Summer Quilting Project: Curvy Log Cabin Table Topper

Jun 25, 2022 10:00:00 AM / by Lori J. Miller

Welcome back, AccuQuilters! It's Lori from Lori Miller Designs bringing you a fun tutorial for a cheery table topper.

 

Bright and happy, this topper uniquely combines two of your favorite GO! Block on Board (BOB) Dies to create a stunning new block design. This is a quick project you can stitch up this summer, so grab your quilting friends, some cool refreshing drinks and snacks, and have a breezy day of stitching! 

 

 

 

Finished Curvy Log Cabin Table Topper

 

 

 

 

How to Create A Curvy Log Cabin Table Topper

 

 

 Curvy Log Cabin Table Topper Layout

 

 

 

Most of you know I am an EQ8 super-fan, so I am sharing my design above from Electric Quilt 8 (EQ8) Quilt Design Software. This software made it so easy to play with the colors and to draw out this curvy block to create an 18 1/2'' x 18 1/2” finished table topper. 

 

 

Cut Log Cabin Pieces

 

 

 

 

Dies Used

 

 

Cut Strips

 

 

 

Materials Needed 

  • 1/2 yard of background white fabric
  • 1/8 yard of red fabric
  • 3/4 yards of coral fabric for strips, border, binding, and backing
  • 1/8 yard of orange fabric
  • 1/8 yard of yellow fabric
  • 1/8 yard of orange yellow fabric
  • 1/8 yard of yellow green fabric
  • 1/4 yard of green fabric for strips and border
  • 8 1/2 x 11” of cardstock paper
  • Water-soluble fabric marker
  • 20 1/2” square of batting

 

 

Piles of Cut Strips and Log Cabin Pieces

 

 

 

Cutting

Follow the table below to cut out the necessary pieces.

 

Fabric Shape/GO! Die Cut

Red

Log Cabin -  Shape 1

One strip: 2’ x 8”. Then, subcut four strips for Shape 1.

Coral (for backing)

N/A

One strip: 21” x Width of Fabric (WOF). Then, subcut a 21” square.

Coral (for binding)

GO! Strip Cutter-2 1/4” (1 3/4" Finished) Die 

Two strips: one 2 1/4 ” x WOF strip AND one 2 1/4” x 28” strip. Use the rest of the fabric from the backing strip for the remaining pieces.

Coral (for the border)

GO! Strip Cutter-2 1/2" (2" Finished) 3 Strips Die

Four strips: one 2 1/2” x 28" strip. Then, subcut two 2 1/2” x 15 1/2” strips. Next, subcut two 2 1/2” x 16 1/2” strips.

Coral

Log Cabin - Shape 2

One strip: 2” x 14”. Then, subcut four strips for Shape 2. Trim the remainder to a 2 1/2’ strip and add to the binding strips.

Orange

Log Cabin - Shape 3

One strip: 2’ x 16”. Then, subcut four strips for Shape 3.

Yellow

Log Cabin - Shape 4

One strip: 2” x 20”. Then, subcut four strips for Shape 4.

Yellow Orange

Log Cabin -  Shape 5

One strip: 2’ x 24”. Then, subcut four strips for  Shape 5.

Yellow Green

Log Cabin -  Shape 6

One strip: 2” x 28”. Then, subcut four strips for Shape 6.

Green

Log Cabin -  Shape 7

One strip: 2” x 32”. Then, subcut four strips for  Shape 7.

Green (for the border)

GO! Strip Cutter-1", 1 1/2", 2" (1/2", 1", 1 1/2" Finished) Die

Two strips: 1” x WOF. Subcut one of these strips into two 1” x 14 1/2” strips. Subcut the other strip into two 1” x 15 1/2” strips.

Background White

Log Cabin -  Shapes 1-6

One strip: 7” x WOF. Fanfold 10” and subcut four sets of shapes 1-6. Just lay the strip over shapes 1-8 for easier cutting. There will be a few extra shapes that you will not use.

Background White

7" Drunkard's Path - Shape B

One strip: 9” x WOF. Fanfold 10” and subcut four strips for shape B.

 
 
 

Sewing the Blocks

To assemble the log cabin block, follow the instructions below.

