{Classic Quilt Blocks} Log Cabin - One Block, Fifteen Quilts

Last week I shared my step by step tutorial for the gorgeous Log Cabin block, and I'm sure you've been sewing up a storm and made a huge pile of your own blocks. ;) So, what now? What do you do with these blocks? How do you lay them out into a quilt design?

Today I'm going to show you how one of these Classic Quilt Blocks can create at least fifteen stunning and unique quilt designs.

One of the reasons I love this block so much is its versatility. It may be a simple block, but it creates visually sophisticated quilt designs. Playing around with different layouts is always fun, and there are so many possibilities with the Log Cabin block - it's hard to choose a favorite layout actually.

I've drafted up fifteen unique quilt designs to inspire you to sew at least one of your own gorgeous Log Cabin quilts, and these are not actual patterns just ideas to inspire you.

Simple layouts make stunning quilts. Both options are visually appealing, and even in a basic colour palette they are still eye catching - imagine how they would look in bright colourful scrappy fabrics.

All of my examples are designed using the same Log Cabin block I used for the step by step tutorial and you can add more blocks or use a larger sized block to create your quilts. For those who grabbed the paper piecing templates, you can use a block with more strips to change the look of each design even further.

You'll find that in a few of these examples the Log Cabin block creates some lovely movement in the quilt just like the blue quilt on the left. The design flows around the quilt and it looks spectacular - like a gorgeous big windmill.

I also like the peaks or furrows of the pink quilt. It creates a visually stunning pattern and you could really play around with this layout and sew something wonderful.

Alternating where you place the light and dark sides of the Log Cabin blocks will also change the look of any of these quilts. Don't be afraid to reverse the order of these layouts - make it your own and play around until you're happy!

Regardless of whether you flip and rotate your blocks or set them in a straight setting, like the quilt on the right, you're always guaranteed a stunning quilt when you use a Log Cabin block.

I love both of these designs - the purple one has that gorgeous Sawtooth Star centre and how cute are the orange pinwheels? I'm a sucker for pinwheels and Log Cabin's as pinwheels in a quilt, well...be still my heart!

In both of these layouts you really have to look for the star and the pinwheels, so it adds a little interest or a talking point when your showing off your quilt. Once you see them though, then that's all you see. So fun!

I can imagine both of these designs as either a mini quilt or a quilt with super-sized blocks sewn into a large throw. Big blocks will make a dramatic impact and will result in a quick finish which we all need from time to time.

Don't forget to use the chart I shared last week to sew your blocks bigger or smaller to achieve the quilt size you require. If you want to replicate any of these examples you should be able to count the number of blocks in each quilt and use the diagrams as a guide for block orientation.

How stunning are these ones? I love the cross effect the Log Cabin block creates, and I think this would have to be my favorite way to set these blocks.

The quilt design looks far more complex than it actually is, so blocks like the Log Cabin are encouraging for beginners. They can create a visual masterpiece using one simple block which is pretty special.

Both of these designs are stunning, but my favorite would have to be the pink one. I love how it creates a snail trail pattern around the quilt. If you're not familiar with the Snail Trail block, then you might learn more about it in future Classic Quilt Block posts. ;)

I don't know about you, but I want to sew one of each of these quilts - each one seems prettier than the last one, don't you think? How about we just sew Log Cabin blocks for the rest of our quilting journey and see how many stunning quilts we can make? You in? ;)

And I saved my absolute favorite layout until last. This is the layout I chose for my first Log Cabin quilt. Mine is a scrappy version with predominately country colours against a cream background. It's a stunning quilt and I really must quilt it one day - I've always wanted to free motion feathers in the light sections but never had the confidence to just sit down at the machine and do it.

This is an old picture I found of my quilt, and it was taken as I was piecing the blocks together. :) It's so pretty!

Have any of these quilt designs inspired you to sew your own Log Cabin quilt? I hope they have, if not now then sometime in the future. It's fun to see how many ways you can use this Classic Quilt Block and I'm sure there are many, many more ways to set these blocks. I hope I've inspired you to at least play around and see what you come up with for your next Log Cabin quilt.

Next week is the last week of my Log Cabin Classic Quilt Blocks posts and I have a gorgeous log cabin inspired mini quilt for you to sew. It's so pretty and the perfect way to celebrate this wonderful Spring weather we're having at the moment.

Until then...

Happy quilting :)
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  1. I so like how you have laid out your pattern. It makes it so easy to create a wonderful quilt using log cabin blocks!

    1. That's great Jackie. I hope it helps you decide on a layout for your next Log Cabin quilt :)


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