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!


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

September Monthly Report

Tuesday, October 3, 2017


Happy October! It's time for September's monthly report. See past reports here.


You may have noticed that things have gotten a little quiet around here. To be honest, I've been struggling lately to balance things. I'm not quite ready to say where we're moving, but I will tell you we'll be leaving Madison mid-December and will be starting the new year in our new city. Later this month we'll be traveling to find housing and go on a much needed vacation. I don't want to jinx our search, but as soon as we find a place to live I'll make a little announcement!

It's been a stressful few months and the next few months will be stressful too as we pack up our apartment of the last six years and move over 1000 miles away to a new state. I'm trying to be gentle with myself through this transition period, and at this point one post a week is about all I can manage. I am planning to finally share the remaining quilts from my book, as those are already photographed and are fun/easy to talk about. I've got a few other things tentatively planned, but we'll see. Thanks for sticking it out with me as we navigate this move. Hoping to really be able to kick things up a notch when we get to our new city.

I did finish a quilt this month! I'll be sharing it in it's own post soon, but here is a little peek above.


I have also been working on another Halloween quilt! I'm using a Lil Monsters bundle plus a few extra prints from past Halloween lines from Cotton and Steel. It's actually a finished top already, but I snapped a few photos of the block pieces all paired up. Hopefully I can get this quilted up before the end of the month!


I don't often make time to mend, but this past month I finally fixed one of my favorite lined drawstring bags (find the tutorial here). The tension on my machine was completely out of whack when I top stitched the ties originally, and they were falling apart. I took out the ties, seam ripped, pressed and restitched them. It was a quick task, but made a big difference. Now I can get more use out of those bag!


To keep myself accountable for my stash goals, I'm tracking my yardage for fabric and yarn each month. Read more about how I track my here. Here is how I did in September:

September Fabric
Used up: 12.25 yards
Brought in: 14.25 yards
Net: 2 yards
Year to date: -157 yards

September Yarn
Used up: 0 yards
Brought in: 0 yards
Net: 0 yards
Year to date: -3731.5 yards

So this is the first month since May 2016 that I've brought in more fabric than has gone out. The amazing Daisy Chain collection by Annabel Wrigley is primarily to blame! I have been so anxiously waiting for this collection to come out, and it was finally released this month. It was so worth the wait and definitely worth blowing my fabric tracking for a half-yard bundle. I don't feel too bad about this purchase though because I've been planning it for months. It wasn't spur of the moment or just because, which is the type of fabric spending I've been trying to curb.


I wish I had better news on my goals front. Most of my sewing goals have fallen by the way side for the time being. I did make a few more blocks for my fantastic quilt voyage, so that's something.


I did find this amazing metal cabinet antiquing in Ohio this month. It's in really great condition (other than a little rust at the bottom), and it will be perfect to keep fabrics protected from the sun in my some-day sewing space. I love the detail on the front. It even has movable shelves in the inside.


George bunny! This little guy is always there when I need a good snuggle. Such a sweet bun.

Happy Sewing!

Playful Lawn Emery Dress

Monday, September 25, 2017


Happy Monday! Today I have a finished garment to share. I actually finished this dress in December, but have gotten really behind with photographing my handmade clothes! I know I am always saying this, but I hope to get caught up soon.


Michael and I celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary this past week and I wore this dress to dinner. I talked him into taking a few photos before we left! So far we've kept up a tradition of taking a photo together on our anniversary. Including our wedding day we've got three years of photos! Here's to many more.

Almost three years ago I saw an amazing dress at Quilt Market made from this beautiful vintage-y floral lawn from Playful by Melody Miller. I knew I'd have to snatch up some yardage of the print and make one exactly like it for myself. The dress pattern is the Emery Dress by Christine Haynes. This was before I had made the pattern (see my first Emery here), and this dress really pushed me over the edge.

Lucky for me I panic bought this fabric, so I have enough left over for another garment!

Fast forward to December of last year, I wanted a new dress to wear for Christmas and it was finally time to use this fabric! This pattern was so dreamy to sew up in lawn. I used Cambridge Lawn in ivory for the bodice lining, and a light blush colored thread throughout.

This dress turned out so pretty that I actually hand stitched the hem! This was completely new for me, and I never could have imagined a scenario where I would be willing to do it. I'm so glad I did, it was totally worth the extra time and care. The lawn is so light, I was afraid that simple top stitching on the hem would affect the hang of the skirt. I love how delicate the hand stitching makes it look.

I used this hand stitching tutorial by Christine on the Craftsy blog.


This past Christmas I wore the dress with a fuchsia cardigan to up the vintage vibe even more. This dress is a piece that makes me feel confident and pulled together, always a good thing to have in your closet. Plus it's super comfortable, an added bonus!

Happy Sewing!

Adventures in Softie Making: Seymour the Whale

Wednesday, September 20, 2017


It's time to share my latest softie, Seymour the Whale! I've really enjoyed stretching my skills to make these, you can see my last two sets of softies here: Henrietta Hippo and Moo Moo + Baby Bunnies.


