Member since 5/28/07
Skill: Advanced Beginner
Date: 10/29/12 8:51 PM
Got email about new dies and saw the new log cabin 12 inch finished die. got to say when I saw that its the entire block on one die I was very tempted. I am a big fan of easy cutting. A bit pricey but most of the dies are, I remember how resistant I was to the accuquilt in the begining and how now I totally factor accuquilt in when i weigh up if something is worth the effort.
Definitely on my list
New Hampshire USA
Member since 10/4/04
Date: 10/30/12 8:29 AM
I received that email also. I would rather stick with the accu strip cutters . . . Can't see the benefit of cutting the whole block at once, but then I haven't finished my first cup of coffee yet
Member since 10/22/10
Skill: Advanced Beginner
Date: 10/30/12 2:04 PM
Well, I'm doing a half log cabin and I've done it by my quilt teachers advice of cutting all the pieces rather than the method of sew to the strip then cut to length. So far it's working out very well and my blocks look very nice I must say. This is even though I cut an entire queen sizes quilt and 4 thickness of fabric for each piece (if that makes sense) for each log. I'm finding it saves me a lot of time at the sewing machine as I just have to sew and iron rather than sew, then cut, then square up, then iron. They are sufficiently close to square this way that I haven't had to square up yet, I can just fudge the next log in the seams. I mean... good enough for my standards anyway. I'm sure for other people maybe they would want it more exact. It's my first quilt like this though.
The "cut all your logs" before you sew is also the advice of Marti Michelle (spelling) in addition to my quilt class teacher. I know most quilt books do it differently, and Eleanor Burns doe it differently. I just... kind of am nervouse about the sewing to a strip, then cut... because I feel like I wouldn't cut it well enough. anyway. that was a long ramble that probably didn't make any sense what so ever.
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Member since 9/18/04
|In reply to AminaHijabi <<
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Date: 10/30/12 4:51 PM
I've done it both ways: sew to a strip and cut, or cut strips to length and sew. I prefer the "cut strips first" method, but, quite honestly, I didn't notice a huge difference in accuracy. I also didn't like to take the extra time to cut the blocks apart; just my preference.
One of the things that Marti Michell does differently is that she cuts ALL the log cabin strips on the long grain line, parallel with the selvedge. This gives you strips that are very stable and have little stretch to them along the length of the strip.
By comparison, when you cut strips across the width of fabric (from selvedge to selvedge), the strips are on the cross grain, so they have a slight stretch to them.
Depending on what you are piecing, that stretchiness can work for you or against you. If you watch Eleanor Burns or any other quilter who uses the "sew sub units onto a strip" method, usually the strip is on the bottom, closest to the feed dogs, where it's least likely to be stretched.
Marti Michell explains her log cabin rulers - 4 videos in total
With that Accuquilt die, half the strips will be on grain, the other half will be on the cross grain. As long as you don't pull on the strips as you sew (thus stretching the cross grain strips),you probably won't have a problem.
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