Friday, August 21, 2015

Sweet Baby Logs with Lotta Jansdotter's Stella Fabrics

Today is Day Four (I think) of the Windham Fabrics blog hop using Lotta Jansdotter's latest fabrics. I chose the Stella Collection. Windham is giving away a fat quarter bundle of these fabrics, so stay with me!

You may remember this collection from a few months ago. I shared how I made some 10" off center log cabin blocks with a fat quarter bundle. Let's see those fabrics again:

Stella Fabrics by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham
I showed the steps I used to make my blocks using two different sized strips. This was so much fun that I continued sewing until I literally ran out of fabric!

Let's see what I mean

 3" center square and 2" fat logs of a darker color
 Then I added 1-1/2" light colored logs; then another round of dark "fat" logs

Keep adding logs to two sides ONLY of the center square, which btw, is no longer in the center!!!

When beginning with a light center square, you end with light colored strips
I made 8 blocks with a light center and 8 blocks with a dark center.

I sewed them into a quilt center using a theme I like to call:
When Four Blocks Become Five

Sweet Baby Logs quilt center
I added borders, again only using the fat quarters, so that limited me to pieces. So, I stayed with the 10" length of the blocks. I quilted it the other day on my Handi Quilter Sweet 16. Isn't she lovely? I changed the name from Amazing Logs to Sweet Baby Logs because the fabrics are soft colors that make me think of little babies (and my grandchildren!).

Sweet Baby Logs: 44" x 44"
This is now a 9 page pattern I offer at my Craftsy site. It gives detailed instructions for cutting and stitching the blocks (using all the pictures I had here two months ago; that post is no longer available).

These blocks are so much fun to make and work so well with fat quarters. One fat quarter EACH of a light and a dark will make four blocks.

And what about the grays? Did I do something with those? Glad you asked! As you can see, I haven't finished the last two dark gray blocks or the last two light gray blocks, but you can see how the mirror images work with my pattern.

Extra blocks. Not sure what I'll do with them
Visit the Windham Facebook page and tell them you like these Stella Fabrics. Come back here and tell me if you've ever made a Log Cabin quilt. Contest is over Monday August 24, midnight.

63 comments:

  1. I haven't--I helped my son make a block for a bee we participated in, but I have plans for making one--I hope by Christmas. I love the optical illusion your quilt creates!

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  2. I've made a number of log cabin quilts using various types of log blocks. This makes such a sweet baby quilt for gifting.

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  3. I did make a full size log cabin quilt for my daughter for Christmas last year. She was so surprised and she loved it!

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  4. Love Log Cabin Quilts - have made several with different variations of the sizes of logs! Love your take on it!! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I've never made a Log Cabin quilt, but have wanted to. This is so cut off center!

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  6. I have never made a log cabin quilt.

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  7. My first quilt was a log cabin quilt, wqould like to make another some day. Beautiful fabric.
    cork@pa.rr.com

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  8. That looks beautiful and I love how you created the border. I have done several log cabins in the past.

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  9. Yes, I've made several and I'd like to sew more. I think it's my favorite block!

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  10. Your quilt looks so soft. Thank you for the instructions.

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  11. yes i have, but it didn't look this cute!

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  12. Such great fabrics! I've never done a log cabin yet!

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  13. Being a newbie, I have not made a log cabin yet. It is at the top of my list though. :)
    craftyccain@gmail.com

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  14. I have not made a log cabin quilt. But, I did make some log cabin blocks that were included in a quilt that a group of us made for a service man in our area.

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  15. The log cabin quilt was my very first quilt. I have probably made about 6 or 7 of them.

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  16. I've only made a table runner with the log cabin block, but it is definitely on my to do list. This is very pretty! Thank you for sharing.

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  17. I made a wonky log cabin quilt. Love your take on it for this quilt in such beautiful soft colors.

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  18. Hi,yes I've made the traditional+wonky Log Cabin Blocks! Love your quilt shown here today! Thanks to you+Windham Fabrics!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  19. I have made a Wonky Log Cabin Quilt and loved it so much that I will make another one or two in the future!!

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  20. I have made log cabin block pillows but not a quilt. Love your quilt!
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  21. Deby, I love how you make these block, any colors, light and dark would be great...cute as a baby quilt.....Have made mini log cabin quilts...wonder how small I can make your pattern,,and still look great as yours....

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  22. Debby, your quilt looks so sweet in these fabrics.
    Yes, I have made a lot of Log Cabin quilts for babies. They are very easy to make and a joy to put together. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  23. I have made 3 log cabins and I have been wanting to make a new one. Thanks for the inspiration

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  24. I've made a couple of log cabin quilts years back. I've been wanting to make another. Love this version. Makes a great baby quilt.

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  25. I haven't made a full Log Cabin quilt but have made a few blocks in different layouts for a sampler quilt. They are so fun to make!

