Guest Post: Allegory of SewAllegorical.com!

Well hello there!

I’m Allegory and I usually contain all my craziness to  www.sewallegorical.com.

Jenna was sweet enough to let me do a guest post while she was recovering. (I even pinky swore to return everything just the way I found it ;) ).
It has just started to get cold here in GA and I’ve been filling my days with pumpkin coffee. So I dug through my WiP box and found something quite appropriate to finish up.

I’m so excited to show you!
Let’s just jump right in, shall we?

Pumpkin Log Cabin Tutorial


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Materials needed:

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*As you can see I used a big ol’ pile of orange/yellow-orange scraps I had.
You can certainly do this project with a couple of coordinating oranges. I’d suggest having a FQ of each fabric you want to use to make sure you have enough.

*A green scrap at least 2″x4″
*Sashing fabric (I got a half yard. Some of the strips to cut from this are 19″)
*Chalk marking pencil (a white one if you’re using dark sashing, blue/grey if you’re using white)

Standard supplies: Rotary Cutter, Cutting Mat, Ruler, Pins, Sewing Machine

Cut:


From Orange + Green Fabrics:
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From sashing:

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Sewing instructions: 


*This begins as a basic log cabin block. So if you’re comfortable with that you can certainly skip my step-by-step here (just jump to step 6 ) ;)

Step One:


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Sew your 2″ squares together. (All of my pieces are sewn with a 1/4″ seam)

Step Two:
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Press open.
For every step you should press towards the piece that you just added.

Step Three:
Sew your squares to a 2″ x 4″ strip and press.
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When I make a log cabin I’ll take these steps to make sure I’m adding pieces to the correct sides:
-After adding a new piece, I’ll set that piece down on my cutting mat/table with the piece I just added facing up.
-I’ll set my new fabric to the left of my working block.
-Flip the new fabric on top of the working block so they’re right-side together and sew.

Step Four:


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Add your second 2″ x 4″ piece.
This picture also shows you how I lay them out inbetween each addition. The orange with white dots was what we added in Step Three. My new fabric is to the left.
Sew with 1/4″ seam and press.

Additional note: Because we cut all of our strips 2″ wide, you’re going to end up with some overhang on your new pieces (because of seams).
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Here you can see what I mean. Before I press my pieces open, I’ll trim up that edge to prevent a lot of bulk on the back of my block. Trimming everything even also helps to keep the block straight.

Step Five:
Continue adding all your pieces like shown above and pressing after each addition.
You’ll add your 6″ strips next.
Then your 8″.
Then your 10″.
Next your 12″.

Then you’ll add two of your 14″ strips.
You’ll have a standard log cabin block now.
Mine looks like this:
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Step Six:
See how I have the last piece I added on top in the picture above?
Lay your block the same way.
To make this block more pumpkin shaped we’re going to add our last 14″ strip to the bottom.

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You know the drill here.
1/4″ seam.
Press.
You’re a pro.

Step Seven:
I don’t know about you but me and triangles have a bit of an ongoing war.
I’d rather sew a diagonal on a square any ol’ day.
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Grab four of your 2″square sashing pieces.
On each corner of your block you’re going to want to lay down your square and mark the diagonal.
I lined mine up the the 45degree line on the mat.
Mark with your chalk pencil. (My line is photo enhanced for you. Blurry camera focus ftw! Or..not so much)
Pin your square down.

Step Eight:


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Sew just outside your marking line. I used white thread so you can see. My marking line is just barely to the right of my seam.
For each corner you’re going to want to sew on the side of the line closest to the outside of your block.

Press towards the outside as well.

Set this center piece aside for a moment.

Step Nine:
Sew your last 2″ grey square to the top of your 2″x4″ green piece. Press open.
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I think I might have the ugliest ironing board ever. But I digress.

Step Ten:
Attach the 6″ side of your two 6″x7″ pieces to either side of this green piece. Press.
It will look like this:
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Once you get it sewn, go ahead and trim up that top line so it’s straight.

Time to really finish putting this block together!

Step Eleven:
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Attach your green piece to the top of your center block and the 15″ strip to the bottom.
Press both.
Trim if needed.

Step Twelve:


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All that’s left is attaching the 19″ strips to each side!
Again, trim if needed (you’ll probably need to).

Huzzah.
Pumpkin block.

Using 2″ wide strips means my block is 16.5″x17.5″.
You can certainly adjust the width of your strips to make something wider or smaller.

2.5″wide strips will give you a nice little wall hanging (which is most likely what I’ll do next).

I’m still debating on what to turn this block into.
I could finish it and make a cute little centerpiece for my table.

Or maybe even make more and turn them into a quilt top.

Who knows.
All those options sure sound like fun tho’.

For now?
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It’s a monkey blanket.

*Thank you so much Jenna for letting me play on your site!
And thank you guys for reading this little tutorial of mine.

If you feel like it I sure hope you’ll stop by my place.
I love getting to know new people and seeing all the great things they’ve created.

I promise the monkey doesn’t bite.
~Allegory

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8 Responses to Guest Post: Allegory of SewAllegorical.com!

  1. I love the tutorial but have to ask, what the heck is pumpkin coffee?

    • Allegory says:

      It’s coffee with pumpkin flavor syrup added in it. Or sometimes I make coffee and put pumpkin pie spice in the filter with the coffee grounds. It’s my total addiction.

  2. Karen says:

    This is soooo cute! I want to do this for a mug rug/centerpiece..thanks!

  3. Katy says:

    Cute, and the perfect monkey blanket :o )

  4. I love this! You could also just keep making it better and give those giant pumpkin growers a run for their money! Thank you for sharing :)




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