Quilted Log Cabin Placemats for Christmas

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Here is a great quilt project – quilted Log Cabin Placemats for Christmas. Log cabin quilt blocks are fun to make and they can look so different depending on the width and length of the logs. This design is actually called Courthouse Steps and it is a perfect design for placemats.

quilted log cabin placemats in a courthouse design

Quilted Log Cabin Place Mats for Christmas

This post was originally written in December of 2012! Wow, it is hard to believe that was seven years ago!

It was time to update the photos (so glad I keep the originals) and info. I never did find photos showing the steps to make the placemats, I guess this must have been before I was really writing very many tutorials but you can find photos of the steps in the link below.

Don’t worry, I remade the log cabin placemats a couple of months ago and wrote a tutorial for them.

Log Cabin Place Mats

Purchase an ad-free printable version of my Log Cabin placemats here

I used up the last of the Christmas fabric strip set to make these. I did have to add some red fabrics and a couple of greens. That makes quite a few projects – tree skirt, mug rug, table runner, wall hanging, and now placemats.

I don’t make my placemats as big as patterns usually call for…..I like a little smaller ones. These are about 15 x 17 inches, when I made the new log cabin placemats I made them just a little smaller.

Christmas quilted log cabin placemats in a courthouse design

I made two of the placemats using gold and green which I really like.

Christmas quilted log cabin placemats in a courthouse design

Quilting was just a simple meander with lots of loops using my vintage 15-91 Singer sewing machine. Isn’t this little kitty cute?

Christmas quilted log cabin placemats with a kitty cat

Can you imagine a whole quilt made of courthouse steps blocks? Maybe something like this. I love using Photoshop!

quilted log cabin placemats in a courthouse design as a quilt

There is no yardage for the Christmas placemats as I used scraps in my stash but you could easily get several using fat quarters of fabrics.


  • A – Red – 1 – 1½” x 5½” piece
  • B – Green – 2 – 1½” x 5½” pieces
  • C – Gold – 2 – 1½” x 3½” pieces
  • D – Green – 2 – 1½” x 7½” pieces
  • E – Gold – 2 -1½” x 5½” pieces
  • F – Green – 2 – 1½” x 9½” pieces
  • G – Gold – 2 – 1½” x 7½” pieces
  • H – Green – 2 – 1½” x 11½” pieces
  • I – Gold – 2 – 1½” x 9½” pieces
  • J – Green – 2 – 1½” x 13½” pieces
  • K – Gold – 2 – 1½” x 11½” pieces
  • L – Green – 2 – 1½” x 15½” pieces
  • M – Gold – 2 – 1½” x 13½” pieces
  • N – Green – 2 – 1½” x 17½” pieces

A Diagram for you

Diagram of placemat

Binding your quilt projects

Christmas quilted log cabin placemats in a courthouse design

When making this many quilted placemats, sewing the binding on by machine is a great option.

Christmas quilted log cabin placemats in a courthouse design

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! This blog post has been converted to an optional PDF that’s optimized for printing and includes both sizes of placemats.

Purchase an ad-free printable version of my Log Cabin placemats here

During our move this year I downsized a lot, I sure hope I kept this cute plate that I found at Goodwill. I bet it is in my Christmas boxes.

Christmas quilted log cabin placemats in a courthouse design

Which do you like best? The red or the gold placemats?

Christmas quilted log cabin placemats in a courthouse design

Before you go…..

Making a Log Cabin table topper is fun. Another neat quilt project would be to make the Log Cabin Pillow which is made with bigger strips, read the blog post and learn how to make it.

Log Cabin Pillow Tutorial

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  1. These are wonderful. Love the fabrics you used.

  2. Robyn Lidstone says:

    The Christmas colours are very bright and cheerful. These place-mats would also be nice in other colour combinations.

  3. Love both colors. Great idea for Christmas gifts. Thank you for all your ideas. What do you use for batting??

  4. Log cabins always a good thing! So many ways to colorize them! Happy Easter!

  5. I really like your Christmas plate so cute!!😊♥️

  6. Both are pretty, but I think I have a slight preference for the red.

  7. Connie – these are beautiful! Both color schemes are elegant in their own ways . . . needless to say, I like both!! I do believe you are inspiring me to evolve into the holiday season (even though I really enjoy lingering in this Fall season with all the colorful leaves, pumpkins, etc.).

    Thanks for the nudge and inspirations!

  8. I love both versions of your placemats, but maybe the red/green the most. Thank you for all your designing and sharing, Connie. So enjoy your posts!

  9. Susan the Farm Quilter says:

    Love your placemats!!! The green and gold is wonderfully unexpected…perfect for the host and hostess, whilst the rest use the red and green!!

  10. barbara woods says:

    Your’s looks more like a log cabin to me, love them!

    1. Heather Wallingford says:

      It’s definitely not a log cabin!

  11. Connie, these are gorgeous! I was looking through my Christmas fabric last week and ran across a bunch of strips that I had saved from a project last year. Maybe I’ve found a use for them! And even though I don’t attempt FMQ, even I can do that on a placemat. 🙂

  12. Sylvia Anderson says:

    Hi Connie, I love your Courthouse Step placemats and the Photoshoped quilt, if you turn it around, reminds me of red Chinese Lanterns. Beautiful red color!

  13. These are gorgeous!!! I need to put these on my list for next year!!

  14. Spectacular placemats – if it wasn't so close to Christmas I'd be hitting the sewing room. There's always next year! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration.

  15. The Quiltwhinny says:

    Simple and Beautiful! Thanks for sharing such wonderful gifts.

  16. You are just making so many wonderful Christmas projects there…you're like a quilty factory!

  17. I love your place mats and mug rugs.

  18. It must be the week for lots of us to talk about Log Cabin blocks. These came out really great.

  19. these look fantastic Connie,well done.xx

  20. Denise :) says:

    Oooh! I like the green and gold ones especially — very lovely! 🙂

  21. Connie, that are wonderful!!! How very clever!

  22. Karen Pior says:

    I think it is time to officially call you an 'over achiever'!!! You are so very productive I am a little envious of your beautiful creations. I love the gold you have added in – the same and yet not. Thanks for linking up on my blog this week. Cheers, Karen

  23. These are adorable. I want to make some placemats like theses. Log cabin blocks are wonderful. So very festive.

  24. Those place mats and mug rugs are lovely.

  25. Those are really great!! Love 'em.

  26. I really like these, I should make some.

  27. Great placemats. I like 'em a little smaller too; they fit on the table better. Love your loop-d-loop FMQ pattern. Really looks great.

  28. Sofia/MªRosalia/Raúl says:

    Good evening…
    They are so beautiful your mug rugs…
    Merry Christmas – Feliz Natal
    Maria Rosalia

  29. Connie, you sure keep yourself busy. The mats and the mug rugs are lovely. Happy Christmas.

  30. These are just so sweet! Your sewing machine has been in overdrive! Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful Christmas!

  31. Since I posted about Log Cabins this morning, I added a link to your post.

  32. My goodness, you are one busy lady. I love all the things you have been making, especially when you use all those scraps. Love these place mats.