Thank you so much for your kind comments to my last log cabin quilt post. As I slowly progress on the piecing I realize there is more I want to share. Here are some helpful hints:
1. If this is your first quilt don't make it too big. 30 ten to twelve inch blocks will give you a nice 4ft x 5ft quilt.
2. You will need a half yard each of 8 - 10 coordinating fabrics.
3. remember to PRESS the squares each time you cut them apart and always press the seems out AWAY from the center. This will allow your square to lie flat and ...well, square.
4. For piecing, choose any color neutral thread. The thread does not have to match your fabrics as it will not be visible - any of these would be fine.
5. To keep the blocks looking random, keep all of your squares in a pile to pull from and place on your next strip. These have already been cut apart and pressed:
6. Keep a garbage bowl nearby when cutting the squares apart.
7. Most importantly, find something to occupy the kiddos so that you can sew. Mine made many airplanes out of foam plates and drinking straws. The ones pictured flew the farthest. (ezra took this picture)
My power is currently out and it is storming outside. I'm going to go cuddle with my girl and watch my veggies perk up in the rain - so much better than me going out there to water! Now let's just hope the power comes back soon - definitely not one of the perks of living in the country!