Scrap Strips for a Log Cabin Quilt with Attitude in March

Posted by on March 1, 2010 in Uncategorized | 11 comments

Sophie's Scrap Strip Square #3 RIGHTIn March, we’ll be making this fun and easy variation of the log cabin block.  It will be:

BOLD – please include at least one black & white fabric or one white and one black fabric

COOL – add fabrics into the mix which are from the cool side of the color wheel: blue, green, purple

SCRAPPY – feel free to use up extra 4-patch or triangle square units as the center of your scrap square; the fabrics you include in your block may be solids or prints and multicolor prints may contain colors from the other side of the color wheel as long as they are predominately cool. You may also add neutral grays. Each block should contain at least 7 fabrics; you may use the same fabric in multiple blocks as long as they don’t match and the overall look is scrappy.

. . . AND HAVE AN ATTITUDE – Sharon Rotz, whose directions we will be using calls this block Scrap Strips and uses them to make “Log Cabin Quilts with Attitude.” Her pattern directions appear in three blog posts on her blog here:

  1. Piecing the block  until it is between 10.5 – 12 inches square
  2. Trimming the block (to give it attitude) to 9.5 inches
  3. Putting the blocks together into a quilt

We will only be completing steps 1 and 2 for the lotto, but, for completeness, I included all three steps … because these are so quick and easy, you may decide to make some for yourelf. While you’re on Sharon’s site, be sure to check out some of the quilts she’s made using this technique, Log Cabin Quilts with Attitude.

Because half your blocks will be trimmed with a LEFT-leaning attitude and half with a RIGHT-leaning attitude (so our winners may create a Log Cabin quilt with Attitude), your blocks for the lotto will be entered as PAIRS (one left, one right) and you may enter a MAXIMUM OF FIVE PAIRS (10 blocks) in March.  

I truly believe that the biggest challenge this month actually is being mindful and making sure that you trim your blocks so that are half LEFT-leaning and half RIGHT-leaning.  When I was trimming my blocks, my mind (and ruler) kept leaning in the same direction (or ended up there, even when I started out the right way) and I know that at least two sneak peekers had a similar problem.

There is very little measuring in this block until you are trimming.  The center may be any size (and doesn’t even have to be square), the strips you add to the sides (logs) may be any width and may be as even or uneven as the scraps you might find and decide to use.    However, I recommend that you take the time to press your seams as you sew and especially give the blocks a good press before you trim them with attitude . . . because when you trim them (with attitude), you will be creating bias edges and you’ll want to be gentle with handling the blocks afterward.

HOW MANY BLOCKS? (Updated March 8)

Krista asked how many blocks the winner will get.  We’ll aim at sets of 24 PAIRS (48 blocks), with no winner receiving fewer than 18 PAIRS (36 blocks).  In actual numbers:

1-41   pairs -> 1 winner
42-65 pairs -> 2 winners
66-89 pairs >  3 winners
… etc


The result is very fun … as you can see from these blocks from sneak peekers, Andra, Caroline, Ginny, Michelle, Rho and me.

Sophie's Strip Square #5 RIGHTKristin Block 1 LEFTGInny Block #2 RIGHTMichelle Block # 5 LEFTMichelle Block # 3 RIGHT
Sophie's Scrap  Strip Square #5 LEFTSophie's Scrap Strip Square #4 RIGHTGInny Block #2 LEFTGInny Block #1 RIGHTMichelle Block # 4 LEFT
Sophie's Scrap Strip Square #3 RIGHTGInny Block #1 LEFTRho Block #1 RIGHTMichelle Block # 3 LEFTMichelle Block # 2 RIGHT
Sophie's Scrap Strip Square #4 LEFTSophie's Scrap Strip Square #2 RIGHTGInny Block #3 LEFTRho Block #2 RIGHTCaroline  Block #2 LEFT
Sophie's Scrap  Strip Square #1 RIGHTGInny Block #4 LEFTRho Block #3 RIGHTAndra Block #5 LEFTAndra Block #4 RIGHT
Sophie's Scrap  Strip Square #3 LEFTKristin Block 1 RIGHTRho Block #1 LEFTCaroline  Block #2 RIGHTMichelle Block # 1LEFT
Rho Block #4 RIGHTSophie's Scrap  Strip Square #2 LEFTCaroline  Block #1 RIGHTMichelle Block # 2 LEFTMichelle Block # 1 RIGHT
Sophie's Scrap Strip Square #1 LEFTGInny Block #4 RIGHTAndra Block #4 LEFTAndra Block #3 RIGHTAndra Block #3 LEFT
GInny Block #3 RIGHTCaroline  Block #1 LEFTMichelle Block # 5 RIGHTAndra Block #2 LEFTAndra Block #5 RIGHT
Rho Block #2 LEFTMichelle Block # 4 RIGHTRho Block #3 LEFTAndra Block #1 RIGHTRho Block #4 LEFT

Click any of these blocks for a larger image, but note that in the few instances where I sliced-up a photo of a group of blocks into individual squares, it might not be that much larger 😉 

For this month, please label your posts about this block with the tag Scrap Strips, and if it is a post with photos of your blocks, add the tag March 10 photos.


  1. Stupid question probably – Am I right that the block lotto blocks always have to be made out of 100% mediumweight cotton?

  2. Yes. As it says in the main Block Lotto Guidelines post: Fabrics should be pre-washed 100% quilting cottons and follow the guidelines given for the month.

  3. Please sign me up! I want to play too! I have lots of scraps.

  4. I'd like to get started too. Noticing there's a Wendy in the comment directly above, you can put me down as WendyLee if that makes it easier!

  5. To begin, please contact me at jeansophie (at) gmail (dot) com, with your full name and postal mailing address, preferred email address to use (if it's different) and (optionally) the URL of your blog, if you have one.

    I was able to reply to the first Wendy's comment by mail, but Wendy Lee, your blogger account is set "no reply", so I have no way to contact you.

  6. Thanks Sophie, just wanted to be sure.

    I'll be pulling the colours out this week and doing burn tests to make sure…..

  7. Just 'cause I like to track where we stand, how many blocks did you decide the winners will get this month? I don't see it in this post.

  8. Oops. We'll aim at sets of 48 blocks (24 pairs), with no sets smaller than 36 blocks (18 pairs). I'll update this message with that info.

    As of this morning, we have 54 pairs or 108 blocks, which is 2 sets of 48 blocks plus 12 blocks toward a third winner.

  9. I am very new to blogging and I am very interested in joining your group. Susan

  10. Susan, I cannot reply to you via email because your account is set "no email." You can change that:
    1. go to your blogger dashboard at
    2. click the link to Edit Profile
    3. click the box for Show My Email Address
    4. scroll to the bottom of the page and click the Save Profile button.

    Otherwise, please send me email at jeansophie (at) gmail (dot) com

  11. I think I have fixed the problem. Thanks

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