For my whale, I used the Seymour Spyhop pattern by Heather Bailey. Five years ago (whoa!) I made an elephant softie from one of her patterns, so I knew this whale would turn out cute. I thought this grey/blue print from Flower Shop would be cute for the main body. For the belly, I used an adorable tiny pindot that I picked up on a whim, but have used quite a bit!


Look how cute he turned out! This is a pretty small softie, much smaller than the hippos I made last.


I chose to make a pretty simple whale, but the pattern includes instructions/pattern pieces for making a whale, orca, or a narwhal!


The eyes are really different, rather than a button or embroidery, they're made from a piece of cut felt and a small black bead. I probably could have pulled them in a little tighter so they sunk more into the whale's face, but oh well!


I think the tail was the trickiest part of this softie, but it really wasn't too bad. Being sure to clip the seams properly after sewing makes a big difference.


I had fun making this little whale, and it was a good excuse to go down by the lake for some photos. Now I need to figure out what softie to make next!

Happy Sewing!

Handmade Gifts: Sewing Tool Organizers

Monday, September 11, 2017


Happy Monday! Today I'm sharing two sewing tool organizers I recently gifted. I used the #10 Caddy pattern by Sew Can She. These are my third and fourth caddies I've made with this pattern. See my first two here.


First up, a caddy for my Mom! I made this for her birthday. Jacey gave me some of this adorable sheep fabric by Lydia Nelson, and I knew my Mom would like it. I paired it with some Momo scissors fabric for the pockets, and some stashed blenders for the binding and the interior.


Puff sheep! So cute. I think this color combo fits my Mom's taste and craft room well. These caddies are fun to customize. I added a circle of felt to the bottom of each can, and covered the top sharp edge with duct tape for safety.


Next up, a caddy for Amanda Jean! I've had this Lecien 30's cheater print in my stash for ages, and I've never known what to do with it. This seemed like the perfect project to use it for. I paired it with a print from Curiosities for the pocket and stash blenders for the binding and interior.


I knew Amanda Jean would get use out of one of these caddies on her retreat and teaching travels. I'm always toting mine along when I travel to sew!


As I mentioned, I've made this pattern before, you can find my first two caddies here. I've been buying whole peeled tomatoes in the #10 can size (it's over 6 lbs!). We make this easy pasta sauce pretty often. I split the can into three equal portions and freeze them. It's so cheap to buy them this way! For Madison locals I buy mine at Woodman's.

Find the #10 Caddy pattern in Sew Can She's Shop, here.

Happy Sewing!

August Monthly Report

Tuesday, September 5, 2017


Happy September! It's time for August's monthly report. See past reports here.


Stitched up a whole bunch of house blocks (I shared a quick tutorial for these here) last week. Now to lay them all out and sew up the top!


I can't seem to go very long without making a lined drawstring bag. This is the project size, which can be found in the pattern. It's my favorite size to hold knitting projects. This adorable house fabric from Alexander Henry was just asking to be a bag!


I made and gifted this basket to Michael's Mom last month. She is teaching first grade this year at a new school. I pulled out this old ruler print from Tailor Made by Cosmo Cricket, perfect for a classroom! It's been a while since I made one of these baskets, this is the Divided Basket Pattern by Anna Graham.


I picked up my Briochealicious shawl this past month. I hadn't touched it in a while. I love brioche knitting, but I definitely have to be in the right mood for it. I'm about halfway through the second brioche section and it's getting big! Now that Fall is just around the corner, I'm looking forward to more knitting.


Julie from The Intrepid Thread sent over some Tilda fabric for me to play with. This is the Harvest collection by Tone Finninger. I've already cut into this bundle, and stitched it up into log cabin blocks! Will share those soon. You can find this collection for sale here, and be sure to sign up for their Tilda First to Know List too!

To keep myself accountable for my stash goals, I'm tracking my yardage for fabric and yarn each month. Read more about how I track my here. Here is how I did in August:

August Fabric
Used up: 14.25 yards
Brought in: 6.5 yards
Net: -7.75 yards
Year to date: -159 yards

August Yarn
Used up: 0 yards
Brought in: 0 yards
Net: 0 yards
Year to date: -3731.5 yards

I'm very happy with my fabric intake this month. I didn't use up a lot of fabric, but that's okay. Now that a move is in our near future, I've gotten a lot more serious about what is coming into our apartment in general. Hopefully I can keep that up.


I've continued to cut and sew plenty of garments. I finished two more Gemma tanks this month, both from rayon. I have a third cut out, plus a few other garments lined up. I cut out an Archer Popover a few months ago that I really want to dedicate time to soon. Plus I'm trying to draft a pattern from my favorite sweatshirt from the Loft. I traced out the pieces this weekend, so hopefully I can cut out a tester soon.


I didn't work on many works in progress this month, but I did sew a few blocks for my Liberty churn dash project. I'm making blocks from Quilting Happiness using my Liberty tana lawn stash.


School is back in Wisconsin today, so surprise! George back to school photos!! I found this tiny backpack at Target and immediately snatched it up. George bunny loves bananas, so it's perfect!

Have a great month!

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