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