Friday, September 15, 2017

Creative Grids Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool

Thursday was guild day and I actually signed up to take a class during the day, something I normally do not do.  First of all I am sharing my project and purchases, I am in no way affiliated with Creative Grids, nor am I receiving any compensation for my review/post. 

Rita Fishel from Creations Sew Clever in Chillocathe, Ohio was the teacher and she was teaching quilts using the Creative Grids Curvy Log Cabin Ruler.  I had been told that I needed 14 fat quarters, and 3 1/2 yards of background, and 1/2 yard of a focus fabric and the 8 inch size curvy log cabin trim tool.

Of course I had the 6 inch size so I just had to purchase the 8 inch.  Right?

Since I had been having a challenge choosing fabrics, I get that way sometimes lately-- I cheated and purchased a fat quarter pack of batiks, taking one of the light colors from the batik for the background, and chose 2 different focus fabrics.
I decided to use the large sunflower for my focus fabric when it was all said and done.

Remember when I said I am a slow sewer?  I finished 8 blocks and have another 4 blocks-- 3/4 finished.  I worked diligently to get that many finished.  Many others only managed to finish a couple.  I will say that the trim tool helps make these blocks pretty effortless as long as you remember a couple of simple rules.  Always start with your wide strips, and working around to your narrow then trim.  If you are chatting too much or not paying attention is may be frustrating when you make a mistake.  Below you can see me playing with the layout of my 8 blocks.  

You can see how you get the curves. Depending on how you layout your blocks you can end up with all sorts of different designs that look curvy. 

Rita is a Creative Grids instructor so of course at guild Thursday night she had a trunk show, shared some information about the different creative grids rulers and trim tools, and had some creative grids rulers for sale, and patterns too.

Patterns for the curvy log cabin trim tools.  What is cool is that while the pattern is for a specific size curvy log cabin trim tool, your ruler tells you how wide your strips, and squares will be and you can adjust accordingly.  Also I think this would be a marvelous way to utilize those strip scraps I have been hoarding saving.  And be still my heart they now have a 4 inch curvy log cabin trim tool.

Patterns for using the pineapple trim tool.  Again they have a large which will make a 6, 8 or 10 inch pineapple block.  They have a mini that will make a 4, 5, or 6 inch pineapple.

I will say I do like using the trim tool, and once you get the hang of it, your blocks fairly fly together, as long as you aren't too OCD about how scrappy. 


  1. looks like fun. love your fat quarter pack

  2. Your blocks are looking gorgeous! Great choice of fabrics. I have this ruler for traditional log cabin blocks so may have to pull it out again. We all love log cabin quilts!

  3. I have never seen a curvy log cabin so I thought when I saw it on your Instagram that you'd made a mistake. LOL I need to get up-to-date on these fun ruler toys you have!

  4. Beautiful blocks--I like your choice of focus fabric a lot, it really sets off that pretty neutral batik (I am such a batik fancier!;}}}) I have never heard of a CG curvy ruler--I may have to spring for one...hugs, Julierose--

  5. I love working with fat quarter bundles At least I know the colors will mostly match...grin. Loving your project.

  6. I have that ruler in the hopes of making that third quilt with the pinwheel look....not even started yet! lol I love what you have created so far.

  7. Those rulers look cool. I like the colours in your log cabin blocks!

  8. I have that Creative Grids Curvy Log Cabin ruler ... bought it at a quilt show when I saw quilts in a display made with it. I need to use take it out and use it. So many quilts to make ... must sew faster ... ;) Pat

  9. The blocks are looking nice. Have fun with this one, too.


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