Log cabin quilts

Recently on the AccuQuilt Facebook group there has been a discussion about log cabin quilts. And particularly about curved log cabins. It’s one of my favorite quilt blocks. I thought I would revisit the curved log cabin with cutting diagrams for 8 inch and 10 inch finished blocks that can be cut with the 1-1/2″ and the 2″ strip cutter dies.

This is a curved log cabin that I made 15 or more years ago–I still love it.

Curved Log Cabin Quilt
Curved Log Cabin Quilt

To create these cutting charts I used EQ software and printed out the rotary cutting instructions. Then I used the text tool to write the cutting instructions on the quilt block set into a one block quilt layout. Click on the image to download the pdf file for the 8″ and the 10″ blocks.

LC-curved-8in finished
8 inch finished curved log cabin block
LC-curved-10in finished
10 inch finished curved log cabin block

A curved log cabin can’t be cut with the log cabin die, so you would need to follow the method shown in this Youtube video.

Strip Twist on Point

I received a comment from MaryAnn yesterday asking for the pattern for the Strip Twist on Point. My friend Sherry found a picture of this and wanted to make it as a wedding gift for her son. When we googled it, the only pattern that could be found has been out of print for many years. It’s a design I had played with in EQ7 (who says great minds don’t think alike), so we gave it a try and found that it is Bonnie Hunter’s exact Strip Twist pattern but is set on point. Setting it on point is the only change. To get the beautiful color layout, the strips have to be placed exactly with one strip set going from dark to light and the second strip set going from light to dark. When the strip sets are joined into blocks, the layout becomes apparent.

Follow Bonnie’s instructions to the point that the blocks are made. Then create your layout on-point and you will have the beautiful gradations in color.

Here is a diagram of the block layout to help you see how this works.

Strip Twist Block Layout
Strip Twist Block Layout

And this is Sherry’s finished quilt (from her Facebook post) so you can see how she used different widths of strips to get the effect she wanted.

Sherry's Strip Twist
Sherry’s Strip Twist on Point

This photo is from the experiments Sherry and I did in January. You can see that it would have been better to have blocks all the way to the corner (half blocks) rather than plain setting triangles. But it was just an experiment. . .


I hope this inspires you to go out and make a gorgeous quilt. If you do, please send a picture. 

Counting Monkeys

Do you ever make quilt blocks from book panels? I love to make children’s quilts–my grandchildren have far too many quilts–if that’s possible. There is one grandson who absolutely loves monkeys, so when I saw this panel in the AQS fabric shop I had to have it for him. The rest of the fabrics are from my stash, but I made a trade with someone who pieced the top for me. And now that the Mother’s Day quilts have been quilted for customers, I’m quilting this for that little one who is growing up much too fast and will be wanting superhero quilts instead of monkeys very soon.

The sashing strips were cut with my AccuQuilt GO. The interesting part of it was that the panel blocks were about 3/8″ shorter than they were long. That made cutting those sashing strips a bit tricky. Cutting sashing strips on the lengthwise grain is always the best way to go though, as there is much less stretch than cutting on the crossgrain. And it makes it easy to fanfold those pieces across a strip die and cut a lot of sashing strips in one pass. Having strip cutters has really changed the way I put quilts together–for the better I think.

I am quilting it with a pantograph called Monkey Jungle from Urban Elementz. I reduced the size of the design to 8 inches so the monkeys are fairly small and I have to go slow to quilt it, but it’s looking great so far.



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Shirley’s Quilt

Sherry sent me photos of a quilt she finished for Shirley, one of the members of our Slap Happy Quilters’ guild. Below are instructions for making this quilt as well as a photo of the members of the SHQ holding the quilt at the Christmas gathering. Shirley was not well enough to attend–and our prayers go out to her and her family. As you can see from the quilt, she has a beautiful sense of style and quilting.

Finished Size: 39 x 61 inches.

Medium fabric: Cut 55 bricks 3 1/2” x 6 1/2”.