 

 

Log Cabin Piecing Layout 

 

 

 

1. Using the fabric colors and block layout above, piece together the log cabin blocks.

 

 

Step 1 of Piecing the Log Cabin Block 

 

 

2. Begin by sewing the light background shape 1 to the red shape 1.



 

Step 2 of Piecing the Log Cabin Block 

 

 

3. Add the light background shape 2 to the right side.


 

Step 3 of Piecing the Log Cabin Block 

 

 

4. Add the coral shape 2 to the bottom.

 

 

Sewing the Bottom of the Log Cabin Block 

 

 

5. Continue working your way around the log cabin in number order, finishing with the green Shape 7.

 

6. Make a total of four log cabin blocks.

 

Cardstock of Shape A from the GO! Drunkard's Path-7" Finished Die Above the Log Cabin Block

 

 

7. Use the piece of cardstock paper to cut out shape A from the GO! Drunkard’s Path-7" Finished Die.

 

8. Layout the log cabin block with the light background portion to the left and the bottom facing right side up.

 

 

Cardstock of Shape A from the GO! Drunkard's Path-7" Finished Die Laid on the Log Cabin Block 

 

 

9. Carefully lay the cardstock template over the log cabin block where the corner is aligned with the last row of logs and the curved points are touching the outside of the block.

 

 

 Shape A from the GO! Drunkard's Path-7" Finished Die Traced on the Log Cabin Block

 

 

10. Using a water-soluble marker, mark the beginning and ending of the arc shape and draw around the arc.

 

 

Excess Traced Fabric Cut from Log Cabin Block 

 

 

11. With your fabric scissors, carefully cut around the arc, including the center reference tab. 

 

12. Use the same steps to cut out the curve shape on all of the log cabin blocks.

  • Set them aside once this is completed for all four blocks.

 

13. Grab the white background Drunkard’s Path B shapes.

  • We need to make a few adjustments to create the white centers for the topper.

 

 

Shape B from the GO! Drunkard's Path-7" Finished Die
Measurement Instructions for Shape B from the GO! Drunkard's Path-7" Finished Die

    

 

14. Cut off 1 1/2” from each side of the Drunkard’s Path shape B (as shown above).

 

 

Pinning Shape B from the GO! Drunkard's Path-7" Finished Die to the Log Cabin Block 

 

 

15. Pin the white background Drunkard’s Path shape B to the log cabin block with right sides together.

  • Use a lot of pins to ease the shape B to the curves.
  • Pin the beginning and end, aligning the marks you made with the template and aligning the center reference tabs.

 

16. Press.

 

17. Add the Drunkard’s Path shape B pieces to each of the log cabin blocks.

   

Finishing Up

To assemble the table topper, use the following instructions.

 

 

Arranging the Blocks to Line Up at the Seams 

 

 

1. Arrange the blocks (as pictured above) and sew the blocks together in rows, aligning the seams.

 

 

Sewn Curvy Log Cabin Table Topper 

 

 

2. Sew the four blocks together (as shown above).

 

 

Curvy Log Cabin Table Topper with Borders 

 

 

3. Sew the green borders on, starting with the smaller strips on the sides and the longer strips on the top and bottom.

 

4. Sew on the coral borders, again, starting with the smaller strips on the sides and the longer strips on the top and bottom.

 

5. To finish the table topper, layer the backing, batting, and pieced top in a quilt sandwich.

 

 

Using Safety Pins to Keep the Backing, Batting, and Pieced Top in Place 

 

 

6. Pin the baste (I used safety pins, as pictured above).

 

 Finishing Quilting As Desired

 

 

7. Quilt as desired.

  • I marked my quilt with blue water-soluble marker for quilting and quilted it using my walking foot and some free motion quilting.

 

8. Bind the quilt using the 2 1/4" coral strips to finish.

 

 

Finished Curvy Log Cabin Table Topper with Flowers in A Vase

 

 

 

Think Outside the Log Cabin!

Wouldn’t this make a fun block for a larger quilt or even a cute tote bag? This would also be a great scrap-buster project to stitch with your quilting friends!

 

We would love to see your version of the curvy log cabin table topper! Please share your photo with the hashtag #AccuQuiltBuilt and don't forget to tag @lorimillerdesigns and @AccuQuilt on social media so that we can enjoy your great creation!

Topics: Tutorials, Quick DIY Projects

Lori J. Miller

Written by Lori J. Miller