|Concrete Cabin Block|
The Log Cabin block has always been a favorite of mine. It was one of the first quilts I ever made; this one to the left was sewn for my then boyfriend now husband and given as a Christmas present. He liked it, and it is still our couch blanket -- 10 years later! The wonkieness to this quilt was totally unintentional, I was a modern quilter way back then and didn't even know it.
I love the modern take on the simple log cabin block, it's all over blogland: Red Pepper Quilts, Film in the Fridge, Fresh Lemons Quilts. I am sure there are more out there, but these are the quilts that inspired me to try a new log cabin block and share the how-to with you.
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I started this block by tinkering around on graph paper and then cutting strips from yardage and after 3 attempts I found the perfect fat-quarter friendly method of cutting pieces out for these big, simple blocks. A note: You will see different fabrics throughout this tutorial. Please don't let that throw you for a loop. It took a few go arounds to get the instructions just right. So without further ado let's get started:
Fabric Needed: 4 or more fat-quarters (FQ).
Blocks made: 8 blocks from 4 FQ, add 2 blocks for every additional FQ
Finished Size: 11.5" square
note: all seams assume .25" allowance
Start by laying out the FQ in a stack. Make sure they are as even as possible, it will help a bunch when you go to cut out the pieces. This method uses just about every square inch of fabric!
Please read all the cutting instructions at least twice before cutting in the FQ, there is no wiggle room and you don't want to be left short.
|First Cut Strips from FQ in the order shown|
2 Strips 4.5" X 18"
3 Strips 3.5" X 18"
1 Strip 2.5" X 18"
Before cutting pieces from strips line up the ends and place at 18" mark on cutting mat. First cut at 0" will be to trim excess. Once excess is trimmed start cutting into the strips for your pieces in the following order:
|Trim up excess when cutting out pieces|
|I am a visual learner, maybe you are too. This is what you should have|
when all the pieces are cut out.
- From the first 4.5" X 18" strip cut out a strip 4.5" X 10.5". From the remaining 7.5" strip cut length wise 3 strips 1.5"X7.5". This will use all 18".
- From the second 4.5" X 18" strip cut out another strip 4.5" X 10.5". From the remaining 7.5" strip cut length wise 1 strip 1.5" X 7.5" strip and 1 strip 2.5" X 7.5" (this strip will be used to make a 2.5"X12.5" strip). There will be a long and narrow strip left over.
- From the 2.5" X 18" strip cut out a strip 2.5" X 12.5". The remaining strip will be 2.5" X 5.5"; use this strip along with the 2.5" X 7.5" strip cut from the second 4.5" X 18" strip to make a second set of 2.5"X12.5" strips. This will use all 18".
- From the first 3.5" X 18" strip cut 2 3.5" X 3.5" squares. Then cut 1 3.5" X 4.5" strip. Then cut 1 3.5"X6.5" strip. This will use all 18".
- From the second 3.5" X 18" strip cut out 2 strips 3.5" X 8.5". There will be a small scrap left over.
- From the third 3.5" X 18" strip cut out 1 3.5" X 4.5" strip. Then cut out 1 3.5" X 6.5" strip. Then cut out 2 3.5" X 1.5" strips. There will be a few inches of scrap left over.
Did you catch the part about sewing two strips together to make up for the lack of 2 sets of 2.5" X 12.5"? I hope so, it is really simple; in order to make up for the lack of 2 sets of continuous long strips of 2.5" X 12.5" we will sew together pieces to make up for the missing set. Presto, 2 sets!
Most of us have done a log cabin and know how to sew this one from here. So off you go and stitch these up! Have fun, play with your stash and make a whole stack of these fun blocks! I also want to see you blocks! Share them at the Concrete Cabin Flickr Group!
Ta-da! You are done cutting out your pieces for the Concrete Cabin. That wasn't too hard, was it? If it was please tell me! This being my first tutorial I want to know how I can improve!
Next step; Sew pieces together to make the Concrete Cabin Block:
Start by laying out your strips one at a time in a pleasing manner starting with the center square. Mix up your fabrics and make 8 different blocks or 2 sets of the same 4 blocks.
|Here they are laid out with dimensions ready to sew|
If you've never sewn a log cabin block, horary for trying new things! I've got your step by step photo instructions right here!
|Start by sewing the middle square to the smallest piece below it|
and finger press the seam to the outside. Do this for all seams.
|Next sew the strip to the right of the square|
|Be careful at the ends to keep seams straight and .25"|
|next sew strip above the square|
|Sew on last strip for the middle section|
|At this point I start using pins to keep my|
|Once all strips of middle section are sewn together set|
seams by pressing out with an iron
|before adding outside layer trim excess|
all the way around block
|Next add first outside strip, to the bottom of block|
|Work around counter clockwise just like the first set|
|another strip sewn to the top|
|last strip sewn onto Concrete Cabin!|
|Once again set seams with iron, pressing seams out|
|Lastly, trim excess around block to 12" square|
only about .25" should need to be trimmed.