Summer Scrap Elimination 2020: Week 3


Good morning Scrappers and welcome to Week 3! The bougainvillea in the front of my Studio is blooming such an amazing fuschia that I found it impossible not to share it with you. I went out to get a photo of it yesterday afternoon and the results were this photo and an unfortunate adventure I'll share with you a bit later in the blog.

When I buy fabric, I always think I'm just filling gaps in my stash, but when it comes down to it I inevitably end up with more green in my stash than anything else. I use green as backgrounds quite a bit and it works with all colors. You can put green with anything. If you think about it, nature sets us up for this happy fact. Flowers grow on green plants and there's just no color of flower that doesn't look like it belongs on green. However it works, I end up with a lot of green fabrics and I use them all the time. So every year, I think I'm cleaning out my green scrap drawer and every year I end up with a bulging green scrap drawer all over again.

So this week, I am working to eliminate greens from the piles and piles of fabrics I have threatening my sanity. I have a simple variation on the log cabin block for you this week. We did one last year too, so this one will be a little different, and still fun. Then we're going to look at three different ways to use your blocks and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

I'm calling this week's block the Log Cabin Jumble. It finishes 5" and uses smaller pieces, so it's great for left overs. I used a lot of green for the principle color and purples and magentas for the pop out color.

Cutting for 1 block:

2 1/2" x 2 1/2" square of a color you would like to pop

One 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangle of your principle color

Two 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangle of your principle color

Two 1 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangle of your principle color

One 1 1/2" x 5 1/2" rectangle of your principle color

I suggest thinking about what you want to do with your blocks in advance and cutting all of your pieces for as many blocks as you plan to make, so you can chain piece your blocks. Log cabins aren't hard blocks, but they are time consuming and chaining your piecing will save you a little effort.

Step 1: With right sides together, stitch the

2 1/2" x 2 1/2" square to the 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangle of the principle color. Press toward the rectangle. Line up the next piece as show in the adjacent photo.

I love that I could do this with any color pop and any other color.

Step 2: With right sides together, stitch the 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangle on. As you can see in the photo, you can stitch it to either side.

Press towards the new rectangle.

Line up the second 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangle.