10. Learn how to cut the “logs” for a crazy log cabin block. This video goes over both rotary cutting and scissor cuts. Unlike most quilt projects, your logs do not all have to be the same width. The logs used in this project are at least 2″ wide but not more than 4″ wide.
After sewing, each quilt square will be between 11 ½ and 12 inches. For a block this size, I like to start off with strips 2 inches to 4 inches wide. Of course, this is a
crazy quilt so strips that are smaller or larger could work.
In this demonstration, I will be cutting a strip that is about 2 inches wide from a 44-45 inch length of fabric. We don’t have to worry about being precise, but I do need to have at least one straight edge on the strip.
First, I fold the fabric from selvage to selvage. Then I fold it again. I make sure that one of the folds is lined up with one of the lines on my mat. Then I place my ruler over the fabric. I want a 2 inch strip so I measure at least 2 inches from the edge. I open my rotary blade and I cut away from my body. I now have at least one straight edge on my strip that I can use on the logs.
You may want to use scraps of fabric. To cut scraps, I like to cut strips from the longest side of the fabric. So instead of cutting strips from this section, I would be cutting from the length. So to do this, I’m going to fold my fabric, once again, from selvage to selvage, and then I’m going to fold it again. I like to line up my fabric along one of the lines on my mat. I take my rotary ruler and let’s try 3 inches on this one. I’m going to cover at least 3 inches on my ruler, open up my blade, cut away from me, make sure my blade is closed, and I have a strip that has at least one straight edge that I can use. Notice, in this case, this strip is probably 3 inches up here to maybe 2- 2 ½ inches down here and that’s okay. I need just one straight edge.
To cut strips with scissors, you will need to mark your fabric, first using a yard stick and a pencil. Since I’m going to cut 2 inch strips, or about 2 inch strips, I’m going to mark 2 inches and I need at least one straight line, so I draw a line between. To cut with my scissors, I need to pin this because I am going through at least two lengths of fabric to make it a little bit easier. I’ll take my scissors and I begin to cut my strip.
Video Transcript: CRAZY LOG CABIN QUILT Cutting “Logs” (10 of 22 videos)
What’s most important is to have at least one straight edge on all of your strips to make it easier when we begin to sew. After I cut the strips, I like to lay them out so I can see each fabric. I’ve divided the warm colors and the cool colors. begin to cut my strip. What’s most important is to have at least one straight edge on all of your strips to make it easier when we begin to sew.
After I cut the strips, I like to lay them out so I can see each fabric. I’ve divided the warm colors and the cool colors.
In the next video segment, I will go over how to sew the blocks together.