j_q_adams 4:21pm, 1 September 2009
Got a question about the wonky log cabin quilt-along? Post it here! I will pull all questions with answers (if I have one!) to the top for easy browsing.

Q: Cutting it all up? Swallow... that's scary! And piling up 3 to 4 FQ before cutting? revolutionary... You are talking to someone who is cutting everything single for the sake of accuracy... and never cut more than you need because the leftovers must be as big as poss so you can use it for something else again.... Freaking out... breathe slowly...

I can see this is going to be somewhat of a revelation... if I can ever bring myself to actually do it that way!! (goes away quitely to recover...:-)


Ha ha!!!

Here's what you have to tell yourself ...

"For the sake of accuracy" needs to go right out the window. If they're too narrow, or too wide, or somewhat crooked, that's TOTALLY OK ... 'cuz they're going to wind up that way anyway! : )

There WILL be leftovers ... I can guarantee it ... but you'll have a nice stash of logs ready to go for your next project. You can ALWAYS use strips.

If it makes you feel better, just cut 1 strip of each size (1 x 3", 1 x 2.5", 1 x 2", and 1 x 1.5") ... pile up the leftovers and put them to the side ... you can always cut more off of them later!

Q: Do we cut the sashing fabric into strips also?

NO! Sorry I wasn't more clear. Put your sashing fabric aside for now ... we will cut that later.

Q: Your picture only shows 7 piles of strips. Is that enough to make a full quilt?

NO! Don't forget, I stacked my FQ's 3-5 layers deep when I was cutting ... so you only see 7 prints on the top of my piles, but there are 3-4 more prints under each of those. I think I had 30+ different FQ's that I cut (way too much, btw), so my quilt blocks WILL be scrappy!

Q: Do you have a recommendation for how much of the floating solid fabric we should have?

If you will be adding a solid sashing, I would recommend approx. 1.5 yards of the sashing fabric. Please see the Fabric Requirements thread for more information.

Q: If you are using a jelly roll, is 1 jelly roll enough or will you need more?

It's really hard to answer, but I believe that 1 jelly roll should be just fine for a 16-25 block quilt.

Q: If we are doing the sashing (thereby making 15 1/2 inch blocks) do we need a 15 1/2 inch ruler? and do we also need the 12 1/2 inch ruler?

I've been looking for a 15.5" ruler for a long time now but can't seem to find one! if you have one, i am sure it will come in very useful. however, you really don't need one for this quilt-along. (oh, and if you do have one, please tell me where you got yours!)

Q: What about the squares? Are we not using centers in this one? Should I cut out the size I want? Or are you giving us direction on that too?

We'll be starting with that step in the very next lesson!

Q: Some of my fabrics are directional and I would like them to face the right way regardless of whether they are going vertical or horizontally on the quilt. I'm nervous to cut them all longways because that would mean I would only want to use those fabrics on vertical pieces, know what I mean?

Do you have a secondary way I can cut my FQ to get strips that make it so some of them have the pattern going the right way as a vertical piece and others going the right way as a horizontal piece?


directional fabric ... that's a tricky one. what i would do is keep that fabric to the side and cut it one strip at a time, as you want to use it. it might be more time consuming per block, but it should ensure you get the final result that you're looking for.

Q: If I have a jelly roll - do I need to cut the strips at all or just wait for the second week? I just feel like I should be cutting something.

If you have a jelly roll, no need to cut them before starting on your block. Just jump right in to the block tutorial with your jelly roll intact!

Q: When I made my 1st 2 blocks I made the center 9 1/2 and with the sashing it's 13" squared. I kinda like the look...so if I do the rest of my blocks this size that'll mean I'll just need more or have a smaller quilt, right?

you're absolutely right. it really doesn't matter what your final block size is, as long as you keep them all the same.


