Sunday, 6 January 2013

January's Block - Part 2!

The first part of the Twin Peaks block involved letting go and do crazy patch piecing.

Finished Crazy Block

Finished Twin Peak block - 4 rounds

The second part involves using the crazy block as the center of a modified log cabin. Each person will get instructions with their fabric, so check to see how many rounds you'll need to do. The below instructions are for four rounds. Photos are on Flickr in the order of the instructions. I have included additional notes with the pictures; I did run into some problems, but no ripping of seams was involved and I really like the way the final block turned out. :)
A few learnings:

  1. You can trim the crazy block to be shorter and/or thinner.

  2. The more drastic the angle, the more fabric you'll need for the last round and the harder it will be to keep to a 1" finished log for each round.

  3. The crazy block does not need to be centered or angled in a certain way. If you want to put it in the upper left hand corner, go for it!

  4. There's no need to rip seams. If one of the fabric strips is too short for a round, make it longer by piecing in left over crazy piecing. If there's a "hole" in the last round because there's not enough solid fabric, use left over crazy piecing or left over solid.

  5. If you get stuck, take a deep breath, a sip of your favorite beverage, and turn the block upside down or sideways. Use the design wall to see how the WIP block looks at different angles and consider trimming more fabric off the block to make room for the next round...and remember you cannot make a mistake on this one!  

  6. Break the rules if you have to.

Have fun & Happy Quilting!
Directions for part 2:
width of the logs should be at least 1.5” wide at their narrowest
point. The piece from part 1 does NOT need to be centered in the square,
so each log can be a different width.

On a design wall, make a rectangle 24” wide x 31.5” high using masking or painter’s tape.

the background fabric, make three rounds of logs. The most important
thing to remember is to check that the log will extend a little bit past
the piece it’s sewn to for the entire width of the log.

some time to consider how long the finished round will be, since the
WOF is only 40” or so. This is especially important with the cream
fabric, since you’ll need to do two rounds with it.

Round 1: Cream fabric, seams should be pressed away from the crazy pieced center.

Log: The first strip should along the top of the block. Make it a few
inches longer than the width of the piece it will be sewn to. Sew to
crazy center, then trim the edges of the log to match the edges of the
crazy center.

Log: This is the same as the top, but the log will be longer. “Wonk”
this log - be sure the length takes into account the angle, so that when
it’s trimmed, it will extend all the way to the top and bottom of the

Bottom Log: Same as the Top Log, but can be thinner or wider. Again, trim the ends to match the width of the piece it’s sewn to.

Log: This will be the longest log and should be “wonked.” This can be
thinner or wider than the other logs and can be at a different angle
than the Side Log.  If you don’t have a piece long enough, you can
connect to shorter pieces with a leftover crazy piece (press seams away
from the crazy piecing).

Round 2: Orange or Grey Fabric

Repeat the same steps as for Round 1.

Round 3: Orange or Grey Fabric (if you used orange in round 2, use Grey for Round 3 and vice versa)

Repeat the same steps as for Round 2.

Round 4: Cream

you start cutting - Figure out how long and wide your strips will need
to be by placing the WIP inside the rectangle you have on your design
wall. REMEMBER: The last log in this round will need to be at least
31.5” long, so figure out how wide this should be before cutting the

Repeat the same steps as for Round 3.

The finished block should now be 24” wide and 31.5” high.

Friday, 4 January 2013

January's Block: Log Cabin

Hello, Ladies! Fabric and instructions are in the mail.

I've been reading and re-reading the modern quilting books I've collected in 2012 for the past month. So many beautiful quilts, with many modern ideas, so it was hard to choose.  Quilting Modern by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pederson (Link to Book on is the inspiration for this quilt, which combines crazy patch piecing and a modified log cabin. This is only my second modern quilt, so I'm very excited to try something new!

This quilt is called "Twin Peaks," because I've been watching Twin Peaks while putting these directions together AND because they're both crazy. There are two techniques that are new to me in this block - crazy piecing and wonky log cabin. Both require letting go of exact measurements and embracing what works.

The thing I like most about this quilt is there are no seams to match in the blocks!

I'll be sending the strips of fabric needed to make the center and the "log" fabric. I will also send specific instructions regarding the size of the centers, since each one will be a little bit different. There will be left over fabric; feel free to keep it for a small project or send it back to me.

I will also post photos to flickr in the order of the block build. If you have any questions, please shoot me an email or post a question. Have fun!


Unless otherwise noted, all seams at 1/4" and seams should be pressed open.
Link to Flickr (AGQB Flickr)

Center of log cabin block (crazy patchwork):

Making the crazy center:

On a design wall or cutting mat, make a 10" x 20" or 10"x 17.5" rectangle using masking tape. I used a piece of muslin cut to the correct size.

Sew two strips of fabric together (there should be at least 10 strips in your fabric pack).
From each set, cut into smaller pieces, with cuts at least 1.5" apart and with varying sizes degrees of slanting. The larger these pieces are, the larger the patches will be in the center. I also found it easier to offset seams with larger pieces.
First cuts from all strip sets.
Connect the two piece patches together, offsetting the seams. Trim the seams to 1/4" and press open.
Beginning joins....

Middle Joins
Finished Crazy Center

Continue to connect pieces together until the piece covers the rectangle made on the design wall. Trim to the size noted in your fabric pack instructions.

Note: Don't be afraid to cut the pieces that have already been pieced. The trim may be large enough to use as additional pieces to complete the crazy center.

I will post part 2: Log Cabin tomorrow.

Happy Quilting!