Vintage Log Cabin Quilt with Countryside

Hi Makers! It’s Sara Brown from @SaraBQuilts coming to you from beautiful Suttons Bay, Michigan on Lake Michigan. This may be the most perfect place in the world to show off Riley Blake Design’s new collection Countryside, with its sun-washed, Americana vibes. 

Lisa Audit blended florals, ginghams, and toile-like scenes in a fabric collection made for a log cabin quilt! I have maid a pineapple quilt and a courthouse steps quilt, but never a log cabin, so I knew immediately that this was the fabric to make one with. The colors in Riley Blake Design’s Countryside collection are very reminiscent of the colors in Helen Philipps Design’s Vintage Log Cabin quilt pattern, which can be purchased here

The blocks in Helen Philipps’s quilt come out to by 9.5” finished, but I decided to make mine 12” finished to get a slightly larger quilt. I used the foundation paper piecing method to get perfectly straight lines, so I purchased pre-printed 12” log cabin blocks. I highly recommend going this route if your seam allowances are not always consistent and straight! 

I had so much fun mixing and matching the different Countryside fabrics, but especially the Scenery, Blossom, and Plaid fabrics! The muted red, whites, and blues would make a perfect Fourth of July quilt for someone who wants a more sophisticated look for their home. I have always shied away from making one for that exact reason, but the Countryside fabric allowed me to make a festive quilt that still have a vintage feel to it. 

Using the foundation paper piecing method made the log cabin blocks come together quickly. Once the quilt top was complete, I had Molly Kohler long arm quilt it with her new pantograph design called Heart of the Home. This pantograph complimented the log cabin design perfectly! You can find the pantograph on her website here

I chose to use the Countryside Gingham in Blue for the binding, because is there anything better than a ginhgam or a striped binding? I don’t think so! For the backing, I used one of Riley Blake Designs coordinating basics called Floret in Cadet blue. I love how well it worked with the collection’s colors and the floral print is so delicate. 

I am so excited to get this quilt in the wash and see how soft and crinkly it is. I am also so excited to see what everyone makes with Riley Blake Design’s Countryside fabric! 

Happy making!

Sara Brown 

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