Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Country Cabin | a free pattern!


Allow me to go back a few months to my time in Minneapolis. The first session of the first day of my very first quilt market was a "schoolhouse" session by none other than designer extraordinaire Bari J. Bari was debuting her new fabric line "Country Lane" and, though I had already been following Bari for a bit on Twitter, we hadn't really connected personally before market. Fortunately, I was sitting with Scott Hansen who was already a Bari-buddy, and he brokered an introduction.

Country Lane really made an impression upon me upon first sight. I was really drawn to the classic combination of navy blue and red, and the touches of aqua, violet, and gray lent the collection a traditional yet unique personality. So imagine my delight when Bari asked me if I would like to sew something up made from the line to share with all of you.

I have to admit, I had something totally different in mind when I received the fabric -- namely, a doll quilt with some raw edge applique. However, with the fabrics in hand, I decided to go in a different direction. They begged for something more cozy, traditional, and comfortable. I decided to make a doll quilt constructed as one giant log cabin block.

But why stop at a mini quilt? I had enough fabric to keep going and make a nice-sized lap quilt. This 40" x 44" quilt would also be a perfect size for a baby quilt, or even a wall hanging. (Mrs. QD and I are considering hanging this over our bed!)

And I wrote this tutorial with all of you beginning sewers in mind. With no matching seams and very forgiving measurements, it doesn't get any easier than this.

Here's a shot of the final quilt:


And here's the pieced back that I made. I actually love the back of this quilt nearly as much as the front!


So, do you want to make a Country Cabin quilt with me? You'll need a few cuts of fabric that span the full 44" width of a bolt of fabric. (In other words, fat quarters wouldn't work too well here.) Depending on how many different fabrics you want to use, 4-6 1/2 yard cuts of fabric should suffice. A few 1/4 or 1/3 yard cuts would work, too. Again, just be sure you have at least a few cuts that have the full 44" width of the fabric intact.

The quilt is constructed of a single center square and 32 strips, or "logs". I cut my fabrics as I went, but I know that some people like to cut all of their fabrics up front. If that is the case, here are all of the cutting directions:

Center square: 4.5" square

A1: 2.5" x 4.5"
A2: 2.5" x 6.5"
A3: 2.5" x 6.5"
A4: 2.5" x 8.5"

B1: 3.5" x 8.5"
B2: 3.5" x 11.5"
B3: 3.5" x 11.5"
B4: 3.5" x 14.5"

C1: 1.5" x 14.5"
C2: 2.5" x 15.5"
C3: 1.5" x 16.5"
C4: 2.5" x 16.5"

D1: 2.5" x 18.5"
D2: 3.5" x 18.5"
D3: 2.5" x 21.5"
D4: 3.5" x 20.5"

E1: 4.5" x 24.5"
E2: 4.5" x 24.5"
E3: 4.5" x 28.5"
E4: 4.5" x 28.5"

F1: 2.5" x 32.5"
F2: 2.5" x 30.5"
F3: 2.5" x 34.5"
F4: 2.5" x 32.5"

G1: 1.5" x 36.5"
G2: 1.5" x 33.5"
G3: 1.5" x 37.5"
G4: 1.5" x 34.5"

H1: 3.5" x 38.5"
H2: 3.5" x 37.5"
H3: 3.5" x 41.5"
H4: 3.5" x 40.5"

Quilt assembly:


Starting with your center square, attach piece A1 to the right side of the square. Sew the pieces together with a 1/4" seam.


Once the pieces are sewn together, press the seam away from the center square. For the remainder of the quilt, you will always press the seam towards the piece that you just added.


Moving counter-clockwise around the center square, add piece A2 next. It should be sewn to the top of the center square, with the seam pressed towards piece A2.


Moving counter-clockwise again, piece A3 should be sewn on to the center square next.


Piece A4 should complete the first round of logs. Now you can see that the 'A' pieces represent the first round of logs, the 'B' pieces represent the second round of logs, etc.


