Instructions

Pre-wash fabrics. If water is discolored, wash again until rinse water runs clear. Dry and press all fabrics.

Note:Each of the 48 log cabin blocks requires a  dark-blue 2-in. center square, approximately 36 in. of light- blue denim strips and approximately 45 in. of dark-blue denim strips.

You could also purchase 44-in.-wide denim fabric for the quilt. If purchasing fabric, you’ll need 1/4 yard of dark blue for the center squares, a total of 2-1/4 yards of light-blue denim and a total of 2-3/4 yards of dark- blue denim.

Click here to download the layout and pattern for this craft.

CUTTING:

  1. Accurately cut fabrics using rotary cutter and quilter’s ruler, or mark fabrics using ruler and marker of choice and cut with scissors.
  2. From the darkest blue denim pair of jeans, cut forty-eight 2-in. squares for center squares of log cabin blocks.
  3. Cut legs from remaining dark- and light-denim jeans. Remove the hem and sides seams from each leg.
  4. Cutting lengthwise, cut each leg into long, 2-in.-wide strips.

PIECING (Log Cabin Blocks – Make 48):

  1. Do all piecing with accurate 1/4-in. seams and right sides of fabrics together. Press seams toward last piece added, or press the seams open.
  2. Referring to Fig. 1 for placement, sew a light-blue denim strip (1) to right-hand edge of a 2-in. dark-blue denim square. Trim ends of added strip even with opposite edges of square. Open and press.
  3. Sew a light-blue denim strip (2) to bottom edge of pieced center square (see Fig. 1). Trim newest strip even with opposite edges of pieced center. Open and press.
  4. Repeat to add a dark-blue denim strip (3) as shown in Fig. 1, trimming and pressing as before. Working clockwise, repeat with a dark-blue denim strip (4).
  5. Continue in this way, alternating two light strips and two dark strips and adding strips 5 through 12 to make an 11-in.-square log cabin block.
  6. Repeat, making a total of 48 log cabin blocks.

 LAYOUT:

  1. Referring to photo and layout diagram for position, lay out the 48 log cabin blocks right side up on a flat surface in eight rows with six blocks in each row.
  2. Sew each horizontal row together in planned order. Press seams in opposite directions.
  3. Then sew the rows together in planned order, carefully matching corners. Press seams open.
  4. Trim 1/4 in. from all outside edges of pieced top.
  5. Cut 5-yd. length of backing fabric in half crosswise. Trim selvage edges and sew pieces together with a 1/2-in. seam. Press seam open. Trim to make a 69-in. x 90-in. piece with seam centered.
  6. Place backing wrong side up on a flat surface. Center flannel or batting over backing and smooth out. With right side up, center quilt top over batting. Smooth out all pieces. Baste the layers together both horizontally and vertically every 4 in. or pin-baste with basting safety pins.
  7. Start tying layers together at the center of the quilt and work outward, placing a tie in the dark center square of each log cabin block.
  8. To tie, cut yarn into 6-in. lengths. Thread large-eye hand-sewing needle with a strand of light-blue and dark- blue yarn. Take a 1/8-in.- to 1/4-in.-long stitch through all thicknesses in the center of the dark center square of a log cabin block, leaving long tails on each side of stitch. Remove needle and tie yarn ends in a square knot. Clip yarn ends even to desired length. Repeat in the dark center square of each log cabin block.
  9. Sew around outside edge of quilt top, stitching 1/4 in. from outside edges.
  10. Trim backing and batting even with edges of quilt top.
  11. Remove basting.
  12. From remaining denim scraps, cut approximately 200 2-in. x 6-in. rectangles.
  13. Sew the long edges of the binding pieces together, alternating light and dark denim rectangles to make a pieced binding strip long enough to go around the entire quilt. Press the seams open.
  14. Press one short end of pieced binding strip 1/4 in. to wrong side.
  15. With right sides facing and raw edges matching, pin pieced binding to front of quilt top. Sew binding in place with a 1-1/2-in.-wide seam, mitering corners and overlapping ends.
  16. Fold binding to back of quilt top, encasing raw edges. Fold raw edge under, leaving a 1-1/2-in.-wide binding on the front and back of quilt. Hand-sew fold of binding to back of quilt, covering stitching.

