Autumnal Log Cabin

This quilt is a great stash buster. Mine was made from strips of autumnal fabrics – my favourite colours, so I had (still have) a lot. This photo was taken at a quilt show with a spotlight just in the top corner, but it gives an idea of the overall effect.

log cabin

I used two different widths of strips and added them randomly – lights one side and darks the other – until the blocks were the desired size. I occasionally added in a blue (sky? water?) to add a bit of contrast and there’s the odd green as well. It was also great for using up those fabrics that you’re not quite sure why you bought them anymore, but cut up small they blend in and don’t look so bad. What I love about Log Cabin is the many ways you can put the blocks together. Here’s some photos of the quilt in progress while I was trying to make my mind up which setting to use. First is Straight Furrows -

lc straight furrows

Next is zig-zags

lc zigzag

then Barn Raising

lc barn raising

and finally (because the strips are different widths – lights are narrower than darks) – circles

lc circles

In the end I just put the blocks together all the same way and here it is on the bed

Log Cabin quilt

You can download the pattern (£3.50) from the website. Of course yours doesn’t have to be autumnal – use your favourite colours.



This is the name I’ve given this block – I’m not sure if its a traditional block, I drew it in Electric Quilt to combine the 9-patch and Basketweave blocks we looked at earlier.


You can download the pattern for it here. Below I’ve given one or two quilt ideas and you will find more in the pdf.

roadblock plain

This quilt was made with the block in two different arrangements of the colours. The one below has had sashing and cornerstones added between the blocks and around the edge as a border.

roadblock sashed

This is a really simple block to make – if you need help with strip piecing and cutting 9-patches you can find a tutorial on the website.

What would it look like combined with the Double 9-patch block?


Ribbon Star

The Ribbon Star is a lovely, and easy, pattern for a quilt. Make it as big or small as you want by hand or machine. Play with colour placement as well.

ribbon star

The pattern for this little quilt can be found on the website. If I’d had more of the border fabric I could have ‘fussy cut’ it so that the flowers were all the right way up. But I didn’t.

Here’s a photo of another one I made a few years earlier to give you an idea of different colours.

ribbon star blue

Sorry its bit blurry – I had to take a photo in the shop where it is currently on display, and as it is pinned to the ceiling this wasn’t easy!

The pink squares are heavily quilted in a purple thread to change their colour – they were just not the right pink to go with the border I realised far too late.


Another simple block to make is Basketweave. This is closely related to the 9-patch block as it is cut from sets of three strips.basketweave block

You can download the instructions to make the block here – they include a few quilt ideas as well. This is the original block colouring set 4 blocks by 4.

basketweave quilt

If you add another colour to some of the blocks you get this effect -

basketweave quilt b

Windmills in different shades of blue, and the woven effect has gone.

Or if you use the original block and one that uses a lighter blue you get this -

basketweave quilt a

The woven effect is back again. There are more ideas in the pdf pattern.


Rainbow Cushions

This is a really great way to use striped fabrics and Dresden Plates. A little ‘fussy cutting’ and you can create rainbows round your cushion. Of course they don’t have to be this bright – you can get quieter stripes than this one. These were made for a teen’s bedroom.

rainbow cushions

They’ve had a bit of abuse down the years but have worn well as they were machine machine pieced and appliqued. Find the pattern for them on the website.

rainbow cushion

The border stripe was a different rainbow stripe print but went well with the original (not enough left after several projects used it earlier).

rainbow cushion border

No matter how hard we try to use up our stash, somehow there is never quite enough or not quite the right colour and we have to go out and buy more.

Getting ready for . . .

It’s nearly Autumn and the countdown to the end of the year and big celebrations is gathering pace. (Is it just us, or are the years vanishing faster than we can keep up with?)

So with all that in mind here’s the latest pattern from Meadowside Designs – a little tree skirt made from a Dresden Plate block. Very quick and easy, the pattern has full step-by-step photos.

Dresden mini tree skirt

It could be used as a candle mat as well as a tree skirt for a mini table decoration.