How would you like to make some easy quilted log cabin placemats? These would be perfect to use any time of the year but the colors in these are perfect for autumn. I have an easy tutorial to share with you.
I originally shared some Christmas log cabin placemats that I made and mentioned that I would do a tutorial. Would you believe I wrote that post in 2012 and I never wrote the tutorial!
Anyway, yesterday someone sent me an email asking if I had ever written the tutorial and it was embarrassing to reply saying that I hadn’t. So I decided to make up a couple and write the tutorial for her.
Log Cabin Placemat Tutorial
This log cabin quilt pattern is also called Courthouse Steps.
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I dug into my scraps of batiks to make these beautiful placemats that will be perfect on our table this fall. Since I used scraps, I am not including yardage directions in this tutorial.
The following directions are for one placemat
- Sew with a ¼ inch seam allowance
- All batik strips are first cut into 1½” strips then sub-cut to the size needed
- Choose a contrasting color for your center strip, cut it 1½” x 4½”
- Cut two strips 1½” x 4½” from the dark batiks
- Sew together as shown – this is the center of your placemat
- Choose lighter colored batiks for the side strips and dark batiks for the center strips
- Cut two 1½” x 5½” light strips and sew one to each side of your center
- Always press toward the strip you just added
- Cut two 1½” x 6½” dark strips and sew one to the top and bottom
- Cut two 1½” x 7½” light strips and sew one to each side of your center
- Cut two 1½” x 8½” dark strips and sew one to the top and bottom
Continue adding more strips
I know I took photos of all of the steps for adding the strips but I can’t find the photos.
Here are all of the cutting sizes you will use to make the placemat.
- A – cut one 1½” x 4½” strip
- B – cut two 1½” x 4½” strips
- D – cut two 1½” x 6½” strips
- F – cut two 1½” x 8½” strips
- H – cut two 1½” x 10½” strips
- J – cut two 1½” x 12½” strips
- L – cut two 1½” x 14½” strips
- C – cut two 1½” x 3½” strips
- E – cut two 1½” x 5½” strips
- G – cut two 1½” x 7½” strips
- I – cut two 1½” x 9½” strips
- K – cut two 1½” x 11½” strips
- M – cut two 1½” x 13½” strips
I always find it easier to look at a diagram. If you are like that, then use this to layout your strips.
Add a backing and batting and quilt, I always like to cut my backing and batting about two inches larger than the placemat.
I was in the mood for some fast free-motion quilting so I just did a little freehand serpentine stitching. I don’t worry about being perfect.
You can see that I did the “wiggle” stitch along each seam. This is a great way to practice free-motion quilting if you are a beginner.
I had enough of one of the dark batiks to use for my binding. I cut 2½” strips and used this machine binding tutorial to add it.
Most of the time I would use different batiks for each row of the log cabin block but I was in a hurry so I actually used several of the batiks more than once.
We have a tiny table in our kitchen now so that is why I chose the size of 13½” x 16½” for my placemats. If you would like yours bigger you would continue to add strips.
If you make any log cabin placemats using this tutorial, I would love to see them! It always makes me so happy to receive a photo in my email from someone who has created something with one of my tutorials or patterns!
Take a look at my Christmas Log Cabin placemats! I think you’ll really like the m made with beautiful red and green batiks.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! This blog post has been converted to an optional PDF that’s optimized for printing and includes this log cabin placemat and the Christmas placemat tutorial.
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