How it goes

This is my new favorite wonky log cabin square …

And I confess, when we bought the flower-sprigged romper for P’s first birthday last spring (yes, we really do call her “P” as well as Parker Mae), I knew it would end up on the cutting room floor.

But before that happened, we got to witness its wearing, shown here as then 15-month-old P carried on an animated conversation with her Pop Pop …

Honestly, I’ve watched this video so many times it’s a wonder I haven’t worn it out.

Anyway, it’s been a while since I documented process, so here’s where I am at this point in my patchplay evolution.

I start by ironing about a 1/4″ edge on two pieces of cloth, then line them up, right sides together …

and overcast stitch them together with a single strand of floss on a #10 John James big eye quilting needle …

I know that’s overkill, but I love stitching seams this way and I’m in no hurry.

After seaming, I iron the pieces …

seen here from the back …

Next I turn under a new edge using a piece of cover stock to hold a straight edge on the pieced section …

and on the strip of cloth that will adjoin it …

ending up with strips like so …

When I want to get wonky, I press some of the edges at random angles …

which necessitates some trimming after the fact, usually done with coverstock tucked under the seam to protect the pieced square …

What I especially like about this process is the flat seams that result …

And I’m fast becoming a fan of cotton cloth patchplay …

which is a good thing since P doesn’t have any linen hand-me-downs … yet.