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Sewing fabric strips on an angle for a wonky modern Log Cabin block

 

Yesterday on QUILTsocial I showed you how to make some modern versions of the Log Cabin block using strips cut from  Northcott’s  Artisan Spirit Shimmer and Shimmer Echoes fabrics.

 

A modern Log Cabin block made with Peacock color Artisan Spirit Shimmer fabrics by Northcott.
Modern Log Cabin block

 

After making my blocks yesterday, I still had lots of my 1½”, 2½”  and 3½” strips left, so today I decided to make a different version of my modern Log Cabin block. I started with a piece about 2½” square and then sewed on one of my strips on an angle. For this type of block, it doesn’t matter what size each of the strips are. I then pressed the seam away from the center and trimmed the excess fabric from the seam allowance.

 

Sew the first strip of Artisan Spirit fabric to the center square on an angle.
Sew the first strip to the center square on an angle.

 

I sewed three more strips around the center square, always on an angle, pressing and trimming off the excess fabric from each seam before adding the next strip.

 

Sew three more strips to the center square, pressing and trimming excess fabric after each strip is sewn.
Sew three more strips to the center square.

 

I then followed this same procedure and sewed on another round of strips so the block could be trimmed to 8½”. Sometimes you might have to sew on an extra strip or two to make the block the size you want.

 

Sew on another round of strips of Northcott's Artisan Spirit fabrics to make the block the size you need.
Sew on another round of strips to make the block the size you need.

 

I placed my 8½” square ruler on an angle on top of the block and trimmed the excess fabric.

 

Lay a square ruler on an angle on the block which was made with Northcott's Artisan Spirit Shimmer fabrics and trim to desired size.
Lay a square ruler on the block and trim to desired size.

 

And now I have another modern Log Cabin block!

 

My finished 8½" Wonky Log Cabin block made with Northcott's Artisan Spirit Shimmer fabrics.
My finished 8½” block

 

I really love the metallic accents on the Artisan Spirit Shimmer fabrics – it just makes your blocks that much more special.

Be sure to join me tomorrow, when I’ll show you how to turn these modern Log Cabin quilt blocks into beautiful placemats!

 

This is part 2 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 1: 3 strip widths of fabric make a modern Log Cabin block

Go to part 3: 2 quilted placemats using modern Log Cabin blocks and creative borders

Jean has been designing and publishing patterns since 1997. For the past 10 years she has been designing patterns for new fabric collections by Northcott Fabrics. Her work has been published in several magazines in both Canada and the United States.

Jean holds a Fiber Arts Certificate in quilting and has taught extensively throughout Canada, including six national Quilt Canada conferences. She was named “Canadian Teacher of the Year” in 2003 by the Canadian Quilters Association and has won numerous awards for her quilts.

2 Comments

  1. Elaine Theriault

    The blocks look AMAZING!!!!!!

    • Thanks Elaine. They’re fun to make!

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