Log Cabin Block, 10-30-23

Let’s start with measurements for the log cabin block.

Backing: 8” x 8”

Batting: 8” x 8”

Center square: 1-1/2” x 1-1/2”

Strips: 3/4” wide

Layer backing and batting and place square in center.

Pinned to show layers

Lay strip #1 on top of square and cut 2 pieces that size (center square can be any size)

Sew with a scant 1/4” seam with a reduced stitch length

Rotate and add strip #2, 3, 4, etc

Continue sewing strips until you have sewn 8 rounds.

With a shallow zig zag stitch, sew around the block.

Trim off excess batting and backing.

And that’s where I’m going to leave this for now. I’ll give you a week to get your block made. Next Monday night, November 6, we’ll assemble the case.

Reader quilts (and pets):

Love the binding!

Both of these runners were made using Country Threads Goes Back To Charm School.

Omigosh by Sue Garman – made by Lynn in Waverly
Vicki captured the blue Seattle sky!

I was asked about the building covered in vines – here’s a progression of photos from the quilt shop and around the corner. It’s the north side of the quilt shop that’s covered.

Ivy and Finn came out for a run today – I wish I could post the video of Keeper and Finn – they run like greyhounds!!

Don’t miss Connie’s Halloween quilt show tomorrow!

32 thoughts on “Log Cabin Block, 10-30-23

  1. Julie DeBower

    Oh, this looks like fun–the glass case that is! And the omigosh quilt is definitely OMIGOSH!! Absolutely stunning! Everyone did a beautiful job on their projects–so fun to see!!

  2. Sue Bowers

    Hi Mary! Thanks for the eye glasses tutorial. I’m going to give it a try. I don’t have as many hours in a day as you do! Lol. I’m amazed at all that you do. Thanks to all your readers for sharing their quilts – so inspirational. I’m on a roll to finish some things now that the weather has turned cold.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sue – and when you finish them, you’ll send me a picture, won’t you? Oh, believe me, my work is selective – such as ceiling fans, curtains, bathroom floors and dusting!!! Hate them!

  3. Linda in North Carolina

    Thanks Mary this perfect timing as I’ve been thinking I should make a case but didn’t want to search for a pattern. I’ll get started on it tomorrow. Love the dogs and the quilts. A great blog everyday!

  4. RS in IA

    Lynn’s quilt is amazing, had to take dedication to see that through to a beautiful finish. Vickie always has great color combos in her quilts, and so many of them! Always glad to see the dog photos, they look so happy & energetic.
    Finally got that hard freeze, and the last flowers and plants look like they melted into the ground. Have some final cleanup to do, but will wait til Fri. or Sat. when temps go up.
    Have a good week, everyone.

  5. Sandy

    Hi Mary, working on Christmas stockings today, a couple of hours and my brain is fried! But will put the glasses cases on my list, along with 3 or 4 charity quilts and a small postcard quilt to go back to Taiwan with Katrina for her parents.it will be a quiet January as the family will be away for a month. Lovely day here,lots of sunshine, take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

  6. Betty Klosterman

    The OMG quilt is unbelievable! 1/2″ finished pieces.
    Company left this morning at 6:30 and I’m exhausted. We had a great time. Tomorrow will be better.
    It is supposed to be 13 degrees tonight.
    Betty in Rapid City

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Betty – I bet you had a grand time but now you need to rest up – no sense going outside in this cold weather!

  7. Meredith in Cincinnati

    Love that Omigosh quilt! On my list to do. The baby quilt and companion doll quilt are so cute. Love those soft 30s fabrics! Thanks for the tutorial, Mary.

  8. Diane in Colorado

    Omigosh, Lynn! What a beautiful finish! So many tiny pieces!!
    I’m anxious to start on an eyeglass glass case—thank you for the tutorial! Will be fun to see everyone’s efforts!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diane – I should have made everybody promise to send me a picture of their case, shouldn’t I?

  9. Vicki in Seattle

    Jeanie S., some little girls are going to love your sweet kitty quilts!
    Lynn, your quilt is breathtaking! What is your next project?
    Mary, thanks for the pattern. You have inspired many of us!

  10. Bonny

    Love the reader’s quilts! Such variety, so much inspiration! Thinking a log cabin case for my rotary cutter….hmmm! Another item for To Do list!

