They're easy, pretty quick and fun. Improv piecing can be rather liberating.
Come on, here we go!
1" - 3" fabric strips that are 2" - 13" long (at least 22 strips)
rotary cutter, ruler and mat
12.5" square up ruler
* All seams are 1/4 inch.
1. Gather your strips.
2. Choose your center square. Mine is blue and 2" x 2." Choose your first strip and sew it on, right sides facing each other. (Set aside your 3" strips for the end!)
3. Press your seams open and trim the excess green tail. (Improv piecing means you are going to have some scraps left over but if that bothers you, you can be more precise with your strip sizes.)
5. Here's how we make it wonky. Using your ruler, angle it slightly and trim one side to have a slight slant.
6. Choose another strip and sew, press and trim the tail.
7. Add another piece, and repeat the steps. Trim at an angle to give it a slightly wonky shape.
8. Keep building your log cabin by adding pieces and repeating the steps.
9. Each time, trim at a slight angle. Try not to get too carried away with making it wonky or else you'll end up with a rectangle and have a hard time squaring it up in the end.
10. When your block is about 8" check your size with your 12.5" ruler to judge how many more strips you need to add to your block.
11. Take the widest strips that you set aside and use those now. (You can use thinner strips at this point but it will just take more to get to 12.5.")
11. Press your block.
Now, square it up. Be sure to angle your ruler as this is your last chance to make it wonky.
You did it! Congratulations! You now have your first wonky cabin.
Now, go make more!
This would of course work with any fabrics, not just solids.
If you have any questions, or something isn't clear, please let me know!
I'd love to see your wonky cabins. Please add them to the Flickr Group!