Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Wonky Log Cabin Blocks
I've been wanting to try "free piecing" or "wonky piecing" or "improvisational piecing" for a while. Recently I was checking out Bonnie Hunter's Scrap System and she mentioned that you payed as much per yard for your scraps as you did for the yardage. I got to thinking about that, and she's right! So I sorted my scraps. My system is no where near as organized as Bonnie's. I just sorted everything into lights and darks (or not lights) and then have a separate little bag for small pieces (anything between 1" and 2" squarish pieces) that I can use as a starting piece for my log cabin blocks.
Above are the six blocks I've made so far. My method has been to just pick a small center to start and then sew strips around until it is bigger than my 9.5" square ruler. Then I cut off the excess and end up with a 9.5" block. I'm not measuring anything, just lay it down against the block to see if it's long enough. If it is too long, I cut off the extra before sewing. I'm not sure if I want to make more log cabin blocks or if I want to try some wonky nine patches or stars or something else. I saw some cool wonky crosses recently here.
I may take the practice blocks and sew them into a charity quilt at some point. Right now I am just playing with the technique. It is harder than it seems like it should be to piece this way. I find myself trying to square things up as I go, then I stop myself and refocus.
My ultimate plan is to make a quilt using the this piecing technique with solids or mostly solids and a couple fun prints for zing. My inspiration comes from the Oh, Fransson! blog. Here is her quilt.