How to Quilt | Log Cabin Quilt

Hello makers welcome to LoveCrafts! It’s a
great day today – Kate what are you gonna show us today?
Merion today I’m gonna show you how to make a beautiful log cabin quilt – oh I
love it! Let’s get started So to start with I’m going to show you how to cut some fabric strips. Now I’ve got one of my fat quarter pieces it’s a scrap so it is a little
bit cut down, I’ve ironed it, I’m now going to fold it so that it is shorter
than my ruler, here you can see it’s still fitting well within the length of
the ruler. First I’m going to trim the right side – my right side so that I have
a nice clean edge. If you’re left-handed please swap accordingly. So I’ve got my
rotary cutter and here we go Look at that immaculate edge it’s fantastic and now I’ve got my clean side I’m going to rotate my fabric so that my clean side
is on the left and I’m then going to use my ruler to decide what size strip I’m
going to cut in today’s quilt I am cutting a two inch wide strip and here
you can see on my ruler it’s got my inches and it’s a nice big ruler so I
could cut whatever size strip I want so I’m just going to line up my clean edge
with the edge of the fabric with the two inches and I’m going to cut a strip of
fabric Tada! What a beautiful two-inch long
strip – two inch wide strip t I’m gonna set that aside I’m gonna keep cutting more strips so just keep doing the same thing, lining up
your ruler with the edge of your fabric cutting along and there you go you will
build up and lovely little pile of fabric strips in all the colors you’re
using for your quilt Next we are going to cut squares for the log cabin. For
this quilt I have done a three inch square so I’ve got my nice clean line
and I’m going to cut a three inch wide strip so lining it up with my three
inches and then cutting and I’m now gonna chop up my strip into three inch
squares. So lining up my edge and using my ruler – there you go look at that
lovely three inch square and chop and again now for today’s quilt I’ve done
four by four so you’re gonna want 16 squares, but it’s up to you you can do
bigger you can do smaller the size is dependent on the size of your quilt and
once you’ve done those you’re gonna end up with a lovely pile of squares and
strips and then it’s time to start sewing. So now it’s time to start sewing
your squares and your strips so I’m going to start off with my square and
with my first strip – got this lovely pale gray one here and you can see I have
left my strip really nice and long and that’s because we can just keep eating
into it cutting and trimming and sewing and that means we’ve got minimal fabric
wastage which is always really good so I’m gonna line up my square with my
strip – in my opinion this is too small for pins pins just distort the fabric
fabrics naturally kind of a little bit sticky so it kind of holds itself
together. So I’m gonna line those up For my seams I like a very dainty seam so I
have moved my needle so that it is the closest to the right side of the foot as
possible – different machines have different settings, on this one it’s this
position here, it’s often associated with the width of your zig-zag stitch so just
have a play with your machine see what gets you over there. So now I’m going to
line up the edge of my fabric with the edge of my foot that’s how I keep my
seam allowance in check and for each seam I’m gonna do a few stitches
forwards and then a few stitches backwards and that was like tying a
knot at the end of each seam so here we go. Few stitches backwards and then once I’m at the end again just
a few stitches backwards and forwards and lift it up, trim all of your threads
tails keep your quilt nice and tidy and here
we go I’m gonna be very careful with my scissors and keep everything nice and
flat and I’m just gonna trim my fabric tail and tada!
There is your first patchwork piece and to keep a nice clean and tidy quilt, it is really best to press your seams open after each time you sew because it keeps
everything flat keeps everything organized make sure everything lines up
beautifully – so I’m gonna go and press the seam open and then do my next strip.
So I’ve now pressed my seam open I’ve got this lovely tidy little piece and
it’s time to put my second strip on so here I’ve got this lovely pale peach
color. So face sides together and it’s just the same as before
line it up few stitches forwards and backwards trim your threads, trim your tail and
there’s your first little square which is just adorable! So we’re gonna press
that seam open and then with your strips you’re going to keep working around
alternate sides of your square and once you’ve done that you’ll have something
like this and keep doing that for this quilt we’re doing 16 of these squares
and now I’ll show you what to do now that you’ve got all of those squares
ready. Okay so now you’ve got 16 squares already in mate it’s time to sew them
together so down here I’ve got my four squares and I am just gonna sew them
together so that I have a strip of four squares and that is very easy all you do
is same thing you’ve been doing before put your pieces face side together, do a
nice seam down that side, press your seams open, open them up, do that with
each one and you’ve got a lovely strip of four and once you’ve got your strips,
same thing again. Put your pieces face side together, do a seam, press it open
and there you go so do that with all of your pieces and then you’ll have a
lovely 4×4 pieced quilt so now you’ve sewn all 16 pieces
together you’ve got your lovely 4×4 we’ve pressed
open all of your seams and everything’s nice and tidy and now we’re going to put
a border onto your quilt the reason it’s a good idea to put a border onto your
quilt is because when you finish your quilt you will be binding the edges and
if you haven’t put a border on the binding is going to eat in to your
pattern which means that your edge squares will become rectangles and it
will all be a little bit unbalanced so borders are really easy I have just cut
some 3 inch strip of this lovely navy fabric and the
principle is exactly the same, I’m going to do my strips one at a time and I’ll
just pin my first border strip to my first side and I’ll sew down that side
and once that’s done I will trim my strip here, press it open and then I’ll
move on to the next one I’m just gonna do that one at a time, working my way
around the quilt. So now I have sewn my border onto my quilt and I have pressed
my seams open so we are ready to make our quilt sandwich! Okay so now we’ve got
our patchwork top it’s got our border on it and I’ve laid out the three layers of
the quilt the quilt sandwich if you will so first at the bottom we have our
backing fabric I’ve got this nice blue and white stripe and then in the middle
we’ve got our wadding the wadding is what gives the quilt a lovely texture
and makes it soft and turns it into a blanket and then on top our patchwork
top. So when you lay out your quilt sandwich it’s a good idea to make sure
your wadding and your backing are bigger than your quilt top because we’re then
going to quilt our quilt and that’s joining all three layers together and
when you do that your quilt might shift a little bit to the left or shift a
little bit to the right so it’s a good idea to have breathing room around all
four sides and you can also trim them once you’ve done your quilting jumping
ahead I am going to use my backing fabric as my binding for the quilt as
well so make sure to think about when you choose your backing fabric what it’s
going to look like as a border on the edge of your quilt so when you’ve got
your quilting sandwich laid out you’re going to want to pin it, bind it, tack it,
do something to make sure those three layers stay together whilst you quilt it – depending on the size of your quilt you could use safety pins at intervals
better than normal pins because you know you’re gonna get poked as you move it
around or you can do a basting stitch at regular intervals throughout your quilt.
