Tuesday, 19 May 2015

8 easy steps to a wonky-ish log cabin quilt

Friday’s class was all about Inktense and we had an interesting time exploring it on fabric and paper.  Yet again, I forgot to take any pictures.  Oops.  Must add it to my lesson plans to remind me!  This week is a design day, coming up with random ways to make unusual abstract quilts.  It’s going to be entertaining!

Apart from my classes and making new work, I’ve been rather occupied making a new baby quilt.  It is a while since I’ve made one and it was fun to be back making a more traditional quilt.  As you can see from the photos, the new baby is a girl (our great niece), which meant the quilt took a bit longer.  I have lots of blues etc I can use in a quilt, but absolutely no pink.  So a special shopping trip had to be made. 
Lovely view out of the window!
I love log cabin quilts and playing around with the format and this is what I did for this quilt.  It measures 36 x 48in and was made from only 9 fat quarters, including the binding.  Here’s how I did it (in a very quick 8 steps):
1.   Use one fabric for the centres and cut 12 3½in squares
Use one fabric for the binding and cut into as many 2in strips as you can get.  Join these strips together into one long strip, which can then be made into double fold binding.
2.   From the remaining 7 FQs, cut each one into a variety of 1½in, 2½in and 3½in squares.
3.   Choose the 3 lightest FQs and use these for the first two rounds of adding strips and use the remaining 4 for rounds 3&4.
4.   I tried to be organised so that no colour would end up being repeated in the same block, so each of the 3 lightest FQs were used on 4 centres each, varying the width of the strips.  Then each of these 4 centres had a different colour for rounds 3&4.  It sounds a bit complicated, but it is obvious when you are doing it.
5.   I made all the blocks at least 13½in square (I had to join a couple of smaller off cuts for the final rounds).  Some have two complete rounds, others three.  I then placed my 12½in ruler at an angle on the block and trimmed to size.
6.   The blocks were placed on my design wall and moved until I was happy with the arrangement and then I stitched them together.
7.   I followed the shapes of the blocks and free-machine quilted lines within them, before adding the binding.
quilt laid out on the floor
One very cute little baby girl now has her quilt to do with as she wishes, but hopefully she will have as much enjoyment as my kids have from theirs.  Even now, they are still on beds and are used as tents, rugs and princess capes!


Maggi said...

What a lovely quilt. Yes you do need to add 'photos' to your lesson notes!

Gillian Cooper said...

Thanks Maggi. I know I need to get better at remembering to take photos as I go!

John Anderson said...

Really great post . Please add more info about log cabins because you have talked about log cabins but not enough info about log cabins so add more then we can get better ideas from that. Thanks for sharing this.

Gillian Cooper said...

Thanks John. The log cabin pattern in quilts is a well known one, with a long history. Perhaps I will write a full blog post about that soon.

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