Ups & Downs

Turn Log Cabin blocks into a chevron pat­tern with an on-point set­ting and fab­ric place­ment—a clas­sic pat­tern re­newed.

Annie's Quilt Spring 2019 - - Contents - De­sign by Nancy Scott Quilted by Mas­ter­piece Quilt­ing


Skill Level: Con­fi­dent Be­gin­ner Quilt Size: 733/4" x 733/4" Block Size: 9" x 9" fin­ished Num­ber of Blocks: 25


• 3/8 yard each 5 ac­cent fab­rics*

• 43/4 yards white solid*

• Back­ing to size

• Bat­ting to size

• Thread

• Ba­sic sewing tools and sup­plies

*Cot­ton Cou­ture and Edges by Laura Gunn fab­ric col­lec­tions for Michael

Miller Fab­rics used to make sam­ple.

Cut­ting From each of the 5 ac­cent fab­rics:

• Cut 5 (2" by fab­ric width) strips. Sub­cut each strip into 1 each of the fol­low­ing size pieces for 1 block: 2" x 2" B, 2" x 31/2" C, 2" x 5" F, 2" x 61/2" G, 2" x 8" J and 2" x 91/2" K. You should have 5 pieces of each size from each of the 5 col­ors or 25 pieces to­tal for each cut size.

From white solid:

• Cut from fab­ric length: 2 (51/2" x 641/4") O strips, 2 (51/2" x 741/4") P strips and 2 (91/2" x 80") L strips.

Sub­cut L strips into 16 (91/2") L squares.

From re­main­ing yardage:

• Cut 16 (2" by fab­ric width) strips. Sub­cut strips into 25 each of the fol­low­ing size pieces: 2" x 2" A, 2" x 31/2" D, 2" x 5" E, 2" x 61/2" H and 2" x 8" I.

• Cut 2 (14" by fab­ric width) strips. Sub­cut strips into 4 (14") squares and 2 (71/4") squares. Cut the 14" squares on both di­ag­o­nals to make 16 M tri­an­gles. Cut the 71/4" squares in half on 1 di­ag­o­nal to make 4 N tri­an­gles.

• Cut 8 (21/4" by fab­ric width) bind­ing strips.

Here’s a Tip

I pre­fer to cut my bor­ders as one piece along the length of the fab­ric. Be­fore cut­ting length­wise strips from fab­ric, re­move the sel­vage edge from one long side edge.

Com­plet­ing the Blocks

1. To com­plete one Log Cabin block, select one set of match­ing B, C, F, G, J and K pieces and one each A, D, E, H and I pieces.

2. Sew A to B; press. Sew C to the A-B unit as shown in Fig­ure 1; press.

3. Re­fer­ring to the block draw­ing, con­tinue to add pieces to the pieced unit in al­pha­bet­i­cal or­der, press­ing seams to­ward the most re­cently added strip as you stitch to com­plete one Log Cabin block.

4. Re­peat steps 1–3 to com­plete a to­tal of 25 Log Cabin blocks.

Com­plet­ing the Quilt

1. Ar­range and join the Log Cabin blocks with the L squares and the M and N tri­an­gles in di­ag­o­nal rows re­fer­ring to the As­sem­bly Di­a­gram; press seams in ad­ja­cent rows in op­po­site di­rec­tions.

Note: The col­ored halves of the Log Cabin blocks al­ter­nate from top to bot­tom in this lay­out to cre­ate the up-and-down de­sign.

2. Join the rows as stitched to com­plete the quilt cen­ter; press.

3. Sew O strips to op­po­site sides and P strips to the top and bot­tom of the quilt cen­ter to com­plete the quilt top; press.

4. Cre­ate a quilt sand­wich re­fer­ring to Quilt­ing Ba­sics on page 110.

5. Quilt as de­sired.

6. Bind re­fer­ring to Quilt­ing Ba­sics on page 110 to fin­ish. l

Here’s a Tip

If you like steal­ing a few min­utes here and there to sew, mak­ing one Log Cabin block at a time is per­fect for you. To help pre­pare for this, place the pieces cut from one 2" ac­cent fab­ric strip in a zip­per sand­wich bag and add one of each size white solid piece to make a set for just one block. When you are ready to sew, sim­ply grab a bag, lay out the pieces and stitch up a block in a few min­utes.

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