If you’re doing a big quilt bigger than this like a double or a queen size,
basting is probably best because it’s gonna take you a while to do your
quilting so in this instance I’m just gonna quickly baste it and I’m gonna use
some nice bright pink thread so that you can see where it is. So now you’ve got
your quilt sandwich you’ve got your three layers and they have all been
basted together so they’ll stay together whilst you work on them and next we’re
going to quilt your quilt. I’m gonna do it on the machine for this quilt and I’m
just gonna use a simple running stitch with white thread – now this pattern lends
itself very nicely to doing your quilting stitches diagonally across each
square in both directions so that’s what I’m gonna do today I’m gonna sew in
straight lines diagonally across the squares and then
the other side as well and I find that the way the pattern
works I don’t actually really need to mark where I’m sewing first I can quite
clearly see what my next destination is in terms of the straight lines so I go
ahead and I freestyle it but if you wanted to mark it with pencil or
erasable ink something like that totally up to you. Let’s get quilting! Okay so
with quilting a good rule of thumb is when you start to quilt your quilt try
to work from the middle outwards, again this is to help prevent movement and
puckering stuff like that so I’m gonna first start by doing corner to corner so
I’m going right up to the corner of my quilt
I’ve now centered my needle I had it far to the right for my actual seam
allowance but we’re not doing seams now so it’s just centered so I know exactly
where I am I’ve also lengthened my stitch length to
about five or seven as long as you want – that helps
account for the extra bulk that you now have because you’re sewing three whole
layers together. So once again needle down, I’m going to do just a few stitches
back and forth they will be concealed with my binding later on, I still want to
make sure that my stitching is secure and here we go and you can see I’m basically in this
direction I can just keep going from point to point and you’ll notice as you
get into your quilt it gets quite bulky so just keep things nice and organized
nice and tight and just keep going okay we’re coming up to the end Just grab my scissors and trim your
threads – so I’ve now got my first quilting line going diagonally down the
middle of my quilt and I’m gonna do that same line again on each square going out
on both sides okay so I’ve done my quilting
stitch lines in one direction going diagonally and I’m now going to rotate
my quilt and do the exact same thing going in the opposite direction so
working across each square diagonally in the opposite direction. Okay so now we’ve
done our quilting stitches they are going in diagonal lines in both
directions all over our quilt, so that means the next stage is remove your
basting stitches I’ve still got my pink basting stitches here we can remove
those and now I’m also going to trim the extra wadding so that it’s in line with
my border BUT do not trim your backing what I’m going to show you now is my
method of cheat binding a quilt and in a nutshell you’re going to use your
backing as your binding. So there’s a few things you want to think of before you
get to this point choose a backing fabric that you’re okay
with seeing as a final border on your quilt and also make sure that you leave
enough backing fabric around each side to account for your binding so here I
have left three inches of backing bigger than my quilt.
I’m gonna take my backing fold it over once so that it’s in line with my quilt
top with trimmed wadding and then fold it over twice and I’m then going to pin
it down, leave the corners for the moment because I’m going to show you a really
cute way to tuck them so that they look really nice and tidy but here we go I’m
gonna pin this down and now I’m just gonna rotate my quilt,
there we go and again just folding it over once, remove any loose threads,
folding it over twice do that across the whole length but I’ll just show you this
corner right now pin it down and here we go for the corner – if it’s quite bulky if you’re using a small amount of fabric you might want to trim a little bit of
your internals but for this one it feels manageable to me and tada I’m just going
to take that and fold it over so that it looks like a lovely tidy corner and I’m
gonna pin that down. Do that to the whole of your quilt and all of your corners
and then we’re just going to sew a continuous line all around your border
sealing it down. So now you’ve done it you’ve made a beautiful log-cabin quilt
you’ve got your wonderful cheats binding backing as binding, it’s sewn, it’s good
to go, enjoy! So that’s the log-cabin quilting tutorial
I really hope you’ve all enjoyed it and I hope if you try a log-cabin like this, explore, there’s a thousand different color combos you can
play with light and dark different colors why not work around all four
sides of the square there’s endless possibilities! I love it, I just can’t wait! Thank you so much Kate – it’s been my pleasure it’s really amazing and we
would love Kate to come back and show you some more quilting techniques so leave
us a comment and tell us what you’d like to learn techniques that are giving you
trouble any of those things and we’ll get quilting together. See you next time!