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Log Cabin ABC's by Marti Michell features how to use her Log Cabin Rulers from the My Favorite Rulers Series. PLUS includes instructions for 14 log cabin quilt variations for wall to bed size quilts. Book includes well illustrated tricks and tips for cutting and piecing.

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Log Cabin ABCS Cover by Marti Michell

Log Cabin ABC's

Author: Marti Michell
Pages: 80
Page size: 8 1/2" x 11 1/2"
Publisher: Marti Michell
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ISBN / SKU / UPC: 0715363080438
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Marti Michell's My Favorite Ruler™ Series
Log Cabin Rulers
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3 log cabin rulers from the My Favorite Rulers by Marti Michell

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How to Make Log Cabin Quilts and Popular Variations

  • 14 complete quilt patterns

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About the Author & Ruler Designer

Marti is internationally recognized as an author, teacher, and innovator of strip techniques and rotary cutting methods. She can cut nearly any straight-sided geometric shape with a good acrylic ruler and a rotary cutter. That did not prevent her from falling in love with the concept of actual-size acrylic templates for rotary cutting. From Marti Michell Perfect Patchwork Templates were introduced in 1995. In 2004, Marti was proud to be designated as the Silver Star Honoree by Quilts, Inc. She was the eleventh recipient.

Richard and Marti Michell have two grown children. They are currently being greeted by one guard cat when they arrive home in suburban Atlanta, GA.

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Marti Michell's My Favorite Ruler™ Series
Log Cabin Rulers

Written: How to use the Rulers
CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS

log cabin ruler close upIf you want ease, efficiency and accuracy when cutting Log Cabin strips, look no further! If you have always cut Log Cabin strips to length after sewing them, we hope you will look carefully at the advantages of our new rulers. You may be as surprised as we were to discover how much more quickly and accurately blocks can be sewn by first cutting to the exact length.

Use Log Cabin Rulers to cut strips to exact lengths for blocks like these, in sizes up to 14".

The Log Cabin Rulers are marked with both a letter and the actual length in inches for each strip—just the lines you need, so there’s no distraction, no confusion, no unnecessary information. Finished strip widths are 2:1 on both rulers, so you can cut strips from both sides to make Off-center Log Cabin blocks.

Each ruler comes with instructions for cutting strips the correct width and chain piecing blocks. We think you'll be amazed at how much easier it is to piece Log Cabin blocks from exact-size strips, rather than sewing long strips and cutting off the excess (sometimes crookedly).

  • Use Log Cabin Ruler 5/8-inch and 1-1/4-inch finished strip widths to make Log Cabin blocks up to 13 3/4" square.
  • Use Log Cabin Ruler 3/4" and 1 1/2" finished strips widths to make Log Cabin blocks up to 13 1/2" square.
  • Use Log Cabin Ruler 3/4" and 1 1/2" finished strip widths to make Log Cabin blocks up to 14" square.


Table of Contents

Loving Log Cabin Quilts
4

What is a Log Cabin block?

 
About the Log Cabin Blocks in This Book  
Why Cut Strips On the Lengthwise Grain?
9
Cutting Strips on the Lengthwise Grain  
Right-handed Lengthwise cutting  
Left-handed Lengthwise Cutting  
The ABCs of Cutting Strips to Exact Length
12
Right-handed Cutting by the ABCs  
Left-handed Cutting by the ABCs  
Why Cut Strips to Exact Length
14
The Old "New Way"  
The Better Way  
Making the Classic Log Cabin Quilt
15
Two Frequently Asked Questions
18

Can the Center Square Vary in Size?

 
What Width Are the Strips?  
Basic Pairs Assembly of Blocks
19
Let's Make Quilts
20
A Log Cabin Snuggler
21
Inside/Out Log Cabin
25
Inside/Out Reversed
27
Quick and Easy - and Classic
28
Quick and Easy Bed Quilt Sizes
31
Fat Quarters Log Cabin
32
Same Song, Second Verse
38
What's Black and White and Red All Over
39
For Nina's Comfort
43
Rachel's Basket
45
Introducing Courthouse Steps
49
Lodge Look Courthouse Steps
50
Magic Steps
54
Concentric Courthouse Steps
57
Introducing Curved Log Cabin Blocks
60
Round Pegs in Square Holes
62
Round Pegs in Square Holes Inside/Out
64
Cabin Waves III
65
Introducing Chevron Blocks
69
Little Woolie Chevron
70
Linked Chevrons
71
Bonus: Fusible Binding
80
Full Size Ruler Patterns
77, 79
Block Sizes for From Marti Michell Log Cabin Rulers
78


Quilts Examples with Instruction found in the book

fat quarter log cabin

rachels basket
Rachel's Basket

 

whats black and white and red all over?
Whats Black and White and Red All Over?

