Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Log Cabin Quilt Along

Hello and happy Tuesday! Thank you so much for all of the wonderful responses to the idea of having a scrappy Log Cabin Quilt Along!  This is going to be so much fun! I'm just about finished with Quilt Market preparations and will be ready to go full-speed on this project when I return!

I hope you're ready to start cutting strips and sewing scrappy log cabin blocks!

First of all you'll want to go here to download the cutting instructions PDF (please respect my work and remember this is for your personal use only). Basically, one light strip and one dark strip will make each block which finishes at 8" x 8".  But since we want our blocks and quilts scrappy, be sure to mix up your strips after they are cut so that the prints are in random order.  But be sure to keep two matching of each size together if you want to achieve the look in my blocks above.  Also note that the cutting column on the far right of the chart won't be used if you are making a red/green version like I am.  Also, if you have Layer Cake squares (10" x 10"), you'll be able to cut all the strips needed from one square for either the light or dark section of a block...just another way to use scraps!

If you'd like to get started sewing, you can visit the Log Cabin ruler tutorial I did last February. Just follow the step-by-step instructions for perfect Log Cabin blocks! 

Update:  This is how I ended up setting my quilt.  I alternated green center and red center blocks and rotated the blocks to create the pattern.  If you've created a more scrappy quilt you won't have to worry about alternating colors for the center squares.  I love the classic look of this traditional setting (I did play around with a few other ideas but in the end really loved this lay out best).  I sewed blocks together to make the rows, sewed rows, then sewed rows into pairs, then groups of three, groups of six, and then finally put it all together!  As soon as it's back from the quilter I'll update this main page again with a finished photo!

And here is my finished quilt...you can see more photos of it here.

If you are on Pinterest, be sure to pin the Scrappy Log Cabin image  above for easy reference to come back to this page.  As we progress through the quilt along, I'll add links to the other pages to this one so everything can be accessed from one spot. If you're sewing along on Instagram, please tag me in your photos or use the hashtag #scrappylogcabinquiltalong so I can see all of the scrappy blocks!

Happy quilting!  Thanks so much for stopping by!


D.R. Shideler said...

I've never participated in a quilt-along. Maybe this will be the one!

Hildy said...

Thank you for sharing your cutting instructions with us! I first need to finish a few other things.

Diane Moore said...

I'm very excited about this, since I have never attempted a log cabin block before! I will be doing mine in a Christmas theme

Monica said...

I still need to bind the scrappy quilt we made a few months ago (your grandmothers pattern). I was glad to get it back from the quilter last week. I made a Christmas quilt from the pattern and can't wait to display it this holiday. I could make a mini log cabin quilt... so many ideas and projects not enough time. :(

Rosemary B❤️ said...

This is so great Sherri. I have so many scraps. I just need to sit in front of the tv or on the treadmill haha
and sort them out.

Bobbie's Busy Basket said...

I am so happy to do another Log Cabin, it has been years since I've done one and I just love how they look. I took a break and went to Amazon to order my ruler the 8" one and even used my rewards points that gave me a $9 savings. Yeah!!!

Phyllis said...

Love log cabin quilts and love the colors in the sample. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas and patterns.

Cheryl B. said...

41 years ago in the fall of 1976, fresh out of high school I took my first quilting class. First we did crazy quilt blocks all hand sewn and hand embroidered onto muslin. Next was the log cabin. I did 6 blocks in red, white and blue. You have no idea how many times I wish I had those blocks, before mariiage 2 years later and my first daughter 3 years (well 8 months😜) after that. Now I'm a grandma with three beautiful granddaughters and here is a quilt-a-long dropped in my lap! I think it's fate.

PS I love, love, love your fabric but I think I'm going to dig out my Americana fabric and join in!

Tracine Charest said...

I'm so excited for the quilt al9ng. I've never made a Log Cabin block or quilt before
tracinecharest at Gmail dot com

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