If you are using yardage, cut 5 strips 6-1/2” across the width of fabric (WOF).

Rotary Cutting: Layer 6-1/2” strips and cut across them at 3-1/2” to get 55 bricks.

Accuquilt Cutting: Fanfold 6-1/2” strips across the 3-1/2” die and cut.

Light fabric: Cut 55 bricks 3-1/2” x 3”.

If you are using yardage, cut 5 strips 3” across the WOF.

Rotary Cutting:  Layer 3” strips and cut across them at 3-1/2” to get 55 pieces.

Accuquilt Cutting: Fanfold 3” strips across the 3-1/2” die and cut.

Sashing and borders: Cut 380 inches 3-1/2” wide.  These strips can be cut across the width of fabric or on the lengthwise grain.

Join these strips with a 45 degree angle seam by placing ends of strips at a right angle and stitching corner to corner.

Assembly: Sew light to medium as shown. Arrange 11 patches as shown and sew into a row.


Make 5 rows. Place sashing in between rows and add borders.

If you cut your sashing strips across the width of fabric remember that there is some ‘stretch’ associated with the grain across the width and lay the sashing strips flat across the rows and pin before stitching.



Slap Happy Quilter’s Guild, Christmas 2013


Quilt Rescue

A couple of weeks ago I had the urge to just sit and stitch and stitch and decided to make a jelly roll race quilt with my stash of red and black and white fabrics (mostly batiks). When the jelly roll race quilt top was finished, it was unsightly to say the least. I can’t even find a photo of it–and you know how I take pictures. You will just have to believe me. At that point, I folded it up and set it aside.

Over the weekend, I needed something to putter with after making all those capes. It seemed there had to be a way to save all that fabric and that the quilt top could be cut up to make something else. I played around with a few things like an equilateral triangle and a tumbler. They were fine, but everything seemed to have a lot of points or corners to match, and I wanted something quick and easy. At this point, the goal is to make this a leader and ender project.

While playing around with the equilateral triangle, it struck me that a Chevron design might be the answer. And by taking off two strips at a time and using the quarter square triangle die for the 6 inch square, a great save and pretty project was created. The gray is a Kona cotton, color Iron.



Patience Corners Using a Nickel Square

Patience Corners is a great quilt because it can be made with any size square–right now I just happen to have an overabundance of 5 inch squares. And the sashing strips can be made any width too. There’s a tutorial here for the 6-1/2″ squares that is done in the format of a split nine patch. For the quilt for Quilt Angels project shown yesterday, each block had the sashing stitched to it rather than the method shown in the tutorial. Below are some block diagrams for the one using the smaller squares and cutting and stitching sashing strips. Either method works–and every quilt is different.

This is the completed square with sashing strips stitched individually to each focus fabric square. 

Patience corners square

This is the subunit for the block with two squares stitched together. Stitch all blocks together in twos like this.

Patience Corners block subunit

The next step is to stitch two subunits together to make a complete block.

Patience corners Block

After that just stitch the blocks and rows together to make a quilt top that is 53 x 67 inches. Patience corners quilt w-6.5in fin blocks2But even more than that, think of the possibilities. You can never get bored with this pattern. This would be a great place to use half square triangles, quarter square triangles, pinwheels, four patch squares, and nine patch squares. Another option would be to make the squares with a light and dark fabric and reverse the light and dark pieces on half the squares.

Here are some of the options I have in my EQ7 file:

Patience corners sashed
Patience corners sashed
Patience corners nine patch
Patience corners with nine patch and plain blocks alternating.

Patience corners half square triangles
Half Square triangles make beautiful butterflies.

Patience Corners for Quilt Angels

This weekend I started working on my quilt for the Quilt Angels project. After contemplating several ideas for a quilt that would work for a teenager as well as for a boy or a girl, I made a decision and chose the Patience Corners quilt. This may not be the correct name for this quilt, but that is what my Mother always called this design that is offset with sashing on two sides. Here’s what was accomplished this weekend.

