This tiny log cabin measures only 2 1/2" wide and was so easy to sew thanks to foundation paper piecing. Paper piecing is the very first thing I did in patchwork and the only class I’ve ever taken back in Thunder Bay, ON in 1994. Little did I know what I was getting into! A friend of mine had taken the class and showed me a little sampler with houses and I thought it would be a great way to use up my dressmaking scraps.
The tutor wasn’t overly impressed with my scraps of cotton, but I didn’t have the resources to buy yardage, so scraps it was going to be. (At least I brought cotton!) I had my grandmother’s old Kenmore machine and followed along in my own way. In the class we made paper-pieced stars, but the instructor never told us how to completed the project and I went home with my handful of stars and put them together as best I could…with 5/8” seams! I was a dressmaker first after all! It didn’t occurred to me that I shouldn’t lose the points. It would be another year or two before I’d try patchwork again, this time with the help of Simply Quilts and Quilt in a Day. I was still using dressmaking scraps then and have a couple quilts with odd fabric to show for it, but they are favourites because they show my humble beginnings into a craft that has become a passion.
I’ve kinda gone off track…you might be wondering what on earth I’m going to use those log cabins for and it is this…a Roosting Round Robin. (like a round robin, but you work on your own project throughout) There are a few of us participating and you can see Lynda’s version here.) It’s the throw of a dice that determines the theme for the next month. First it was house, then log cabin…I wonder what will be next… ???
Until next time...♥