Q: I was putting my blocks together last night and all was well until I came to the 3 inch blocks. Because they were cut lengthwise and were 18 inches long I could only use one per side and so I ran out> For 25 blocks I will need 100 of the 3 inch strips.. did I do something wrong? Buying more fat quarters today to finish. Were we supposed to piece some of the 3 inch strips?

great question! no, you didn't do anything wrong. and you're right that there won't be quite enough 3" strips. but my thought was that you can also use the 2.5" strips as well. since every block will be different (depending on how you trim), there will be some that won't need the full 3" on the sides. i explicitly told you the 3" way for the first block, because i think it would help first-timers. but i think as you get more comfortable making the blocks, you can use other sizes for the outer borders.

i should have more explicity said that ... will make sure i call it out in the next post.
rafael's mum 6 years ago
I think I will have to do that ! and see how I go... You can see though how this has caused my heartbeat to go right of the scales!

Wouldn't it be nice to have less work and more instant result though...sigh... ok... I think I am ready to be (half) converted! :-)

ps... that should be 'quietly' in the question... you can see what a shock it was!
badlandsquilts PRO 6 years ago
do we cut the sashing fabric is strips like this also?
SVetne 6 years ago
LOL! I never even thought of worrying about having leftovers but now I am. Eek! I have 20 FQs so I think I'm going to cut up 16 of them to start.
j_q_adams 6 years ago
I wouldn't cut up fewer FQ's ... I would just cut fewer strips from each FQ. That way, even those extra 4 prints will still be represented in your block. If it makes you feel better, just cut up half of the fat quarter to start ... maybe only 1 strip of each size instead of 2. You can always cut more later!
j_q_adams 6 years ago
NO ... do not cut the sashing strips yet. We'll do that later!

Great question. Sorry for the confusion.
SVetne 6 years ago
Oh, even better idea, John! Thanks!
shesewsandscraps 6 years ago
are you using only 7 different colors on yours or should we really mix it up and have all the fat quarters different colors/patterns?
Thanks!
j_q_adams 6 years ago
I am not using only 7 different colors ... my pic shows seven piles, but each pile is stacked 4-5 fat quarters deep. I think I had 30+ different prints ... so yes, mine will be ALL mixed up!!
shesewsandscraps 6 years ago
Oh okay! thank you!
scrapstudio PRO 6 years ago
We sorted tonight and will cut over the weekend... I think this is the perfect time for the 12 year old niece to learn to cut! :) (since they don't have to be perfect, I don't have to be obsessing about it!)
skovy 6 years ago
What a great idea! I was about that age when I learned to rotary cut
sewanyhowBeth 6 years ago
That's a GREAT idea shesews! Is nine too young to start using a rotary cutter? This would be a GREAT quilt to start on, huh. No perfection needed. (Keep repeating to self.)
liebschien 6 years ago
Do you have a recommendation for how much of the floating solid fabric we should have?

I'm very excited to be part of this - my first quilt along. Thanks for being our guide!
cookiejcreations PRO 6 years ago
If you are using a jelly roll, is 1 jelly roll enough or will you need more?
piecefulchaos PRO 6 years ago
If we are doing the sashing (thereby making 15 1/2 inch blocks) do we need a 15 1/2 inch ruler? and do we also need the 12 1/2 inch ruler? I'm so excited - I just looked up tutorials on wonky log cabins last week so this is perfect timing!
Okay, so I'm WAY new at this....but is the "sashing fabric" the center of the squares? If not, when do I cut those? I know I need 35 squares, so I can use the extra fabric to do more strips..... :) Is that the next set of instructions? And, I'm VERY happy to hear it won't be a whole week (possibly) !!!! YAY!!! :)
Alatariel Leralonde PRO 6 years ago
@ hardypartyof5: Sashing fabric is the fabric that goes between finished squares, to separate them from each other. In the quilt below, the "sashing" is the dark teal fabric!
Ebudae by Alatariel Leralonde
Thank you so much sunflowerquilt! I understand now. :)
Oh true! What about the squares? Are we not using centers in this one?
Yes, the squares....should I cut out the size I want? Or are you giving us direction on that too?
sewjo2009 6 years ago
I am very new to all of this, but am about to join your group to make the wonky log cabin. How often will you post 'the next steps', how long will your posts be able to be viewed? As yet I have not even bought my material, but that will be resolved by the weekend I hope. I am also going on holiday and wonder whether I will be able to keep up --- so many questions -- help
j_q_adams Posted 6 years ago. Edited by j_q_adams (member) 6 years ago
gah! i can't keep up with you guys!!

