This challenge is to draw some Log Cabin blocks.
There are quite a few Log Cabin blocks ready to use in the electric Quilt block library, but although it is a traditional design, there are many variations on the size of the centre square, the width and the number of the logs around it. Copy some from the library, then try some modifications.
The centre square can be any size, but the most usual is twice the width of the logs, often with a 2 inch square in the centre of 1 inch logs. However, I use the width of the logs. So, 1 inch logs with a 1 inch square.
The number of logs varies, from 3 to ten!
I like four on each side , with a one inch centre square and 4 logs on each side, I get a 9 inch block. Start with a 9 inch block and a one inch grid to make drawing easy.
When drawing, I find it easiest to start from the outside and work in, starting on any side, then working clock wise. It will work just as well if you go in the opposite direction, but you must do every row in the same direction.
Add a square to each corner of your block and you have Chimneys and Cornerstones, or just Cornerstones.
Instead of drawing logs around the centre, do two on opposite sides, then the other two sides to create Courthouse Steps.
Draw as many block variations as you have time for, then spend some time playing with Log Cabin quilt designs using your blocks, and from now on you might be able to reproduce some of the designs I share mid week.
Regular visitors will know that I am not giving exact directions about how to do everything I challenge you to do. I am hoping that you can refer to the manual, either in printed form or as it comes with the EQ8 download, or look for help from bloggers like Kari Schell.
You can also join the Virtual Challenge group on Facebook to share your results.