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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Holiday tutorial series from Christa Quilts, Log Cabin Wreath mini...

Christa is an amazing Quilter! Christa Quilts has been a friend and advertiser on our blog for quite some time. She is a rockstar with quilt design, numbers, software, the works! She knows the process from start to finish, including some amazing machine quilting. Christa hosts some amazing quilt a longs, these are great! Check them out, and join in! This lady knows her stuff! She also has an awesome quilt fabric shop, she truly has a great selection. Thank you Christa!!

Hi all! I'm Christa from Christa Quilts and I'm excited to share my Log Cabin Wreath mini with you today! I wrote my tutorial so it can be sewn as a Christmas wall-hanging, but you can make it into a pillow, a table topper, or piece more blocks for a larger quilt.
Log Cabin Wreath Log Cabin Wreath, by Christa Watson 18" x 18"[/caption]

The blocks are pretty small, finishing at 3" finished so this is a great exercise in sewing tiny pieces for minis. :-) If you choose to make one for yourself, please share pictures of your progress at Christa's Quilt Along on flickr.

Step 1 - Gather Your Supplies
  • 1/2 yard red for log centers, borders and binding
  • 1/4 yard cream for light half of the logs
  • 1/4 yard total assorted green scraps for dark half of the logs
  • 1/4 yard of green for outer border
  • 20" square of batting
  • 20" square of fabric for quilt backing
  • cotton thread to match fabrics
  • basic sewing supplies and sewing machine
Step 2 - Cutting the Fabric
From the red fabric cut:Red Fabric
  • 16 - 1.5" squares for centers
  • 4 - 1.25 " x 16" strips for inner borders (to trim down later)
  • 4 - 2 .25" x 42" strips for binding

From white fabric, cut 5 - 1" wide Cream Fabricstrips. Cross-cut into:
  • 16 - 1" x 1.5" rectangles
  • 16 - 1" x 2" rectangles
  • 16 - 1" x 2.5" rectangles
  • 16 - 1" x 3" rectangles

From assorted green scraps, cut 6 - 1" wide strips. Cross-cut into: Green Fabric
  • 16 - 1" x 2" rectangles
  • 16 - 1" x 2.5" rectangles
  • 16 - 1" x 3" rectangles
  • 16 - 1" x 3.5" rectangles
From green border fabric, cut 4 - 2.25" x 22" strips (trim later).

Step 3 - Sew 16 Log Cabin Blocks

Starting with the center square, add the smallest white log to one side, right sides together. (It doesn't matter which side.) Chain piece all 16 white units to each of the red squares. Cut them apart, press toward the outside log and add the next largest white log to the right of your unit, forming an "L" shape. Repeat again for all 16 logs.

Add two green logs in the same way on the opposite side of the block. Repeat for a second round of white logs and a second round of green logs. Your 16 completed blocks should look like this:
Step 4 - Join the Blocks into Rows
Lay out your blocks so that they form a wreath shape. I like to think of each block rotation as an "L" or "7" or "backwards L" or "backwards 7". Wreath 1
Sew 4 blocks into a total of 4 rows. Sew the rows together to create the inner quilt top. I like to press my major seams open to help keep things nice and flat.
Wreath 4
Step 5 - Add the Borders
Measure two sides of your quilt top and trim your red border strips to this measurement. Sew them to either side of the quilt and measure again with the added red borders. Trim the top and bottom red borders, sew to the opposite sides to complete the first border.
Log Cabin Wreath TopRepeat this process for the green border to complete your finished quilt top.
Step 5 - Finish It up
Baste your quilt with pins or safety pins and have fun with the quilting! I sewed a series of straight lines in the green areas with matching thread using my walking foot.
Straight Quilting
I added double loops to the outside borders in matching green thread with a darning foot (free-motion foot) and my feed-dogs dropped.
Quilting LoopsI filled in the white background areas with smaller, tighter loopy stipples in white thread to match.
Log Cabin Wreath
EQI have also made this file available for Electric Quilt users.
For more fun quilting tutorials including steps for basting and binding, please visit my Quilt Along page on my blog. :-)
Happy Holidays!


Lindsey said...

This is great Christa! So festive for Christmas!

Lori said...

this is lovely. Christa does fabulous work. Thanks for the tutorial and information.

Christine S said...

Another great one from Christa! And another one I will be behind on doing :) Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

As wonderful as all Christa's projects! Love her quilting.

ChristaQuilts said...

Thanks for hosting this series - it's been "sew" fun to be a part of!

Joanie's Trendy Quilts said...

I do EQ on an older version. I am using 5. Your quilt is awesome. Love the colors and awesome quilting!

Unknown said...

Nice creativity, Thanks for share..

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