Welcome to the Log Cabin Tree of Life QAL, I hope you are as excited as me so I wont ramble on here. For those who just found us you can find additional information here.
Instead of a video tutorial I opted for a blog pictorial as some may not view the video. If I do not make something clear or you need additional assistance please click on the Contact link in the top menu bar and send me an email. So lets get started.August templates
Cut templates from sheets, outside the cut line.
If it helps to label each template for fabric placement just keep in mind the most important thing is:
- Templates are paper side up
- Block Diagrams are fabric side up
Let me show you why I am pointing this out. The photo directly below is the template paper side up. If you look at the fabric colored diagram on page 5 (today’s download) notice the direction of the patches I have labeled C and D in red below. No matter how you turn this template patches 8 and 9 on the template will not look like the diagram photo for Block 1a. Now scroll down to the next photo…
This is the reverse of block 1a above. If your fabrics were already sewn on this would be fabric side up, it matches pg.5 diagram photo. Keep this in mind when you are piecing and if it helps label the patches on the template as I have.
When piecing with strips there isn’t much cutting to be done. The Block Diagram (pg 5) gives specific widths to cut your fabric. For instance Block 1:
- Patch 1-cut strips 3″ x WOF
- Remaining patches cut strips 2″ x WOF
For Block 1 I have cut 1 strip from each C, D, E, and F. For patches A and B I have cut 5 each because I know we will be using both of the colors a lot throughout our journey. Yes I will have to get up and cut more but keep in mind, we aren’t supposed to sit for hours on end. It is recommended we get up and move at least once an hour but most importantly for me, I have saved so much time. Just imagine how much time you would have spent if you were to measure and cut each individual patch for this quilt.
- Your templates
- Washable school glue stick
- Rotary cutter and mat
- Card stock such as a post card
- Add-A-Quarter ruler, 12″ or 6″. If you don’t have one use a see through ruler with a clear 1/4″ line.
My 7 blocks complete and trimmed.
September 1st I will release the next 7 blocks and host a link up. So come prepared to link up your 7 blocks from your blog or Instagram. If you do not have either, hit the Contact link at the top of the page to let me know so I can add your blocks to the linky party. In order to be entered at the end of the year for one of the prizes you will need to link up each month.
Tag me on IG-@fortheloveofgeese and use #logcabintreeoflifeqal, neither are required but I’d love to watch your progress.
Every Thursday I host an open to all linky party so stop by and share your current WIP’s or recent finishes.