This eye-catching log cabin design is made in modern printed fabrics – ideal for a baby cot or draped on the back of a sofa

how to sew a quilt

Deputy craft editor Esme Clemo reveals how to sew a quilt using pretty printed fabrics.

You will need

✤ 1 strip 4.5 x 18in of Colour 1 (Coral)
✤ 1 skinny quarter (9.8in x WOF) of Colour 2 (Pond)
✤ ½yd x WOF of Colour 3 (Dalmation Kumquat)
✤ ½yd x WOF of Colour 4 (Canary)
✤ 21in x WOF of Colour 5 (Kite Strings in Breakers)
✤ 1yd x 1yd of background fabric (Iron)
✤ 60 x 60in backing fabric (Pond)
✤ 60 x 60in wadding
✤ ½yd x WOF binding fabric (Coral)
✤ Scissors or rotary cutter, mat and plastic ruler
✤ Pins and safety pins
✤ Sewing machine and matching thread
✤ Iron and ironing board

Finished size: Approximately 50 x 50in

Cutting out

✤ From Colour 1, cut four x 4.5in squares
✤ From Colour 2, cut four x 4.5in squares and four x 8.5 x 4.5in lengths
✤ From Colour 3, cut four x 8.5 x 4.5in lengths and four x 12.5 x 4.5in lengths
✤ From Colour 4, cut four x 12.5 x 4.5in lengths and four x 16.5 x 4.5in lengths
✤ From Colour 5, cut four x 16.5 x 4.5in lengths and four x 20.5 x 4.5in lengths
✤ From the background fabric, cut four of each of the following: 20.5 x 3.5in; 23.5 x 3.5in; 23.5 x 2in; 25 x2in

Notes & Abbrviations

✤ We have used inches throughout to avoid discrepancies
✤ Use ¼in seam allowance throughout
✤ WOF – width of fabric
✤ RSF – right sides facing
✤ Press all fabrics well before cutting and press seams open unless otherwise instructed

Making the blocks and assembling the quilt

1. With RSF, pin and machine-stitch one 4.5in square of Colour 2 to one 4.5in square of Colour 1. Press the seams outwards. With RSF, sew the 8.5 x 4.5in piece of Colour 2 along the join. Press this seam outwards.

How to sew a quilt

2. Repeat with Colours 3, 4 and 5, pinning the longer sides in place.

How to sew a quilt

3. Sew the wider background strips on the outside of the log cabin in the same way as the Colour pieces. Sew the narrow strips of the background fabric on the inside of the log cabin. Press all the seams outwards and trim to 25 x 25in. Repeat to make four blocks in total.

How to sew a quilt

4. Lay out your four blocks as shown, or in a way that you like. With RSF, machine-stitch two blocks together and press the seams open. Sew the rows together, again pressing the seams when you are done.

Quilting and finishing

5. Make a quilt sandwich of the backing fabric, right side down, the batting and the quilt top right side up. Smooth the layers and then safety pin them together.

6. Machine quilt as desired, lowering the feed dogs on your sewing machine. The quilt shown is quilted with a curly design to add a soft touch to the geometric layout of the quilt. Trim the excess batting and backing fabric and square up the quilt ready for binding.

7. From the binding fabric, cut 2.5in strips x WOF. Machine-stitch the binding strips together into one long length. Pin the raw edge of the binding to the front edge of the quilt. When you reach a corner, fold the binding up at a 45° angle, then fold back toward the quilt, creating a mitred corner. Continue pinning and repeating the above until you reach your starting point. Press and sew
the ends together.

8. Now machine-stitch the binding to the quilt. At a corner, sew up to – but not beyond – the mitre, then stop and trim the threads.

Fold the mitred corner back, then starting at the corner resume sewing, repeating at every corner. Once you’re done, fold the binding towards the back of the quilt and pin it in place.

Finally, machine-stitch the binding and when you reach a corner, sew right up to the edge of the quilt before folding back the mitred corner and continuing on the next side.