Tuesday Tutor - Log Cabin Instructions

Posted by Ruth on 14 February 2011 | 0 Comments

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Log CabinThis week's block is the very popular log cabin block. This is often the first block new quilters make. Log cabin can be made in several ways. I'm going to show you strip piecing for this block. Others may prefer foundation piecing.

For this block you will need the following fabrics from our requirements list.

  • Fabric 1: cut TWO 1 1/2" strips
  • Fabric 2: cut ONE 1 1/2" strip (you may need a 2nd strip for this)
  • Fabric 3: cut ONE 1 1/2" strip
  • Fabric 4: cut ONE 1 1/2" strip
  • Fabric 5: cut FOUR 2 1/2" squares

Step 1Step 1: Stitch fabric 4 strip to 2 1/2" center square.

Press seam toward strip.

Using rotary cutter and ruler trim strip to size.

Block measures: 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"

Step 2Step 2: Turn block one turn clockwise, so piece just sewn on, is at the bottom of block.

Using same strip as in step 1 (fabric 4), add another piece to the right of block. Press seam toward newly added strip and trim to size as above.

Block measures: 3 1/2" square.

Step 3Step 3: Turn block one turn clockwise, so new piece just added is on bottom.

Using fabric 3 add strip to right of block, press and trim.

Block measures: 3 1/2" x 4 1/2"


Step 3Step 4: Turn block one turn clockwise, so new piece is on bottom. Using same strip as in step 3 (fabric 3), add strip to right of block, press and trim.


You have now completed the first round. Repeat process using fabric 2 first and then fabric 1 to finish off the block. 

Log Cabin block

Sampler Log Cabin Block
measures 6 1/2" sq

Make 4 altogether for our sample quilt. Blocks will measure 6 1/2" square.

Easy peasy, now while you are waiting for next weeks block, why not make a heap of these log cabin blocks and join them together in a quilt. Check for a couple of ideas you might like to try below.

Happy Quilting!

Check out how Jennifer's blocks are coming along >>

If you missed any of our lessons you can find them here:

Lesson 1: Requirements

Lesson 2: Rail Fence

Lesson 3: 9-patch

Lesson 4: Corner Flip

Lesson 5: Friendship Star

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Log Cabin quilt

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Log Cabin & 9-patch Quilt
32 Log Cabin blocks & 16 9-patch blocks

quilting classes available at the Academy of Quilting

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