Make a “River Log Cabin” Quilt with Jenny!


Hi everybody, it’s Jenny from the MSQC.
And I’ve got a fun project for you today. Let’s take a look at this quilt behind me.
Isn’t this great? So this is based on the old original log cabin. That’s an old block
that’s been around forever. As a matter of fact it was the very first quilt I made
was the log cabin block. The difference with this one is that the way you set the blocks
and that your strips are different sizes. So that gives it a whole different design,
a whole different pattern and it just looks really cool. So what you’re going to need
to make this quilt are two rolls of 2 ½ inch strips and we have used this line Rosette
for RJR. And it’s just beautiful. You’re also going to need a packet of inch and a
half strips or yardage. If you cut your own yardage you’re going to need 1 ¾ yards
to cut this. And we used this white that has this tiny silver fleck dot on it. I mean it’s
just really cute. Sometimes it’s fun to throw a little something different in the
background. And for that you’re going to need 1 ¾ yards. Now the outside of our quilt
right here you see we have no border on here. So just a little binding. Your binding is
¾ of a yard. Your backing here, oh a pretty print that we chose from the fabric line.
And it is five yards. And those are with vertical seams. So let me show you how to make this. You’re going to take each strip and you’re
going to do all the same cuts from each strip. But then you’re going to mix them all up.
So we’re going to open up our strips here and because we’re opening them up you may
want to stack them up. You know like you could do four or so and get four cuts at once. I’m
just going to do one to show you. First thing I’m going to do is cut off my little selvedge
edge. And then I”m going to cut a 2 ½ inch block. And we’ll set that over here. And
then we have a 3 ½ inch piece. So one, two, three, and a half. And you will just want
to make little stacks of these. And then we’re going to have a 5 ½ inch piece. One, two,
three, four, five, I’ve already got my half at the beginning. Just checking to make sure
on that one. And this next one is going to be one, two, three, four, five, six. The next
one is going to be 6 ½. Let me move this up there. And then this last one is going
to be 8 ½. So one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight and a half. Just like that.
And then you’re going to have this extra piece leftover that you’re going to save
for another project. You’re also going to do the same thing with your 1 ½ inch strip.
And you’re going to cut those 2 ½ , 3 ½, 5 ½, and 6 ½. Now this is the block we’re going for right
here. This is what it looks like when it’s all together, just like that.. And I’m going
to show you how it all works and it all goes together so easily. Alright so we’re going
to take this 2 ½ inch strip and we’re going to put it on the side of our 2 ½ inch square.
And this is the fun part about pre cutting your strips is because everything is just
going to fit together. And then we’re going to add the other 2 ½ inch white. So you always
add two whites and two colors and two whites and two colors just like that. So let’s
go to the sewing machine and we’ll put on our two inch and a half white strips. Now
the trick with this is that when you put smaller strips on one side, it gives it a curved look.
So that makes it really fun. Alright, let me press, I’m just finger pressing this
back and then I’m going to put this strip on this side. And just make sure when you
add your strips like this right here, just make sure when you add your strips that the
white always touches the white or the color always touches the color. It has to touch
it on some side. So that’s how you know that you’ve got it going on the right way.
I always make those little mantras for myself so I don’t get lost. Alright so we’re
going to press this open. And I’m just going to set my seam there and roll it back, the
one I already finger pressed open. Alright. So now, alright so see right here where this
is a little off right here? That’s not going to matter because I can put another strip
on there. It will be enclosed in the quarter of an inch seam so it won’t work. Ideally
these should have lined up perfectly but that’s alright because it’s still going to work.
Alright so now we go to our color side over here. And we’re going to put this 3 ½ on
this side and this 5 ½ on this side, alright? So let’s go do that. And you’re always
surrounding your middle square first. And again I’m just going to finger press this
back. Now if you want, you know honestly if I were doing this in my sewing room, I would
have my ironing area right here next to me so I could iron every little seam so that
I could go, I could go from the iron to the sewing machine, from the iron to the sewing
