Amish Inspired Log Cabin Patchwork – Straight Furrow
The work that we are doing this term involves making lots of log cabin patchwork blocks. Sometimes it can be hard to remember which way to press your seams – so here is a helpful picture!
Press all your seams away from the centre and towards the log
You either want to press all your seams away from the centre, or press them open. Don’t press towards the centre as you will end up with some very bulky sections.
It can also be a bit tricky to remember which log to sew first in each row. Look at the previous row – which is the shortest log? That is the side you are going to attach your first log in this round. Follow this pattern around, finishing with the longest log – the side which has no seams running through it. This will ensure that you keep going in the right direction.
The shortest log is on the left of the image – stitch that one first.
The fabric has been dyed and cut, and I have begun putting it together. I am using this small patchwork quilt as a teaching tool for my classes this term so am making it step by step so that my students can see how it all comes together. It’s really rather lovely sharing its growth with them.
As this involves 20 identical patchwork blocks, we are chain piecing. It is a really useful technique.
Chain Piecing really does what it says on the tin! I started with all the hearth squares (magenta), adding the shortest pale blue log, stitching straight from one to the other. When all 20 are done, cut the joining thread. Then add the next log to all 20. The real joy of this method is that it is hard to lose track of where you are and put the wrong colour on the wrong side!
All the blues are around one corner of the square and the purples are diagonally opposite.
The blocks have gone together beautifully and I love the colour combination.
This is the 20 blocks stitched together in the “Straight Furrow” patchwork design. I had this pinned to my sitting room wall (yes, I did say pinned – with drawing pins too!) I loved looking at it!
The next stage was to add the inner border and then start piecing together the outer strippy border.
Sadly my pictures are not of very good quality, as I am just taking snaps as I progress, and the light varies hugely – but I think you get the general idea!