modern log cabin baby quilt

I am so behind on giving so many baby gifts. It’s the curse of the crafter — I can’t bear to give store-bought gifts, because I want to make things myself, but of course I never keep up with it all, and then I end up giving no gifts. Sigh. Um, it’s the thought that counts?

Well, I made some progress recently when I gifted a little quilt to my new little friend Evan (brother of Sophie who I made this quilt for).

Is he a cute little peanut, or what?

This quilt is made of very simple log cabin blocks – it’s so quick and easy, you really could whip up in a weekend.

If you’ve made log cabins before, you know how easy they are. If you haven’t but would like to learn, I posted a photo tutorial on making modern log cabin blocks in my Sewing 101 column on Design Sponge here. The post takes you through the whole process step by step, so you’ll see how easy it really is.

The best part? You only have to know how to sew in a straight line to make a quilt like this!

I don’t think I could ever get tired of log cabins.

…or this cute little face.

Don’t you want to squeeze him?! Trust me, he is extremely squeezable.

Do you ever get stumped trying to pick colors for a quilt? Here’s my trick. I find a patterned fabric I love for the backing, then build the colors from that. I think a lot of quilters tend to plan the front before the back, but I do it in reverse – and I find it really helps to keep me on track with a palette and tone. Try it!

Yay for babies and quilts!

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  • Lisa Veigel

    Love it! the baby and the quilt! This post inspired me to cuddle up with the quilt on the couch and almost inspired me to wake the baby for a squeeze. *almost* thanks for the quilt and the great post and pics!

  • Kelly Hatzmann

    Brett, I am so happy to find your blog (I'm not the most saavy internet user). Gorgeous quilt for a gorgeous baby. Looking forward to more of your crafty ideas. Thank you for sharing your talents with us! It is always inspiring, especially as I sit here trying to finish a crocheted blanket for my Aunt's birthday party tomorrow evening. Not going to happen.

  • Allison

    Adorable! And I totally think it's the thought that counts. Mainly because I'm so behind on my sewing gifts as well. I've got several babies that I want to make quilts for that may be too big to use them if I take much longer!

  • Minty

    I meant to tell you how awesome this is! I love the modern log cabin.

  • isabelle

    I love this! But the quilt tutorial link doesn’t work :(

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