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The Log Cabin Quilt Block

Louise Silk, FiberArtist

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7 Lessons (27m)
    • 1. Log Cabin Block Introduction

    • 2. Cutting and Preparation Part 1 Pillow Backing and Foundation Block

    • 3. Cutting and Preparation Part 2

    • 4. Cutting and Preparation Part 3

    • 5. Log Cabin Block Construction

    • 6. Constructing The Pillow

    • 7. LogCabin Block Ideal Gallery


About This Class

This class defines Log Cabin Quilts, shows examples, and gives detailed instruction of a 20" Log Cabin Block that is made into a 16" pillow.



1. Log Cabin Block Introduction: Hi, I'm Louise silk, and today we're gonna learn about log cabin quilts and a log cabin is a pattern, and it's a patterns is based on a repeating block on the block is made up of a center square, which in the old days reminded someone who was read for the hearts or yellow for the lantern in the window. In this case, it's a more contemporary bullet, so it's a nice, pretty turquoise. And then it's made up of logs that go all the way around that center block so that 1/2 of the quote the block will block is very light, and 1/2 of the book bar block is very dark. It could be also that it could be made up of something that's like all, maybe reds and all blues, but to fabric choices that are very contrast ing so that when they're put together, they make a very strong pattern. In this case, the pattern is called barn raising. This is another quote that I want to show you, and it's just a very traditionally quilted quilt log cabin quilt. And here is again. Here's the basic block and their many blocks put together piece together, and then they're attached to a backing and a batting and hand quilted. This is all hand quoting along here to make this traditional log cabin quilt if you want to make this one. It's a technique called press piecing, and this was a technique that was used before. There was banning very early, many hundreds of years ago, and what they would do is take the fabrics and full them and press them on top of each other. And the folds would create more warm, so that would make the quote very warm. If you're interested in making this particular quote, as is, you could look at my books a quilting path and explains exactly what you need to make this particular quilt. But today we're going to learn to make a walk cabin block, and we're going to make another 16 inch pillow. Our project is a 16 inch pillow, and we did that again in the lesson before. So if you need to find out about Palo Forms, you could refer back to that last lesson to find out about pillow forms. But this is a 16 inch pillow form, which will be inside the pillowcase that we're going to make, and then this is also left over from my project last project. But I use the shirt front to be the backing for the pillow. When we go to make it, and then for a log cabin block, it's really important to have contrast. So I picked this orange T shirt, which will be the centre block. It will be very strong centre block, and then these kind of light Brown's uh light rust colors that will be on one side of the block and this navy blue shirt will be on the other side of the block. So when you look at them together, it's a very strong contrast. It'll make a great log cabin block, you gather your materials and then we'll meet up again and learn how to cut them. 2. Cutting and Preparation Part 1 Pillow Backing and Foundation Block: we're here ready to cut all the materials to make a log cabin pillow. We're gonna make one luck. Having block on, we're going to start with the pillow backing. Remember, I like to use the shirt front for the back of a pillow, and we have a 16 inch pillow that we're going to make cut to 20 inches. It'll have a two inch plains all the way around. So I'm looking at my ruler and my mat in my rotary cutter again. You have to do. If you don't have these tools, you can use scissors and pencil in ruler. So this is a 20 a half for the first cut, and then I have to get 20.5 this way. Great. This is gonna be the backing. We're a pillow. Put it over here. Now, the next thing we have to do is because we're making a lot one look having block and it's on a pillow. We're going to need a foundation for the front of the pill. I'll show you what I mean by that. But what I have is this T shirt that, um I haven't doesn't really like very much but it will be great. Remember, we talked about these great for the centre block of log cabin. But what we have to do is get a 20 inch square of it to use for the foundation block. So this is how I, um, get a T shirt that I just want to use part of it. It's cut off sleeves and cut down the side that opens up that then cut across the shoulders to get that open. I'm gonna save this right now because all I need is this 20 inch block, so it might not be big enough, and in fact, it isn't big enough to be a 20 inch block. So what we're gonna do is cut it 20 inches this way. By the way, it's 20.5 because there's a seam allowance there. We are going to need this. I think what I'll do is in this way. Then what I'm gonna do is just been these together, and I'm just overlapping them. This is a foundation block. You'll understand later. It's just a basis for us to know how to make a lock having, and I will just so that when I get to sewing machine. Not there right now, So I'm just pinning it. No, I'm good to measure this. 20.5 this way. So here we have the block, which is our 20 inch foundation. And I'm just gonna mark the center of it for right now because that will happen later. I would have to come back to it. Bourbon is so that extra piece, it's just sitting there. But here is the center right here, and I'm marking it with a pin. This way, This way. Put it over here. 3. Cutting and Preparation Part 2 : square, which is gonna be for the orange. And I have a lot of leftovers here. I think I'll use the sleeve for that purpose. And if I have a nice edge, sometimes I'll keep that edge and I'll show you how I rather than sowing it. I'll just explain that when I get to it. But I like the finished edge of a sleeve. So let's see if I can get a 4.5 inch