Thursday, July 25, 2019

Christmas in July Blog Hop

It's the last day of the Christmas in July Blog Hop and that means it's my day to post! 

I'm sharing today with Christina, so be sure to check out her post 
Christina @ Christina's Handicrafts

Thanks to Sarah over a Confessions of a Fabric Addict for organizing this hop. It's been really fun and my mind is swirling with ideas for Christmas gifts to make.  :-)

 Here's the entire line-up, in case you're like me and missed some earlier days.












Be sure to read all the way through 
to the end to find out about 
an awesome giveaway!

Like so many quilters I know, I've bought my fair share of pre-cuts because I thought they were really pretty and I just knew that I would use them right away. Well, as I'm sure many of you can understand, those pre-cuts end up sitting on a shelf or in a drawer/tub/bin, etc. for a very long time before they get rediscovered. 

When this hop came along, I knew exactly what I wanted to do and I decided to pull one of those fabulous Christmas pre-cut 2 1/2" strip packages that I've been holding on to - Jingle Pops, by Hoffman. (Yep! This is a really bad pictures; but by the time I realized how bad it was, I had already opened it and started cutting the strips.)

I've been playing around with some very basic blocks lately, included a variety of log cabins. I wanted to make a scrappy log cabin version, but one that had some sense of order other than just light and dark sides. I knew that making a larger block would get too "messy" for what I had in mind, so I decided to make a small block by sewing just one rotation around a consistent center. 

I like the resulting 6" (6 1/2" unfinished) block and the fact that I could make quite a few blocks from a pre-cut 2 1/2" strip package. WooHoo! 

I decided to go very basic with the layout and when I asked my husband to name the quilt, which he normally does, he called it Log Cabin Ground Floor. (Can you tell that he was an engineer?)

I laid out my blocks in a 7 x 8 layout with 2" (finished) sashing. I added a 4" border so my quilt finished 66" x 74." Without the border, the quilt will measure 58" x 66."  

Here's a quick tutorial on how to make the block and quilt. (I say quick, but that's not really true because I have a ton of pictures.) 

Fabric Requirements:
1 package of 2 1/2" x WOF strips 
          (I used 28 strips for my quilt, but you can use more to make a larger quilt, have a greater 
           variety of fabrics, or make a scrappy binding)
2 1/8 yards block centers and sashing fabric
1 1/4 yards optional 4" border

1) Pick 28 pre-cut 2 1/2" x WOF strips

2) From each strip, cut:
     4 - 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares (cornerstones and log #1)
     4 - 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles (logs #2 and #3)
     2 - 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangles (log #4)

3) From the block center/sashing fabric, cut:
    27 - 2 1/2" x WOF strips, set aside three strips for the top and bottom borders

4) From the remaining 24 strips, cut:
     56 - 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares (block centers)
     99 - 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangles (sashing)
     14 - 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" rectangles (sashing)

Block Construction:
1) With right sides together, sew 56 block centers to 56 - randomly selected 
    2 1/2" log #1. 

This step goes very quickly if you chain piece the blocks!

Press to log #1, away from the center.

2) With right sides together and being careful of the orientation, sew log #2 to the top of the step 1 unit. 

Because the seam allowance is pointing down, you can sew with the log#2 on top and not worry about flipping the seam allowance over and creating bulkiness. 

Press to log #2

This unit should measure 4 1/2" square.

3) With right sides together, sew log #3 to the left side of the step 2 unit. Again, be careful of the orientation.

Press to log #3. (In order to make pressing easier, the block is rotated to the right in the picture below.)

4) With right sides together, sew log #4 to the bottom of the step 3 unit.

Press to log #4. (Again, the block is rotated to make pressing easier.)

The block should now measure 6 1/2" 

Make 56 blocks (or more if you want a larger quilt).

Quilt Layout
1) Randomly lay out blocks, with sashing and cornerstones. 
    (Here's a mini version of the layout.)

2) You can sew the blocks and vertical sashing into a row and them sew the horizontal sashing and cornerstones into another row and the sew the rows together; 


You can sew the sashing and cornerstones to the blocks to create bigger blocks that can be sewn together. That's what I did.

Basically, you'll be sewing three different blocks, which will then be sewn together. 

To Make the Left Side Blocks:

1) Sew a 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangle to both sides of the farthest left block of each row. Press to the sashing.

2) Sew a cornerstone to a 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" rectangle. Press to the sashing. Sew that to the bottom of the above units, except the bottom row. You should have 8 left side blocks - 7 that are complete and 1 that does not have the bottom sashing and cornerstones.

To Make the Right Blocks:

1) Sew a 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangle to the right side of the farthest right block of each row. Press to the sashing.

2) Sew a 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" rectangle to the bottom of the above units, except the bottom row. You should have 8 right side blocks - 7 that have sashing on the right and bottom and 1 that just has sashing on the right side.

To Make the Center Blocks:

1) Sew a 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" sashing to the right side of all the center blocks - 40 total.

2) Set aside the 5 blocks that make up the bottom row. To the remaining 35, sew a 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangle to a cornerstone and press to the sashing. Sew this to the above unit.

Quilt Top Construction
1) Sew the blocks together, in rows and press all rows in one directions.

2) Sew the 3 - 2 1/2" x WOF sashing strips that were set aside earlier into one long strip. 

3) Measure the quilt top from side to side and cut two strips that measurement. Sew these strips to the top and bottom of the quilt top.

