#jensfillerblocks Log Cabin and Courthouse Steps

Hey all of you sampler quilters! I didn’t forget about you, even though I’m still so excited about my Olympic Rings mini quilt. Today I have 2 options of #jensfillerblocks for you. They are both constructed in very similar ways and it just made sense to share them on the same day. A traditional Log Cabin block is on the left and a traditional Courthouse Steps block is on the right in the picture. 

For the construction of these blocks, I tried 2 different sizes and both yielded blocks that I had to trim down on their final strip to get to 6.5″. This does not bother me at all, even though the outer layers will end up being smaller-ish than the rest. 

Start with either a 1-1/4″ or 1-1/2″ center square. I used 1-1/4″ for log cabin and 1-1/2″ for courthouse steps. Which ever size you decide on, make sure all of your logs are the same size to achieve a more uniform look. 

Log Cabin: Add on a log that is the same size as your center block, then add a log above that, then continue in a circular pattern around and around and around. 

Courthouse steps: Add on 2 steps that are the same size as the center step on the top and bottom of the center step. Then add on the sides, then the top and bottom, then the sides, etc etc etc. 

I chose to make mine scrappy, but a cohesive scrappy. You can go crazy and make everything scrappy without any white, use white and scrappy, the options are pretty much limitless. Enjoy! 

Olympic Rings Mini Quilt

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We are Olympics OBSESSED around here. My family growing up was, and now my current little family is as well. Every single time the Olympics is going on, I am convinced that if I actually tried, stopped eating deliciously sugary foods, started running like a fiend, I could be an Olympian. HA! A girl can dream. Instead, I decided to make a fun Olympic Rings mini quilt to display in my home during the Olympics. Sure, it’s only for a few weeks every 2 years, but I am THAT dedicated and excited. I have a great PDF pattern to offer at the end of this post that explains everything and has a template so you can make your own.

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Here are supplies you’ll need (full disclosure, these are affiliate links):

-Royal blue, gold, black, green, and red fabric. I used fabric from my stash, but a quick trip to a fabric store or a big box store and you can easily grab a few fat quarters to make your own.

Heat n Bond Lite – this is my go-to brand of fusible web.

Hera marker – I use it to mark straight lines for my quilting. It is one of my favorite new must-have tools. It leaves an indentation in your quilt sandwich and you don’t have to worry about washing away markings or ironing them away.

505 Spray baste – This is my very favorite (it’s a huge can) to use for spray basting. Even in a mini I prefer spray basting as it will get the job done fast and relatively easily.

THIS PDF for the template and instructions.

One thing I’ve learned with quilting on my domestic machine is that it always, always, always works best if you quilt from the same side of the quilt. Yes, you have to snip threads, but in the above picture, I ALWAYS quilted from the blue ring side of the quilt. This will help eliminate puckering which we all hate.

I cannot wait to see what you come up with. Tag me @heritage.threads on Instagram and #olympicringsmini.

Missouri Star Quilt Co. Tutorial Reboot: Flying Geese Log Cabin

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I was contacted by Missouri Star asking if I’d be interested in being part of their #tutorialreboot series on their blog. Once a month they ask a blogger/quilter to do an older tutorial in a new way. When I saw the Flying Geese Log Cabin tutorial I KNEW that is what I wanted to do. I am so pleased with how it turned out and feel so honored to have been included in this amazing series. Head over to Missouri Star Quilt Co and check out my post as well as the others who have been involved. There are some amazing quilts!

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