Log Cabin Block Variations

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This month we are exploring Log Cabin block variations. We kick off this week with some of the most common variations, next week we’ll take these blocks a step further. Finally, we’ll wrap up the series with some fun projects using our blocks.

Try out the blocks below. Experiment with color and value placement. Be sure to share your ideas on our Facebook group, AQS Project Parade.

Play with two green fabrics and four red fabrics to make these fun 12″ blocks. Mix and match to create fun quilt layouts.

Let’s start with the basic Log Cabin block.

Log Cabin

12″ x 12″

Cutting Instructions

From the light green fabric, cut:
(1) 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ rectangle
(1) 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ rectangle

From the green fabric, cut:
(1) 2 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ rectangle
(1) 2 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ rectangle

From the red A fabric, cut:
(1) 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangle
(1) 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ rectangle

From the red B fabric, cut:
(1) 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ rectangle
(1) 2 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ rectangle

From the gold fabric, cut:
(1) 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ square

Block Assembly

Sew a red A 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangle to the left side of the gold 4 1/2″ square. Sew a red A 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ rectangle to the bottom of the gold square. Sew a light green 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ rectangle to the right side of the square. Sew a light green 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ rectangle to the top of the square.
Unit measures 8 1/2″ square.

Sew a red B 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ rectangle to the left side of the previous unit. Sew a red B 3 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ rectangle to the bottom of the unit. Sew a green 2 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ rectangle to the left side of the unit. Sew a green 2 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ rectangle to the top of the square.
Block measures 12 1/2″ square.

 

Half Log Cabin

12″ x 12″

Cutting Instructions

From green A fabric, cut:
(1) 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangle

From the green fabric, cut:
(1) 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ rectangle

From the green C fabric, cut:
(1) 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ rectangle

From the green D fabric, cut:
(1) 2 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ rectangle

From the red A fabric, cut:
(1) 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ rectangle

From the red B fabric, cut:
(1) 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ rectangle

From the red C fabric, cut:
(1) 2 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ rectangle

From the red D fabric, cut:
(1) 2 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ rectangle

From the gold fabric, cut:
(1) 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ square

Block Assembly

Sew the green A 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangle to the left side of the gold 4 1/2″ square. Sew the red A 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ rectangle to the top of the unit.
Sew the green B 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ rectangle to the left side of the unit. Sew the red B 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ rectangle to the top of the unit.
Sew the green C 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ rectangle to the left side of the unit. Sew the red C 2 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ rectangle to the top of the unit.
Sew the green D 2 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ rectangle to the left side of the unit. Sew the red D 2 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ rectangle to the top of the unit.
Block measures 12 1/12″ square.

 

Courthouse Steps

12″ x 12″ block

Cutting Instructions

From the light green fabric, cut:
(2) 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ rectangles

From the green fabric, cut:
(2) 2 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ rectangles

From the red A fabric, cut:
(1) 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangle

From the red B fabric, cut:
(1) 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangle

From the red C fabric, cut:
(1) 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ rectangle

From the red D fabric, cut:
(1) 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ rectangle

From the gold fabric, cut:
(1) 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2′ square

Block Assembly

Sew a red A and red B rectangle to each side of the gold 4 1/2″ square. Sew a light green 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ rectangle to the top and bottom of this unit.
Unit measures 8 1/2″ square.

Sew a red C and red D (1) 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ rectangle to each side of the previous unit. Sew a green 2 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ rectangle to the top and bottom of this unit.
Block measures 12 1/2″ square.

Be sure to come back next week to try uneven Log Cabin variations

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