4) Cut and sew the optional 4" border to the sides first and then top and bottom of the quilt top. Press to the borders.

I used a directional fabric for my border, so I had to be careful when cutting and sewing. This did require extra fabric.

Quilt as desired. I used a poinsettia pantograph to quilt this, and I'm very happy with the results.

Although I had every intention of doing so, I did not use my extra pre-cut strips for a scrappy binding. I decided I liked the look of a solid black instead. The good news is that I now have 12 strips of this beautiful fabric to make something else.  :-)

I like this quilt so much that I made a second one. 
Check back tomorrow for my Springtime version. 

As I said earlier, Sarah is have a giveaway. 
The giveaway has ended

Figo Fabrics is sponsoring a really nice giveaway bundle of Wintertide.  This is so pretty!     

Complete and submit the following for your choice to win. 



Karrin Hurd said...

Beautiful quilt, thanks so much for the tutorial!

Michele T said...

I know exactly what you mean about having precutsand “waiting” for the perfect pattern! Your quilt is beautiful!

Pamela Arbour said...

Thanks for the great, detailed tutorial with lots of pics. Also, thanks for the encouragement to just pick up some strips and get to sewing!

Mary Ann said...

Thanks for the step by step tutorial! I don't name my quilts but I do like the idea.

Jan Snell said...

Nice to get those precuts used an a Christmas quilt made. Well done! Thanks for sharing.

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

Simple and beautiful, those fabrics are luscious!!

DelightedHands said...

What an elegant log cabin quilt! I like the directional fabric for the border-perfect!
Thanks for sharing this with the QAL!

Roseanne said...

Hi Joanne! Oh, I just love this quilt and your tutorial. I have some - okay oodles of jelly rolls that would perfectly for this quilt. And your poinsettia quilting really was the best choice for this quilt top. It looks so very festive! I'm going to PIN this right now - or as soon as I can get back to your post so I remember I want to make it. ~smile~ Roseanne

Brenda @ Songbird Designs said...

Great quilt and tutorial, Joanne! Thanks for sharing. I love your fabrics!

Ruth K. said...

A lovely, and such a simple block. Thank you.

quilt101 said...

This is an awesome quilt, just love it! And yes i also have a jelly roll or two that would be perfect for this pattern! Thanks so much for sharing such a great tutorial!

Shelley E said...

What a beautiful quilt. Your instructions make it look so easy.Thank you for sharing.

Sarah Craig said...

Great tutorial, Joanne - and I have a jelly roll of the Kona Clementine fabric mix that would look so good in this! I've been at a loss with what to do with it, but just had to have it anyway because it's so. pretty. Now it can be a beautiful quilt! Thank you for all your hard work!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I'm not a 'sane' quilter (I do crazy quilting and landscapes) but if I were I know this one would go on my list. I have always liked log cabins and I love the simplicity of your design. Thank you for sharing your great project!

Carol C. said...

This is a beautiful quilt! I have some Christmas fabrics that would look so pretty in this design -- I am going to add this to my list to make. Thanks so much for sharing with us!!

Tami Von Zalez said...

Cute blog name. For some reason, I am seeing more of this type of block, must be on quilting trend. I've decided to do a quilt like this with the Spice it Up colorway. Thank you for the tutorial, I will be referring to it for my quilt.

Vicki in MN said...

Oh I love your quilt, thanks for the tutorial. Cute name your DH gave it, I understand those Engineer type-mine is one!!

Kathy H said...

Very pretty quilt. I was thinking it would be a great pattern to make a quilt with any themed or line of fabric. And then you mentioned your spring version. Looking forward to seeing it.

Nancy J said...

This is a wonderful design, and I hope a keeper for the engineer. Great tutorial, it all fits together perfectly, and the quilting is the special finish.

Barb said...

Nice quilt and I love your border fabric!

Meloney said...

I love this quilt. It will be on my to do list.

marebear said...

Thank you for the very thorough tutorial!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

That's a beautiful quilt - perfect for precut strips! Love the layout, too! Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

Sandi1100 said...

Thanks for sharing how to make your beautiful quilt!

Kathy said...

Thanks for sharing. And I guess I have another quilt to make. I have never done a log cabin quilt in the time I have been quilting.

Danice G said...

Thanks for the tutorial for the quilt block. Your quilt is really festive and pretty.

OhioLori said...

Loooooooove your quilt!! Thank you so much for sharing the Tutorial too :) I can't wait to see your Springtime version.. know beautiful as well!!

Rosa said...

So beautiful quilt.Thanks for the block tutorial.

tink's mom said...

Beautiful quilt, great tutorial. thank you

Vroomans' Quilts said...

This is such a great way to use a jelly roll - you could even use a solid JR if you didn't want to cut all those background strips. (love the blue and yellow one too) Heck, I can see using scraps for this as well. Thank you for sharing.

Jennifer Fulton Inquiring Quilter said...

Wow those fabrics are beautiful! What a gorgeous quilt.

wendy said...

Beautiful quilt! thank you for sharing it and the tutorail. I have jelly rolls I need to use so I would love to make this quilt.

Susan said...

That's a wonderful Christmas quilt, and I like your husband's name for the pattern. =) I read the next post, and saw the blue and yellow one, too, and it's even prettier, if that's possible. Thanks so much for sharing directions!

mumbird3 said...

Love those fabrics! Lovely quilt!

Unknown said...

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