Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Scrappy Log Cabin Star Block

I hope you will enjoy making my Scrappy Log Cabin Star Block with a Sawtooth Star centre and design your own quilt with it. It has so much potential for individuality, whether you go completely scrappy with the star centres as well as the log cabin outer strips. Maybe you will throw caution to the wind and blindly dip into your scrap buckets or be more contained and keep some uniformity as in the couple of examples shown below. I think it works equally well with patterned fabrics as well as solids and I can't wait to see what you get up to with it! 

Please use the hashtag #scrappylogcabinstarquilt on Instagram and I can be sure to see what you are up to.

Fabric needed to make one 10 1/2" x 10 1/2" block...

Star centre: one 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" square
four 2 7/8" x 2 7/8" squares

Star background: one 5 1/4" x 5 1/4" square
four 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares

Scrappy log cabins: 1 1/2" x 38", made up of 1 1/2" scraps of various lengths sewn together.

1. Take the 5 1/4" x 5 1/4" background fabric square and the four 2 7/8" x 2 7/8" squares and make four four-at-a-time flying geese blocks. These should be 4 1/2" x 2 1/2".
2. If you are unsure about the four-at-a-time method go check out Amy's great tutorial here.
3. Arrange the four flying geese units with the remaining cut fabrics in the layout as shown above.
4. Sew these three rows together and then sew the rows together to make your Sawtooth Star centre.

5. Sew together all your log cabin scraps to make a 38" length strip. Cut this strip into four lengths: one 8 1/2"; two 9 1/2"; one 10 1/2".
6. Sew these strips in log cabin style around your star, starting with the 8 1/2" strip and following with the two 9 1/2" strips and finally the 10 1/2" strip.
7. Press your block well and you are have your first Scrappy Log Cabin Star block!
8. Repeat to make as many as you desire and then sew these together to make your quilt.