An Abstract Alternative
The technique is developed from crazy log cabin, an abstract version of log cabin which is a traditional pattern known to many quilters. In essence, the log cabin design features a central square bordered with strips - one strip on each side - but in crazy log cabin, strips are added at a slight angle to the edge of the central shape - the tip can be subtly different each time. By altering the arrangement of colours, an irregular spiral pattern can be produced. As the design is not symmetrical, piecing accuracy is not that important. This is most attractive to anyone who gets worried about precision in their piecing. Wiggles work wonderfully!
The spiral designs featured are made on the overlocker using four different coloured fabrics. The method can be constructed on the sewing machine. Still, the overlocker is much faster - no stopping to hand trim any excess material with scissors or a rotary cutter as the overlocker’s blade does the task for you.
Serger or Overlocker?
Keep in mind that and overlocker is called a serger in many other parts of the world.
Jennie gives various options in several colourways. It is a great way to use up your strips. Projects suggested are the 2-colourway quilt, cushions, table cloths, and mats.
If you have an overlocker machine, there are many other ideas in Jennie's book, available from our shop.
Also featured in this video: crazy patchwork
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