LOG CABIN IN THE FALL WOODS (another log cabin quilt)

LOG CABIN IN THE FALL WOODS (another log cabin quilt)

LOG CABIN IN THE FALL WOODS (another log cabin quilt)

Fall is my favorite season and the only one I really decorate for. I believe that is one reason I go to Maine every September – the colors are so brilliant – the blue sky, the leaves, the ocean water.  I thought it would be fun to make a log cabin quilt in fall colors. Here is the start of my “Log Cabin in the Fall Woods” quilt.

Red and gold leaves for LOG CABIN IN THE FALL WOODS
Stock photo from Pexels

Basic directions:

I started to make a fall themed log cabin quilt from my fabric stash. The goal being to not buy any fabric to make this quilt top. It was not hard to find the right red, orange and purple scraps and cut them into the correct sizes and shapes:

4″ center squares (dark red)

2.5″ strips (purple and orange)

Purple and orange strips

When constructing the blocks, I only did two rounds instead of my normal three. When sewing two of the sides of the block are in one color (orange) and the other two in another color (purple). There is a total of 36 blocks to make this square quilt, or six rows by six rows. I like keeping the math simple.

36 Completed blocks

I cut many strips to start and ended up cutting more to complete the blocks. That really is fine, I am trying to use up scraps.

36 blocks done:

When the 36 blocks were complete, I set them together in what is called the Sunshine & Shadow setting or the Dark & Light setting. Whatever the name, it gave a different look to the purple and orange blocks. I only recently realized how many ways the log cabin blocks can be put together to make designs.

36 blocks sewn together for LOG CABIN IN THE FALL WOODS

At this point, the top for “Log Cabin in the Fall Woods” is 68” square and needs a border or borders to complete.  I lost interest and moved to another project. This project got hung on a hanger in the closet to be finished another time.

Adding the borders

I added more of the leftover strips to make the border to finish this quilt top. There are 5 borders to make the quilt the size I want.

Starting closest to the blocks, first border is 4″ in red print. The second border is leftover 2.5″ leftover purple strips. The third border is leftover 2.5″ orange strips. The fourth border is leftover 2.5″ purple strips. The final border is 4″ wide and a leaf print with metallic highlights.

Completed top for Log Cain in the Fall Woods.
Here is the completed top for Log Cabin in the Fall Woods

A completed quilt

The quilt was machine quilted in a large stipple design. The machine quilting was completed in May 2020 by RLM.

Finished size is 88″ square.

The backing is a solid purple sheet.

I did not buy any fabric for the quilt top. It is made of scraps or from fabric pieces already in my stash. Goal reached !!

Backing and machine quilting design.
Backing with quilting design showing.
Completed Log Cabin in the Fall Woods quilt.
Yeah! The completed quilt.

Another fall log cabin quilt – https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2009/10/log-cabin.html

Another log cabin – https://indianaquilter40.com/hot-chocolate-and-peppermint-quilt/


44 thoughts on “LOG CABIN IN THE FALL WOODS (another log cabin quilt)

  1. Wow, wow and wow !!!!!!!!! Beautiful. I love fall colors. Sick of making 9 patch quilts because I am scared to branch out into other patterns. So, after cleaning up my sewing area and fabric, I will toss a coin to see if I start one like this or the “I Spy” log cabin. I am so ready for a new design. Thank you so much.

    1. Have fun and don’t get bogged down in thinking you can’t do a design. Believe me, log cabin quilts are easy and a great way to use us scraps, or the stash on hand. Happy quilting.

  2. Great looking quilt. I have returned to this post several times telling myself that I can do one like it. I even sorted fabric for it. Then I get scared thinking about all the pieces involved, and how many mistakes I can possibly make putting it together.

    I just want you to know that last week I just decided to do it and cut all the purple strips. I am using the sizes you suggested. This week I cut the red centers and orange strips. Today I sewed together one complete block to get a feel for how this block goes together. It was super easy – I cannot believe I thought this block was scary.

    Thank you for the encouragement. You are right, I can do this.

    1. What a wonderful comment, and so encouraging for me too. Yes, you can make this quilt. It is easy and fun. It looks great in any color combo too. Happy, happy quilting.

      Please send a photo when you are ready so I can show it off here too.

  3. My brother recommended I may like this quilting website and he was totally right. My favorite color combinations for quilts are fall/autumn types.

    I am so in love with the quilt on this post. Log cabin quilts are so easy to piece, but I never thought of doing one strictly in fall colors. You have inspired me to make my own. Thanks for including the strip sizes you used.

    I am going to dive into my scrap boxes to see what I can find and get started on my own version of the is quilt. Thank you so much.

