Liberated Log Cabins


Have fun building a Liberated Log Cabin Block with the help from the foundress of Liberated Quiltmaking. This easy guide comes from the book Liberated Quiltmaking II by Gwen Marston, and we’re presenting the tips to you free this week.

Step-by-Step: Liberated Log Cabin Block

Cut a square or “squarish” shape by eye (see fig 1 to the right).

Cut some strips of different widths, and add them to the center in any order.

Press and straighten the edges as you work. Don’t cut all the strips at once. Get started and then make your choices.

Angles are easy to add by sewing on a straight piece and then cutting the straight edge at an angle (see fig. 2 to the left).

Add another straight piece, press, and straighten the edge (see fig. 3 to the right).

Make a bunch of blocks, building them up until they are all about the same size, and trim them to the desired measurements.

Remember: You have the option of making them square, or trimming them to the same height or width so that you can sew them into rows.

If you choose the second option, you’ll need either to add on or trim off a few blocks to make the rows come  out even.

What if…

…you add “slivers” of an accent color to some of your blocks? That’s an idea I’ve used to good effect. A see-through quilter’s ruler is helpful because you can follow the 1/4″ marking line and adjust the ruler to create a slim angled piece (fig. 4).

If you are working with prints, try using a solid as an accent. If working with solids, choose a print as an accent.

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Nice ideas, I am currently building a log cabin on my property in Scotland in the UK