machine. And we’re using quarter of an inch seams. And when you put a block like this
together where you put a lot of little pieces in you want to make sure that those quarter
of an inch seams stay that way because that’s going to help your block fit. This is one
of those times where that, it is kind of important to pay attention to those little strips. Alright
so now we’ve added two colors and it’s time to add two more white ones. And we’re
going to put those over here like this and like this. So you just keep adding the white
side to the white side, the color to the color. And let’s go ahead and put those on. This
little background on here that is a white but it has a little silver dot, I think it’s
really fun. Alrighty, here we go. And then I”m going to open that up and then put this
other side on just like this. Alright we’ll press this
back now. Alright so once your block is pressed nice
and open then we’re going to add our other two pieces. And we’re going to add them
so that it checkerboards. Make sure, you know if you put it on this side and they line up
exactly the same, that’s not the look you’re looking for. You’re looking for this side
where it actually, you know, it stops and it has that weave look to it. And then the
other one is going to be over here. So just watch as you’re putting together. These
really won’t matter too much, although you want to follow that. But because it’s the
same color it’s not going to show. But this side is definitely going to show. So right
here where we have the shortest piece we’re going to add our next piece. And, and we’re
just going to sew it a quarter of an inch down. And then we’ll finger press this back
and then we will add this other strip to the other side. Alright now let’s press this
open. So once you get your block ironed you are
ready to go. And you need four of these to make a block. There’s two different block
sets. But it’s just going to take four of these to make a block. And basically when
you start what you’re going to do is you’re going to take two of your blocks together
like this. Make sure they’re set together so the weave is still here. And you’re going
to sew all your blocks in pairs of two. So let’s go to the sewing machine and do that.
Here’s my other block. And again I’m looking for this weave and I’m going to sew them
together in blocks of two. So let’s do that right here. And one more. And you’re going
to do this to your whole stack, the whole stack is going to go together like this. And
then the difference comes in how we lay them out. So let me press these open right here.
And I like especially on this kind of block I like to iron from the top. If you iron from
the top you make sure that there’s no pleats or seams that are folded over because if you
have, if I have a little seam that’s folded in here that’s going to change the size
of my block. So be real careful on your ironing. Make sure you press from the top of your block
so that everything is nice wide open. And I like to actually just you know set my seam
and roll it back, just roll it back like that. And use the side of my iron to push to make
sure that’s completely open. Alright now let me show you how these go together
because these are going to go together to form two different blocks. The first block
is this one right here. Where all of our background colors are to the corners. Ok everybody got
that. The second block we’re just going to go together on opposite sides right here.
So that now this comes together where the white ones come together just like that. And
that makes our secondary block. Let me show you how this looks laid out. Alright I’m
going to lay this over here like I sewed it together pretending. So this is my white to
the outside. And then this is my one where or white to the inside. And this is my one
where they’re all on the outside like this. So basically the blocks are sewn together
this same way. But as you put them together, as you put them together, you’re going to
put them together in rows like this. And it’s going to make this pattern. See how this pattern
is beginning to curve right here. That’s, here’s where that is on the quilt right
here. This is it right here. This is the curve that makes this happen right here. So when you put your rows together a lot of
times we offset our rows, these are lined up exactly the same. So all of these blocks
go in a straight row down. And that means you’re going to get your circle here and
a secondary circle here and they’re going to be offset a little bit. So it’s really
fun to make. Really fun to put together. It’s fun to see, you know with a, with a log cabin
block like this, it’s fun to see all the designs and patterns that happen because there’s
a million ways to set it. And this is just a fun new way. And we hope you enjoyed this
tutorial from the MSQC.

