quilt will be very pretty! let me know if you have any questions.