Week 9 | Long Time Gone Sew-along | Log Cabin Block

Long Time Gone Sewalong - Learn how to sew and assemble Jen Kingwell's Long Time Gone with this sewalong from Angie (GnomeAngel), Nicole (Snips Snippets) and Marti Michell. See more at www.GnomeAngel.com

I love a good Log Cabin block and that’s what we’re tackling today with the Long Time Gone quilt. These blocks are super simple and come together relatively quickly. They’re a great way to practice those straight seams and an easy way to have some fun with your fabrics. I’ve got the tutorial today and I hope I can help save you some dramas when it comes to making these blocks. Despite the angle that I took my photo on, the blocks have come out even and square (to within my natural tolerance). I can’t wait to see you put your unique spin on these fun blocks.

Tutorial: Log Cabin

General Information

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Measurements for the pieces needed to construct this block will not be provided in this tutorial. It is a pre-requiste of making this block that you have a copy of the pattern, Long Time Gone by Jen Kingwell. Measurements, where applicable, can be found in this book and it’s associated media.

Conversion Charts

If you’re using the Marti Michell Perfect Patchwork Templates you can find the conversion chart by clicking here.

How to Make the Block

General advice:

  • Tolerance Levels: you need to decide what is an acceptable tolerance level for “mistakes”. For example if your blocks are consistently 6¼” instead of 6.5″ are you ok with this. Or if your seams matching are less than an eight of an inch “off” are you ok with this. There’s no hard or fast rule and it’s different for everyone, so remember it’s your quilt so make your decision for you.
  • Press your seams at each step. Click here for a great article on how to press your seams for patchwork.
  • You can iron and starch your fabric prior to cutting. I also starch when pressing bulky seams.
  • When pinning, pin away from you so that you don’t move your pieces when pinning.
  • Where possible I chain piece all the pieces I can in one step. If you’re unsure of what chain piecing is, click here for a tutorial on how to do it. However, for the purpose of the tutorials I will step you through all the seams individually.

Block Construction

1. This block is all about keeping those pieces in order and making sure you pay attention to the cutting instructions. Learn from my mistake – not all the pieces are cut to the same width! I had to recut a number of my pieces as I rushed through the pattern and I hate wasting fabric so I was particularly annoyed. If you can, cut all your pieces for all four blocks at once and then lay them out in the order that you’ll have them in the final quilt. The blocks alternate so if you’re going to do something tricky with fabric placement it helps to be able to practice the layout first. I’ve shown you in diagram 1 my pieces for 1 block laid out in order and I’ve numbered the first three so you can compare it with the diagram in the pattern on page 16. This block will be the bottom block in the tower of Log Cabin blocks in the final quilt layout.

Tip: If you’re concerned about keeping your seams straight and finishing with a square block you can cut your pieces wider and then trim to the correct measurement at each seam join. Alternatively the Marti Michell Log Cabin ruler is a great way to make these blocks quickly, economically and accurately, find out more by clicking here.

Long Time Gone Sewalong - Learn how to sew and assemble Jen Kingwell's Long Time Gone with this sewalong from Angie (GnomeAngel), Nicole (Snips Snippets) and Marti Michell. See more at www.GnomeAngel.com

2. The construction of this block is super simple; it’s all about alternating joining the pieces around P1. Join P1 to P2 as per diagram 2.

3. Join P3 to P1 + P2. Long Time Gone Sewalong - Learn how to sew and assemble Jen Kingwell's Long Time Gone with this sewalong from Angie (GnomeAngel), Nicole (Snips Snippets) and Marti Michell. See more at www.GnomeAngel.com 4. Continue in this fashion until you have joined all pieces to complete the block.

Make: 4

Alternate Block Information

Don’t forget that you can head on over to Snips Snippets and see what Nicole has made this week using her beloved stash of Anna Maria Horner fabrics. Click here to visit Nicole.

Prize Winning Details

Of course the ultimate prize is making this amazing quilt, but if you’d like to also throw your hat in the ring to win some amazing prizes from our amazing sponsors then here’s the information you need to know. You can find out more about our sponsors and the prizes on offer by clicking here.

How to Win

We’ve made it as simple as possible for you to win. To be eligible for all prizes on offer all you have to do is:

  1. Post a photo of at least ONE of this week’s blocks (no need to post all 4) to your Instagram account between 12:01am 10 May and 11:59pm 16 May 2017 in your timezone.
  2. Tag your photo with the hashtags #LongTimeGoneSAL #AlisonGlass #AndoverFabrics #SewWithTheBest #AnnaMariaHorner #FreeSpiritFabrics #JenKingwell #LongTimeGoneQuilt #AmitieTextiles #MartiMichell #LovePatchworkQuilting
  3. Be following these accounts on Instagram:
    • @GnomeAngel
    • @SnipsSnippets
    • @AlisonGlass
    • @AnnaMariaHorner
    • @JenKingwell
    • @AndoverFabrics
    • @FreeSpiritFabrics
    • @MartiMichell
    • @LoveQuiltingMag

Please note: You do not need to tag these accounts in your images, if you use the hashtag #LongTimeGoneSAL we’ll be able to find you!

You will need to also do the following:

  1. Post a photo of each of the blocks in their relevant weeks in your timezone. You can find the block timetable by clicking here.
  2. Complete the quilt top and post it to Instagram within 12:01am 12 July and 11:59pm 21 July 2017 in your timezone.
  3. All photos will need to have all the relevant hashtags on them.
  4. You will need to be following all the relevant Instagram accounts at the time of drawing.

This is the requirements to be eligible for all prizes, if you wish to select which prizes to be eligible for see the individual prize requirements by clicking here.

Need help keeping all of that clear in your head, then get your hands on the Long Time Gone SAL Tracker by clicking here to download.

You can find out all the information about prizes on offer from our amazing sponsors by clicking here.

For more information you can find commonly asked questions and their answers by clicking here.

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3 Comments

  1. Chris May 12, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Thank you for your email Angie!

  2. Chris May 10, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    Hi Angie, I’m not trying to be the quilt police but I do have a question. I bought the mm ruler and was planning on using it but when I see her blocks they only have six seams on each side. Yours (and Jens) have 7 seams. Your rules clearly state that our blocks need to have the same amount of seams and that you will be watching closely to verify that all prize winners have constructed their blocks correctly. I’m really asking so that any confusion might be cleared up before the posting date for this weeks block. I already made an error in my plus a star block (that I didn’t realize until too late) so I’m no longer eligible for prizes, but there is likely to be several people following the mm instructions and it would be a bummer to find out they are disqualified. You run fabulous sewalongs! They are a ton of work and I truly appreciate your tutorials and encouragement! There really are some amazing quilts being created!

    1. GnomeAngel May 11, 2017 at 8:02 am

      Hi Chris – Thanks so much for taking the time to raise this issue (I confess I’d completely missed it!). We’ll be announcing a clarification to the participant rules that will specify that using Marti’s method to construct the blocks will be fine as long as it’s in keeping with the block in the pattern. For example, one less log cabin strip not a problem, using HSTs to replace the squares in the log cabin not ok. Does this make sense? I may need to also consider those who post on time, but have an issue with their blocks and fix it for the final quilt photo – seems unfair to miss out over something simple when there’s a final quilt photo to help you get things in order. <3