88 thoughts on “Make a “River Log Cabin” Quilt with Jenny!

  1. Love this! Thank you! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  2. Jenny, I am happy to see you looking just fine. I was worried for you because I had seen yo so tired on the previous videos.

  3. Jenny, you're still the best! Your upbeat personality is so refreshing

  4. I like the new take on the Log Cabin pattern! I think it would be beautiful made with the Berries and Blossoms line and French Vanilla skinny strips.

  5. Oh so nice!!!!  I'm gonna make this one right now! For one of my sisters that loves blue and yellow!! I wonder if I should use a med. blue for the squares? Hhhmmm…. I just love the adventures quilting takes us on…. You're the captain of your own ship…  (  :

  6. Thank you, looks a lot like the curved Log Cabin, just a different layout.

  7. I love black and red colors anyway. I haven’t done a log cabin yet. Strip piecing are quick . I made the fence rail stars. I loved it. I haven’t quilted it yet. Love your personality and professionalism

  8. Oh this is so cute! Love the pretty colors in this one. Thank you for another winner!!!

  9. Muito prático. Amei! Você sempre escolhe um padrão de cores que combinam perfeitamente.
    Obrigada por compartilhar.

  10. Just a suggestion….. I did the curved log cabin and only cut the 2.5 square and left all the other material in strips. I would cut after i sewed the pieces together. It gives you an accurate cut…. and I assembly sewed each block…..

  11. I love this pattern!! You always explain and make things easy to understand. Thank you

  12. Yes, I certainly DID enjoy this tutorial! I've seen Log Cabin quilts like this, but I could never figure out how to make them. I tried a few times, but I could not get it right. And now I know! Thank you, Jenny!

  13. Jenny absolutely awesome thank you once again just the best teacher Xx

  14. Another to add to have to make. I can’t wait till Friday’s for another great idea ?. You always make everything so easy and understandable, it’s just hard keeping up with you, as I get a idea for colors and it takes me awhile to find them, so in my sewing room I have notes of quilts to make with a color chart I want to use, my biggest problem is sometimes not writing down the quilt name and then everything is up for grabs. So now I have a legal pad and at the top I put MSQC and pause the video write the name down and size and then let my thinking ? cap go. Thank you and my grandkids are very happy ?.

  15. I wonder if it would work to bring it in to having the largest cut piece be 6.5 inches … not going all the way to 8.5. I know it would make a smaller quilt, but just wonder if the curve would still happen.

  16. Very good tutorial Jenny, but could I make a little plea about the intro and ending music? Could it be much shorter? Quite honestly, it's driving me nuts!! I know I can stop it by turning the sound down but then I miss explanations, and sometimes I am not at the computer when it comes along.

  17. Beautiful fabric and it works perfectly with pattern. My first quilt was a log cabin pattern. It has always been my favorite block.

  18. Another quilt for my “to do” list! Wish I had two jelly rolls alike right now!

  19. I love the addition to the white fabric! Something a little unexpected is always fun. =)

  20. I just finished the School of Fish ? and wondered what to make next and here you come again Jenny, with another exciting project for me ✂️???? Thanks

  21. The first quilt I made was a log cabin. Now I need to try this version! ?

  22. I've always wanted to make a log cabin, but honestly have been intimidated by it. Love the way this one looks. I did have to watch the video twice because some things confused me. I have a question. Why can't you use the rest of the strip? Would not that eliminate the need for two rolls? I'm sure there's a reason..

  23. I had the biggest "Ohhhhhhhh" moment when you showed how to layout the blocks! I didn't realize there was two patterns!

  24. Will you do a tutorial on how to piece together backings? I notice sometimes you mention vertical seams and other times horizontal seams. If you could include some general dos and don’ts for quilt backings, that’d be superb!

  25. I really love this Log Cabin !! I have an 8yr old I am teaching..I think this would be perfect for her 2nd quilt. ☺

  26. I do like this design and the fabric collection you chose with which to make it is so cute! (It's just one of the more expensive ones to make, since you need 2 jelly rolls plus background. But then again, you have all those leftover sizeable strips, which would make an entire other quilt, so that's a good thing! I might just look into whether I could make it with a FQ bundle… oh, the inspiration!!). Thanks for the tutorial, Jenny and the MSQC team!
    ~Diana from Toronto

