Intermediate | 4 hours
Taught by Susan Beal
In the first part of the Log Cabin Quilting course, we'll focus on the classic, simple, and very modern square-within-a-square block setting. Susan will walk you through the basics of choosing fabric, cutting strips, and pressing and piecing your "logs." Once you've learned how to make a complete block in this simple style, she'll show you how to turn it into a beautiful quilted pillow.
 
Learn how to:
  • Cut center squares and strips
  • Do simple log cabin piecing
  • Baste and create geometric quilting techniques
  • Make custom binding tape
  • Make a pillow with an envelope back


Chapters
01:35
Part 1: Block-Making Basics and Sewing a Pillow
01:01:36
Materials
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • 3" x 3" square of favorite print for the center (Susan uses Ribbon Flowers in blue from Denyse Schmidt's Katie Jump Rope line)
  • 1/8 yard of four different prints in the same color family for logs (Susan uses three Denyse Schmidt prints and one from Riley Blake)
  • 1/4 yard of contrast solid (Susan uses one of Denyse Schmidt's Free Spirit Modern Solids in white)
  • 17" x 17" square piece of batting
  • 17" x 17" square muslin for backing
  • 1/2 yard fabric for pillow back (Susan uses one of Denyse Schmidt's Free Spirit Modern Solids in blue)
  • 16'' pillow form
  • Pattern paper or 3" square quilt ruler (optional for fussy-cutting center design)
  • 1" binding tape maker
Basic Sewing Supplies:
  • Rotary cutter
  • Quilt ruler
  • Cutting mat
  • Steam iron and ironing board
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine with 1/4" foot (optional) and walking foot
  • Thread
  • Seam ripper
Discussion
Notes
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Transcript
Log Cabin Quilting
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Part 1:
Log Cabin Quilting: Block-Making Basics and Sewing a Pillow
Susan Beal
In the first part of the Log Cabin Quilting course, we'll focus on the classic, simple, and very modern square-within-a-square block setting. Susan will walk you through the basics of choosing fabric, cutting strips, and pressing and piecing your "logs." Once you've learned how to make a complete block in this simple style, she'll show you how to turn it into a beautiful quilted pillow.
 
Part 2:
Log Cabin Quilting: Block-Setting Basics and Sewing a Baby Quilt
Susan Beal
Now that you've learned the basic skills for constructing a log cabin block, it's time to talk about block settings. In this part, Susan demonstrates some of the most popular historical block settings, like Barn Raising, Straight Furrows, and Sunshine and Shadow. She then shows you how to lay out and piece together a stunning asymmetrical baby quilt.
Part 3:
Log Cabin Quilting: Modern Cross Block and Table Runner Set
Susan Beal
In Part 3, let's mix things up with a minimal and stylish modern cross block. The striking cross motif is a fun way to play with scale and color, and in this class, Susan demonstrates how to use colorful jelly roll or roll up precuts to make a matching table runner and trivet.
Part 4:
Log Cabin Quilting: Improvised Wonky Blocks and Sewing a Tote Bag
Susan Beal
Once you know the rules of log cabin quilting, you can break them! In this final part, Susan shows you fun ways to improvise log cabin techniques to make "wonky" blocks. She then ends the course with an eye-catching tote bag featuring colorful, improvised quarter log cabin blocks.
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