Think I'll have enough strips? When I took this picture, I had already made 75 blocks.
I consulted a couple of books before deciding how to sew these. My method is a lot like how I sew string blocks, and is a fun way to work if you like scraps.
Okay, here we go.
Half Log Cabin Block Tutorial
You can sew strip sets if you want to have several blocks with the same centers. I didn't, so I cut squares. Press toward the darker square. Press after each addition.
You will be repeating these steps over and over. Be careful, and keep the seam ripper handy--it is very easy to get mixed up.
Naturally, I'm chain sewing the blocks, but I like to have ten or so of them going at a time, at different stages. I don't want any of my blocks to be exactly the same, so I don't add them to the same strips of light and dark. I take the blocks to the iron after each round, and I add in new ones to replace ones I've finished.
When I trim a strip, if there is only enough left for a 1.5 in. square, I put those pieces in this little basket on the treadle cabinet. Then I can pull pieces from here to cut for the center squares. (If the trimmed piece is smaller than a 1.5 in. square, I actually throw it away!)
You could just keep going, if you wanted larger blocks. I kind of like these little ones. I think I'll need at least 120 of them for a twin sized quilt.
In other news, UFO#4 is pin basted and ready to quilt. If I could just stop sewing these half log cabin blocks...
Spring is trying to break through today, and the dog and I need a walk.
Have a wonderful week!