  27. How cute would this be made in Moda Swell Christmas fabric? Or any Christmas fabrics? It reminds me of ornaments.

  28. Rather then counting the lines on your mat why dont you turn your ruler sideways and use the measurements on it?

  29. So PRETTY!
    Jenny, I hope you continue to make videos for MSQC for a long time to come…..sorry, but I get the feeling that MSQC is under-going some LARGE permanent changes that everyone who absolutely LOVE, LOVE,LOVES MSQC isn't going to be thrilled with, even though those of us who dislike change will have to get used to it. My reasoning for this? In the BLOCK magazine all the quilts are created by someone else….take the newest BLOCK magazine….( look at the back where the photos of the quilts that were featured in the newest Block magazine…see page 92 where is says "Sample Quilt" Enchanted by Gingiber for Moda Fabrics….and if you look at all the other pages with the photos of the quilts….nothing is said about Jenny or her children designing or assembling the quilt like in PAST BLOCK magazines.
    MSQC…..would you please tell me I'm wrong here….I sure hope so!

  30. The very first quilt I made was a log cabin…..Christmas gift for my oldest son!!

  31. I usually love your tutorials and tips. This one drove me nuts because it is out of focus.

  32. I like the quilt pattern. Unfortunately, it is very hard to see the curved log cabins because of the poor choice of "print" jelly roll. The jelly roll is gorgeous and I love the colors, but it has too many light strips which do not have enough contrast with the background strips.

  33. What is the name brand of the cutting mat that Jenny is using

  34. Jenny, I could sit and listen to your videos all day, but then I would never get any quilting done!! But I found something on Amazon a bit ago that might interest you!! I found these pins with the shape of your bird! I thought they were delightful!!

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0795Q53XM/ref=pd_luc_rh_sspa_dk_huc_pt_sub_3?psc=1

  35. This is so gorgeous. Thank you Jenny for doing these tutorials for us!.

    Can you tell me how many blocks to make?.

  36. I purchased the two jelly rolls and have some similar white with silver dots for the background. I am pretty sure that I can get a 5 block by 5 block quilt out of this making it larger at 80 by 80 and adding a border. It just means 100 of each of the lengths instead of 80. I have also chosen the log cabin traditional idea of a red (in this case one of the more solid pinks) as the center 2 1/2 in square. Wish me luck!

  37. This has an Asian look. Very pretty.
    I have a curved log cabin awaiting quilting… but the layout is completely different. I have Asian fabric that will make Chinese lanterns. Thanks!

  38. Love your quilts, tutorials, shop and everything Missouri!!!
    After watching this tutorial, I was wondering if you squared up your 4 blocks before sewing them together??. Or if you just squared up the large block after the 4 has been sewn together.???? Would love your input!!! Thanks. Tracey.

  39. Love this pattern. Purchased the pattern and I am going to make one . Waiting for the pattern and then I will be sewing. Can't wait. Thanks Jenny for such a beautiful quilt.

  40. I think this would work with my pile of 2 1/2 " scrapes. I will have try. Happy Creating

  41. This is more clear than the first tutorial I watched  .I received all my material for this project hope it turns out half as well as yours. I love your tutorials. Thanks for adding purpose to my life. I donate all my quilts to churches and cancer patients. It is expensive for me ,however with God all things are possible.

  42. How did I miss this tutorial?? Have not seen this before. I love Log Cabin quilts and have made several versions, looks like I'll be making another.

  43. Hola soy española y me gustaría comprar telas como lo hago

  44. I love this quilt pattern so I made one. Now how do I go about quilting this beautiful quilt pattern.

  45. I just finished this quilt top. It went together smoothly and was a fun, no-stress project. I used black fabric for the small strips and it really makes my prints pop!

  46. I just love this block. Thank you for teaching us how to put this together just beautiful

  47. Jenny can you tell me what pattern you used to quilt this quilt?

  48. I plan on making this with Batiks in neutral colors because my birthday is in September so I thought fall colors would look great in my family room. Also, I live right by the river. So this describes me perfect. Will start cutting in a week or two.

  49. I love the versatility of the log cabin block. Thanks for another great tutorial!

  50. How many blocks go into this quilt and what is the finished size? I didn't catch that in the tutorial.

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