Almost a Log Cabin Quilt Tutorial

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I’m super excited to share this fun country-inspired quilt with you called “Almost a Log Cabin”. I was able to spend a week on a bus tour with 45 amazing ladies touring from Texas to Missouri.  We spent 3 days at the Missouri Star Quilt Company where we shopped and sewed ourselves crazy.  I wanted to sew a quilt to remember my trip by so I created this scrappy, easy, breezy quilt out of The Sleeping Porch by Heather Ross.
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It was amazing to spend time with Jenny who is so funny and inspiring!!!IMG_3191

You can’t help but get inspired by spending time in this adorable little town!

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Here’s how to make the quilt:

Finished quilt 61.5″ x 61.5″

Finished block: 10.5″

All seams 1/4″

This is jelly roll, charm pack and fat quarter friendly.

You will need 12+ fat quarters (or charm pack + jelly roll)

1 yard of border fabric

1/2 yard binding

4 yards backing fabric

**Note – this is a totally random quilt – color placement is just a suggestion.  I didn’t plan out the colors, just grabbed and sewed!
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Begin by cutting (or selecting) 25 – 5″ center squares.  Cut the remaining fat quarters into 2.5″ strips,  or crack open your jelly roll.

You can subcut the strips into the below measurements, or you can sew the cheater way and sew the block onto the 2.5″ strips and square up after.

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5″ center square
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Sew a 2.5″ x 5″ strip to the left side.  Press toward the strip.IMG_2776

Sew a 7″ x 2.5″ strip to the bottom.  Press toward the strip.IMG_2777

Sew a 7″ x 2.5″ strip to the right side.  Press toward the strip. IMG_2778

Sew a 9″ x 2.5″ strip to the top.  Press toward the strip. IMG_2779

Sew a 9″ x 2.5″ strip to the left side.  Press toward the strip.IMG_2780Sew an 11″ x 2.5″ strip to the bottom.  Press toward the strip.

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Repeat until you have 25 blocks sewn.

Lay them out into 5 rows of 5 and sew together.

Here is a suggestion for lay out.  Notice, I rotated the blocks so the center squares were not all even.  Have fun and play around with positioning the blocks.log cabin

For the border,

Cut (6) 5″ x width of fabric strips and sew end to end. Press.

Measure the length of the quilt in the center and use that measurement to cut the side borders.  Sew, and press toward the border.

Measure the width of the quilt (including side borders) and use that measurement to cut the top and bottom borders.  Sew, and press toward the border.

Baste, quilt and bind.
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You can see how scrappy the quilt looks which is exactly the look I was going for.

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These cows were watching the whole time we were photographing!!  I want to move here!!
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This is the perfect size for a throw quilt, I’m going to put it on my couch and it’s just for me!!!
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Little Spooks Quilt {a Five Fat Quarter Fun Quilt}

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It’s September 1st and that means a 5 Fat Quarter Fun Quilt!!!  Yay!!!!

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Amber and I have been doing some spooky sewing and we are ready to share this fun little quilt with you!  It is a great size for a wall hanging or to put on a table!  Finished it measures 34″ square.  I also love that you can use theme prints in the centers – I’m always looking for ways to use my theme prints….especially HALLOWEEN CAT prints!!  Don’t you love these spooky felines!  The fabric is from Blend Fabric’s Boo Crew line.

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It is highly recommended to sew with your cat…..like you ever have a choice…hehehehe!!!  Mufasa is loving this little quilt – the purrrrrfect size for him!

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The quilt is made of 4 large blocks.  Wouldn’t these blocks be great in a larger quilt!!

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A little sashing and you’re all set!

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You can download the PDF quilt pattern by clicking HERE.  Make sure to tag @gigis_thimbel and @jedicraftgirl and use the hashtag #fivefatquarterfun and #littlespooksquilt so we can see your creations!!

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By the way…..it is so NOT fall here in Southern California….the last 3 days have been 114 degrees!!!!!

