TASTER: Overlocked Crazy Log Cabin with Jennie Rayment

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TASTER: Overlocked Crazy Log Cabin with Jennie Rayment

The Overlocker makes short work of this design (but you could use your regular sewing machine too).


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An abstract alternative

The technique is developed from Crazy Log Cabin which is an abstract version of Log Cabin – a tradional patchwork pattern well known to many quilters. In essence the Log Cabin design features a centre 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 angle can be subtly different each time. By altering the arrangements of colours, an irregular spiral pattern can be produced. As the design is not symetrical, accuracy of piecing is not that important which is most attractive to anyone who gets worried about precision in their piecing. Wiggles work wonderfully!

These spiral designs featured are made on the overlocker using four different coloured fabrics. The design can be constructed on the sewing machine but the overlocker is much faster – no stopping to hand trim any excess material with scissors or rotary cutter – the overlocker’s blade does the task for you.


Remember the overlocker is called the serger in USA and many other parts of the world.

Jennie gives various options in several colourways and it is a great way to use up your strips and projects suggested are the 2-colourway quilt; cushions; table cloth and mats.

If you do have an overlocker machine, then there are lots of other ideas in Jennie’s book which is available from the shop and which has free p&p in the UK.

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