My mom and I have always loved what we call ‘little kid prints’. Fabrics printed with scenes of little kids playing. So when my mom wanted to make a quilt for my daughter Peyton it only made sense to use some of the adorable fabrics we had collected. We kicked around a few different quilt design ideas and finally settled on a log cabin style quilt with an enlarged center block.
This is extra special because when I was a teen sewing my first quilt top my mom was making a traditional log cabin quilt at the time. All the fabric I used for my quilt was scraps from mom’s. If you want to hear more about how my mom and I got into sewing and about our first projects check out the Q & A HERE.
For this quilt my mom figured out what size center block was best for the scale of the prints (I have all the block measurements listed below). She fussy cut all 12 center squares to get the best placement from the prints. Then she added two coordinating fabric ‘logs’ on each side to complete the blocks. She had enough prints to complete 12 blocks with each representing a month of the year.
After all the blocks were sewn together she did some straight line quilting using her regular sewing machine and a walking foot. She also used some of the specialty stitches on her machine to create a label for the back of the quilt.
Click HERE to see see more of the quilt and hear my mom talk about the creation process.
Last year while my mom was working on this quilt I was inspired to create a matching log cabin block pillow sham. You can check out that tutorial HERE to learn how to put together a log cabin block. The block shown in the tutorial is put together the exact same way as the ones in the quilt, just use the measurements listed for the quilt block instead of those for the pillow sham.
Quilt Block Measurements (cutting sizes): Center square - 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches Logs - 1 1/2 x Assorted lengths* Finished block – 12 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches *Cut logs longer than needed then trim after sewing*
Pillow Sham Measurements (cutting sizes): Center square - 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches Logs - 2 inches x Assorted lengths* Finished Block - 16 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches *Cut logs longer than needed then trim after sewing*
Mom’s next quilt project will be a baby quilt for my daughter Skyler. If you have any ideas for what blocks and fabrics she should use feel free to leave them in the comments below! Until next time, happy sewing!