The Log Quilt Block is one of those perfect blocks. Once mastered, you can stop there, because it is almost impossible to run out of ways to make quilts unique to log cabins. It is ideal for patching strips and perfectly suited for using scraps. Learn how to make a perfect quilt block for log cabin. Your quilt blocks will always be perfect.
Like so many other duvet blocks, the Log Cabin Quilt Block became popular in the 1860s during the Civil War. The popularity of the blocks may have been associated with Abraham Lincoln because of his pioneering history and American values of the time.
Traditional log cabin blocks would have lighter fabrics on one side and darker fabrics on the other. They would start with a central square. If the central fabric was red, it symbolized the house fireplace. If the center was yellow, it symbolized a light in the window to receive visitors.
Folklore says that if a wooden quilt with a black center hung on a clothesline, the house would be a stop on the underground railway. Knowing the history of the Log Cabin Quilt Block connects you back to the history of our nation. When we make blankets today using this pattern, we are able to fit into this story.
- 2 ½ ”fabric strips in various colors – browns and yellows with a red in the center are being used, also being using five 10 ″ squares and mending the strips because it’s a great way to use fabric and never will be. actually displayed on a quilt.
- Aurifil 50 by weight Cotton thread
- Rotary cutter with sharp blade
- Curing Rotary Cutting Mat
- Acrylic ruler
- Sewing machine
- Iron and ironing board
You will want to cut the strips of fabric to grain length because this adds stability to your block and prevents it from stretching and causing folds.
Add the width of a line to the measurements when rotating cut. The way to do this is by first cutting a clean edge with its rotary cutter and ruler. Then place the ruler positioning line outside the clean edge. This will ensure that you have allowed a line width and maintain the block size correctly.
There are some strip cutting methods for a log cabin quilt block. For the purposes of this tutorial, the exact measurements being shown, it is recommended to add a little extra length to the strips when cutting them. Once connected, trim off any excess after adding each strip to the block.
If you are using something like a roll of soft tissue, you might want to use the second method I call the add and trim method. That would be the most practical way to attach longer straps. Instead of trimming the strips of fabric to exact (close) sizes, simply add a new strip to the block and trim the excess.
If you use the second method, one thing to note is over cutting and accidental over cutting. This is really easy to do and can decrease the size of your block (and possibly make you curse like a sailor).
Exact measurements for a 12 ″ block:
- Qty (1) 2 ½ ”square (central square)
- Qty (1) 2½ ”square (part 1)
- Qty (1) 2½ ”x 4½” Strip (Part 2)
- Qty (1) 2½ ”x 4½” Strip (Part 3)
- Qty (1) 2½ ”x 6½” Strip (Part 4)
- Qty (1) 2½ ”x 6½” Strip (Part 5)
- Qty (1) 2½ ”x 8½” Strip (Part 6)
- Qty (1) 2½ ”x 8½” Strip (Part 7)
- Qty (1) 2½ ”x 10½” Strip (Part 8)
- Qty (1) 2½ ”x 10½” Strip (Part 9)
- Qty (1) 2½ ”x 12½” Strip (Part 10)
Note: In this quilt block, stopped here to show a 12 ½ ”block.
If you prefer a 14 ½” block, you can add two more strips as follows:
- Qty. (1) 2 ½” x 12½” Strip (Piece 11)
- Qty. (1) 2 ½” x 14½” Strip (Piece 12)
Log Cabin Block Assembly:
- Using the assembly diagram below lay out your logs on the table next to your machine. This will help you to keep the pieces in order.
- Place the Center Square and (Piece 1) Right Sides Together (RST) and sew a ¼” seam along one side.
- Press to set seam and press seam allowance away from the center.
- Working counter-clockwise select (Piece 2) and place it RST according to diagram in Figure 2; note placement. Repeat the above steps.
- Continue in this manner, adding logs in the order outlined in the diagram. Note that a new log always covers the end of the last log added.
- Square your block to 12 ½” (or 14 ½” if adding Pieces 11 and 12).
A Few Ideas:
The Log Cabin Quilt Block is one that you will want to add to your block stable. It’s infinitely changeable and can be made into a variety of designs. With this design you’re only limited by your imagination and that means the possibilities are endless.
- Take some scraps and turn them into Log Cabin pot holders.
- Get an early start on holiday sewing by making a Log Cabin table runner.
- Because this block is so simple you could easily make a baby quilt in a weekend.
- Make something personal by appliquéing a design on top of the block.