|This fabric had pineapples on it... but don't they look like ticks?|
Now onto the There's a Square in There Pattern. This uses much the same technique only much much simpler. There is no intense layering and no paper template. Instead, there are four different diagrams for the irregular log cabin blocks, each of which require four fabrics - two pattern and two plain. The squares of fabrics are layered in order, face up, alternating plain and patterned fabrics. The diagram describes the order of the cuts in black, with the size of the cut in blue.
Here's my pile after the first round of cuts (the first cut is shown along the bottom).
Then I made the second round of cuts and reshuffled the second round, moving the top fabric to the bottom of the pile to reveal the orange logs.
Then the last round of cuts... the third round stays plain, but if I left the pile without shuffling it, then when I got to the patterned fabrics, I would end up with two rounds matching, so I shifted two layers of fabric to the bottom of the pile, and a reshuffle for the centre rectangle, bringing the bottom fabric up to the top.
It helps to keep it laid out in order. No wind, kids, cats or husbands tidying please.
Now we're ready to start piecing. It's a matter of attaching the rounds in the opposite order to how they were cut.
The first piece matches perfectly...
But when you go to attach this unit to the next log, there is a bit of a size difference - the seam allowances. This is how the technique works... you will need to trim.
|See the overhang on the left?|
then trim the overhang off later.
And once that log has been opened out, we can see that the mismatch continues, the next log will be too long... and in fact, every piece will need to be trimmed down. Once you get your head around that, it is smooth sailing.
Because I decided to add in an alternate fabric every now and then, I swapped the plain piece I had already cut, and added the text instead.
And my four blocks from this pile, all with their first rounds added.
Round two will continue tomorrow.
So, have you ever made a stack and slash quilt? Did you enjoy it?