Hi everyone, Carla here from Creatin’ in the Sticks with a fun and easy “rag” quilt that will keep the winter chill away.  When Dear Stella introduced the Winter Cabin Flannel fabric, I knew right away it would be perfect for a cozy quilt in my cabin.   Flannel rag quilts are so soft and I love to make them for family and friends.  Adding applique trees with HeatnBond® Soft Stretch™ LITE and a little piecing makes this cabin quilt super sweet.

Cabin Sweet Cabin Rag Quilt

Size:  About 40″ x 40″

by Carla at Creatin’ in the Sticks

Please read through the complete instructions before starting. 

When working with flannel fabrics, it is best to wash, dry, and press them before beginning any project.


1 yard – HeatnBond® Soft Stretch™ LITE Fusible Web Adhesive

2 packages – StitchnSew™ Sew-In fleece, High Loft

Tree applique Pattern DOWNLOAD HERE

Fabric: Dear Stella flannels

2 yards of orange (Dash Plaid – Grenadine)

2 yards of cabin (Winter Cabin)

2 yards of green (Dash Plaid – Spruce)

Thread Aurifil 50 wt.  (#2220 and #5023)

Cutting mat, rotary cutter, iron, sewing machine with a walking foot, sharp scissors,

and other basic sewing supplies

Cabin Sweet Cabin Quilt Instructions:

Applique Tree Quilt Block:  make 13


cut 13 from orange – 9 ½” squares (1 for each block) 

  cut 13 applique trees and trunks (cut 1 tree and 1 trunk for each block)

see instructions below 

Construction For Each Tree Quilt Block 

Prepare and cut the applique patterns:

Print the tree pattern actual size. Using the HeatnBond Soft Stretch Lite Fusible Web Adhesive, trace 13 trees and 13 trunks on the paper side. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for tracing the patterns and bonding to the wrong side of fabrics.

(tip- to save time, trace the triangles into lines as pictured.  Bond the entire sheet to the wrong side of the fabric in sections holding the iron 5 seconds on small sections until the entire sheet is fused to the fabric.  Next, use a ruler and rotary cutter to cut on the lines.)

Cut out the tree and trunk applique pieces on the solid black lines, peel off the backing paper, and place applique with the adhesive side down on the right side of the 9½” x 9 ½” orange background piece of fabric.

Center the tree by first folding the background fabric in half and finger pressing a crease down the center.  You can fold the tree in half lengthwise and mark its center line with a slight finger press.  Place this creased line on the background fabric matching the lines. Measure ½” from the top and bottom to place the tree and the trunk. The tree will overlap the trunk.

The layout key is on the tree pattern.

Bond the Applique Pieces to the Background

Following the package instructions, work in sections to press the entire tree and trunk applique to the background until the entire applique is fused.

Stitch around appliques

Use a straight stitch to edge stitch the tree and trunk twice with Aurifil 50 wt. thread (#5023)

Make a total of 13 applique tree blocks 9 ½” x 9 ½”.

Cabin Quilt Block:  Make 13 blocks



orange – cut 4 rectangles 2” x 3 ½” (52 total for quilt)

green – cut 4 rectangles 2” x 3 ½” (52 total for quilt)

cut 4 squares 3 ½” x 3 ½” (52 total for quilt)

cabin – cut 1 square 3 ½” x 3 ½” (13 total for quilt)

Construction for Each Cabin Quilt Block:

Stitch them together as laid out with 1/4″ seams.  Stitch the small rectangles together first, then stitch all squares together to make a 9 1/2″ quilt block.

Make a total of 13 pieced cabin blocks.

Construction for Cabin Sweet Cabin Quilt: 


25 – 8 ½” squares from StitchNSew High Loft Sew-In Fleece

24 – 9 ½” squares from Cabin fabric

Block preparation

For the 13 tree quilt blocks, pair 12 cabin fabric 9 ½” squares and 1 prepared cabin quilt block.  (The cabin block will be in the center of the back of the quilt.)

Pair the remaining 12 prepared cabin quilt blocks with one cut cabin fabric square.

Sandwich one 8 ½” fleece square in the middle of the fabrics, wrong sides of the fabric in the middle and right sides out.  Center the fleece so there is ½” all around the block. Place a pin in the middle to hold all 3 layers in place.

Once the layers are laid out together, it’s time to sew the layers together.  Every square is sewn in an x pattern corner to corner with a walking foot.  Use painter’s tape to mark a straight line from the needle of the sewing machine and just guide the corner of the block along the tape.  There’s no need to mark the squares. Just stitch one line corner to corner, then stitch the other way corner to corner.

Sewing the Quilt Together

After the blocks have all been prepared, lay out the blocks with this diagram.  Make sure the center tree block is the one with the cabin quilt block on the back.

Stitch all the blocks together right sides together with the seam allowances on top of the quilt with 1/2″ seams.  The back of the quilt will not have fringe.  Here is a picture of how the seams go together. Press the seams open as you go.

Once the blocks are sewn together, sew a 1/2″ around the whole quilt. Use a triple stitch on the outside to make the quilt stronger or stitch around the quilt 2 times.

Now clip the seam allowances with scissors about every 1/2″ and almost to the stitching but be careful not to cut the stitching.
Once the blanket has been clipped it is ready to be washed a couple of times.  Be sure to keep the lint filter clean if this is done in a home dryer.  For larger rag quilts, it is better to take the quilt to a laundromat and wash and dry it in a commercial machine.  After a couple of washings, the blanket is all fluffed and gentle cycle washing will be great for the rest of quilt’s life.
Winter should be over soon, but in the meantime, enjoy a sweet little flannel quilt.

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