 


Cabin Waves II

linked chevrons barn raising layout
Linked Chevrons & Barn Raising Layout

 

Cabin Waves III
Round Pegs in Square Holes


How to Use the Log Cabin Rulers to Cut Strips

Note: Ruler Graphics & Rulers Instructions courtesy of Marti Michell

Marti Michell Introduced at Quilt Festival
Our NEW Log Cabin Rulers - now it's easier than ever to make PERFECT Log Cabin blocks! Just follow these instructions, which come with the rulers. Illustrated with Ruler #8038. The procedure is the same for Ruler #8037 & 8058.

log cabin ruler large

How to Cut Strips to Width, Right-handed
Illustrated with Ruler #8037. The procedure is the same for Ruler 8038 & 8058

1. Select the desired block size and determine which width strip (which side of the ruler) you must use.

2. These instructions result in cutting strips on the lengthwise grain or parallel to the selvage. Assuming you have more than 18" of fabric, open the fabric and fold it crosswise. Place on your cutting mat so that the fold is closest to you and the selvage is along the right edge. Line up a horizontal line on a regular 6" x 24" ruler with the fold line and trim away the salvage. Do not move the fabric.

Diagram A

3. The strip width is measured from the right. Working with the chosen strip width, align the appropriate vertical line on the Log Cabin Ruler with the newly cut straight edge of fabric. Hold the Log Cabin Ruler in place and bring a regular ruler into position along the left side of the Log Cabin Ruler. Illustrations show 2 1/2" wide strips being cut with Ruler #8038. For 1 1/2" wide strips, rotate the ruler to place the notation "1 1/2" Cut Strips" in the same position.

Diagram B

Remove the Log Cabin Ruler and cut along the edge of the standard ruler. You are not using the standard ruler to measure; it is just a convenient cutting edge.

Diagram C

4. Do not remove the standard ruler yet. Life the strips to confirm that all the threads are cut.

5. Cut as many strips as needed.

6. Stack as many strips as you feel comfortable cutting at one time. True up one end of the strips; this is the end from which you will measure and cut the Log Cabin pieces

.

How to Cut Strips to Width, Left-handed
Illustrated with Ruler #8038. The procedure is the same for Ruler #8037.

1.
Select the desired block size and determine which width strip (which side of the ruler) you must use.

2. These instructions result in cutting strips on the lengthwise grain or parallel to the selvage. Assuming you have more than 18" of fabric, open the fabric and fold it crosswise. Place on your cutting mat so that the fold is closest to you and the selvage is along the left edge. Line up a horizontal line on a regular 6" x 24" ruler with the fold line and trim away the salvage. Do not move the fabric.

Trim selvage

3. The strip width is measured from the left. Working with the chosen strip width, align the appropriate vertical line on the Log Cabin Ruler with the newly cut straight edge of fabric. Hold the Log Cabin Ruler in place and bring a regular ruler into position along the right side of the Log Cabin Ruler. Illustrations show 2 1/2" wide strips being cut with Ruler #8038. For 1 1/2" wide strips, rotate the ruler to place the notation "1 1/2" Cut Strips" in the same position.

Diagram B

Remove the Log Cabin Ruler and cut along the edge of the standard ruler. You are not using the standard ruler to measure; it is just a convenient cutting edge.

Diagram C

4. Do not remove the standard ruler yet. Life the strips to confirm that all the threads are cut.

5. Cut as many strips as needed.

6. Stack as many strips as you feel comfortable cutting at one time. True up one end of the strips; this is the end from which you will measure and cut the Log Cabin pieces

True up

How to Use the Log Cabin Rulers
Cut Pieces to Exact Length

The Log Cabin Rulers are marked with both a letter and the actual length in inches for each strip - just the lines you need, so there's no distraction, no confusion, no unnecessary information.

Many sizes and styles of Log Cabin blocks can be made with the rulers. These instructions are for cutting 2 1/2" wide strips to exact length using Ruler #8038 to make a 12" finished Log Cabin block. They are illustrated for right-handed cutters. Scroll down for left-handed cutting notes. NOTE: Use the side of the ruler for 2 1/2" cut strip width.

1. With the Ruler extending to the left and the strip length extending to the right, measure and cut the number of squares (A) that you need (one square A is the center square).
2. Reposition the ruler and cut the first rectangles (B). Cut B

3. Reposition the ruler on the strip and cut the net rectangles (C).

4. Continue to reposition the ruler on the strip and cut longer strips as needed.

Cut C
Left-handed Cutting
The procedure is the same. Reverse positioning so strip extends left and ruler extends right, as shown, for each step. NOTE: Use the side of the ruler for 2 1/2" cut strip width.
Cut A left handed

PART 1 OF 4: Marti Michell Introduces the Log Cabin Rulers
Good for Right & Left Handers

PART 2 OF 4: Marti Michell Demonstrates Cutting Log Cabin Strips, Cutting 4 or More Layers
Good for Right & Left Handers

Good for Right & Left Handers
PART 3 OF 4: Marti Michell Demos Trueing Up Fabric Edges to Prepare for Cutting Log Cabin Strips
Using the My Favorite Rulers & Log Cabin Ruler Together to cut fabric strips
in Preparation to cut the Varying Sized Strips needed for Log Cabin Block

Good for Right & Left Handers
Accuracy!
PART 4: Marti Michell Demostrates Why Log Cabin Rulers
Marked with A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I to align Varying Strip Lengths of Log Cabin Block



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