Crazy Little Log Cabin Coasters
Hello Dear Friends and Readers. Did you know that Log Cabin Blocks are addictive?? Well, apparently they are!! Because I have been on something of a Log Cabin Fest lately culminating in the latest one which dived down into using one inch strips.
Yes, Crazy Little Log Cabin Coasters is what I have been making. The problem is they are just too delightful! I know…. I do love the scraps and this might seem silly, but, had I not made these little coasters Scrappy quilted coastal coasters I would not have known how much we like to use them. I used to think Coasters were a bit of a waste of time except for on nice timber furniture however, they just “feel” sooo nice that we like to use them as a preference.
Great for that cup of tea next to your bedside, underneath any glass of water or wine. And they don’t stick to the bottom of the glass when you pick it up which is irritating.
So there we are, I found myself making some more in the Log Cabin style. These can be hand or machine quilted as much or little as you like. I have tried both.
Block size approximately 4 ½” x 4 ½”
Finished coaster size 4” x 4”
All seams based on 1/4”
Here is how I did it.
Requirements for one Crazy Little Log Cabin Coaster
NB all the strips are in multiples of one. Therefore cut as many of each strip as the number of coasters you wish to make. I will just give sizes for one.
All the lengths are cut from 1″ strips.
Seam based on scant 1/4″
Centre square 1 ½” x 1 ½”
Dark Strip lengths 1½”, 2″, 2½”, 3″, 3½”, 4″
Light Strip lengths 2″, 2 ½”, 3″, 3½”, 4″, 4½”
One scrap square of batting 4 ½” x 4 ½”
One scrap square of fabric 4 ½” x 4 ½”
The strips made from straightening the edge of yardage are often about one inch wide, if not all, propably some of the strip.
If you are new to Log Cabin, here are some tips on construction.
Making the Crazy Little Log Cabin Coaster
To the Centre square 1 ½” x 1 ½” sew the dark 1″ x 1 ½” strip to one side edge of the square. Finger press.
Decide which direction to are going to turn your block to if you want them all to match. Chain piecing half a dozen at a time works well.
Today I am making these Crazy little Log Cabin Coasters on My 1902 Singer 15 treadle. Treadle Tinkering
With the first dark strips at the top Attach the 2″ dark strip to the adjacent right side. Finger press.
To the next side attach the first 2″ light strip. If the smallest dark strip is at the top, then this strip would be at the bottom of the square.
Next attach the 2 ½” x 1″ light strip to the last side of the initial square. I am using one I made earlier as my guide.
Next strip, is the 2 ½” dark strip to the next side. Keep going in the same manner until all the strips are used. i.e. dark dark light light from shortest to longest finishing with the longest light strip. I have cut quite a dew strips. I used my ruler as a base to keep them in order.
This should now measure approximately 4 ½” x 4 ½”
Press the block. Place the fabric square and the Log Cabin Block right sides together. Place the batting square on top of the two. Make sure the edges are well alinged.
Sew around the perimeter a 1/4″ seam leaving a 2″ opening on one side for turning.
Carefully clip the corners.
Turn to the right side as neatly as possible. Turn in the seam allowance and pin. This can now be oversewn by machine or hand sewn. Repeat for as many as you wish to make.
Quilt as desired by hand or machine. I have done some of each.
Machine Quilting will result in a stiffer coaster. If you have a walking foot, that would be an advantage, but not essential. A stack of six makes a delightful gift.
Thanks for joining me today.
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