first, thanks sunflowerquilts for answering hardypartyof5's sashing question. another good example is this quilt, where the white represents the sashing:
Log Cabin Baby Quilt by [meggie]


liebschien, if you will be adding a solid sashing, I would recommend approx. 1.5 yards of the sashing fabric.

pieceful chaos, I've been looking for a 15.5" ruler for a long time now but can't seem to find one! if you have one, i am sure it will come in very useful. however, you really don't need one for this quilt-along. (oh, and if you do have one, please tell me where you got yours!)

lesliecook, I think you should be just fine with 1 jelly roll!

and finally, as far as center squares for your blocks go, we'll be starting with that step in the very next lesson!
seafern cottage 6 years ago
Hi John,

Since I am only using 7 fabrics, then floating mine in a white or cream, should I cut double of what your instructions call for each of my fabrics? i. e. cut up 1/2 yard of each so that would equal 14 fat quarters. (Then can cut more later if I need)??
j_q_adams 6 years ago
yep, that's exactly what i would recommend!
Alatariel Leralonde PRO Posted 6 years ago. Edited by Alatariel Leralonde (member) 6 years ago
No problem! I didn't think you would still be awake at 1am (2am your time)!

The 20 1/2" ruler from Omnigrip is rapidly becoming one of my favorites for cutting large pieces of fabric and squaring large blocks. It is expensive, so watch for sales. I got mine from Fabric Depot for 50% off (this was about 9 or 10 months ago).

Omnigrid does have a 15" square ruler, which would leave you with 14.5" finished squares.
windowshopmom Posted 6 years ago. Edited by windowshopmom (member) 6 years ago
I got my 15 1/2" ruler at Hancock's in Omaha....but that would be a bit of a drive for you! :)

EDIT: I don't have it in front of me (as I'm at work....LOL) but now that I'm looking for them online I'm wondering if mine is a 15 rather than 15 1/2?? I'll have to check it when I get home....
catherine's attic PRO 6 years ago
I haven't cut my strips yet as I'm waiting for instruction (with bated breath) on the centre squares. I presume this fabric is not included in the fat quarters for the strips. A little confused but I'm sure it will be clear as mud soon.
piecefulchaos PRO 6 years ago
Sorry QuiltDad - when I got home and checked my ruler is the omnigrid 15" not 15 1/2" - if I ever see a 15 1/2 inch I will let you know!
n@nci 6 years ago
I wouldn't swear to this but I am assuming that we will be cutting the squares out of the strips we just cut since the center will more than likely differ in size from square to square and you cut anywhere from a 3.5 to 1' sq.
MOD
DeeRoo G PRO 6 years ago
n@nci...me thinks you're on the right track!:)

ps...love how you spelled your name!:)
liebschien 6 years ago
Hey, Quilt Dad, thanks for the answer about how much sashing fabric to get. Somehow I missed that and I thought I read it carefully!

Now I have another question. Some of my fabrics are directional and I would like them to face the right way regardless of whether they are going vertical or horizontally on the quilt. I'm nervous to cut them all longways because that would mean I would only want to use those fabrics on vertical pieces, know what I mean?

Do you have a secondary way I can cut my FQ to get strips that make it so some of them have the pattern going the right way as a vertical piece and others going the right way as a horizontal piece?

