Log Cabin Patchwork

Posted by Amy | Posted in Patchwork & Quilting | Posted on 04-03-2016

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Barbara loves to do patchwork and always has a new idea up her sleeve. When new fabrics arrive she is already lining bolts of fabric side by side, piecing together a quilt idea in her head. I guess this is inevitable when you put crafty, creative folk in a room full of inspirational materials; the crafty mind goes into overdrive. Barbara couldn’t resist the new Riley Blake ‘Fancy & Fabulous’ range – a mix of bold florals, ditsy prints and confetti spots, all designed in a soothing mint themed colourway.

Along with her chosen printed fabrics, Barbara opted to use a contrast plain white fabric to make a modern log cabin patchwork block. Barbara thoughtfully mapped out the placement of the fabrics to create a good balance with the prints. Once sewn up the block measures approximately 15½” x 15½” and would make a beautiful cushion cover. However, Barbara had bigger plans in mind for a twelve block quilt.

log cabin patchwork

With four blocks made up Barbara showed the versatility of this simple log cabin design, trying out different ways the blocks can be arranged. Taking photos as you go along is a handy tip when making / arranging quilt blocks. It helps you to get a different perspective on the quilt design whilst it is in progress and will hopefully avoid any major un-picking sessions.

log cabin patchwork

log cabin patchwork

log cabin patchwork

log cabin patchwork

log cabin patchwork

The possibilities seemed infinite, but I think after lots of twisting and turning Barbara finally reached her limit. It is amazing how these subtle changes could make such a difference to the final quilt.

Barbara chose her final arrangement and went on to make 8 more blocks and sewed them together to make the quilt top. Here she is holding it up for a quick photo.

log cabin patchwork

Ta da!!! A finished log cabin patchwork quilt complete with backing.

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Please ignore the poor ironing skills on the reverse, this was my fault as the quilt had been folded in the shop and needed an iron before photography. I think my ironing skills may need improving.

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If you like the look of the log cabin patchwork block and fancy having a go yourself, why not book on Barbara’s log cabin patchwork workshop. A morning workshop where Barbara will teach how to make the log cabin block, with all materials included.