Harvest Log Cabin Quilt + Tutorial

Thursday, October 12, 2017


Happy Thursday! Today I have a finished quilt to share with you. I'm also including a quick tutorial for this quilt since I've gotten questions about it every time I've posted a photo of it here or on Instagram!


As I mentioned last month, Julie from The Intrepid Thread sent over some Tilda fabric for me to play with. This is the Harvest collection by Tone Finninger. They've got a list to be notified about new Tilda collections, which you can sign up for here.

I pretty quickly decided that a simple log cabin quilt would be a nice way to show off all the colorful prints.


The collection had two prints with a creamy white background, which I used for the block centers. The rest of the fat quarters were chopped up for the blocks. Log cabin blocks are one of my favorites, but I haven't made many log cabin quilts. This quilt helped scratch that itch, but I definitely want to work more with this block soon.


For the quilting I kept things simple. I quilted a diagonal line through each block and then did some echo quilting around the block/row seams. It's pretty lightly quilted, which means it has lots of crinkle.

I gave this quilt to my Mom when I saw her at the end of last month, it was fun to surprise her with it!


I happened to have this purple print in my backing stash, which was a great match for the colors on the front. I finished it off with some lime green binding (my specialty). More info on my custom woven labels here.

Ready to make your own? Onto the tutorial!

Harvest Log Cabin Quilt Tutorial

A word of caution: This is truly a fat quarter busting quilt. You'll need nearly every precious inch of the fat quarter. Your fat quarters must be at least 18" wide (a little extra is even better), and at least 21.5" tall. A couple of my fat quarters were tight, and I ended up with a tiny bit of visible selvedge from one fat quarter.

If your fat quarters are on the smaller side or you prefer more wiggle room in your cutting, skip to the end of this tutorial, which uses skinnier strips (2.75" wide) for a slightly smaller finished quilt.

Tutorial for Log Cabin Quilt Using 3" Strips
Sewing Level: Beginner Friendly
Finished Size: 75"x75"
Finished Block Size: 12.5"

Materials:
- 18 fat quarters (full 18"x21.5" required)
- 1/4 yard for block centers
- 4 3/4 yards of backing fabric
- 83"x83" piece of batting
- 5/8 yard of binding fabric

Cutting:
From block center fabric:
- Cut (36) 3" squares

From 18 fat quarters: 
- Cut (6) 3"x22" strips

Subcut these strips into the following using the cutting diagram below:
- (2) 3"x3" pieces
- (4) 5.5"x3" pieces
- (4) 8"x3" pieces
- (4) 10.5"x3" pieces
- (2) 13"x3" pieces





Instructions:
*Use a 1/4" seam allowance unless otherwise noted.*

1. Construct log cabin blocks: Start by sewing a 3" square to the right side of a center square. Press seam away from the center. Sew a 5.5" strip to the bottom of the pieced unit. Press seam away from the center. Continue adding strips in a clockwise direction until your block measures 13" square. Make 36 blocks. Press well.
2. Arrange blocks into six rows of six blocks each according to the above diagram. Sew blocks together in each row. Press seams in one direction, alternating direction every other row. Sew rows together. Press seams open.

3. Cut backing yardage in half. Press. Trim off the selvedge and sew your pieces together lengthwise. Press seam open. Baste, quilt, and bind.

Check out my tutorial for binding: Machine Quilt Binding Tutorial

Tutorial for Log Cabin Quilt Using 2.75" Strips

Sewing Level: Beginner Friendly
Finished Size: 67.5"x67.5"
Finished Block Size: 11.25"

Materials:
- 18 fat quarters
- 1/4 yard for block centers
- 4 1/4 yards of backing fabric
- 75.5"x75.5" piece of batting
- 1/2 yard of binding fabric

Cutting:
From block center fabric:
- Cut (36) 2.75" squares

From 18 fat quarters: 
- Cut (6) 2.75"x22" strips

Subcut these strips into the following using the cutting diagram below:
- (2) 2.75"x2.75" pieces
- (4) 5"x2.75" pieces
- (4) 7.25"x2.75" pieces
- (4) 9.5"x2.75" pieces
- (2) 11.75"x2.75" pieces



*Use a 1/4" seam allowance unless otherwise noted.*

 1. Construct log cabin blocks: Start by sewing a 2.75" square to the right side of a center square. Press seam away from the center. Sew a 5" strip to the bottom of the pieced unit. Press seam away from the center. Continue adding strips in a clockwise direction until your block measures 11.75" square. Make 36 blocks. Press well.


2. Arrange blocks into six rows of six blocks each according to the above diagram. Sew blocks together in each row. Press seams in one direction, alternating direction every other row. Sew rows together. Press seams open.

3. Cut backing yardage in half. Press. Trim off the selvedge and sew your pieces together lengthwise. Press seam open. Baste, quilt, and bind.

Check out my tutorial for binding: Machine Quilt Binding Tutorial
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Share your progress and finished project photos using the #harvestlogcabin and #jenibaker hashtags on social media!

Happy Quilting!

11 comments :

  1. your instructions for each size says to cut "XX" size strips x 22" but the diagrams show that you are cutting the initial strips on the 18" length of fabric - sure the diagram is right, just need to correct the narrative. Tnx. for the patterns.

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    1. Hi Lynda, The strips are first cut 22" long (by either 3" or 2.75" wide), which is what is shown in the diagrams and written in the text.

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  2. Thank you. I always enjoy your tuts especially since you include "cutting maps" for the fabric. :)

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  3. This looks great! I would love to try making one and so nice that you give two plans in case the fat quarters aren't to size. Thank you!

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  4. Thank you, Jeni! What a lovely combination of colors and prints!

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  5. Your quilt is gorgeous, as always! How kind of you to share the pattern plan for free as well.

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  6. Another gorgeous quilt! Thanks for sharing both your finish and the tutorial. Love, love your blog (and your bunny!).

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  7. This is such a lovely quilt! Thank you for sharing the tutorial.

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  8. I'm not able to print the pattern. I copied and pasted but not all on the right side came through. What am I doing wrong? Thanks much. Love this pattern.

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    1. Since this is a free tutorial, it's only available here on my website, not as a printable pattern.

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  9. Yay! I've been watching for this one! My sister in law love it. Thanks again!

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