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Offset Log Cabin Blocks {Compassion Quilt Block Drive}

At the end of November, Cynthia (Quilting is more fun than Housework) announced her next quarterly block drive: Offset Log Cabin blocks. You may remember the blocks I made for her Happy Block drive. In fact, you may have made and contributed to the Happy Block drive: Cynthia received a total of 3,765 blocks from 109 people. WOW!

Offset Log Cabin Blocks - Initial Fabric Pull

Offset Log Cabin Blocks – Initial Fabric Pull

Since Cynthia requests that the Offset Log Cabin blocks be mailed to her by the middle of February at the latest, I knew it was time I made my blocks and got them into the mail. She is asking that we use blue, green, and purple for the dark prints and white based prints for the light prints.

Offset Log Cabin Blocks - Cut and Ready to Sew

Offset Log Cabin Blocks – Cut and Ready to Sew

After going through my stash and pulling together likely options, I was able to get fabric cut for 5 blocks in one afternoon last week.

Offset Log Cabin Blocks - Squaring Up After Every Seam

Offset Log Cabin Blocks – Squaring Up After Every Seam

Knowing that we were about to get a lot of rain here in central California, it seemed like these blocks were going to be the perfect chain piecing project to keep me busy on the dreary afternoons. I was right! Over the next few days, I listened to the rain on our metal roof and chain stitched, pressed, and trimmed. I love log cabin blocks, but I have found that they can easily get a bit wonky, so I like to square up my blocks after every sewn seam.

Offset Log Cabin Blocks - Trimming (Every Little Bit Helps)

Offset Log Cabin Blocks – Trimming (Every Little Bit Helps)

The photo above shows the most I ever really trim from a block after sewing a seam. It’s not much, but every little bit helps to keep things square for the final block.

Offset Log Cabin Blocks

Offset Log Cabin Blocks

In addition to the five blocks, I’m sending a little over ½ yard of the blue and green stripe print to Cynthia. I think it would make a great binding for one of her future compassion quilts, but regardless of how she uses it, I know it will be put to good use.

Offset Log Cabin Blocks - Sparkly Prints

Offset Log Cabin Blocks – Sparkly Prints

2 of the white prints I used in the blocks have a bit of sparkle in them: the center white square is an Alison Glass print and uses sparkly gold and one of the Carolyn Friedlander prints has bits of silver included.

If you are interested, there is still time for you to make a few blocks to send to Cynthia. You can find all the details on her blog here:

Compassion Quilt Offset Log Cabin Block Drive

6 thoughts on “Offset Log Cabin Blocks {Compassion Quilt Block Drive}

  1. They are fabulous blocks! I am sure she will put that fabric to good use. Is the rain done? We had awful rain over Christmas with the highest tides and lots of destruction – frightening to see.

  2. Kate says:

    Hope your area avoided the extreme flooding that many parts of the state got. Very fun blocks. It’s nice to have a bit of mindless piecing here and there to rest a bit between projects.

  3. Bernie says:

    Hi – I love the blocks Yvonne. Your construction of the bias stripe block is impressive (the way the stripes align). These will be wonderful in a compassion quilt!! Hope you guys are surviving the weather well enough.

  4. Wonderful blocks for a wonderful cause. How kind and thoughtful of you to send her that superb binding fabric!

  5. VEry nice!!! Its so nice when everyone comes together to make something so beautiful!!!

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