Here is the quilt top with the second ('B') round of logs attached:


With the third ('C') round added:


You get the idea! Here's a picture of my completed quilt top, before the basting, quilting, and binding steps:


I free-motion quilted the entire quilt in an all-over meandering stipple. I am a huge fan of using striped fabrics as binding, so I made sure I had set aside enough of Bari's stripe print to bind my quilt.

As I mentioned earlier, I joined a few of my leftover 44" wide pieces of fabric to create a really nice pieced backing. This quilt has already been claimed by my 6 year-old daughters as a cuddly movie-watching blanket.

Country Cottage Lap Quilt

So what do you think? Interested in making a Country Cabin quilt? If so, please let me know -- I'd love to see it. And a BIG THANKS to Bari J. for letting me create something with her beautiful new line, Country Lane!


  1. This is really pretty! I'll bookmark this page - this looks like a nice and easy quilt to make. Thanks for sharing it with us :)

  2. loved the story...are you going to Houston this year? Come say hello I'd love to meet you!

  3. Cute! I'll have to take this one for a ride soon!

  4. I love it! I don't quilt, but this makes me want to try!

  5. John, I love, love, love, love, love your designs! And your fabric choices are always SPOT ON!

  6. That looks great! I really like that fabric line all sewn up, too!

  7. The fabric and the quilt are lovely. Inspired, as usual.

  8. Great quilt John! Very home-y looking!!

  9. Great fabric and a fun, no stress pattern. Very nice! Thanks for sharing.

  10. love this quilt! I was actually thinking of doing the exact same thing the other day! really love the log cabin and all the designs one can do with it!

  11. I love this! I think it will be my next project for sure! Debating fabrics.... :)

  12. What a great design to show off these amazing it!

  13. very very cute John, great fabric and a simple design lends a stunning quilt!

  14. Cute, cute, cute. I'll be making one for my new granddaughter. This kid is going to be so spoiled. ;)

  15. Thanks for providing a prize for Charlie's GO! giveaway. I've been wanting to make a log cabin quilt and appreciate your pattern post. mlwright29 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  16. I love this quilt! I'm going to try one! I'll send you a pic when I'm done!

  17. I'm late to this party but I have to say that is a lovely quilt and it looks so easy! I may have to make one!

  18. Love it - the story, the quilt, the blog!

  19. What a great quilt John! You come up with some of the best ideas!

    Thanks for sharing.

  20. LOVE THIS!!! and the fabric. I'm in on this...

  21. I've been working on a giant log cabin, lol, so fun to see what it has the potential of looking like.

  22. what a cool pattern! I'm not going to follow your measurements exactly because I'll be working with scraps, but I'm definitely using this for inspiration! Beautiful quilt!

  23. Hi,
    Just found your blog...luv the way you put colours together. I read in another post about finding a meaning in the fabric. I'm hearing you...very inspiring blog.
    Cheers Nic...(from australia)

  24. Hi there - have just discovered your blog via Seaside Siblings in NZ - I LOVE your blog and your quilts, but have to ask WHERE do you find the time with THREE kids? I'm struggling to find time with TWO kids LOL . . .
    Looking forward to reading more
    Catalina (from NZ)

  25. John, I made a kids version of your quilt which turned out to be a great 'I Spy' quilt. I've referred people from a group who makes quilts for Wrap a Smile to take a look (and hopefully make their own version). Thanks for a great pattern.

  26. Thanks for the awesome pattern. I just put together the quilt top of it and I love it! It looks completely different because I was doing a kid's quilt, but I was really pleased with it. You can check it out if you want to @

  27. First time on the site. The pattern is basic i think i'll give it a go .Thanks for being there for us new quilters, who are still a little squimish .From canada

  28. I am absolutely loving this quilt. Will be making it soon. Thanks bunches. No time to write more. I have to go look at my stash to see what I already have!

