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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Bouncing Off The Walls Quilt Pattern

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I am super excited be part of the MEOW blog tour by Riley Blake Designs!!!  You know me and cats – so when I saw this fabrics I fell in love!!!  I created this quilt pattern to showcase all the amazing and whimsical prints in this fabric line.  I hope you like it :). Mufasa does….hahahahcategory6580

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What I love about this quilt is that you don’t have to cut up this adorable fabric into tiny bits and it still has a nice “quilty” feel.

I call this pattern Bouncing Off The Walls because that’s how Mufasa likes to play!  I throw bouncy balls and they bounce every where and he chases them like a maniac!

The pattern is a PDF download available in my Etsy shop.
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This is the purrrrrfect size quilt for a throw or to put on the end of the bed.  Sally and Mufasa are fighting over who will get the quilt – its totally MINE!!DSC_0422

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Aren’t the colors in the fabrics wonderful?  I love the fun coral with the yellow and the black totally makes it all pop!
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And now get ready for the Mufasa photo shoot……
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He’s just so handsome 🙂
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Happy quilting with your cat!!!
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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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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!

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I drew the orange peels onto the Heat n Bond Lite….

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and a press of the hot iron – and orange peels!

You can get the full set of instructions over at the Therm O Web Blog!

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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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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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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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Star Spangled Pineapple Quilt

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Amber and I have had so much fun sewing along with you these past few months!  We love your versions of our Five Fat Quarter Fun patterns and have enjoyed making new friends through this sewing series!!  Thank You!!!  We are so happy it’s June 1st and we get to share this fun Star Spangled Pineapple Quilt with you!!!  IMG_7929a

This quilt uses 5 fat quarters: 3 red and 2 blue.  Add in 2 1/2 yards of light to medium chambray and you’re ready to get going!!  I love Amber’s light chambray background!!  Be sure to check out her blog post also!!

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I know pineapples are super trendy right now, but I do have a little family history that involves pineapples….want to hear it?  My Dad’s ancestors left Portugal and Brazil and immigrated to what is now Hawaii to work the pineapple plantations.  I often imagine how bad life must have been to want to live in a shack and pick pineapples everyday.  My Grandma was raised in Hawaii as a result and as a child I remember her always wearing a muumuu…… and so pineapples are close to my heart.IMG_7953a

The finished quilt measures 40″ x 48″ and the finished block measures 8″ x 14″.

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You can download the free PDF pattern by clicking HERE.  pineapple quilt 4

Make sure to tag us on Instagram (@jedicraftgirl and @gigis_thimble) when sewing along!  and use #starspangledpineapplequilt

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We hope you love making this quilt and enjoy having it out all summer long!
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Garden Box Quilt {Free Pattern}

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I’m super excited to share this fun quilt pattern with you!  I’m always looking for ways to sew quilts with large prints – because I fall for large prints every time!27735815-A523-44B4-B8AC-7A47820C0210

These adorable fabrics are from Garden Roost by Blend Fabrics.  I love the vintage feel they have and the colors are so amazing!!!  DSC_0625

Each block measures 12″ when finished.  This quilt is also fat quarter friendly!  It uses 10 fat quarters and 2 1/4 yards of background fabric.  You get 2 blocks per fat quarter!

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It measures 64 1/2″ x  78″ when finished so it’s a great size for a large throw or even for a twin bed!!
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You can download the free pattern in PDF form by clicking HERE.

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It’s a fun pattern to play around with!DSC_0668

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