log cabin

Yvonne's Christmas Star30 December 2014

Yvonne’s Christmas Star is a 2-color, multi-fabric quilt in a horizontal setting. It measures 75 x 75 inches. Log Cabin blocks can be laid out in many different settings. This star setting seemed just right for a Christmas quilt. If you are quirky like me, you cut out all your Inklingo shapes with scissors and enjoy the long, slow process. If you like to be efficient and use your rotary cutter, you can layer-to-cut your printed pieces of fabric and be done in no time. Linda explains layering to cut on the Inklingo blog and more about it in her article on the Quilting Hub.

This design uses the Inklingo .75″ Log Cabin Collection. I colored the blocks in EQ7 very simply with color swatches available in the program. You could use Christmas fabrics or do a scrappy version as well.

Yvonne Colepaugh is my 1st cousin 2x times removed. She and my grandmother, Helen are first cousins. Yvonne’s mother died during childbirth and the five children were taken in by relatives. My great-grandmother, Catherine (Colepaugh) McEvoy took in Yvonne and her brother, Maurice and raised them as her own. (What’s two more when you already have a dozen of your own?)


YvonneYvonne’s Christmas Star
75 x 75 inches

9020-10 Toscana White Picket Fence, white with small red print or other suitable white or light fabric(s).

Suitable scraps – Reds, Christmas fabrics, etc.

Purchase and download:

Inklingo .75” Log Cabin Collection

The Inklingo Handbook

Cheat Sheet

(Download from website or print from collection)

For more information about Inklingo, click here.

Copy the information below to a printed Cheat Sheet. To figure fabric yardage, see the section “Planning a Quilt” in the Inklingo collection.
Fabric Yardage Shape # of Shapes Cut & Print Page # in shape collection
Fabric 1
Combo 100 partial sets 100] 5.5 x 10” .75” Log Cabin: 36 & 37
Square .75” 100 4] 6.75 x 13” .75” Log Cabin: 14 & 15
Fabric 2
Reds or Scrappy
Combo 100 full sets 100] 6.75 x 10” .75” Log Cabin: 36 & 37
Binding Strips 8 strips //

Want to check my math? The Yvonne’s Christmas Star Math PDF is here.

Quilt blocks are pictured on the Math PDF.

Be sure to check my Log Cabin Quilts Pinterest Board for more quilty Log Cabin inspiration!


In October and November managed to get 5 long-standing projects to the finished top stage. Some quilters call them “flimsies” but I don’t like using that word to describe something as wonderful as a finished quilt top. (Just my opinion.) I had set a goal to finish 5 projects before year end, but I should be able to finish up 3 more before the end of the next week — potentially 8 finishes. Granted they are machine pieced and were in various stages of being completed, but I am feeling quite proud of my accomplishment especially since I hadn’t done much quilting in the 12 proceeding months.

Perhaps I am a bit overconfident — inspired by my recent finishes — but I’m setting a goal to finish 15 projects in 2015. Here’s the list in no particular order:

  1. Priscilla’s Beauty – hand pieced blocks with applique
  2. Case of the Secret Garden – hand pieced blocks
  3. Crazy Quilt block – Alaskan cruise class project
  4. Transfer Artist Paper (TAP) – old class sample
  5. Patchwork of the Crosses (POTC) – hand pieced
  6. Hexiflowers – hand pieced
  7. Rachelle – hand pieced blocks
  8. Colonial Garden
  9. Patriots in Petticoats – machine pieced
  10. Sun, Moon & Stars – appliqued blocks machine pieced
  11. 9 Patch Leader/Ender with Heart – machine pieced with applique
  12. Thea’s Baby Quilt – machine pieced
  13. Ethan’s New Quilt – machine pieced [same as Thea’s with different backing and binding]
  14. Scrappy Log Cabin – machine pieced
  15. Scrap Baskets – machine pieced / appliqued handles & hearts

While I was working on this post, Linda posted a photo to the Inklingo Facebook page. Yes! That’s the look I want to see 15 times this year.  (hahaha)




stacy-log-cabinA scrappy log cabin has been on my Quilting To Do List forever. I love log cabin quilts. Especially those in a barn raising layout. My first attempt to sew a quilt was with an Eleanor Burns “Quilt-in-a-Day – Log Cabin” book.

It didn’t go so well but I was not deterred. Fast forward a number of years and I am machine quilting this scrappy log cabin for a quilter friend.

stacy-log-cabin2Oh, my scrappy goodness!

stacy-quilting-detailI wanted to keep it for myself!

Just recently I have begun using the Inklingo .75 inch Log Cabin Collection to print scraps of log cabin strips for a quilt project I plan to start in the new year. The quilt blocks are going to have an extra .75 inch red square running through the middle separating the light and dark fabrics similar to the EQ7 block below.

log-cabin-blockWith the extra squares, the log cabin blocks finish at 8.25 inches. I am planning a 12 x 12 block layout [144 blocks total] in a barn raising pattern. That means I need to print 144 light strip sets, 144 dark strip sets and 1584 small red squares. There is a Combo printing option in the log cabin collection I am using that allows me to print a complete set of strips on a 6.75 x 10 inch piece of fabric.

srappy-log-cabin-EQlayoutThis is a non-scrappy rendition of my planned quilt layout in EQ7.

counting-shapes-EQAs long as I color every strip in the block with a different color or fabric in Electric Quilt, I can use the Fabric Yardage Chart to tell me the number of shapes I need. This is how I figured out how many small red squares I need to print. (The yellow fabric in the chart above.) You can find the Fabric Yardage Chart in EQ7 under File > Print > Fabric Yardage.

scrappy-log-cabin1My stash is woefully lacking in lights and neutrals and I didn’t have enough different fabrics to print 144 sets of log cabin strips. During Thanksgiving week I was house sitting for another quilter friend who lets me comb through her scraps and use whatever I want. She has her scraps sorted by color in a dozen or more baskets. You can see 2 of the baskets in the top righthand corner of the photo above. Thanks to her generosity, I was able to add enough fabric to my light and dark scraps to print out all the strips I need to finish my quilt. Note the plastic bag with stacks of log cabin strips already printed and cut. I am almost done with the printing. There are a little over 50 dark fabrics left to print and cut. I need to find the perfect red fabric for my small squares and then I am ready to start sewing my scrappy log cabin in 2015!

The Inklingo Log Cabin Collections come in 3 different sizes.


My focus in 2017:

Sewing in 2017

  • 1 Year of Stitches embroidery project
  • Hexiflowers (aka Grace's Garden)
  • Death Star pillow
  • Tonopah Nevada topographical map
  • 1855 Wales Center map
  • Winnie the Pooh map
  • Ethan's Quilt
  • Thea's Quilt
  • Rachelle Fae CQ block
  • Machine quilting with a walking foot

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