Basic Log Cabin Block

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The log cabin block is a traditional block with many variations created over the years. My aim is to develop a series on this block and it's variations using up my scraps. Here are the step by step instructions for a 12 inch basic log cabin block.

Source: My blog, Quilts by Jen, Quilts by Jen | Quilting Instruction, Training, Workshops a... highlights many how to's, techniques, tools, patterns and other useful information for quilters.

Step 1

Cutting Instructions
 
All seam allowances included in cutting sizes
 
Piece A – cut 1 – 2″ x 11″ rectangle from a red and green fabric
 
Piece B - cut 1 – 2″ x 9 ½″ rectangle from a red and green fabric
 
Piece C - cut 1 – 2″ x 12 ½″ rectangle from a red fabric
 
Piece D - cut 1 – 2″ x 8″ rectangle from a red and green fabric
 
Piece E - cut 1 – 2″ x 6 ½″ rectangle from a red and green fabric
 
Piece F - cut 1 – 2″ x 5″ rectangle from a red and green fabric
 
Piece G - cut 1 – 2″ x 3 ½″ rectangle from a green fabric
 
Piece H - cut 1 – 3 ½″ square from the black fabric

Step 2

Block Layout
 
Layout the pieces in the block as per the picture. Each piece is labelled with it’s corresponding letter.

Step 3

All seams are a ¼″ and all seams are pressed towards the piece just sewn onto the block. Make sure to press with a dry iron so as not to warp the pieces.
 
Sew piece G (green) to the top of piece H (black).

Step 4

Sew piece F (green) to the left side of the unit made in step 3.

Step 5

Sew piece F (red) to the bottom of the unit made in step 4.

Step 6

Sew piece E (red) to the right side of the unit made in step 5.

Step 7

Sew piece E (green) to the top of the unit made in step 6.

Step 8

Sew piece D (green) to the left side of the unit made in step 7.

Step 9

Sew piece D (red) to the bottom of the unit made in step 8.

Step 10

Sew piece B (red) to the right side of the unit made in step 9.

Step 11

Sew piece B (green) to the top of the unit made in step 10.

Step 12

Sew piece A (green) to the left side of the unit made in step 11.

Step 13

Sew piece A (red) to the bottom of the unit made in step 12.

Step 14

Sew piece C (red) to the right side of the unit made in step 13. The block will measure 12 ½″ square at this point. For more great how to's, techniques, tools, patterns and quilting information check out my blog Quilts by Jen at www.quiltsbyjen.ca



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