These 5 inch blocks have been collecting in The Stash for some time. They are not all sized accurately as some come from swaps, some from rotary cutting, and some from die cutting. You’ll see as we go through this what I did to remedy that. It’s quite a collection isn’t it?

For a quilt top that is 48″ x 60″ before borders, I needed 80 5″ squares.

Collection of 5 inch squares (nickels)
Collection of 5 inch squares (nickels)

Each block will have sashing on two sides at 90 degree angles so two strips of sashing for each block are needed:

  • 80 strips 2-1/2 x 5″
  • 80 strips 2-1/2 x 7″.

Cut the sashing:

The yield of 2-1/2″ strips across the width of fabric is 16 strips.

80  / 16 = 5 cuts across the width of fabric (WOF).

Using a rotary cutter, cut 5 each 5″ x WOF and 5 each 7″ x WOF.

Then fanfold these across the 2-1/2″ AccuQuilt GO strip cutter die and this is the result.

Set of 80 sashing strips. Cutting time=20 minutes
Set of 80 sashing strips. Cutting time=20 minutes


Stitch the sashing to two sides of the squares. The sashing has to go either clockwise or counterclockwise on all the blocks. The best way to do this is to stitch all on one side and then go back and stitch the second strip with all the blocks turned exactly the same way.  

Pieced Blocks Ready to Press
Pieced Blocks Ready to Press

Square and size the blocks. After pressing, the realization that they really weren’t all the same size began to sink in. I knew this while I was piecing as the long strip was sometimes a bit longer. This was a dilemma for me, being partial to flat, square, quilt tops. Sizing with the rotary cutter (very time consuming) was an option. Not doing anything and seeing what happened was also an option. I decided to try something new and see if sizing the squares with the 6-1/2″ die would work. And it did–beautifully.

Trimming Blocks to Size Using 6" Square Die
Trimming Blocks to Size Using 6″ Square Die

It was just a matter of stacking four squares – rotating each one a quarter of a turn so the seams would not be too thick for the cutter and running it through the cutter.

And voila – enough blocks for a quilt top.

Sixty squares ready to make into a quilt top.
Eighty squares ready to make into a quilt top.

After these were done, four squares were pieced together into a “block” and then I arranged them on the design wall. Can’t wait to get these stitched together, bordered, and quilted. On the wall, the colors are so bright and pretty, hopefully the final pics will show how cheerful this quilt is.


Here’s the time I spent:

Cut sash: 20 minutes

Piecing Squares: 1-1/2 hours

Pressing and Squaring Blocks: 35 minutes

And then I forgot to write down how much time I spent making 80 squares into 20 blocks, but it wasn’t more than an hour. 

Lovely Heart Quilts

I got a wonderful note and photos from Linda Erickson showing me more of her heart quilts. These baby quilts are as pretty as can be. She used the AccuQuilt GO! applique hearts and beautiful clear bright colors in these quilts. I could look at them all day. Linda has a Tiara quilting machine which is a longarm on a stationary table, so quilting is free-motion, but there’s lots of room and table for moving the quilt around. And the quilting designs are just perfect for these quilts.

Look at the binding on the second quilt. This is something I have done on scrappy quilts too. She has pieced the strips. Doesn’t it look nice? These beautiful quilts should inspire all of us to go through our stash and find the prettiest colors we have and make something beautiful.


Tomorrow, I will have another quilt show from Jeannie who has been making Quilts of Valor.



Patchy Hearts by Linda

I got an email yesterday with this beautiful quilt picture attached. Linda won the hearts giveaway last year, and this is what she did with the fusible hearts. I absolutely love the pastels and bright colors mixed together. This is Linda’s quilt design (she designed it in EQ). The hearts have sashing on two sides and the alternating blocks are half log cabin blocks. This is wonderful.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is the label she made. I love using the applique for the label.