For hundreds, perhaps thousands, of years women (and a few men) have made quilts.
They have sewn the quilt top and then put together the "quilt sandwich" and quilted it.
There is a very good reason for doing that.
Quilt-as-you-go is a stupid, stupid idea and whoever put it in my book without explaining that it was a pain in the a$$, and without giving the tips that one needs to make the blocks come out square AND THE SAME SIZE, should be drawn and quartered.
I now have half a dozen blocks, none of which are quite the same size or shape. I think I have finally come up with a technique, or a series of techniques that will help, but what do I do with all these mix-matched blocks?
Here's a piece of advice. If you want to do a quilt-as-you-go project...make a crazy quilt in blocks. Just sew on pieces of fabric and square them up when they are done.
I wonder what a crazy quilt with that had 6 log cabin blocks in it would look like?
It a LOG CABIN, for crying out loud. The only thing that is easier is a 9-patch.
The other quilt that I have in-progress is a double wedding ring, one of the technically most difficult quilts there is. It is coming out beautifully. It lies perfectly flat. The seams are perfect. Not a pucker or tuck anywhere. (Trust me, that's impressive). I would happily show it to any professional quilter with pride.
My log cabin quilt though looks like a beginner's quilt.
Update: I did finally figure it out. Go here if you are interested in how. This post has photos of finished blocks.