I am continuing the "Quilt-A-Long" of the "Renew Me" pattern by Art Gallery fabrics that I am sewing as a sample for the store.
I am going to be a bad sample maker because I am now going to depart from the pattern and do my quilt differently.
Well, that's okay, because at this point, I've sewn most of it according to the instructions and I know that there is lots of fabric included in the kit so that anyone can complete it as written, even if they make several cutting mistakes.
I decided to make the remaining 10 blocks that I need for the quilt as the Block 6 log cabin design. I don't like cutting strips in 1/8" increments, so I tweaked the measurements to still maintain an 8 inch finished block:
The centers: cut 3-1/2" squares.
Strips for the "log" rounds are cut as strips 1-3/4" x width of the fabric.
the other change I decided to make is to keep all 4 logs of each "round" in the same fabric. This way, each log cabin block only uses 3 fabrics, and it looks like this:
After all the blocks are finished, it is time to set them all out on the floor and fiddle around with the placement. I don't agonize over this part too much, the variations are infinite, and it is not a matter of life and death.
So, I tend to get right on with sewing the top together.
Because there are 8 colomns, it is easy to sew them together in pairs.
Because I departed from the pattern, I did not use the nice light colored fabric that was included in the kit for the setting triangles. This will make a really nice border, I like the idea of the bright center set on a light edge. I was able to cut eight 4-1/2" strips, (plus the 3-1/2" squares that were used for the centers of the log cabin blocks), so the border will finish at 4 inches.
I do have quite a bit of fabric leftover. I am mulling over whether to add another outer border or whether to use it for another project, or whether to sew it together into the backing.
I sort of like the idea of using it up as the backing, but on the other hand, I do like flannel on the back of a quilt. Also, I can't quite decide on whether to add another border. I guess it is time to take a rest from it and let my subconscious mind wrestle with these important decisions...