Sew up this beautiful quilt faster than you think! It uses a super-quick log cabin piecing technique plus 2 1/2’’ strips so its jelly roll friendly too.
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This quilt is part of a collection of log cabin quilts that I have been boot-leg designing in my spare time – it’s my secret obsession!
When I can click away from my blog for a minute, I love to open up EQ8 (the only real quilt design software on the market – IMHO) and play with quilt ideas.
Then when I have the perfect fabric for one of those quilts I get to work making it!
When I was working on this quilt, I experimented with different blocks that could be sewn together using the fast and easy log cabin method.
When I made all my blocks 2-toned and turned them this way, they looked like pies to me. Then when I colored the blocks with fabrics from my Sweet Caroline collection (that I curated with QT Fabrics – ships to stores January 2019) – they looked like Blueberry Pies – and the quilt had a name!
Of course I could make them into lemon, raspberry, or chocolate pies just as easy, lol.
If you are thinking of getting EQ8 quilt design software from Electric Quilt, let me know. Maybe some of you might be interested in the EQ8 files for my quilt patterns so you could let the software adjust the size for you, add more blocks, or see how different colors would look. Tell me if this would be of interest to you in the comments!
And now let me share the pattern with you!
Blueberry Pie Log Cabin Variation Quilt Pattern
Finished quilt size: approximately 52’’ x 64’’.
You will need:
1 1/4 yard of fabric 1 (Tac Tac Dot – Taupe)
1/4 yard of fabric 2 (Packed Floral – Blue)
1/2 yard of fabric 3 (Diamond Check – Taupe)
1/2 yard of fabric 4 (Tic Tac Dot – Light Navy)
1 yard of fabric 5 (Calligraphy – Taupe)
3/4 yard of fabric 6 (Diamond Check – Dark Navy)
a rectangle of batting at least 58’’ x 70’’
3 1/4 yards of backing fabric
1/2 yard of binding fabric
All of the cutting is 2 1/2’’ x WOF (width of fabric) strips.
15 strips from fabric 1
3 strips from fabric 2
6 strips from fabric 3
6 strips from fabric 4
12 strips from fabric 5 (4 are for the borders)
8 strips from fabric 6
Tip: you may only need 3 strips of fabric for the borders. You may prefer to cut those after sewing the blocks together and measuring to be exact.
Sew 48 Blocks using the Log Cabin Technique:
1/4’’ seam allowance allowed.
1. Sew a fabric 1 strip to a fabric 2 strip. Press the seam toward the darker fabric.
Repeat to make 3 sets.
2. Sub-cut each strip set into units that are 2 1/2’’ wide by 4 1/2’’ tall (height may vary if your seam allowance is not exact).
3. Without cutting the fabric 3 strips, sew 6 of the 2 1/2’’ x 4 1/2’’ units to one of the fabric 3 strips as seen above.
Placement is very important! Make sure that the strips are close together, the long fabric 3 strip is on the bottom and the darker fabric on the cut piece is toward you as you feed them into your sewing machine.
Repeat to sew all 48 units to the 6 fabric 3 strips.
4. Open and press the units away from the strip, so that the seam is toward the darker fabric.
Sub-cut each unit apart to make 48 larger units.
5. Sew 8 of the new units to a fabric 4 strip.
Once more, the strip should be on the bottom. Fabrics 2 and 3 should be lined up with the edge of the strip, with the darker fabric closer to you.
Repeat to sew all 48 units to the 6 fabric 4 strips.
6. Press the seam toward the darker fabric – this time it is the strip. Cut the 48 units apart.
7. Continue adding pieces to each quilt block unit in the same way as shown above. Fabric 1 is repeated for the last strip.
Tip: Press all of the seams toward the darker fabric except for the last piece. After adding fabric 1 to all of the blocks at the end, press the seam toward the long fabric 1 strip.
8. The blocks should now be approximately 8 1/2’’ square. Lay the blocks out in the arrangement seen above.
Sew the blocks into rows. Sew the rows together.
9. Measure the height of your quilt top in the center and along each side edge. Use the middle measurement to piece together 2 border strips for the sides of the quilt.
I didn’t add a top border, but of course you can if you like!
10. Sandwich your quilt top with the batting and backing. Quilt as you prefer. I used my walking foot for straight line quilting in a grid.
Here’s my all-machine binding method too. I first started using it on mini quilts, but now I sew almost all my quilt bindings that way.
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