  29. I loved this!! I am a new quilter, and would love to make this!! The colors are beautiful, just love the quilt!!

  30. This is a wonderful quilt - totally love it! So far I've got half of the pieces cut, and maybe I can get it finished by the 4th of July! The colors are great! Glad I found this pattern. Keep 'em coming John...... Lynda Kacicz

  31. Hi: Just found this great quilt; I have been wanting to make a log cabin also; and believe this is the one I will make. I am a little anxious about material choices though. Thank you, Blessings to you and your family.

  32. This is definitively on my "to do" list. It's simple to make and looks great! Just my style. I just found your blog, thanks to "FaveQuilts Piecing It Together". I'm not a beginner, but I like projects that let me make stunning quilts quickly, that way I can make so many more. Have a Merry Christmas from Arizona!!

  33. I just found you. So, many thanks to the "FaveQuilts Piecing It Together" site for having a link to you. Without them, I wouldn't find quilt projects like yours. I just love this little quilt. And it looks as if it would be an easy hand sewn project for me. I will make one like it as soon as I finish the baby quilt projects I am currently working on.

  34. Ran into this wow! This will be my first time quilting so we will see how this goes looks really easy.

  35. Love this! I love some of the scrappy quilts and this is just beautiful! Thanks for posting!

  36. Having a quilting class, this should be great for our first session !!

  37. Such Lucky Children to have a Dad who can sew. The quilt is beautiful and the girls will have good memories of Dad keeping them covered.

  38. Your quilt is beautiful, & such an easy pattern to follow. I love scrappy easy quilts, which I mostly do. You have a wonderful eye for colour coordination.

  39. One I can use for christmas sewing for small kids and adults to thank you for sharing.

  40. Hi John, I am very impressed with your quilt. You do beautiful work! Good to see a man sewing...keep up the great work!! Diane in Virginia

  41. Just found this site. Haven't sewn for a very long time. Used to make most of our girls' clothes, curtains, stuffed toys and other things. Our girls are grown with kids and grandkids of their own. Two of my granddaughters have asked me to teach them to sew. I think it's tme to dust off the sewing machine and start making things for the grand and great-grandkids.They will love this quilt. Thanks for making me want to sew again.

  42. Thanks for this idea! As a beginner, this looks like a great one for me to try. Since I have a new grandson, have gotten back into sewing, embroidery and cross stitch after many years, and should have plenty of leftover material that I rediscovered to make a few quilts. Thanks!

  43. Just found your site. The colors of the quilt is what got my attention. Thanks for sharing. : )

  44. I found a jelly roll and thought what can I do with it and have used your ideas as a starter - thank you so much. I used to live in NZ between 75 and 77 as an immigrant and wished I had quilted then. Take care good luck to you and your family.

  45. Great idea, and a wonderful way to use up fabric. Thanks for sharing.

  46. This pattern will be added to my collection for charity quilts. Thank you, John!

  47. This will make an excellent first quilt for six of my teenage granddaughters to make this summer! Thanks for a truly beginner quilt!

  48. Saw this on Facebook while looking at the Magazine Sew it today. Started it Sunday an just finished it today. Didn't plan anything just what I could get my hands on as far as fabric. I would like to make it a little bigger, is that possible?
    I'm not a quilter, just a sewing person. I knew it would be easy so I did it. Thanks sew much :) Trudy

  49. Is there a printer friendly version of this quilt? I LOVE it but would really like to get it down to a workable size to print.


  50. I love this quilt - colors and all. I'm new at this. I really didn't understand how much fabric that I needed to buy. Could you clarify it for me?

  51. How do you get a printer friendly version?

  52. This quilt looks amazing, thanks for sharing. Would it be possible to content adding rounds to make the end quilt bigger ? Such as sewing two 44" width of fabric strips end to end ? I'm not a very experienced quilter but I would love to make something like this but would want the finished quilt to be bigger. Thanks wynneth