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Darlene's Mystery Quilt - Step 5

Darlene's Mystery Quilt - Step 5

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Darlene's Mystery Quilt, Step 5 instructions
Darlene's Mystery Quilt, Step 5 instructions

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Published by: dardeon64 on May 06, 2013
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Darlene’s Mystery Quilt Step #5This month we have a border made from 48 blocks. Log cabin blocks, which are one of my veryfavorite blocks. The blocks are 5” finished, 5 1/2” before sewn in, all strips are 1 1/2”. I prefer to chainstitch my log cabin blocks, but if you prefer to do them another way, do whatever works for you.Pressing with log cabin blocks is the preference of the quilter. Some people prefer to press each step,some prefer not to press anything until the block is complete. If you prefer not to press, make surethat each segment is opened fully when you lay it in place on the strip that you’re stitching it onto.Whether you press or not, make sure that the seam allowances are pressed or finger pressed awayfrom the red centre.Cutting:For the centre of the blocks, I used red, which is the traditional colour for a log cabin centre. So tocreate the scrappy look, I chose several of my reds for the centre squares. So, these instructions willbe for 4 reds. From each red, cut one strip, 1 1/2” x 20”.For the lights, again, you should have several for a good variety, I used 12-15 different lights. Youneed a minimum of 15 - 1 1/2” strips. To make more variety in the placements of the lights for eachblock, you can cut some of the strips into halves.For the darks, I used again around 12-15 different darks. You will need a minimum of 18 - 1 1/2”strips. Again, you could cut some of them into halves.Instructions:Using the red strips that you cut for the block centres, pair them with an equal amount of light stripsand stitch down the length of each pair. Do not press.
Counter cut these strip sets into 48 - 1 1/2” segments.Open one of the centre segments that you just cut and place it right side down onto a light strip ( rightside up ). Use the picture here for placement.Stitch in place, then continue chain stitching the remainder of the centre sections onto light strips,making sure to butt the next segments flush up against the previous one that you stitched on. Thiscreates less cutting for you later.
At this point, you have to cut again. You can cut with your rotary cutter or your scissors, whicheveryou prefer. If you’ve chained stitched your centre sections close enough together in the previous step,you should only have to make one cut between the segments here.Now you’ve completed the first and second light logs, from here we move onto the first of the darklogs. Choose one of the dark strips, position the centre/light segments onto the dark strip using thepicture here for placement. Stitch in place, again, being sure to butt the segments flush against oneanother. Continue with all of the segments.Cut, seperating the blocks.Repeat again, with another dark log for each block. Cut, seperating the blocks.

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