Here is my mini log cabin star! Island Batik challenged the Ambassadors to scale it back. August’s theme was Marvelous Minis and I focused on a log cabin design.
Making a Mini Log Cabin
Log cabin quilt blocks are a fun design element, because they can substitute for any layout that features half square triangles. I talk about some options in this blog post.
To make my mini log cabin blocks, I printed foundation papers from EQ8. Each block finishes at 6 inches square. My log cabins feature 5 shades of each color, so a single block has 21 pieces!
Once I had my colors selected, I cut all the individual strips at 1.5″ wide, then chain pieced each block.
I used the basic layout from my Lazy LeMoyne Star and chose coordinating Aurifil thread for some wavy-line quilting. My sewing machine is always set up with Schmetz needles, and Hobbs Batting is my standard choice for a quilt.
Want to learn more about building a monochromatic fabric palette? Check out this video on the True Blue Quilts YouTube channel:
Using Mini Quilts
There are various definitions of mini quilts. Some quilters may interpret miniature based on the total size of the quilt, such as the 24″ x 24″ dimensions of my mini log cabin. Others may require that the overall scale of the quilt blocks be smaller than the typical sizes in order to qualify as a true miniature.
Whichever definition you follow, mini quilts make wonderful displays. They fit nicely as a single artifact or in a grouping, depending on your available wall space. You can also find small display racks for shelves or tabletops.
Mini Quilt Inspiration
Visit these fabulous quilters, the wonderful Island Batik Ambassador team for 2022, to see more Marvelous Minis!
Tell me… how small is too small? I think I reached my limit with the 1.5″ strips from my mini log cabin blocks! I’d love to hear your thoughts on mini quilts – please share in the comments below.
I will draw one winner for an Island Batik fabric bundle of 5″ strips. Contest ends Aug 3oth.