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Five Fat Quarter Fun Contest

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Amber and I have had the best time creating quilts using only 5 fat quarters and sharing with you!  We love seeing your take on our patterns each month.  Thank you for your overwhelming support!  The quilting community is so amazing!  As a way to say thank you, we thought we would issue you all a challenge and then reward you big time!  We want to see what you come up with when given the challenge to only use 5 fat quarters and up to 2 background fabrics!  Post your quilt progress and quilt (or quilt top) finish photos on Instagram and tag @gigi’s_thimble and @jedicraftgirl and make sure to use the hashtag #fivefatquarterfuncontest.  This is where all the judging will take place.  Here are the official rules and all the amazing prizes you can win!

Five Fat Quarter Fun Contest

Starts: August 25th

Ends: October 25th

Winners will be announced November 1st.

There will be 3 winners chosen!

To Enter:

Make a quilt or quilt top using just 5 fat quarters and up to 2 background fabrics.

Quilt must be at least 34″ x 34″ or bigger.

Must be made within the contest start and end dates.

Post photo(s) on Instagram using the hashtag #fivefatquarterfuncontest.

Tag us at @jedicraftgirl and @gigis_thimble.

*Does NOT have to be quilted and bound to be entered.

*Does not have to be your own design (but this might earn you bonus points!)

Prizes:

Grand Prize Package

Long-Arm Quilting on a 65″ x 75″ Quilt or smaller (.015 cents/sq. inch), Batting & Return Shipping from Kaylene Parry

2 Rolie Polies from Riley Blake Designs

1 Large Spool Collection from Aurifil

1/2 Yard Bundle of Haven Collection by Stacy Peterson for Blend

Vintage Vibe Book by Amber Johnson

Biscuits and Gravy Layer Cake & Cake Mix Recipe Cards from Moda

Moda Fat Eighth Bundle

Scraps Made Simple Book & Sew Cute Bookmarks by Lori Holt

$25 Gift Card to Brew Stitched Etsy Shop

Maker Valley Enamel Pins (2), Tote Bag & Pattern

3 It’s Sew Emma Books & $50 Gift Card to the Fat Quarter Shop

I Love House Blocks Book from Martingale (donated by Amanda)

Scissors from Warm Crochet

Notions from Therm O Web

 

2nd Place Prize Package

2 Rolie Polies from Riley Blake Designs

1 Small Spool Collection from Aurifil

Vintage Vibe Book by Amber Johnson

2 It’s Sew Emma Books & $25 Gift Card to the Fat Quarter Shop

Notions from Therm O Web

I Love House Blocks Book from Martingale (donated by Amanda)

Scissors from Warm Crochet

 

3rd Place Prize Package

2 Rolie Polies from Riley Blake Designs

1 Small Spool Collection from Aurifil

Vintage Vibe Book by Amber Johnson

1 It’s Sew Emma Book & $15 Gift Card to the Fat Quarter Shop

Notions from Therm O Web

I Love House Blocks Book from Martingale (donated by Amanda)

Scissors from Warm Crochet

Judging:

Winners will be chosen based off of photos using the hashtag #fivefatquarterfuncontest pool.  There will be 3 judges including myself and Amber Johnson.  The third judge will be a fellow quilt designer.

You can make any pattern out there (as long as it uses just 5 fat quarters and up to 2 background fabrics) OR you can test your creativity and design your own 5FQF pattern!  Be sure to tag us on Instagram (@jedicraftgirl and @gigis_thimble) and use the hashtag #fivefatquarterfuncontest to enter!  We can’t wait to see where your creativity takes you!  Good luck!
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Orange Peel Applique Quilt

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I am super excited to be sharing this mini quilt today!  I needed a little something for my new kitchen and I didn’t have much time…..summers are so crazy, right!!  I love the look of orange peel appliqué but wanted this project to be done in a few hours – Heat n Bond Lite to the rescue!

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I dove into my stash of Moda Vintage Picnic scraps – which are just the perfect colors to patch my Pyrex collection!

