Here are the directions for my LSG Quilting Bee Square!
I have seen variations of this pattern called “Stacked Squares”, “Chevron Log Cabin” and “Half Log Cabin Square” (which would be a misnomer, as it would be a quarter Log Cabin if anything, but whose counting?).
In this variation the strips of colors get darker and thinner as they reach the outer edges of the square.
To create a 12” square (12.5 with seam allowances) then sizes for cutting are as follows (measurements in inches):
Starting Square: 5 x 5
2 Dark Yellow strips: 3 x 5 and 3 x 7.5
2 Orange strips: 2.5 x 7.5 and 2.5 x 9.5
2 Dark Orange strips: 2 x 9.5 and 2 x 11
2 Red strips: 1.5 x 11 and 1.5 x 12
2 Dark Red strips: 1 x 12 and 1 x 12.5
Start by picking out your starting square. This is the personal part of the quilt – I want to see something you love! Pick out a square of fabric you think is awesome or try your hand at appliqué, embroidery, or miniature patchwork. You can even do a knit or crochet square and that would be fine with me. My only stipulation is that whatever you pick is machine washable (as this lap quilt will be used often and I am a slob). You can also take a simple 5 x 5 inch square and make a drawing on it (I have included a square of plain fabric and fabric pens for you in the swap if you would like this option, but don’t feel like you have to use my fabric). Feel free to make your starting square “adult-themed” as well. Keep in mind that in the final quilt the blocks will be on-point, so the square will actually be a diamond standing on its point.
For my sample block this is my starting square:
Now attach the 3 x 5 inch strip of Dark Yellow to the upper-right side of the square.
Press seams away from the starting square.
Attach the 3 x 7.5 inch strip of Dark Yellow to the upper-left side of the square. Again, press seams away from the starting square.
Attach the 2.5 x 7.5 inch strip of Orange to the upper-right. Press seams.
Attach the 2.5 x 9.5 inch strip of Orange to the upper-left.
A couple notes to remember: You always attach the shorter of the two strips in each colorway first and you always press the seams away from the original square (towards the darker colors).
Continue with the remaining color strips in this manner, moving from lighter to darker colors.
Sew the last dark red strip on and you will be all done – woo hoo!!!
I'm looking forward to making the squares for my partners now!