Get scrap busting with this string-pieced Log Cabin quilt pattern from Love Patchwork and Quilting! This Colour Cabins mini quilt uses solid brights and pretty prints against textured neutral shades to create a statement quilt. You can plan your blocks before you start or just go for random fabric placement for an improv look. Also, why not quilt each fabric strip as you go? Then you can mix and match your threads while sewing to give the full improv effect.
It’s the ultimate stash buster project and is ideal for quilters wanting to try something new. If you need a little help sewing our log cabin quilt pattern check out our quilting for beginners guide and quilt kits for beginners.
Embrace the improv style of this quilt by placing your first square off-centre or by trimming the completed block to create a wonky effect.
You will need
- Assorted solid and print fabrics: strips of varying widths x 6½
- Batting: sixteen (16) 7in squares
- Backing fabric: 28in square
- Facing fabric: ¼yd
- 24in square approx
- Seam allowances are ¼in, unless otherwise noted.
- WST = wrong sides together.
- Collette recommends using thinner batting than usual.
- Soft Sand Linen Blend from the Denim Studio collection by Art Gallery Fabrics.
- Macchiato, Festival Fuchsia, Cozumel, Light Citron and Sandstone from the Pure Elements Solids collection by Art Gallery Fabrics.
- Assorted prints from the Tana Lawn collection by Liberty of London.
How to make a log cabin quilt
You Will Need
- Backing fabric
- Facing fabric
- Sewing machine
Piecing the blocks
From your assorted fabrics cut two squares (2) of the same size from contrasting fabrics – they should be at least approx 1in square.
Take one 7in batting square. Fold it in half vertically and crease lightly. Repeat to crease it horizontally. Where the lines cross will be the centre of the batting – use this to align the fabric when piecing.
Take one of the fabric squares from step 1 and, right side up, place it in the centre of the batting. Quilt in place as desired. Collette quilted vertical straight lines at varying intervals.
Take the remaining square from step 1 and place it RST with the quilted square. Join on one edge using a ¼in seam. Flip the second square so it is right side up and finger press the seam. Quilt the second square as desired.
From your assorted fabrics take a different solid/print and cut a strip the same length as the long edges of the joined quilted squares. With RST and matching up the raw edges, place the strip along one long edge of the quilted squares and sew in place using a ¼in seam. Flip the strip so that it is right side up and finger press the seam. Quilt the strip as desired – Collette quilted horizontal straight lines to contrast with the previous two squares.
Repeat step 5 to continue adding strips, quilting each one as it is joined and making sure to keep working in the same direction – either all clockwise or all anticlockwise (Fig 1). Once the batting has been filled with fabric strips, trim the block to 6 in square to complete one block.
Repeat steps 1–6 to make a total of sixteen blocks.
Assembling the top quilt
Arrange the blocks into four rows of four blocks each, orientating them as desired. When you’re happy with your layout, join them using a ¼in seam allowance, pressing the seams open. Clip the top and bottom corners of the seams to reduce bulk.
Place the backing fabric wrong side up and then place the pieced and quilted quilt top centrally and right side up on top. The backing is slightly larger than the quilt top. Baste the layers together.
Stitch through all of the layers to join the backing to the quilted top. Collette stitched in the ditch along the seam lines.
Trim off the excess backing and square up the quilt top. The quilt should now measure 24½ in square.
Adding to the Facing
From the facing fabric cut two (2) 2in x 25in strips. On one long edge of each strip turn a ¼in seam over to the wrong side and press (Fig F).
Place the quilt right side up. RST and matching up the raw edges, place one of the strips centrally along the top edge. It should extend by approx ¼in at each end. Pin in place.
Sew the strip in place and then trim the ends so that they are level with the sides of the quilt. Press the strip away from the quilt.
Flip the quilt over so that it’s wrong side up and then fold the strip over to the back of the quilt, making sure that the facing strip isn’t visible from the front. Press to create a neat edge. Refold the strip so that it’s against the right side of the quilt.
Repeat steps 13–15 with the remaining strip at the bottom of the quilt.
From the facing fabric cut two (2) 2in x 24in strips. On one long edge of each strip turn a ¼in seam over to the wrong side and press.
Place the quilt right side up. RST and matching up the raw edges place one of the strips centrally along one of the side edges. This time the quilt will extend approx in beyond the strip at each end and the strip will lie over the two previously joined strips. Pin in place (Fig I).
Sew in place, stitching from the one side edge to the other side edge.
Repeat step 18–19 with the remaining strip on the other side of the quilt.
Flip the quilt over so that it’s wrong side up and then fold the strip over to the back of the quilt, making sure that the facing strip isn’t visible from the front. Press to create a neat edge, then slipstitch the neatened edges in place on the back of the quilt.
Refold the top and bottom strips over to the wrong side of the quilt, poking the corners out. Slipstitch the neatened edges in place on the back of the quilt to finish.
We hope you’ve enjoyed making your log cabin quilt! For more quilting goodness check out our free log cabin foundation paper piecing templates. We also rounded up 15 favourite big block quilt patterns for you to explore. If you are feeling fancy, take a look at our review of the best long arm quilting machines.