Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Log Cabin Progress and Tutorial

Now back to some regular sewing ...

I am still working on piecing more log cabin blocks; they are a little slow going especially now that I've become more selective about choice of fabric.  When I first started making these blocks I was simply piecing, from scrap bin, pulling out those fabrics that appealed and piecing them together.  It was a natural selection process without much thought or planning.

As I continue to piece blocks and have become more aware of the color scheme, as well as the balance of colors and patterns, I am pondering longer and being more hesitant about selection.  Perhaps I should have kept piecing blocks without  stopping to reflect on my progress?

For those of you who have emailed  me and for anyone else interested in the cutting instructions here they are:

Centre Square =  2.5 inches x 2.5 inches
Logs  =  2 inch wide strips (see note about cutting strips)

Sew in traditional log cabin formation  --  start with the centre square, add each new log as per diagram:


A quick note about cutting and piecing:  although I accurately cut the centre square, I cut all logs longer and wider,  trimming back after each piece has been added.  This ensures accurate piecing without stress. 

The block measures 5.5 inches x 5.5 inches after the first four logs have been sewn to the centre square.

The finished log cabin block measures 8.5 inches x 8.5 inches.

Happy Stitching!

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Relevant Links:
Finished Scrappy Log Cabin Quilt
Scrappy Log Cabin Quilt II
A Neutral Study Quilt ~ using the log cabin block tutorial


  1. some interesting fabric choices, great pattern. love to see it when all quilted.

  2. Oh Rita, thank you and thank you for giving extra help to reduce my stress. I've been making quilts but have need for improvement. Thank you.

  3. I love log cabin blocks. Thanks for the tip, that makes it a lot less stressful.

  4. Thanks for that, Rita, and it looks beautiful!

  5. This quilt is going to be absolutely gorgeous - love the fabrics!

  6. That's so great! Your quilt will be divine. As always. I think my next quilt project will be like this. What is it about log cabin blocks that makes me feel happy, like "all is right with the world"? Of course, your fabric choices are divine. That's where I'll need to focus most, I think.

  7. I like it! Log cabin has always been one of my favorite blocks. Can't wait to see it quilted.

  8. Loving it Rita, great effect with the scraps and log cabin - thanks for the instructions too.

    Enjoy Cup Day sewing!

    Christine xo

  9. Thanks Rita. I have made 12 blocks so far, all put together without much angst. As I have sewn them together now and wish to expand it, I am more cautious about my choices as I hope to "Balance" it out somehow. Thanks for your instructions!

  10. Rita, I love the way this is looking!

  11. I absolutely love the fabrics you've chosen for these log cabin blocks!!

  12. Such fun fabrics. It looks wonderful!

  13. thank you for the instructions, your fabric selection is working out so well.

  14. So beautiful! Love the fabrics!

  15. Loving this quilt it is so colourful. I have been looking for a logcabin pattern so thank you so much for putting the instructions on your blog.

  16. Thanks for the note about cutting log cabin strips. I am very careful with cutting, sewing and pressing and I get frustrated when things don't come out precisely as I expected (which does happen). :) I had pretty much come to the conclusion that I need to cut strips a wee bit larger and trim them down to make things precise, so it made me feel much better to see that you suggest doing that very thing. Thanks for the help.

  17. I love the log cabin block, yours is so innovative and contemporary. Thanks for the tutorial and the cutting tips.

  18. oh rita! it is beautiful! i am pinning this!

  19. I love the variety of fabrics you're using for your log cabin quilt. Don't forget to show us the finished quilt :o)

  20. How wide are the logs? Are they 2" finished or 2" cut?

    1. Hi Katie - the above details are cutting instructions; the logs are cut 2 inches wide. Rita


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