Sunday, October 16, 2011

Kitty Christmas Quilt Tutorial

I finished my Kitty Christmas Quilt just in time to write this tutorial.

The Kitty Kristmas fabric from Alexander Henry was my focus fabric for the center of the Log Cabin Blocks.

The quilt measures 71" x 56" or 1,80 x 1,42m.

Back of the quilt.

You will need:

A funny focus fabric or just any fabric that you want to put in the center of your Log Cabin Blocks.

Lots of strips in red and green fabrics with different widths ranging from about 1" to 2". This is a great way to use up your scraps from last years christmas projects.

About 2 yards of cream fabric, I used the Kona Cotton fabric in snow.

A fleece blanket and a thin polyester batting.

Start with your favorite focus fabric.

I cut the kitties with a small seam allowance of 1/8 to 1/4 ".

Then I added red fabrics strips with different widths, aproxymatly 1"-2" wide.

Some of the red fabrics.

I sewed two sorts of blocks, blocks with red fabrics first and blocks with green fabrics first.
This is a block with four red fabrics in the first round of the log cabin.

I lay a red fabric right side down on the focus fabric, sew it on with a 1/4 " seam allowance. cut the rest of the strip away and continue with the next strip in clockwise direction.

Here I add the 3. red strip to the block.

After each strip I press the block with the seam allowances facing away from the center.

The first round is complete.

Now it's time to add the next round, this time I used green fabrics.

Every other block has the colors reversed, you start with green fabrics for the first round and then use red fabrics for the second round.

After sewing all the blocks I squared them up to 6 1/2 ". Luckily I have a 6 1/2" ruler that makes this step very easy.

voilà this is the completed block.

Make 32 block beginning with green fabrics

make 31 blocks with red fabrics in the first round.

This is the block lay out on my design wall.There are 7 blocks in the row and 9 rows. I then added the sashing.

For the sashing you need to cut 56 rectangles 6 1/2" x 2 1/2 ".

and  8 strips that are 2 1/2 " wide with a length you measure after sewing the short sashing strips on the blocks and then the blocks in a vertical row. 70 1/2" was my measurement. ( 9x6" +8x2"+1/2" seam allowances.)

Sew a strip on the bottom of 49 blocks, the last row of blocks has a long sashing strip.
 Sew the blocks into rows  measure the length of the rows and then cut out the side sashing strips in the same length as the rows of the strips.

Add a sashing strip to the remaining 2 sides of the quilt and your top is ready.

Now you can send the quilt to your favorite longarmer or quilt it by yourself.

I quilted some loops and Ilex leaves with a  Q-Drive longarm machine by Baby Lock.

For the binding I used up my remaining red fabrics and cut the binding strips 2 1/2" wide for a double folded binding.
There are many useful binding tutorials on the internet.

Have fun sewing!

I started this quilt in October 2010 and only finished it 3 days ago. The months before Christmas are busy and I just couldn't finish the quilt in time for Christmas. Last year we used the backing blanket for cuddling on the sofa, but this year the finished quit will make us smile.
And I bought an extra cuddle blanket on sale after Christmas, because it was so soft and warm.


  1. so cute! love the kittens fabric and the background - I'm sure the cats love the quilt :)

  2. Hallo Patricia,
    der Quilt hat so schöne Farben, ich kann es ja beurteilen, da ich ihn schon zweimal "live" gesehen habe.
    LG Evi


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