Log Cabin Quilt Pattern

This traditional log cabin quilt pattern using 2 1/2 inch strips has a straight setting. Quick and easy with big blocks - 14 1/2 inches!

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The log cabin quilt block has been known to cultures since ancient times. Depictions of the basic construction of the block can be found in the artifacts of Egyptian, Roman, Peruvian and many other cultures.

Today the block remains a favorite among quilters perhaps because it can be constructed in an almost endless number of ways.

This traditional pattern is a straight setting layout which places the dark side and the light side of the block in the same positions throughout the pattern.

By doing this you end up with what looks like alternating dark and light straight lines.

Though I have kept the fabric in this virtual quilt pattern to three colors – black, white and red – you can use any color combination.

Dig into your fabric stash and pull out colors that appeal to you.

I encourage creativity! Allow your natural instincts, likes and dislikes, to guide your fabric choices.

Log Cabin Pattern

Block Name: Log Cabin Quilt Block

Finished Block Size: 14 inches (14 1/2 unfinished)

Setting: Straight-Set, 5 x 6 blocks

Approximate Finished Quilt Size: 70 x 84 inches

General Fabric Requirements for Quilt Top

In addition to your usual quilting supplies here are general fabric requirements based on 40 - 42 inches of usable fabric.

To make the blocks this pattern uses about 3 1/2 yards of dark fabric and about 2 1/2 yards of light fabric. For the red centers you will need approximately 1/4 yard of fabric.

If you're using purchased jelly rolls you will need at least 6 jelly rolls and 1/4 yard of red fabric for the centers.

Because we are working from our stashes and using scraps too, no fabric requirements for each log within a block are given.

You may want to have extra fabric on hand.

If you're using yardage, start by cutting 1 yard of dark and 1 yard of light fabric into 2 1/2 inch strips.

One yard of fabric should yield 14 (2 1/2 inch) strips.


Log Cabin Quilt Pattern Instructions

  • All seams are 1/4 inch unless otherwise noted
  • WOF = width of fabric

Step 1 Make Log Cabin Blocks

Make 30 (14 1/2 inch) unfinished size log cabin blocks.

Step 2 Trim Blocks

Trim/Square Up the blocks to size. In this log cabin quilt pattern that's 14 1/2 inches square unfinished. If your blocks are not 14 1/2 inches square, simply trim them all to the same size.

If you have to trim them smaller than 14 1/2 inches, that's okay. Just trim them all to the same size.

Step 3 Layout Quilt Top

On your design wall, floor or wherever you have room layout your quilt blocks as shown in the quilt assembly diagram shown below.

Log Cabin Quilt Assembly Diagram

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Step 4 Sew Blocks To One Another

Sew the blocks of each row together. Starting with Row 1, press the seams to the right. For each successive row alternate pressing in opposite directions.

Step 5 Sew Rows Together

Sew the rows to one another starting with stitching Row 2 to Row 1.
Sew Row 3 to Row 2, Row 4 to Row 3, and all other rows in the same manner.

Press these seams downward.

Finishing the Log Cabin Quilt Pattern

Backing, Batting, Binding

Backing: 5 1/2 yards

Binding Fabric: 3/4 yard

Batting: prepackaged queen size (which is 90 x 108 inches) cut to 74 inches X 88 inches

Step 6 Cut Backing Fabric

Cut the backing fabric in half crosswise (from selvage to selvage).

Cut off the selvages and stitch the two pieces together lengthwise (along the long edges) using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

Press the seam to one side.

Step 7 Make the Quilt Sandwich

Put the log cabin quilt pattern quilt sandwich together by layering in this order: backing, batting and quilt top.

Pin baste the three layers together.

Step 8 Quilt the Quilt

Now quilt the three layers.

May I suggest a straight line quilting pattern of diagonal lines, first going from left to right and then going from right to left of the quilt. Make the grid lines about 2 inches apart. This makes a crosshatch quilting pattern.

Or, if you know how to free-motion quilt go for it!

Step 9 Bind the Quilt

From 3/4 yards of fabric cut 8 (2 1/2 inch x WOF strips) strips and join to make a single long binding strip.

Attach the binding to the quilt sandwich.

The log cabin quilt pattern is easy for beginners to make. It has very few matching seams!

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