I'm a pretty novice quilter, getting better the more I learn, so thanks for the help!
Alatariel Leralonde PRO 6 years ago
Are we going to start piecing before the Labor Day weekend? I have the whole weekend for sewing and would like to get started getting wonky {without wine}!!
j_q_adams 6 years ago
n@nci, you're absolutely right. catherine's attic, we'll be starting with a center square cut from one of the strips.

liebschien, directional fabric ... that's a tricky one. what i would do is keep that fabric to the side and cut it one strip at a time, as you want to use it. it might be more time consuming per block, but it should ensure you get the final result that you're looking for.
j_q_adams 6 years ago
sunflowerquilt, i am optimistic that the next lesson will be posted sometime tomorrow!
saracre8 6 years ago
Oh!
What luck!
I have nothing planned for tommorow.
I was actually just going through my fabrics to see if I could fill my time with another project while waiting soooo... patienly :)
Here's hoping.
Okay, so I have to confess.....I cut out my centers already. BUT......this quilt is for my son CJ and he wanted the centers bigger, so I'm good with the size (4.5" squares). So, it appears I will have left over fabric and that is okay! wahoo! I can make another one or maybe a pillow cover for his bed too! Anyway, I'm excited to see the next set of instructions!

John you are awesome! I don't know how you keep up with all of us!
catherine's attic PRO 6 years ago
Okay thanks John. Now I can cut my strips and won't be behind everybody else. Might have to re access my fabric selection though.
ladmquilter 6 years ago
Yea I am leaving tomorrow to go up north hope the directions are up, but I am considering doing a wonky triangle instead of log cabin with one of my sets of fabric since I can't seem to decide. www.wishuponaquilt.com/cgi-bin/Store/store.cgi?product=Pa... pattern_youcancallmeal&pid=1#pattern_youcancallmeal I saw it here not sure how to post a link???? hope this works
n@nci 6 years ago
ladmquilter, I love that quilt and if you do it wonky I'll be glued to see how it turns out.
j_q_adams 6 years ago
directions for the first block are now posted!
I have a question :)
Hoping I can get the question out, and it actually will make sense! LOL
I am going to do 2 quilts.. one a red and white/high contrast, and am thinking of just alternating each row of logs to red or white.
But the second one I'm going to do is aquas and greens. The catch here is that they are pretty much ALL the SAME value. If i want the wonk to pop more, should I go look for some darker values, or darker value solids ? And if yes, how many times would you put that "pop factor" into each block? Once? Twice? Thrice? lol
I just know that its all going to blend into a major medium value blob if i dont give it a kick here and there! :(
n@nci 6 years ago
On one of the quilt along (the rail fence I think0 I used red and turquoise and wasn't happy because it had no pop like you are talking about and I added some black with red and black with turquoise and it made all the difference. Not sure if this would work with green and aqua but just a thought.
peaknit 6 years ago
Hi John, I hope this hasn't been addressed already - if I have a jelly roll - do I need to cut the strips at all or just wait for the second week? I just feel like I should be cutting something. I also got a layer cake, jic! Can you ever have too much fabric? Don't answer that. Thanks!
ScrapperDeb 6 years ago
I LOVE the fabric you chose and how it all looks great together. My original intention was to use all purples since I've been collecting a variety of purples to make an all purple quilt of some sort...just had never settled on a specific pattern. Now that I see what fabrics everyone is selecting I'm wondering if it would be a mistake to just go with one color (but they are all different patterns in the purple family)? Since you're more experienced at this wonkyness, would you say I should save the purples for another project and pick out different colors for this quilt or what? Thanks for your thoughts!
j_q_adams 6 years ago
peaknit ... if you have a jelly roll, no need to cut them before starting on your block. just jump right in to the block tutorial with your jelly roll intact!
peaknit 6 years ago
Thank you!! I am ready to go forth - hurray!!
craftnosis [deleted] Posted 6 years ago. Edited by craftnosis (member) 6 years ago
Hey - I actually have something to contribute :0) I just got a 15 1/2" square ruler from JoAnns!!
Here's the link
www.joann.com/joann/catalog.jsp?CATID=cat3227&PRODID=...
crazyfun01 6 years ago
Craftnosis-now that's an interesting name! Thanks for the info on the ruler. I think a lot of people are going to want this! You should get a finders fee!
susanpiluk 6 years ago
Okay, I guess I had a ...just went back to work after having the summer off moment and when I made my 1st 2 blocks I made the center 9 1/2 and with the sashing it's 13" squared. I kinda like the look...so if I do the rest of my blocks this size that'll mean I'll just need more or have a smaller quilt, right? I just started quilting in July, so am learning as I go.
nanotchka PRO Posted 6 years ago. Edited by nanotchka (member) 6 years ago
I was putting my blocks together last night and all was well until I came to the 3 inch blocks. Because they were cut lengthwise and were 18 inches long I could only use one per side and so I ran out> For 25 blocks I will need 100 of the 3 inch strips.. did I do something wrong? Buying more fat quarters today to finish. Were we supposed to piece some of the 3 inch strips?
j_q_adams Posted 6 years ago. Edited by j_q_adams (member) 6 years ago
susanpiluk, you're absolutely right. it really doesn't matter what your final block size is, as long as you keep them all the same.

