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Saturday 25 October 2014

Wonky Log Cabin Block Tute - NYC Mod Quilt Guild Bee


Hi, Chris here, catching up with my NYC Mod Quilt Guild Bee Blocks - this one's for September and our Queen Bee is Andrea Deal of Gotham Quilts.  

If you haven't heard of Gotham Quilts yet then do check out their website - it's a brand new online fabric store owned by my two friends Andrea Deal and Ivete Tecedor, based in Manhattan but shipping internationally.

Not surprisingly Queen Bee Andrea picked some pretty gorgeous new fabrics for her blocks with her whole store to choose from!   

Forest Frivolity, Moonshine in Strawberry by Tula Pink for Free Spirit
Stitch Circle in Candy by Michael Miller
Chicken Coop in Egg Blue by Joel Dewberry for Free Spirit
Stampede Lawn, August in Mint by Sarah Watts for Cotton+Steel

Our instructions for the block:

"do a 12.5" wonky log cabin variation like the one pictured... . I have a cool new Tula Pink print for the feature fabric, but don't feel like you have to use it in the center. ... ".

I choose two images from the Tula Pink fabric and fussy cut them - first the tent as the central starting point for the block

and a long strip that included the two pink deer.

Time for the my Wonky Log Cabin Block tute -
click the image below to take you to the tute I wrote for the June 2014 NYC Mod Quilt Guild Bee Block.

I've used exactly the same process to make this latest block.  The only thing I did differently this time that I don't normally pay attention to was keeping the fussy cut central Tula Pink tent section totally horizontal to the finished block.

This was simple to do, I just made the block larger than necessary and then using the grid on my cutting mat and my long quilting ruler made sure this section was horizontal by wiggling the block between the mat and the ruler to line it up perfectly before trimming the block back with my 12.5" square ruler.  Wishing I'd taken a pic of how I did it now :(

Oh dear, yet another block that I wish I didn't have to hand back!  I'm particularly enjoying how I've cut away a lot of the pink round of fabric so you only see a really small section of pink down the right hand side of the block.  The trick is not to worry about cutting away a fair amount of a strip you've just sewn on - it's the best way to get large sections and unusual angles within the block.

I just love making wonky log cabins - anything that doesn't involve measuring and yet looks so precise in the finished piece is okay by me.

Two final questions for you:
1: How do you like your log cabins, wonky or straight?
2: Have you visited the Gotham Quilts online fabric store yet?

As always you can check out all the blocks that our Bee make for Andrea on my Quilty - Wonky Log Cabin Pinterest Board - I'll add more pins as each person in the Bee posts photos of their finished blocks and you can see my NYC Mod Quilt Guild post here too.

And you can click this link to see all of my NYC Mod Quilt Guild Bee Blocks and Challenge Blocks/Quilts.

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  1. Super cute!! I love the Tula prints you used!

  2. Fun fabrics! I love those hot pink deer. Thanks so much for linking up at the Make it Monday Party! Hope to see you again next week.

  3. GORGEOUS fabrics Chrissie! I love your tute as well and have pinned it to try out myself sometime. What a great way to use up scraps!
    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  4. I love making these. Love the colors and fabric combination you used.

  5. Very sweet block! Your fabric choices are gorgeous!

  6. Love wonky log cabins in general and this one in particular and of to visit the store now!

  7. I can see why you wanted to hang onto this block ~ it's gorgeous!!

  8. What a lovely wonky log cabin block. It makes me want to sew one right now!

  9. Beautiful, I like the wonky log cabin. Great colour choices. Thanks for sharing.

  10. I ADORE the tent fussy cut as the center of the wonky block! Brilliance!!

    1. There's no way I could have cut into that tent - it was just calling out to be fussy cut! - Chris :D


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