LAYERING:

  1. Cut 5-yd. length of backing fabric in half crosswise. Trim selvage edges and sew pieces together with a 1/2-in. seam. Press seam open. Trim to make a 69-in. x 90-in. piece with seam centered.
  2. Place backing wrong side up on a flat surface. Center flannel or batting over backing and smooth out. With right side up, center quilt top over batting. Smooth out all pieces. Baste the layers together both horizontally and vertically every 4 in. or pin-baste with basting safety pins.
  3. Start tying layers together at the center of the quilt and work outward, placing a tie in the dark center square of each log cabin block.
  4. To tie, cut yarn into 6-in. lengths. Thread large-eye hand-sewing needle with a strand of light-blue and dark- blue yarn. Take a 1/8-in.- to 1/4-in.-long stitch through all thicknesses in the center of the dark center square of a log cabin block, leaving long tails on each side of stitch. Remove needle and tie yarn ends in a square knot. Clip yarn ends even to desired length. Repeat in the dark center square of each log cabin block.
  5. Sew around outside edge of quilt top, stitching 1/4 in. from outside edges.
  6. Trim backing and batting even with edges of quilt top.
  7. Remove basting.
  8. From remaining denim scraps, cut approximately 200 2-in. x 6-in. rectangles.
  9. Sew the long edges of the binding pieces together, alternating light and dark denim rectangles to make a pieced binding strip long enough to go around the entire quilt. Press the seams open.
  10. Press one short end of pieced binding strip 1/4 in. to wrong side.
  11. With right sides facing and raw edges matching, pin pieced binding to front of quilt top. Sew binding in place with a 1-1/2-in.-wide seam, mitering corners and overlapping ends.
  12. Fold binding to back of quilt top, encasing raw edges. Fold raw edge under, leaving a 1-1/2-in.-wide binding on the front and back of quilt. Hand-sew fold of binding to back of quilt, covering stitching.

TYING:

  1. Start tying layers together at the center of the quilt and work outward, placing a tie in the dark center square of each log cabin block.
  2. To tie, cut yarn into 6-in. lengths. Thread large-eye hand-sewing needle with a strand of light-blue and dark- blue yarn. Take a 1/8-in.- to 1/4-in.-long stitch through all thicknesses in the center of the dark center square of a log cabin block, leaving long tails on each side of stitch. Remove needle and tie yarn ends in a square knot. Clip yarn ends even to desired length. Repeat in the dark center square of each log cabin block.
  3. Sew around outside edge of quilt top, stitching 1/4 in. from outside edges.
  4. Trim backing and batting even with edges of quilt top.
  5. Remove basting.

BINDING:

  1. From remaining denim scraps, cut approximately 200 2-in. x 6-in. rectangles.
  2. Sew the long edges of the binding pieces together, alternating light and dark denim rectangles to make a pieced binding strip long enough to go around the entire quilt. Press the seams open.
  3. Press one short end of pieced binding strip 1/4 in. to wrong side.
  4. With right sides facing and raw edges matching, pin pieced binding to front of quilt top. Sew binding in place with a 1-1/2-in.-wide seam, mitering corners and overlapping ends.
  5. Fold binding to back of quilt top, encasing raw edges. Fold raw edge under, leaving a 1-1/2-in.-wide binding on the front and back of quilt. Hand-sew fold of binding to back of quilt, covering stitching.

Finished Size: Quilt measures about 63 inches wide x 84 inches long.

 

Craft originally sent in by Kathy Wagner of Cudahy, Wisconsin