What's on the Design Wall

What’s On The Design Wall: Stonehenge Scrappy Freeform Log Cabin

I mentioned in my post Things to Do When You Have a Bad “Cold”, that I’ve been working on a scrappy improvisational “log cabin” block style quilt. I thought I would show you my progress on the piece so far.

All I’ve done is lay the blocks out for now on my design wall, this is not the final design. I have a name in mind for the piece but I am keeping that under wraps until I see if the final design will work.

Each block is 6.5 inches x 6.5 inches and was made using scraps of Northcott Fabrics’ Stonehenge line which I love, as well as some small yardage pieces of Stonehenge I had in my stash.

The scraps primarily came from this quilt I made a couple years ago:

This was my pile of scraps that I started with for the piece currently up on my studio design wall which include scraps from the quilt above and scraps given to me by quilting friends:

Eventually I decided not to use the Stonehenge animal print scraps that someone gave me (and recently I donated a pile of them to a local charity thrift store so they can be enjoyed by another crafter).

Here are photos of me chain piecing the improvisational log cabin blocks via a technique I learned from Jackie Erickson at the Stitchin Post when I lived in Central Oregon.

Jackie told us in a class I took at the Stitchin’ Post that “log jamming” that is technique originated in Africa – the using of scraps to randomly put together fabric and create a larger piece of fabric, etc.

While writing this post I googled “log jamming quilting” to see if I could find any official history on this technique and found a VIDEO by the Stitchin’ Post about log jamming!!!

If you want to see a demonstration of the technique, here is the video – enjoy!

Jackie has a pattern she sells on making a log jam quilt and here is the link to it: Modern Log Jam.

image credit: stichinpost.com

I have used the technique I learned from Jackie on so many quilts over the years (as well as taught the late Terry the Quilting Husband to make quilts this way also – see post What’s On The Design Wall: Flannel “Log Jam” Blocks) that she holds a special place in my heart (and she is an awesome teacher!).

In her class she would use a shopping bag of random scraps and you just pull from that bag and “jam on” while chain piecing.

Okay I went off on a tangent on log jamming, and let’s get back to the story on this current log jam quilt in progress…

Originally I wanted to frame all the blocks in a cream colored Stonehenge fabric I had in my stash, but it turned out I did not have enough. So I used a smaller brown yardage as well as a couple fat quarters from my stash that I thought would coordinate.

Here are the resulting four (4) types of blocks:

Yes, I have not cleaned up all the loose threads from all that chain piecing I did. But I’ll do that as I sew the blocks together in whatever their final configuration.

For now they all sit on my design wall awaiting my further musings on layout

27 thoughts on “What’s On The Design Wall: Stonehenge Scrappy Freeform Log Cabin”

  1. I do like the outer log arrangement by color idea. I suspect the next challenge is deciding further placement of each block based upon the inner logs. BTW: I noticed your subtle reference to ‘gifting’ your Stonehenge animal scraps – a decision made with a tad bit of angst, no doubt…always strangely hard to part with scraps/fabrics whenever there seems to be just an ounce of possibility you could use them in something!!! So, I’ll say, “Atta girl, good job!”

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  2. I watched the utube clip – and what I noticed was that some of the pieces were “cut crooked” even before put into the block. Your’s seem have similar “crookedness” – how it that happen if after you’ve cut some into the format, they should be “straight edged”

    anyway like the idea, I may try and do more semi- precise “blocks” with my crumb quilts! Which rarely seem to have crookedness

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  3. It looks great, I love this technique. I don´t know why, but I´ve always been too intimidated to try it, thanks for sharing the video and pattern, I think I´ll give it a try 🙂

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