Primitive Lines II: A Log Cabin Quilt

The second month of fabrics arrived at my house and I’m excited to start on the next set of blocks! If you’d like to read the first installment of my Primitive Lines blog posts, check it out here. This month begins the log cabin blocks that form the center of the quilt, a.k.a the Center Section. For additional instruction, check out this month’s instructional video.

The subtle color variations and organic quality of batiks make them beautiful. Look at how rich these colors are!

I cut all the dark fabrics and then the light fabrics. As I learned the hard way, always read the directions before cutting! The light fabrics are cut differently than the darks to create the center square. Unfortunately, I got carried away cutting and cut the lights the same as the darks. <Oops! I had to piece the center squares together, so my quilt will not be as nice as it could have been if done correctly.

Moving on, I stacked up the light patches and dark patches into their respective lengths.

The lights are cut longer than the darks, which you can see when I’ve stacked and laid the patches out.

In order to keep the scrappy look, I rearranged the colors in each pile by laying them out on the table. Most people will just pull from the piles, trusting that chaos will naturally occur, and all the blocks will be different. However, I have a hard time with that, so I spent a little time moving fabrics around to get a pleasing arrangement of color.

I decided to arranged my scrappy, random darks into piles, so that I could pick strategically for “planned chaos.”

The next step was to sew the 16 center section Log Cabin quilt blocks. I like to chain-piece two quilt blocks at a time to save thread, being careful to select the correct pile when adding the next piece, all the while referring to the diagrams in the directions. I pressed all seams away from the Log Cabin quilt block’s center patch as I added each new piece.

Once all the blocks are sewn, it’s time to lay them out in the arrangement shown in the Assembly Diagram. One fun thing about Log Cabin quilt blocks is how many ways they can be arranged to form different patterns. To keep the scrappy nature of the quilt, I made sure to arrange my blocks so that like fabrics were not together (no blue next to blue, or purple next to purple).

I laid out my quilt blocks, doing my best to keep like fabrics from touching (no blue against blue, for example).

Now, for the final step: joining the blocks! First I sewed the blocks into pairs, then into rows, and then sewed the rows together. And, then ta-da! The center of the quilt is finished!

Sew into pairs, then into rows, then sew the rows together!

This wraps up my blog series on Primitive Lines. Have fun with the upcoming months! If batik is your thing, check out some of these other batik quilt patterns that may tickle your fancy.

Happy sewing – Ginger

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