Vintage Orange Peel Mini Quilt with HeatnBond® Lite

Finished quilt 24″ square

Here’s what you need to get started:

Lots of scraps!!!  I used all my Vintage Picnic scraps for this quilt
Heat n Bond® Lite for the appliqué – yes those orange peels are machine appliquéd – who has time for hand stitching in the summer!
1/3 yard of white/off white background fabric
1/8 yard navy inner border fabric
Spray n Bond® Basting Spray
1/4 yard binding fabric
1-yard backing fabric
cotton batting


Vintage Orange Peel Mini Quilt with HeatnBond Lite Instructions:

Get started by cutting all those scraps into (64) 2 1/2″ squares.  No pattern here – just scrappy!

Lay them out in 8 rows of 8.

Piece together in rows, pressing each row opposite so the seams come together nicely.  Sew the rows together and press.

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I love patchy quilts!!!!

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For the inner navy border cut:

(2) 2″ x 16 1/2″ strips

(2) 2″ x 19 1/2″ strips

Sew the border to the sides of the scrappy unit, press.  Then to the top and bottom, press.
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For the orange peel, print off the orange peel pattern.  Make sure it measures 3″ from end to end.

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Trace the orange peel onto the HeatnBond Lite 48 times.

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Cut out around each orange peel and press to the wrong side of the desired fabric – scrap buster style!!!

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Cut out each orange peel and peel off the backing paper.

Cut the white fabric:

(4) 5 1/2″ x 19 1/2″

Position the orange peels as shown in the photo.  Heat set in place.  Sew around each orange peel using a straight stitch.

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Make the corner blocks:

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Using the above measurements, construct 4 blocks for each of the 4 corners.

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Sew an orange peel unit to each side, press.

Sew a block unit to the ends of the remaining orange peel unit, press.

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Sew the remaining orange peel units to the top and bottom of the quilt.  Press.

Baste the quilt with SpraynBond Basting Spray for speedy results.  I quilted the quilt with an all over double loop de loop pattern.  Bind and enjoy!DSC_0144

I am super in love with this scrappy little quilt and love how it looks in my new kitchen!!!DSC_0134

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BWINDI FOREST {Free Quilt Pattern}

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This is one of my all time favorite quilt patterns!  I have made it at least 5 times!  I love it because:

  • It uses theme prints which I am a sucker for
  • It has cheater method piecing
  • You can make it in a day
  • It works with any fabric
  • You can easily make it into a baby quilt size or keep adding blocks for a twin size or largerIMG_1330

You can download the free pattern HERE

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The fabrics in this quilt are Kona black and Kona white and the Bwindi Forest Collection from Blend Fabricsbwindi fabrics

I never thought I would want a monkey quilt – but this quilt has totally stolen my heart!  I am so in love with it!
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For other versions of this quilt, check out these posts:

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Preppy Quilt {a Five Fat Quarter Fun Quilt}

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It’s August 1st!!  (which I am totally not excited about!  I want to live in a forever JULY!!!!) I am so in love with this month’s 5 Fat Quarter Fun Quilt!!  Amber and I invited our friend, Andy from A Bright Corner, to design this mont’s quilt.  Andy came up with this super AMAZING and super fun quilt called “Preppy”.  I love all things preppy!  I dream of living in New England and owning a sail boat!!  So this is so totally me!!!  You can download the full PDF pattern over a A Bright Corner – and be sure to follow @abrightcorner on Instagram!!Preppy quilt pattern 1a

I love Amber’s version of this pattern!  She made it a little bit smaller so it would be perfect for a baby quilt!

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For my nautical inspired version my heart ran straight to Cotton + Steel S.S. Bluebird line from Fat Quarter Shop.  Not only do I love all things nautical, I am a whale lover and bird lover!!  So this fabric was totally designed just for me!  I added in the navy Swiss dot (favorite) from Riley Blake Designs.
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I love how it turned out!  I’m going to put it on the end of the guest bed in the Nautical room!!  I can dream, right!!

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Mufasa did such a good job posing!  I didn’t even have to twist his paw….hahahah!!

