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Log Cabin Quilt Series Part 1



Hello Everyone!
If you've followed me for awhile on social media, you know I like to do my own pattern for quilts most of the time. I don't do well with directions and avoid math if I can.
I thought I'd try doing something different though for my next one. I am going to blog as I design the quilt and make a somewhat tutorial/pattern. That way if anyone else wants to make it they can or if I want to make it again I'll know what I did! :)

Here is what the final quilt will look like:

I had plans of doing it in Flower Sugar Holiday by Lecien but it's not out until may so the colors of the pattern images are not going to be the same as my actual blocks.

Today will start with the center block. The little house with the star. It's a lot of tiny pieces but only has to be done once.


It's sort of a courthouse step block meshed with a log cabin.

Here is the PDF file
Download LCS1CourthouseStepHouse

You'll have these pages below:
Paper Piecing Pattern (printed on 2 pages so may be a pain)
Templates (what I used)
Rotary Cutting Instructions (These came with it but I'm not sure about the accuracy)
Extra (If you're going to paper piece this one may be easier since it's all in one page)

This is the first time I've used EQ7. I was trying it out at a friends to see if I liked it. I included all the ways EQ7 offered to create this block. I used the templates mostly so am unsure how the rotary cutting and paper pieced instructions are. Please let me know if you use one of those methods.
I'd love any feedback good/bad truly. :)

So here are what the templates look like. There will be a guide on the template page you can cut out and use while you piece.

I did not use the templates for those 2 triangle pieces (roof and star). I made HST the usual way I do.

For this block I'm using Lighthearted and Pam Kitty Fog City


If you want to fussy cut I do this with my templates to get the perfect piece in the center

I am really pretty happy how it came out! Although I did mess up my HST's for the star. They were supposed to have white points and I flipped them and had the background fabric for the points but oh well.
If you're new to sewing or have lots of distractions like me the best thing about a log cabin or courthouse step block is that if your block is measuring too small when you get to the outer pieces just cut them a little wider and trim if need be.

Part 2 of this quilt will be soon. I'm not sure when but it should be before the end of Feb.

Thanks for checking it out and please download this block and make it and let me know if you have questions/problems/complaints anything (really!) with it.
I don't paper piece so would love to know how those instructions go.
I'm debating on getting this software and really need to know the accuracy of all types of piecing.


Succulence Blog Tour



Hi Everyone!

It's my stop on the Succulence Blog Tour today.

First of all thank you Bonnie for letting me take part in this. I always love doing these. :)


 Art Gallery Fabrics are always so soft and I love sewing on them.

I used mostly prints from the Succulence "Light of Day" palette


I love the saturated but soft/earthy tones with a little bit of sparkle from the metallic cacti print


The other palette Early Winter is just as beautiful.

It was very hard to choose which prints I wanted to use in my project and luckily I had a half yard of the terrarium print already so I could make a little quilt.

My project was a baby quilt which unfortunately I didn't get quilted in time but the top is complete.

The quilt is made entirely half square triangles and squares which meant a lot of chain piecing but a pretty quick quilt top.
It's a real simple design but I'll do a post/tutorial of sorts once I get it quilted. :)

My quilt holding assistants were my small children so please excuse the lopsided pictures. It didn't help that it was so windy when I was taking the photos either.


I used a print from Katarina's Wonderland collection for the background (I have a weird thing with plain backgrounds),
and AGF Pure Elements in Festival Fuchsia and Mirage Blue.
I cannot wait to get this quilted!!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Here is the rest of the schedule. Please visit everyone the projects are wonderful!


>> blog posts will be linked daily as they are posted <<

Monday February 1st: April and Mickey Zimmer | Sweetwater Cotton Shoppe

Tuesday February 2nd: Taylor Urban | Taylor Made Creates

Wednesday February 3rd: Bonnie | Going Home to Roost

Thursday February 4th: Daisy Aschehoug | Ants to Sugar

Friday February 5th: Katie Skoog | The Simple Life Company

Monday February 8th: Staci (that's me!) Barrett | A Vintage Fairytale

Tuesday February 9th: Denise Palmer | Denise Anne Studio

Wednesday February 10th: Sahnda Black | Sahnda Marie

Thursday February 11th: Monica De Leon | JourneyDeVida

Friday February 12th: Sarah Bertochi

Monday February 15th: Ali Brorsen | Because of Brenna

Tuesday February 16th: Maxie Ramey | Maxie Makes

Wednesday February 17th: Michelle Cain | From Bolt to Beauty

Thursday February 18th: Katharina Pferdmenges | Der Rabe Im Schlamm

Friday February 19th: Isabel Kelly | Lamb and Wolfie

Friday February 20th: Emi Shimokawa | Just Add Fabric



Lil' Red - a softie story-

I cannot make a plush toy for anything. I've bought multiple doll and softie books and they all turn out horrible.

Moda has brought on a wonderful artist Stacy Iest Hsu who has created a fun new line "Lil' Red".

Not only are the fabric designs perfect for quilts, clothes, and other projects, but there is also a panel!
A doll panel which is perfect for people such as myself.


This piece of fabric provided great entertainment for my daughter as we cut the pieces out and sewed them, then she enjoyed cramming the cotton stuffing inside.

We took her doll outside with the sweetest little doll quilt for photos in the snow.

IMG_2035She has a pillow and stuffed wolf too but they didn't make it outside.

If you have made one of these and love it check out Stacy's Spoonflower page for more cut and sew doll panels. I just found it while searching for her site to link.

I also have a few layer cakes left in my Etsy shop if you're thinking of making a quilt.

++I may or may not be making one for me. :)+

This Thimbleblossom quilt pattern is pretty cute in Lil' Red.

Be on the lookout for Coral too by Stacy a new line (and doll panel) coming out in a few months!