This is my first attempt at patchwork, log cabin quilting and it's not as easy as it looks!!! I learnt a few things along the way thanks to a lovely mum at preschool. Firstly I had my stitches set too small and straight line quilting is actually quite difficult for a beginner as the block stretches and my fabric was moving all over the place, you can see how wonky it is. So next time I need to pin like crazy and cut my backing larger to allow for this, I'll also purchase a walking foot for my machine so the fabric feeds through evenly . Madeleine is chuffed to bits with it though and hopefully Olivia's will turn out slightly better.
Here is Olivia's which turned out slightly better, I stitched around the panels of fabric which stopped the stretching and was much quicker and easier. However I do think the straight lines on Madeleine's look much nicer, just need to work how to do them properly.
I just wanted to add all my resources just incase they help someone else. So I followed this video for a log cabin block and what I liked about this is you just make it up as you go along and no need to measure out strips.
I also borrowed her book from a friend and found it very useful. She has some great tips, one particular favourite was storing strips of fabric in ziplock bags and label them accordingly to size, 1inch, 2inch 3 inch etc....
The other book I borrowed is this one and it had some really great tips for the quilt stitching as well as step by step instructions on how to put your quilt together.