2. Take a quick look at how to make a crazy log cabin block.
Video Transcript: CRAZY LOG CABIN QUILT Quick Look (2 of 22 videos)
To make this 12 inch block, you will need to cut centers about 4 inches big. Now on this crazy quilt, the great thing about it, you don’t have to cut everything perfect. So if you can cut a square or
something that looks kind of like a square, about 4 inches, that’s great. You’ll also need some logs, and to make these logs, I cut strips. You need to cut these strips anywhere from about 2 inches on up to 3 or 4 inches wide. You can just use scraps of fabric if you want to, it doesn’t make any difference. And if you decide you want to make smaller ones, you most certainly can cut, let’s say, a 2 inch center and strips that are about an inch or so wide- so it’s up to you however you want to do that. But I’ll be giving directions for the 12 inch one.
The first thing you are going to do is, you are going to take your square center and then you’re going to take a strip. Now, the strips don’t have to be perfect, but they do have to have at least one side that’s straight. So you can see that this strip is not so nice and neat on the other side but one side is straight. And you’re going to take that strip, and you can either lay it right sides together like this and line it up here, or you can offset it- it’s up to you. I like to have a little bit extra on the top and some extra on the bottom. If it is too much here, I can just clip that off.
So I am going to take that to my sewing machine. So let’s do it with this strip. I’ve got a straight edge here, I’m going to offset it like this. I’m going to take this to my sewing machine and sew ¼ (quarter) inch seam down here because I’m a quilter and I’m usually sewing a ¼ (quarter) inch seam, but on this project you can sew any seam width, as long as you remain consistent. And after I sew that seam, I’m going to get something that looks like this, so the next thing I’m going to do is I’m going to trim that. So I’m going to take my scissors or my rotary cutter and I’m going to trim that extra and I have a piece that looks like that. Now, it’s up to me, I can either trim at this point or I can go on and continue sewing. So, I’ve decided that I’m going to trim; let me get my rotary cutter. So I’m going to put my rotary ruler down, and I’m going to open my rotary cutter and to trim this away. So I’ve got a straight edge now. If I wanted to pick up this piece that wasn’t so nice and neat, I’ve got a straight edge here that I can sew or I’ve drawn a line here. So it really doesn’t make any difference when you’re sewing these together, as long as there’s one straight edge.
The next strip I’m going to pick up, I think I’ll use this strip. And, oh I forgot one thing. You need to put the last one sewn up on top. And the next one that’s going to go on is this and I’m going to put right sides together. Let’s see, I think if I put it like this it might be too much of an angle so I’m going to angle it like this. I’m going to take this to my sewing machine, and I’m going to sew that line, press it back and I’ve got something that looks like that.