Sunday, November 21, 2010

Log Cabin Table Topper

I finished piecing a Christmas table topper today.


I used leftover Figgy Pudding fabric from the Arrowhead quilt. I thought I would have enough fabric to make the log cabin blocks bigger, but I was wrong! I wanted it to be a specific size to fit on a round table and I only had a big enough piece of white fabric leftover. So I added a border around the whole piece - it is like it is laying on snow!

This kind of log cabin block is very easy. The key is the center piece.

For this one I started with a 2" strip of fabric. Once the first 60° angle is cut,

you cut 2" pieces (or what ever size the strip was cut) parallel to the 60° cut.


The log cabin is pieced around the center like a normal log cabin block. I used 1¼" strips, 2 strips on each side of the center. The border is cut 3½" and the table topper is 29" point to point.


For this tree skirt I made a while ago, I used a 2¼" piece for the center and 1½" strips for the logs, with 4 strips on each side of the center. It is 46" point to point.

I also entered the tree skirt into Paula's Sewing Challenges.

Back to the star design - you will need 12 log cabin blocks to make a star, 6 pieced like this-


and 6 like this -

These ones are added in after the other blocks are sewn into the star shape, using a Y seam.

Even mitering the border is the same as normal but using the 60° line on the ruler instead of the 45°.

It is designed using the EQ6/EQ7.

It is using the one block quilt - baby block.
Placing the log cabin blocks in,
it is easy to rotate the blocks for different layouts.

I also added all the buttons to the crazy quilt piece, it is now ready to be sewn into the finished piece.
My sewing machine had to go in for repairs!!! It was clunking! I brought out my old one to finish piecing, it is like using a toy sewing machine. At least I have a spare machine - I was originally going to sell it - glad I didn't.


We had more snow today, beautiful big flakes -

when the sun came out everything was sparkly.
I live just out side of Winnipeg, and I recently found out that it is the coldest major city (with a population over 600,000) in the world !!!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!!

14 comments:

Linda said...

I love your table topper. Very nice.

canuckquilter said...

Thanks for sharing how you made your beautiful table topper. One more for my to-do l;ist :) The snow looks lovely. We haven't had the pleasure yet but I'm looking forward to it.

Hillbilly Handiworks said...

Oh, thanks so much for this share!! I want to make one now!

Linda said...

I really like the table topper. I also appreciate the drawing you shared, makes it easier to see how it's pieced.
And snow already?? I'm in South Fla, and we are still trying to cool off!!
Linda

Linda said...

Joanne, it's gorgeous! I love it! It's perfect for a round table, which I also have. Thanks so much for sharing. I would love to try that. Very cool. By the way, you have a lot of blogging friends named Linda! LOL! I'm the third one tonight that's left a message.

joan said...

Absolutely gorgeous... I must get my pattern Diamonds are a girl's best friend by Karen Neary out. It is similar. I love your choice of fabric too!

Joyce said...

Good to know we live near the coldest city in the world! I have to drive from Morden to Wpg this morning. I hope the roads and visibility are ok...

Dee said...

It's a beautiful table topper. And thanks for showing how you designed it in EQ7. I've never tried one that shape in it before.

Cheryl said...

Thanks for sharing the instructions! It would make a great small tree skirt as well.

Quilt Hollow said...

Wow...a beauty! Like that and thanks for sharing!!

Wendy said...

Lovely log cabin quilt! We had snow, too. Not supposed to stick, but it is. It looks so pretty when the sun shines on it.

Carol said...

Everything looks sew pretty.

Susan Graham said...

Just wanted to stop by and say that I think you are very talented and I am so happy for you that things are falling into place. Your blog are so fun. Thanks for sharing.

rustic dining tables said...

I definitely would have bought it the first time around! It's just beautiful and you can do so many things with it for the different seasons. It looks just beautiful as you have it right now...love this site.

Susan Graham