    1. I am glad your brother recommended this blog, and that you found this specific post useful. Log cabin quilts are just fun, and can be made in any color combo and size. Have fun making your own version of this fall quilt. Happy quilting.

  4. Interesting blog! Fun ideas. I love that you keep the designs simple and explain how you do them, or what size fabric pieces you use. Thanks so much. Love the colors of this quilt.

    1. My hope is that anyone who wants to make a quilt can use the simple directions and designs from this blog to make a quilt that they love. Happy quilting.

  5. Just a note to tell you thank you for providing these ideas and directions to other quilters. You could have made a pattern to sell and instead you shared your own idea. That tells me that you truly do care about others and are not just out to make a buck. I love your blog and subscribed several months ago. I am amazed at your ideas and how you see quilting. Thank you so much for all the encouragement.

    1. Thank you for the kind words. Quilters like you are exactly why I share my ideas and experience with others. I really do feel it is important to pass on skills and mentor others so the skills continue to be passed on. Thank you for subscribing.

  6. What a great use for the fall colored fabrics I have on hand. I am trying not to buy fabric unless I need it. And believe me, I don’t need to buy more. Thanks so much for the idea.

  7. Wonderful web site. A lot of helpful info here.

    I love this quilt. My scrap bin is overflowing with fall type fabrics and I can’t wait to see how my fall Log Cabin turns out. Thank you for the great ideas.

    1. I am glad you are finding the blog helpful. Have a great time digging through all those scraps and making a log cabin. Send pics and with your permission I will put them on the reader’s gallery.

  8. First of all I would like to say superb blog! I have found so much info here that my head is spinning. I get discouraged over the beautiful quilts I see on-line because they seem so hard, or there are too many pieces. But here on your blog the quilts are beautiful and you give out simple directions that even I can follow. You are so creative and I want you to know that this is the only quilt blog I have ever felt was worth my time to subscribe to. Thank you so very much.

    Quick question about this specific quilt – do you have any idea how much actual yardage there is in it?

    1. Hi Jamie,

      Wow, thank you for the great compliments and subscribing to this quilt blog.

      To answer your question, I have no idea how much yardage is in this quilt. It is queen size and I have read somewhere that the average queen size quilt has 8 yards of fabric for the top. Don’t quote me on that because at this point I cannot tell you where I saw that figure, but it is a number that has stuck with me. I do find the backs are 7-8 yards (44″ wide) so 8 yds for the top is probably in the right neighborhood at least.

      Have fun and happy quilting.

  9. Wonderful quilt and I love the colors. Guess I will have to see about making myself one from my scrap bin. Thanks for the inspiration.

  10. I absolutely love your quilt blog and find a lot of your posts to be exactly I’m looking for. I know from other comments and your “about” page that you don’t teach classes – have you considered zoom one on one classes? Again, awesome blog!

    1. I am so glad you love the blog. Thanks for the kind words. No, I honestly haven’t considered zoom classes actually. My own work schedule is so demanding that I just want to quilt as a way to relax and unwind. However, I will keep this suggestion in mind because who knows what will happen in the future.

  11. Oh my goodness! Incredible post and all around blog!

    I never thought about this color combo but I sure am now. I really like how the orange and purple look together. Maybe my next quilt?

    1. I am glad you like the blog. I think the colors of orange and purple look pretty good together. Have a great time making your own quilt like this.

  12. I am impressed with this quilt. So simple and yet so beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration. Subscribed.

  13. Thank you for this wonderful read!! I definitely enjoyed every bit of it. I’ve got you book marked to check out new things you post…

  14. Unquestionably one of the most interesting quilt blogs I have ever seen.

    Love the colors in this quilt. This blog is so full of great ideas for quilts that are fresh and simple.

    1. Glad you like this blog. Fall is my favorite season and I hope my quilts reflect that. Happy quilting.

  15. Wow, awesome blog! And love the colors of this quilt. I have lots of scraps in these colors and guess what quilt I am going to make next!

    1. I am happy you like the blog. Have fun making your own “Log cabin in the fall woods”. Great scrap buster too.

  16. Hi, this is an excellent quilt blog. I stumbled on it weeks ago and just keep coming back. There is just so much great quilt stuff here. Keep up the great work.

    1. I am so glad you found this blog and that you like it. Hopefully it is helping with your quilting. Have a great day.

  17. Thanks for your marvelous post! I quite enjoyed reading it. I continue to find new info on this blog that is just great. Quickly getting to be my favorite quilt blog. Keep up the great work.

  18. Loving the info on this website, you have done outstanding job on the blog posts. So many quilt blogs are much the same stuff, but you make quilting look fun. I subscribed.

  19. Love the way the orange and purple look together. Gives me a whole new quilt idea (like I need any more). Thanks for showing this.

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