The Log Cabin block is a traditional design that is so simple but looks so intricate to non-quilters. Its easy construction is disguised by the color and layout which creates an amazing quilt. But before we get into the many looks of a log cabin quilt, let’s talk about how you make a log cabin block.
As usual, you start with choosing colors for your quilt. Traditionally, a log cabin block is built with both light and dark fabrics, but you may can mix colors and prints to get a hodge-podge of blocks for a unique look.
There are many more possibilities that you can explore if you just google “log cabin images.” But what will make the quilt yours is if you layout the blocks and move them around until you get a look you like.I’ll share one last idea with you. Consider making a wonky log cabin. If you don’t know what that is, anything you make “wonky” is constructed with varying size pieces. Your lines will all be straight, but the dimensions will be smaller at one end of a piece than the other, and likely, no two pieces will be exactly the same size. Here are examples of a wonky log cabin block and a finished quilt. Keep in mind, if you are truly making it wonky, no two blocks will be alike in looks (unless you make them wonky in the same way), just in finished size. You put it together the same way as before, building around the center piece. When you are finished piecing the block, trim the block to the desired finished size.
Barb Bergquist along with husband, Ron, own A Block Away Quilt Shop. A dedicated quilter with more than 25 years of experience, she is now actively sharing her love of quilting through the work in her shop.