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Thursday, 30 June 2016

Teepee log cabin block + quilt tutorial




During my spring Quilt market preparations, and with all the last minute sewing, I decided I should have a log cabin quilt. Because I really love making log cabin blocks.
They are very easy to make, beginner friendly and they can give very beautiful blocks and amazing pillows, bags and quilts.


Unfortunately, I didn't have enough of the Pandalicious fabrics to make an entire quilt with them, so I complimented the prints I had with the prints from my other collections and of course, some AGF blenders.

Anyway, here is the main block:


And here is the mock-up of the quilt I wanted to make, if I had enough fabrics....


My idea was to combine some of the low value fabrics for one corner (diagonal) of the block and some colorful-aqua tones for the other one.

The teepee print (Gansu Village) is ideal for fussy cutting and I started with cutting it in ideal 5" squares as centers. As this is one directional print, the only attention in piecing would be to make sure it is directed-pieced in a good way so that you can obtain the central "windmill" looking shapes. So in case if you want to obtain this look, just be sure to look carefully at the final quilt picture/diagram.

Here is the block order piecing:


Apart from the central square that measures 5x5", all the other are stripes and here are the measures for cutting fabrics:

1: 5" x 5"
2: 5" x 2.5"
3: 7" x 2.5"
4: 7" x 2.5"
5: 9" x 2.5"
6: 9" x 2.5"
7: 11" x 2.5"
8: 11" x 2.5"
9: 13" x 2.5"
10: 13" x 2.5"
11: 15" x 2.5"
12: 15" x 2.5"
13: 17" x 2.5"

As there are 16 blocks total, you will need to piece the square #1 - in 4 blocks in one direction, 4 blocks rotated 90 degrees, 4 blocks 180 degrees and 4 blocks rotated in 270 degrees from the first position.

The final block measures 17 x 17". (43 x 43 cm)
And the above proposed quilt measures: 66.5" x 66.5". (167 x 167 cm)

You can use it for these cute drawstring bags as well ;)

Here are some pics of the process of making the actual quilt




and some pics of the finished pillow and quilt.




Hope these may inspire you ;)

Happy sewing,
Katarina


3 comments :

JKemper said...

Beautiful!! I love the soft color palette. That's also a pretty pattern!

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