I’m back with the second part of my Paper Pieced Log Cabin Christmas Wreath. You can see part 1 here.
Today I will demo the rest of paper piecing the blocks, finishing the top, and machine quilting my mini-quilt to finish.
Here is a refresher of the paper piecing process from last week with a few more detailed pictures. My favorite method of paper piecing uses a straight edge and an add a quarter ruler. Be sure to click the images below for closeups.
Step 1 – Paper Piece all of your Log Cabin Blocks from Last Week
(You can download the log cabin foundations for free or you can purchase a set of printed foundations on lightweight see-through vellum paper from my store.)
- Add your next log to a freshly trimmed side.
- Flip over and sew from the paper side following the numbered lines in order
- Press your sewn seam with a wooden seam roller
- Fold the paper on the next seam number that you will be sewing (use a business card or postcard as a straight edge)
- Pull back your excess fabric, use the add a quarter inch ruler and trim the excess.
- When all 16 blocks are sewn, trim from the paper side leaving 1/4″ seams all around
Step 2 – Sew The Top
- Lay out your 16 Log Cabin blocks so that they form a wreath shape.
- Sew each row into pairs and then the pairs into rows of 4 blocks
- Finger press your seams open, or press with a wooden seam roller
- Join the rows to complete the top
- Once the top is complete, carefully remove all the papers
- Add the thinner red borders to the sides and top
- Add the wider green borders around the outside
Step 3 – Baste and Quilt
I quilt everything on my regular Bernina home sewing machine and I love it!
I use Pinmoors and flat flower pins to baste all of my quilts because they are so easy to remove while machine quilting.
Before basting, I marked straight lines around the wreath design with a water soluble pen. Always be sure to test your fabrics for marking removal and to make sure they won’t bleed when they get wet.
I quilted the straight lines with my walking foot. Then I added double loops in the borders and smaller loops in the background with my free-motion foot.
I used matching solid red fabric for the binding. For this quilt, I tried a Sewline glue pen to keep the binding in place on the back while finishing by hand. It keeps my binding nice and tidy!
You can see an in-depth binding tutorial here.
Voila! It’s finished!
I have tons more ideas of what you can do with these blocks:
- Use as the center of a larger quilt.
- Sew a pillow, wall-quilt or table topper
- Make more blocks for a larger throw sized quilt
- Turn one block into a Christmas Ornament
- Make matching placemats
That was fun. Be sure to email me pictures when you make one, too!