Hi! It's Sherri from A Quilting Life, and I'm here today to share a fun table topper I made with the AccuQuilt GO! Log Cabin-12" die. I've made lots of log cabin projects using a lot of different techniques before, and I was excited to try the AccuQuilt system for this block. I was really pleased with everything about the log cabin die...it was easy to use and made constructing my log cabin blocks go quickly! I love that these strips are cut at 1 1/2" making them usable for all sorts of other projects, too. You can make up to a 12" log cabin block using this die; however, you can also make smaller blocks by using fewer strips. For today's project I made 9" finished blocks by using all of the strips in the lower section of the die and just the smallest strip in the upper section of the die.
To get started you'll need 6 different squares of fabric at least 10" x 10" for the "dark" sections of the log cabin blocks along with 6 squares 10" x 10" of light fabrics for the light sections of your blocks. I used three green and three red prints and used a few different light fabrics for a scrappy look and feel. You'll also need a 27" x 27" square of cotton batting, a 27" x 27" square of backing fabric, and 1/8 yard of binding fabric. All seams will be 1/4", and pressing instructions are included below.
Cut out your strips using your AccuQuilt GO! Cutter. I was able to stack all six of my print fabrics and cut them out and then stack and cut all six of my background fabrics. Remember to cut the all of the smaller strips in the lower section of the die; then, use your print scraps to cut one more print strip using the smallest strip in the top section. Keep your fabric strips lined up by size...it will make it fast and easy to put the block together.
Keep your background strips lined up by size as well.
Begin by sewing the small squares to each other, and press toward the dark fabric.
Add another light fabric to the left side of your pair of squares as shown below. From now on press fabrics toward the most recently added strip. Be sure to press after each strip is added to keep the blocks straight. I also lightly sprayed my blocks with a light starch solution after every couple of strip additions to help them keep their shape.
Now the log cabin block construction begins to get really fun--these blocks change with every added strip. Add a print square to the bottom of the unit, pressing toward the colored strip. I alternated scrappy pairs of reds and greens in all of my blocks.
Continue adding strips in pairs. After two print strips have been added two background strips will be added before adding colored strips again. It helps to place the blocks in the original position after each strip is added to be sure you are adding strips to the correct side of the block.
Before long you'll have several log cabin blocks! For 9" finished blocks, stop sewing after you've used 8 background pieces and 9 print pieces as shown below.
Place the log cabin blocks in the arrangement shown. I alternated blocks with red and green in the outer rows. Sew the two top blocks together, pressing the seam allowance toward the block with the solid strip on the outside edge. Repeat to sew the bottom two blocks together, again pressing the seam allowance toward the block with the solid strip.
Now sew the top and bottom sections together. Press this seam to one direction or press it open. Your table topper center is complete.
Next get ready to quilt: layer the backing fabric wrong side up, a piece of cotton batting, and your completed log cabin unit and quilt as desired. I used a wavy stitch on my home machine. This project is a good size to use as a pillow top as well. If you are going to use it for a pillow top just use a plain muslin behind the batting when you quilt since it won't show in your finished pillow.
Bind using two 2 1/4" x width of fabric strips. Enjoy your new table topper. Since this project goes together so quickly, it's a great idea for holiday gift giving! The table topper finishes at 18 1/2" x 18 1/2".