That is my frustration.
It’s super cool. But I wanted to find a perfect project to use it for. Because you don’t buy ombre fabric unless you want to highlight the ombre, in my opinion.
So finally I see a cool quilt as you go log cabin tutorial from Stitched in Color. I’ve been wanting to try quilt as you go, so it seemed like a great match. I envisioned the log cabin swirling around on itself and highlighting the ombre.
This was also my first attempt at a log cabin.
Get ready for some straight talk about “process.”
You should know some things- I’m not great at precision. I try! But it’s not my strength. I am also bad at math.
Here are some challenges I was presented with. First of all, I couldn’t follow her pattern exactly because the strips were only 44″ long. So I ended on the double 8.5″ “logs”.
I knew it wasn’t good… but I couldn’t put my finger on why. It took me a minute to realize that the last 8.5″ “log” threw the symmetry off. So I just chopped it off.
Also, I was disappointed that the center square and the second square didn’t have a different enough gradient to tell them apart.
Here is the “final” trimmed up product.
So… my thoughts after this. I will probably not make a quilt out of this jelly roll. I think I will focus on smaller projects, which is just fine. This little block will probably end up as a mug rug or pot holder.
Sometimes things don’t work out like you think, but hey! That’s part of the process, right?