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Welcome to Week 4 of the Fabric.com Log Cabin Sew-Along!
We’re nearing the end of our quilt-as-you-go sew-along. I hope you’ve been enjoying it!
Over the past several weeks, we’ve gone from selecting our fabrics to starting our log cabin blocks. And now, hopefully, you’ve got a growing stack of quilted log cabin blocks that are ready to be joined into the rows of your blanket.
This week on the sew-along, I’m going to show you an easy way to join your lovely blocks with strips of contrasting sashing. (Just as there are several different ways to approach the quilt-as-you-go method, there are several different ways to join quilted blocks; I learned this approach from Michelle Patterns).
Contrast Sashing and Binding Cutting Instructions
Here’s a tip: I found it easier to start by cutting the sashing strips first. Then I cut the remaining fabric on the bias for the binding. I’ll probably have a little extra binding leftover, which is never a bad thing!
Preparing the Sashing
It takes two sashing strips to join two blocks together: the 1” x block length strip will join the front of your blocks, while the 1.75” x block length strip will be used to join the back.
Start by folding your back sashing strip in half across the length of the strip, wrong sides together and having raw edges even. Press.
Joining Two Blocks
The first step is to sandwich the right edge of your first block between a front and back sashing strip.
With your first block right side up, place a front sashing strip along the right edge of the block, wrong side up (so the sashing and block are right sides together) and having raw edges even. Temporarily secure with a pin at the top and bottom of the block.
Flip the block over and place a back sashing strip on the backside of your block, along the same edge and having raw edges even (so the folded edge of the strip is NOT along the raw edge of the block).
Use clips to secure the three layers and remove those temporary pins from the front of the block. (I think this works better than pins!)
Stitch through the three layers along the raw edge using a ¼” seam.
Now, press out the front sashing strip. Here I’ve pressed out the front sashing and have laid my second block next to the first to decide how I want to orient the next block:
Flip the second block over to the left and align the right edge of the block with the right raw edge of the front sashing strip. The block and sashing should be right sides together.
Use clips to secure the two layers and stitch along the raw edge using a ¼” seam.
Now your two blocks are joined in the front by a narrow sashing!
Next we need to secure the back sashing. Here’s what the back will look like after you’ve finished stitching the front sashing:
Press the back sashing over the space between the two blocks.
Handstitch the sashing to the back of your second block, just like you would handstitch a quilt binding.
(If you’d rather wait until you have all of the blocks for your row joined together before doing the handstitching, you can do that! You just have to make sure all your back sashings are stitched down before joining two completed rows together).
And that’s it! You’ve joined two blocks together! Easy, right?
I am loving how this dotted chambray sashing looks against the plaid flannel! What do you think?
After you’ve joined all your blocks into rows (you should have four rows of four blocks each), you’ll follow the same process to join the rows together.
Use the bias cut strips to make the binding and bind your quilt using your preferred method.
I’m still plugging away on my quilt-as-you-go log cabin blanket, but my kids have already started fighting over who gets to keep it! I can’t wait to show y’all the finished quilt. Stay tuned for the big reveal!
How are your quilts coming along? We would love to see your progress! Be sure to post your pictures on Instagram (#fabriclogcabinsewalong) and Facebook.
The Fabric.com Fall Sew-Along Schedule
- Introduction (October 14): Join us for a fall sew-along
- Week 1 (October 21): Choosing fabrics and yardage requirements
- Week 2 (October 28): Cutting your fabric and quilt-as-you-go method overview
- Week 3 (November 4): Sewing check-in—show us your progress!
- Week 4 (November 11): Joining your blocks and binding your quilt
Be sure to post your inspiration, fabric pulls, and progress on Instagram using the hashtag #fabriclogcabinsewalong.