    Sandy A

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  26. I have made a lot of Log Cabin quilts over the years but this looks very easy and would be a great charity quilt. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  27. log cabin looks so good and love the subtle colours. Have not made a log cabin quilt but have twice use the block in sampler quilts

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  28. I am a big fan of log cabin quilts. My current favorite version is the QAYG variety, especially improv, employing scraps and fabrics that remind me of beloved quilts that have gone to live in other homes. I don't do Facebook, so while I visited their Facebook site, I commented on the Windham blog instead.

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  29. I have not made one yet. Have heard they are not as easy as you would think.
    Marcia in TX.

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  30. Yes I've made 3 log cabin quilts. So easy to make. Thanks for a great giveaway. (debbie at wowilikethat dot com(

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  31. I've made 3 log cabin quilts. So easy to make. Thanks for the giveaway. (debbie at wowilikethat dot com)

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  32. My very first quilt was a quilt-as-you-go log cabin. I gave it to my mom & dad waaay back in the 70's(when I made it), and mom returned it to me a year ago when we were visiting, saying it was too pretty to use. They're getting on in years, and trying to clear things out, so I didn't argue. I just took it back, thanked her, and now it's on my bed!!

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  33. I love your quilt! I have to make one, but I have not made a log cabin block yet. This quilt would be a great one to start with. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  34. Your quilt looks great!
    I have made a miniature log cabin quilt afew years back.

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  35. One of my first quilts was what would now by called a low volume log cabin all cream colors one of my favorites it was from a kit my mom found at an estate sale. Drhodes9@cox.net

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  36. I have made a few Log Cabin quilts.One in greens for my daughter and one in blue for my bed.I have now passed it on to my son.

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  37. My first quilt was a log cabin quilt 32 years ago. Boy have I learned a lot since then! Cute quilt. It looks completely different from other log cabin quilts I've seen.

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  38. Thanks so much for sharing, Debbie. I am working on a log cabin quilt now as a leader/ender project.

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  39. I haven't made one yet but it's definitely on my list to do!
    cathylouwilson@gmail.com

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  40. I've made log cabin blocks, but not a whole quilt. I did make a Quilt in a Day Lovers Knot that is similar in construction.

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  41. I really love log cabin blocks. They are so versatile. Neat quilt.

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  42. I haven't made one...yet. Soon..lovely fabrics, thanks for the give away.

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  43. before my granddaughter was born, she's in college now. i made a log cabin hearts quilt.

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  44. The first quilt I ever made was a log cabin hearts quilt. It was a wall hanging

    senstrings (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  45. I'm embarrassed to admit I've never made a log cabin quilt--just a few blocks for sampler quilts. Sweet Baby Logs is adorable!

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  46. I love making log cabins. your pastel quilt is so pretty. I love how all the colors have come together.

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  47. Yes I have made a log cabin quilt and I have it hanging on the dinning room wall. I love how you did yours. Thanks and I have my fingers crossed for the gift giveaway.

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  48. I've made a traditional log cabin quilt but I love yours!!

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  49. Hi, Debby,
    I've made a few log cabin-esque quilts but none with the type of block or layout you have with the Stella Fabrics. My latest is for a niece who likes bears so has circus bears cut from a panel in the center then lots of playful fabrics around. I do like the Stella fabrics and what you did with them! Thanks as always for inspiration and encouragement to try something new! (janeherbst at roadrunner dot com).

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  50. I have made a couple log cabin patterns, a long time ago.
    Love this and your are always so generous about sharing.
    Thank You!!!!

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  51. Beautiful quilt Debby. I liked this when you showed it a few weeks ago.
    I have never made a log cabin quilt yet. Don't know why considering they appear to be so much fun with all the different ways you can use them in your quilt.

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  52. So far I've made one log cabin quilt. It was a scrappy rainbow version. Looking forward to trying a more traditional one next.

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  53. Such sweet colours! so perfect for a baby. I love log cabin quilts. Your arrangement and the big blocks is very nice. I made one log cabin quilt earlier this year too.

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  54. A few! And a few variations! The log cabin block is so versatile.

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  55. I've made a couple of the log cabins or variations of them. I love Log cabin quilts.

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  56. Ihave made more than one log cabin quilt, but never like these off set blocks. Pretty fabrics too.
    sjhughson@gmail.com

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  57. I have made several traditional Log Cabin quilts and I'm about to embark on a curvy version. I'm not too fond of the greys but the baby quilt is sweet and would be so simple to sew. I can imagine this in primary colors as well.

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  58. My first log cabin quilt was about 10 yrs ago, using pretty floral fabrics for a wedding quilt I gave away. They are easy to make, even if you have to stop & make supper for a hungry husband!

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  59. Hi Debby! Yes, I made a log cabin quilt years ago, out of country-style fabric. But it's not nearly as beautiful as yours! I love your design and these soft, fresh fabrics. Thanks for sharing this!

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  60. I love log cabin quilts! it is my go to block!

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  61. Thanks for sharing how to make your Blocks! Your quilt is very different...and I knoooow my Daughter would love it! :) I would make one for her with the Bundle..Thanks for chance to win! :)

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  62. Yess i have a long time ago .....But yours is a nice twist would be nice as a baby quilt.....happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  63. Love these fabrics. Love Windham Fabrics!

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