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This pattern is super fun to make and it is FAST!  It will be on my list of “go-to” quilt patterns for sure!!  You’re gonna LOVE it!

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Star Spangled Pillow

Create a Star-Spangled Pillow

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Here is a fun and fast pillow to make for your 4th of July/Americana decor!  You’ll love how fast this canvas & denim pillow come together!!

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I’m thinking when it’s not summertime this pillow might live in the super hero kids room!!!

Star Spangled Pillow by Amanda Niederhauser aka Jedi Craft Girl

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(2) 20″ squares of canvas/duck cloth

1/4 yard denim (mine is by Indigo Junction Crossroads Denim)

HeatnBond® Lite Fusible Adhesive

20″ pillow form

22″ or longer zipper

Star Pattern

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[line]Star Spangled Pillow Instructions:

Begin by tracing 10 stars onto the HeatnBond® Lite.

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Fuse to the wrong side of the denim.  Cut out each star and peel off the backing paper.IMG_2120

Arrange stars as desired.  Make sure that a few hang off the edges to create a continuous pattern look.  Heat set in place.  Trim off the excess star.
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Top stitch around each star.  I used a shiny taupe/gray color.IMG_2123

Once complete use this tutorial to sew an invisible zipper in the bottom and finish the pillow.IMG_2124

I am ao in love and ready for summer!!!!!

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Rustic Pines {A 5 Fat Quarter Fun Quilt}

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It’s Christmas in July!  I love making a Christmas quilt in the summer – I never have time when it gets closer to Christmas!!  You are going to love this Rustic Pines Quilt!  Choose your 5 favorite Christmas Fat Quarters and let’s get sewing!!

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I choose the Comfort and Joy line from Riley Blake.  It has such a wonderful cabin-like Christmas feel!
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The trees are strip pieced and cut at 60 degree angles and then appliquéd on!!  Super fast – who has time for hand work in the summer!!
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A little tip for appliquéing:  Use Spray n Bond and put the trees wrong side up on old wrapping paper.  Spray the backs and set them in place.  Just unroll more paper for a clean basting surface!!
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I love that the pattern calls for a scrappy low volume background – it gives it such character!!  I added an accent border instead of a low volume border – you can choose!

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Hop over to Amber’s blog to read all about her version and to download the free pattern!
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Amber’s version is even more cozy with all kinds of homespun plaids from Moda!!!

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Be sure to tag us on Instagram so we can see your creations! @jedicraftgirl and @gigis_thimble
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Sharktown Scripture Cover

 

DSC_0944Since my daughter’s favorite animal is a shark, I knew I had to make her a new scripture for her Seminary graduation out of Sharktown by Riley Blake Designs.  She was so surprised!!!  You can follow this tutorial for the full instructions.  Please note that the below diagram shows the measurements for this style.  All other measurements are the same as the tutorial.scripture cover layout

This is the size for the standard quad, the tutorial also includes instructions for determining the measurements for a different size book 🙂

I used Heat n Bond Fusible Fleece for the stabilizer.  I love that is is soft yet sturdy and won’t shrink when washed.  You also don’t have to quilt the project.  I added some accent stitching along the center strip.

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It’s so totally Sharkalicious!!!!!

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Sharkey Quilt {Free Pattern}

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When I saw this new fabric from Riley Blake Designs called Sharktown I completely FREAKED OUT!!!  And then I showed my daughter (whose favorite animals are sharks) and she TOTALLY FREAKED OUT!  So I promised her a Sharkey Quilt for one of her many graduation presents.  I Love Love Love theme prints, especially animal theme prints.  However, they sometimes pose a design challenge: showing off the fabric + quilt design.  I put on my thinking cap…..I wanted something that looked sharkey……and the Sharkey Block was born!  I love the idea of using half square triangles to resemble shark fins (or shark teeth!). The center block lets you show off the super amazing fabric designs!
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I designed this fun pattern using the Sharkey Blocks which measure 10″ and some blue water sashing!  I choose the all the blue fabrics from the Sharktown fabric line and added in the solid gray accent.  You can download the PDF pattern by clicking HERE.

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