Earlier this year, on instagram, I noticed there was a #scrappylogcabinQAL and a movement to #sewmystash2015. I had been stashing sunny yellow fabrics for almost a year to make my daughter some sort of quilt. I thought, why not combine the two hashtags and sew my daughter a log cabin quilt from stash? Yes!
I was contemplating using square log cabin blocks, but found that they didn’t give me the twin sized quilt I wanted or they ended up with an odd number of blocks along the side, which didn’t suit the layout I wanted to use. I realised that a rectangular block would work much better, so that’s what I went with. My blocks are 10″ x 11″ finished (sewn together).
My final layout was 6 blocks by 8 blocks, and they are arranged in the configuration commonly known as Sunshine and Shadows. Boy, there are some configurations out there – this was the hardest part of this quilt, deciding which to go with. And then deciding which way to gradate the colours. Dark against light, light against light, phew. I finally settled on my version as I felt it made the ‘stars’ pop the most.
Light to dark vs dark to light in the grey fabrics. I was also contemplating using a HRT instead of a plain centre rectangle in these mock ups:
I’ve put together an information sheet on this quilt should you wish to make this 60″ x 88″ twin log cabin quilt.
I did a few things that made it really quick to put this quilt together.
Normally when chain piecing I like to leave about a half inch between blocks in the ‘chain’ and then cut them apart with my ruler as a guide, lined up along the length of my block. This is painful.
With this quilt, when I chain pieced I butted my blocks up right next to each other, like this:
Then when I cut them apart it only took one cut instead of two, and many times I just used scissors and eyeballed it.
I did NOT trim the blocks back with each round. I just trimmed the final blocks to 10.5″ x 11.5″
I only ironed after each round, not after each individual log. I finger pressed the seams within each round. When I did iron, I pressed all my seams to the side. It was super quick to iron them like that.
These blocks came together so quickly using this method – it was so gratifying.
It would be remiss of me not to point out that this method will lead to some inconsistencies in your blocks – you can see below that my greys aren’t lining up from block to block. I don’t mind and I know my daughter doesn’t care, so I was happy with the trade off.
Once the top was finished I basted and did some fairly quick quilting.
I used a decorative straight stitch to sew anchoring lines between all the ‘stars’ (along the light grey grid) and around the edges. Then I decided to tie the quilt within these lines, using a decorative star pattern dotted around various spots within. The star stitches work in nicely with the starburst pattern and the quilt is very soft and cuddly given the low density quilting.
The binding was scrappy and I used a zig zag stitch to machine sew it to the quilt – my first time ever. Again, not perfect, but super functional and I don’t believe it takes anything away from the busy design.
So there you have it! A twin sized, rectangular log cabin quilt, whipped up in a jiffy.
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Wishing you all a wonderful weekend with a few (or maybe many?) moments of sewing.