This is the third "real" quilt I had ever made. It was for a long time friend of mine who was getting married. My co-worker had talked me into making it and I clearly remember sitting on the floor surrounded by blocks and wonder what the f%^k was I doing???? It was a monster huge quilt, but it came together pretty easily and is to this day one of my favorite quilts. My co-worker helped draft up a pattern for me and I have since made a few alterations and "drew" out some pictures for the beginner. It's a great bed quilt and I love log cabin because you can make it look SOOOO many different ways.
So.. Here's me giving back to the world information I have learned. I am ever grateful to the people who have helped me in my crafty life ( and real life ) thus far.
Center Fabric .40 Meter ( 5 strips )
1 and 2 0.6 Meter (12 strips) Light A
3 and 4 0.7 Meter (13 strips) Light B
5 and 6 1.15 Meter ( 23 strips) Med A
7 and 8 1.30 Meter ( 26 Strips) Med B
9 and 10 1.45 Meter ( 28 Strips) Dark A
11 and 12 1.80 Meter ( 36 Strips) Dark B
Accent border *OPTIONAL* –cut 1 ½ inch 0.46 meter (10 strips)
Border and binding ( if matching ) - 2.5 meters
These measurements give you more then enough
Center Fabric cut 3 inch strips then sub cut into squares
Accent Border Cut 10 of 1 ½ inch strips
Border Fabric Cut 10 of 6 ½ inch strips
The follow cut 2 inch strips:
12 strips of Light A
13 strips of Light B
23 strips of Med. A
26 strips of Med B
28 strips of Dark A
36 strips of Dark B
1.) Take 3 inch strip and sub cut into 3 inch squares.
2.) Take fabric “Light A” and place right side up. With right sides together place a 3 inch square near the end of the strip and sew your square, continue sewing on square until you reach with the of your strip ensuring that you leave space between each square so you can cut them apart.
3.) Sew ALL 48 squares.
Iron your strip away from the center.
Using your ruler square up your strip using your seam as your guide.
Log Cabin Rule **
** LAST IS FIRST**
This means that the LAST fabric you sewed is the FIRST when you are sewing on the next strip. Notice in Step 4 how the LAST strip you sew on in Step 3 is your FIRST strip in.
4.)Using another Light A strip sew right sides together starting near the end of the strip. Again leave space between each block to ensure you can cut them apart.
Sew all 48 blocks. Cut each block apart. Press seams towards the other two strips and square up.
5) Take a strip of Light B side up and place your block right side down. Sew leaving space again in between each block. Sew all blocks. Press seam towards center and square up.
6.) Take another strip of Light B and repeat. You should have something that looks likes this.
Starting to look like a log cabin!!
Continue this with each strip using the Log Cabin Rule **
Continue to do this until all strips have been sewn on. Once finished square off your blocks so the measure 12 inches (once you sew all your blocks together your block is 11 ½ inch )
Now the fun part. Lay out your blocks. There are so many patterns that this just might be the hardest part!
The one I used for this pattern is called “Raising the Barn” in a 6 blocks wide by 8 blocks long.
Once you’ve decided what pattern sew your horizontal blocks into rows. You will have 8 rows of 6. Then start sewing your rows together.
At this point if you’ve decided to use an accent border sew two strips together. Do this so you have two double length strips and measure down the middle of your quilt lengthwise.Cut and sew the sides on. Measure again the middle from side to side and cut your strips then sew.
Personally I find that placing your first strip down so it’s trailing to your left and then placing your next strip right sides together trailing towards you then sewing from the upper left corner to the lower right is the best way to connect borders and pieces when you don’t want to draw attention to borders.
In the same manner piece your borders, measure down the middle, cut and sew completing your top and bottom first then side to side.