Friday, February 27, 2015

Scrappy Quarter Log Cabin Quilt and Tutorial

Work in Progress.
Scrappy Quarter Log Cabin Quilt + Tutorial | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

Another scrappy quilt. About 12 months ago I decided to start cutting and collecting 1 1/2 inch wide strips of fabric for a String Quilt of a yet to be determined design/layout. The idea was that whenever I pulled fabric from stash I would cut an extra strip to add to my shoebox of strings. Unfortunately I wasn't very diligent (nor organized enough) to continuously add to my collection of fabric strips but this week I decided to put the strips that were there to good use, albeit not for a traditional String Quilt but instead for Quarter Log Cabin blocks.

Scrappy Quarter Log Cabin Quilt + Tutorial | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

Little did I know just how many strips of fabric I would need! I soon realized that I would have to dive into my scrap bin as well as pull fabric from stash, all of which took extra time and added considerably to the mess made in my sewing space.  

Scrappy Quarter Log Cabin Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
Scrappy Quarter Log Cabin Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
Scrappy Quarter Log Cabin Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

A Quarter Log Cabin Block is exactly that - a quarter of the traditional Log Cabin Block and there are a several different ways of piecing this block, including cutting a whole Log Cabin Block into quarters. I however pieced each of Quarter Log Cabin Blocks individually so that not any of the blocks are the same, and also because many of the fabric strips that I had been collecting were short - less than 8 inches in length. Lesson learned for my next collection of strings: cut strips from the full width of the fabric.

Scrappy Quarter Log Cabin Quilt + Tutorial | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

QUILT STATS 
63 Quarter Log Cabin Blocks.
693 patchwork pieces of which 630 are fabric strips/logs.
Quilt Top measures 48 inches x 60 inches.
Finished size of each block ~ 6 3/4" x 6 3/4".
Finished width of the logs ~ 3/4"

QUARTER LOG CABIN BLOCK TUTORIAL
Scrappy Quarter Log Cabin Tutorial | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

Unlike a traditional Log Cabin Block for a Quarter Log Cabin Block logs (fabric strips) are added only to two sides of the square (A), starting with log 1 and alternating sides until complete. You can add as many logs as you like, change the size of your starting square as well as the width of your strips. The cutting instructions provided only represent the dimensions the block that I have used for my quilt. I did however use the wider strips of fabric which I had been collecting (1.5" wide) and after each "round" of two strips I trimmed the excess fabric and squared up the block.

Scrappy Quarter Log Cabin Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

And then when you have finished your blocks you get to choose a layout, and there are a number of different options, including as pictured in the first image by arranging four different scrappy blocks to make one whole Log Cabin Block (with or without sashing in between), setting blocks on point, or as I have done, sew blocks together in rows.

Scrappy Quarter Log Cabin Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

Repetitive and small patchwork piecing, and sewing many blocks from fabric scraps is my favorite quilty thing to do, with foundation paper piecing coming a very close second.  Scrappy sure makes me happy, and there will be more scrappy projects this year!

Scrappy Quarter Log Cabin Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2015


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40 comments:

  1. Oh this is so fun and fresh looking! Even though your original plan to save the strings didn't quite work out, the extra work was totally worth it! The mix of fabrics is gorgeous!

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  2. This is a fabulous idea! I too, cut extra strips and they have just been piling up in bins ranging from 1" to 2". Since I have been making the simple squares baby quilts, I have lots of 3.5 x 3.5 squares just waiting. What a wonderful way to use them and have it look so organized and planned out! Your new and fresh ideas are always so inspiring!

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  3. There is only so much scrappy fabric deliciousness a girl can take! x

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  4. Wow! You have been busy! Fabulous quilt for using up all those skinny strips!

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  5. I'm in love with this. It's gorgeous!

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  6. WOW! That looks like a lot of fun (and a lot of work)!! The results are stunning as usual. How will you be quilting this?

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  7. Gorgeous Rita!! You've definitely inspired me to make one of these.

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  8. I started making one of these quilts but then ended up using my block as a border which worked really well!

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  9. Your quilt looks great, Rita!

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  10. Love this! One of my favorites of your recent quilts!! So happy and fun!!

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  11. Those blocks are adorable. Looks like you had a lot of fun with the piecing. Thanks for sharing the tutorial, Rita!

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  12. Thank you Rita - love this block. Your quilt is beautiful and motivates me to 'dive' into some of my scraps to make one too.

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  13. Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial! Absolutely love it! I also have a stash of 1 1/2 strips. This will be a fun way to use them!! I always love the simplicity of your quilts. They are so clean and bright looking!!

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  14. Completely stunning and thank you for sharing the cutting instructions!!!! Sarah

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  15. So much fun! Thanks for a great tutorial. x

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  16. Thank you for sharing your project...I am always inspired by your work!!

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  17. Thank you for tutorial. I love it!! I have a bunch of 30's fabric that I got from a swap, I might need to try this out, since I didn't know what I was going to use them for. I think this is pattern is idea for them.

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  18. So pretty, Thanks for the tutorial. I want to make one!

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  19. The mess in your sewing room was well worth it, stunning finish!

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  20. This is gorgeousn Rita! Thanks for sharing the tute :)

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  21. I absolutely love this quilt!!! You have inspired me to start cutting 1.25" strips as I complete different projects! This is a great blog! Thanks

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  22. Love this one too. You do such wonderful quilts with scrapes. What an inspiration. Thank you for sharing another great idea.

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  23. Again another triumph! Whoever but Rita would have thought to do it this way! Smashing!!!
    Ellie
    elliefpw@sbcglobal.net

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  24. This is so pretty! I've decided I'm just going to go through your old posts and "borrow" some scrappy ideas to make some scrap quilts!

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  25. its so pretty .. that is smart way to use scrap .. off course your left over fabrics are everyone treasure ... I love it.. Thank you for the tutorial , Rita

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  26. Thanks so much for the tutorial. I really love how this block looks!! Your quilts are always so beautiful!!!

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  27. Another fabulous quilt with such delicious colours :)

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  28. Love those colors! I have never seen a quarter log cabin block!! thank you!

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  29. I REALLY love this quilt. Looks cozy homey.

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  30. I like such easy models, because I can use leftovers from other quilts or I cut pieces from old clothes or other used textiles. This quilt is fabulous. Very jolly and bright !!!

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  31. Oh wow Rita - you mioht have made a mess pulling all the fabrics but it was well worth it! Very pretty!

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  32. very nice, great for leftover fabrics or my scrap basket which is overflowing.

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  33. I like the way you started with a patch large enough to show off the fabric. Another great piece from RPQ!

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  34. You are so creative, talented & inspiring. I can always come to your blog to view your latest quilt and it always puts a big smile on my face. Thanks for sharing and being so inspiring!

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  35. So pretty! I think I would love to dive into your scraps and wade around! lol

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  36. Gorgeous quilt! I really like the colors and textures. I'm thinking that all of that measuring could be eliminated by using a muslin fabric foundation for each block, which would minimize stretching OR by using strips cut on the lengthwise grain OR by using selvage strips, which do not stretch. I have bags and bags of selvage strips--no waste! However, I must admit, selvedges could never compare to your beautiful fabrics.

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  37. This is sooo cute! I love all the different fabrics and colors! Thank you for sharing.... yet another quilt project on my bucket list!

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  38. This is soooo gorgeous! I am blown away with your ability to mix fabrics together!

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