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Paper Pieced Log Cabin Free Tutorial


A paper pieced log cabin quilt is simple to make. This simplified version of Lumbered Jack’s Log Cabin is like the quilt featured in the book, Redesigned in Red, White and Black by Quiltworx. The Quiltworx pattern is

Osprey’s Nest at the Lake Cabin – BUY NOW

The original Lumbered Jack’s Log Cabin uses 3 fabrics for the light side of the log cabin block, requiring special sorting, stacking and cutting techniques. This simplified version uses fewer fabrics and does not require any special cutting, sorting or staking.

For the best workshop experience:

  • I suggest you progress through the lessons in numerical order.
  • When you start a lesson, read through the entire lesson and watch the videos in order and then start from the beginning of the lesson and complete the steps in that lesson.
  • The workshop is suitable for beginners to advanced quilters, so advanced quilters may find some of the videos a little tedious. Use the slider on the video to advance to the parts that interest you.
  • Most videos have a Video Index displayed after the video. Use that index to quickly advance to the segment you want to watch.
Includes 10 lessons and more than 13 videos with instructions for piecing the pattern, Osprey’s Nest at the Lake Cabin by Quiltworx. Permission has been obtained from Quiltworx to produce and distribute this educational material.

You must purchase the pattern, Osprey’s Nest at the Lake Cabin by Quiltworx in addition to these instructional materials if you wish to make the quilt.

Paper Pieced Log Cabin Playlist on YouTube

Fabric Chart

Important: The chart below to choose your fabrics for this workshop. Do Not use the fabric chart on the back of the pattern. The fabrics are from the Forever collection by Timeless Treasures.

Paper Pieced Log Cabin Fabric Chart

Supply List

  • Osprey’s Nest at the Lake Cabin Pattern by Quiltworx (required)
  • Permanent marker or ink pen
  • 45mm and/or 60 mm rotary cutter with fresh blade
  • 6-1/2″ x 12-1/2″ ruler or larger
  • Cutting mat at least 18″ x 24″
  • Quality 50wt cotton thread
  • Sewing machine with open toe foot and 1/4″ foot
  • Small scissors to use at the sewing machine
  • Larger scissors for cutting paper
  • Add-A-Quarter ruler, 12″
  • Template plastic about 3″ x 12″
  • Wash out glue such as Elmer’s or UHU used to glue fabric to paper
  • Glue Pen such as Sew Line, Fons & Porter used to glue fabric to fabric
  • That Purple Thang for curved piecing
  • Jumbo paper clips
  • Ziploc™ or store brand plastic bags:
  • 1 @ jumbo size (use a pen or marker to label this bag #1)
  • 4 @ gallon size (use a pen or marker to label these bags #2, #3, #4 and #5)

Lesson 1 – Introduction

Instructions

Normally in this part of my classes I show you how to put the instructions in a binder and check for corrections. That is not needed here but keep your instructions handy as you go through the lessons. Occasionally we might reference some diagrams but, for the most part, the instructions are not needed in this workshop.

If you want to see how I set up instructions in binders you can view that here.
This next video shows how to trace the dashed lines onto the backside of the paper. This is optional but many new students find it helpful.

Understanding Quiltworx Papers

If you are new to Quiltworx patterns or need a better understanding of the different papers they publish, take some time to read the lesson in the link below. It will save you hours of frustration as you complete this project.

Understanding Quiltworx Papers

Papers and Bags

Before you choose and purchase your fabric, you should cut apart all the papers and put them in the proper bags. The newsprint sheets are large, so you’ll need plenty of space to open them up. If you’re using a rotary cutter to cut the papers, you should have the largest mat you can find. If using scissors to cut the papers, a table or other large surface works well. The next video shows how to cut the papers from the newsprint sheets.
Using the table below, cut out the papers and place them in bags.

Lesson 2: Fabric

This lesson is all about fabric. In the video I show you how I chose my fabric, how to make and glue swatches and how to pre-cut your fabric.

Note For Choosing Fabric:

Fabric C5 (light arc background) and C7 (Geese #1) are paired together to make geese units. These geese units are later sewn into fabric C2-C3-C4 (light side of the log cabin unit). Be sure you are happy with the look of these three fabrics together.

Likewise, fabric C6 (dark arc background) and C8 (Geese #2) are paired together to make geese units. These geese units are later sewn into fabric C1 (dark side of the log cabin unit). Be sure you are happy with the look of these three fabrics together.

Correction: In the video I say to cut 15 strips at 15″ each for the light fabric. This should be 14 strips at 15″. The table below shows the correct number of strips to cut from the light log cabin fabric.

Choosing and Preparing Fabric

To Do List:
  • Choose your fabric.
  • Cut a 1/2″ swatch strip from each fabric.
  • Glue swatches to the fabric chart you downloaded above.
  • Optional: If you prefer to wash your fabric before cutting and piecing, now is the time to do that.

Pre-Cutting Fabric

Lesson 3 – Cutting Bag 1

In this lesson we will cut the fabric in Bag 1 which contains the fabric, template layout sheets and foundation papers to piece the log cabin units. Here is what you’ll see in the video:

  1. The dark fabric is divided into two stacks of 7 strips.
  2. The Dark Fabric Template Layout sheets (6) are used to cut the fabric into sections or “logs”.
  3. Steps 1 and 2 are repeated with the light fabric and Light Fabric Template Layout sheets (6).
  4. The fabric sections are stacked.
The next video shows how to stack large strips of fabric for cutting.


Lesson 4 – Cutting Bags 2 thru 5

In this lesson we will cut the fabric in Bags 2 through 5 which contain the fabric, template layout sheets and foundation papers to piece the geese units. There are two different geese units: Unit A has the geese flying to the left (when looking from the back) and Unit B has the geese flying to the right.

  • 36 Unit A geese are divided into two colorways, one in Bag 2 and one in Bag 3.
  • 42 Unit B geese are divided into two colorways, one in Bag 4 and one in Bag 5.
All 4 of these bags are cut using the same process but the fabrics are different and/or the number of cuts is different. The video below shows the process to use for each bag. Watch the video then follow the steps after the video to cut each bag, one at a time.
Bag 2

Bag 3

Bag 4

Bag 5