  11. Beverly from O-H-I-O

    Love seeing the dogs play and all the lovely quilts. Can’t believe the cost of crackers either! I find myself saying “do I really need that?” when grocery shopping. Got a nice surprise at my local Kroger today; when I came out of the store, I saw lots of people picking up the mums and wondered what all the fuss was when I noticed a sign that said “free mums”! They were giving them away because a hard frost coming tonight. I got 2 and a free plant. It kinda made up for the high price of groceries!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Beverly – take your mum inside tonight! We’ve already had that hard freeze.

  12. Alice in SW Ohio

    Mary, thanks for the eyeglass case instructions! I’ll save this for later to make. I just returned from a quilt retreat in Holmes County, OH. We’ve been going there for 20+ yrs. We started out years ago with close to 25 gals, we had 14 this year. Some have gotten older & don’t travel anymore. But I believe there’s 4 of us that are from the original 25. Lots of projects done or partly done. Several very nice quilt shops in that area…& Yes we visited all of them at least once! Weather has turned really cold & we expect a hard freeze tonight. Saturday it’s supposed to warm back up to 60*. I hope so as a couple of us have volunteered to trim a neighbor’s bushes. She has MS & can’t do this type of work & family isn’t available. Need to do this before it snows! Love the quilt show!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Alice – thank you for doing this work for your neighbor – it’s all part of Kindness 101!
      Your quilt retreat sounds fun – especially the shopping!! We, too, are hoping for that warm up.

  13. patti

    mary, thanks for the eye glass tutorial. as i was cutting today, i was tossing those smallish strips to the side. great idea for the rotary cutter case. the quilts today are fantastic. the omg one – i’m floored. such dedication but it is fantastic. the color in vicki’s quilts is marvelous. so good to see keeper and greta playing. my first cat (smokey) made friends with a yellow lab when both were about 4 months old. it was precious. years later a yellow lab got a mite too nosey and got a swipe across his nose. how life changes. i’m surprised the weather has changed so quickly for so many of you. off to bed. i stayed up late watching the magic play the lakers. we lost at the very end by one 3 point basket. but it was a good game. sleep calls. patti in FL

  14. Charlotte S in northern California

    Thank you for the eyeglass case instructions, Mary. Such awesome quilts today! When I saw the Omigosh quilt, all I could say was WOW! Lynn, it is beautiful!! I love your colorful quilts, Vicki.

  15. Kathy in western NY

    What a quilt show! Such variety and beauty in everyone’s creations. Hope to see some eyeglass squares made up by your readers. I have so many quilted cases I use that I won’t be making one but love seeing what others come up with. I am looking forward to some inside time now to sew. Thank you for inspiring us all! Don’t you wish we still had Keepers energy to run like that.
    Stay warm everyone on this chilly Halloween.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kathy – I’m just curious about all your quilted cases – have you made them yourself?

      1. Kathy in western NY

        Yes I did. Used leftover scraps of double sided prequilted fabric so I cheated. Added leftover scraps of binding or packaged bias tape to the raw edge on top, then sewed the rectangle down the side and bottom. It worked for the seniors larger sunglasses they used over their glasses and I have one I kept to keep a rotary cutter in. Glad I had those scraps to do that for about 8 years ago or so cause I heard preprinted quilted fabric is very expensive now.

  16. Mary Etherington Post author

    Sandy – of course they’d pick Elsa and another princess! I love your tea party and you even included Bella – so sweet. Cheese sandwiches, huh?

  17. Kim from Wi

    I’m going to make the eye case, thanks for breaking it down and giving us the great pictures. It snowed here in central Wisconsin last night. Woke up to find 2 inches on the ground and its cold outside. I feel sorry for the kids who are going Trick or Treating tonight with the cold weather.

  18. Pamela Dempsey in Northeast Texas 🎃

    I am finally finding this eyeglass case tutorial, going backwards in my emails. Thank you for sharing this Mary!!! I didn’t think it would take me several days recuperating from a long road-trip to Michigan but it has. Didn’t even do my favorite Halloween decorations inside fearing Penny and Lucy might get too rowdy with them. My daughter came over every other day and took care of them and loved on them. Darrell thinks they got fat in our absence 🤣. I missed them for 10 long days and my bathroom and bed , to be honest. Too many places have low to the floor “squatty potties “ and with sore knees it was hard getting up! TMI ! Good to see family we hadn’t seen in years! Thanks again for the case pattern and am looking forward to the next part 🎃🥰

  19. Jackie in NY

    Hi Mary – thanks so much for the block instructions- I desperately need a new eyeglass case- my 12 year old quilted case is threadbare in spots!

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