nanotchka, great question! no, you didn't do anything wrong. and you're right that there won't be quite enough 3" strips. but my thought was that you can also use the 2.5" strips as well. since every block will be different (depending on how you trim), there will be some that won't need the full 3" on the sides. i explicitly told you the 3" way for the first block, because i think it would help first-timers. but i think as you get more comfortable making the blocks, you can use other sizes for the outer borders.

i should have more explicity said that ... will make sure i call it out in the next post.

craftnosis, great find!! and on sale for only $12? i think i'll be ordering one of these today!
MOD
DeeRoo G PRO 6 years ago
I guess since you told Susanpiluk that it really doesn't matter how big your final block size is as long as they are all the same I should have bought that 15"x15" ruler I saw at Joanns today for 50% off!:) I saw the one online but I would save shipping if I had bought this at the store....so, should I get it? I'm not going into town today but I can get my kid to buy it on her way home from work!:)
j_q_adams 6 years ago
sure, that's always an option!
nanotchka PRO 6 years ago
FYI- I bought another 9 (nine) fat quarters today and cut them all up into 3 inch strips. I started with 17 fat quarters. After finishing my 25 blocks I only had 7 3 inch strips left! So I used a total of 26 fat quarters to finish my quilt. I had some of the other size strips left over, but not very many. I could probably make 2 more blocks with what I have left. It took more than I expected, but I like the result!
nanotchka PRO 6 years ago
Didn't you have a link showing the 4 different variations that you are doing? I can't seem to find it. I might like to try another variation!
nanotchka PRO 6 years ago
I ordered my ruler from JoAnns! Thanks for the link!
j_q_adams 6 years ago
nanotchka, i thought i had already done this too, but can't seem to find it either! here are the next three blocks we'll be making:

1) wonky quarter log cabin blocks, like the ones shown here:

Block #1 for Quilting Barbie by j_q_adams


Mini Quilt in a Bag Swap by j_q_adams


2) wonky square-in-square blocks, like these:

Block #3 for Tina by j_q_adams


CQB | Block #1 for Tina by j_q_adams


3) wonky bento box-like blocks, similar to this:

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SewConnected 2 | March by j_q_adams


hope this helps!
nanotchka PRO 6 years ago
Thank you! This will help me select fabrics too!
SVetne 6 years ago
John - I think I want my squares to be 12.5" but I want the last 3" to be the sashing instead of making them 15.5" to include the sashing. Obviously, my squares need to be 9.5" before the sashing goes on.

But, what about cutting my fabrics? Would you still recommend cutting all my strips to the same widths as in the instructions or would you go with different widths?

Thanks!
j_q_adams 6 years ago
i would probably go with the same widths ... after all, it's really not the size of the strip, it's just to have some variety and some wiggle room for trimming. however, i probably wouldn't cut as many strips ... obviously, you aren't going to need as many, and not as long.
SVetne 6 years ago
Thanks!
crazyfun01 6 years ago
I love the square in sqaure blocks! I think I am going that way!
karensc0sm0s 6 years ago
id like to do square in square too
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