block out of this. No problem. So cut. 123 4.5. No. And now we have the centre block. If you come over here, you'll see that what I'm gonna do is full this block in quarters and lay it onto that marking that I made and ended up. Now I have my center block ready to go. Just a minute. We have two fabrics that are gonna go make the logs, and when I have to do is take these fabrics and cut them into 2.5 inch strips. So, um, well, I really like to use this little striking here cause it's kind of cool, and it signifies where the T shirt came from. so I think I will. But this leaves off. It's just if this strike wasn't here, I probably just use this leaves, but because I want to use this straight going a little a little extra effort here. This little big thing is kind of cute to see if I could. I don't know if I get what he's there. Try to keep it. You know, I'm just gonna cut. Um, there will be directions, their directions that you can download there, right beside this information. And it tells you how many logs you need. Toe cut. I'm gonna show you that in a minute. But right now, I'm just gonna cut um, 2.5 into strips. We'll start by cutting three of each color and see how that does you're from. I need more. I'll cut them later. And by the way, I'm just cutting one block because I'm just making a pillow. But if you were making a quilt and you made maybe you wanted 25 blocks, then I would do all that. Cutting would be cutting all of this material to have enough for 25 blocks. So that's the blue fabric. And so we'll start with the blue found work. So if you look at this block is a four inch block, 4.5 inches and the first log is gonna be a lot that goes right beside it. It's going to be 4.5 inches. Why'd by 2.5 inches, which is what we can. So look at this. Do it on this side because I explain, Do you want me? And I really like both that little corner and the stripe of that T shirt and I want to keep it. So I'm gonna take the 1st 1 and just cut 4.5 log here. Can you see that law will go right here when we go to so it. And then there's a 4.5 inch square and the 2.5 inch log, so that makes it for into a six. So for the next log, I'm going have to cut a strip that is 6.5 by two now and there I have my first dark log of blue going around, and now the other half of the log is going to be this 4. Cutting and Preparation Part 3: does. This is kind of cool. This is a I hiked the canyon T shirt that you were a lot. It'll make there's enough here. It'll be fine for the other half and will be really cool. Looking is a great war neck, but I'm not gonna get that this one bad. So now I have to get 2.5 inch laws. This and, um I guess I'm gonna cut it this way. I was, you know, debating about if I could use just the words, but I don't think I have enough fabric. So I'm gonna cut 2.5 inch strips of this, can you? Then I said I'd start with three of each. Again. If you were making a big quilt, you'd be doing a lot of cutting. Takes a lot of money to get this done. So now we've got the first law, the second log, and now we're gonna go on the other side and do another 6.5 inch log here. This will get sewn on like this. And now we're gonna add it turns out not to be in 8.5 inch locks, which will go here and you're gonna just keep going. You're gonna build all the way out around each law, getting bigger and just laying it on to make sure you're doing the right amount. And then, um, we'll come back together after it's all cut. And if you have any questions you could look, there's a hand out there that you can read and look out to see exactly what size the logs are. I've cut all the logs and I want you to see them. I just laid them out to make sure that I got the right sizes. It starts with the 4.5 inch square, and then it goes a 2.5 by foreign off log, and it just keeps working all the way around the center square. 1/2 of my law of my log cabin block is gonna be blue. The other half is this pale rust color, and you can see how I try toe cut in the interesting elements, Uh, and it's gonna have a really nice texture, and it's gonna be sewn to the foundation block. So now I want to gather it up. Remember, we pinned the center square and it's in place, ready to go. But I'm gonna take the first log and lay it down in the second dog and lay it on top. The third walk and I'm just going to keep working my way all the way around, keeping the logs in order one on top of the other. Then what I'm gonna be able to do is take these logs just like this and take it over sewing machine, and then we'll be able to have it in order and be able to so very quickly. 5. Log Cabin Block Construction: for? We start selling the logs to the foundation block. Remember, the foundation wasn't big enough. So I have this piece that I just want to add. So again, I don't have to put it right sides together. I'm just making the layer. Take out the pins. Never so over pins with your son. No, that's just so we have a foundation block that's the right size to work with. Not gonna start with the first log. Now, if you remember, I had a nice edge. Normally you do it right sides together and then back. But just for this 1st 1 because I have a nice finished edge of from the T shirt. I'm gonna lay the block under and see how it's already cut. 4.5 inches. Exactly the right measurements. So you don't really have to back stitch on this because if you go over it again, that will walk. Just read. So this is the first law, and now you're gonna go go clockwise or counterclockwise. It doesn't matter. Put it up. Make sure it's right. Turn it to right sides. Together, we cut the measurements, so it's really the right size and then you're gonna do quarter and seeing pull out this red Got it. And now you fold this back so that the right side is showing, and then you go right on to the next one, and they're all in order because we lied in order. So let's take this. Get in the way again. Right sides up, right sides together so that the edges match up very fast. Very evening. Hold it back. And then I'm going to the fourth side again. Well, 1st 2 right sides up, make sure it's right that you like it the right measurement, then right sides together. Just stop a minute and look at it. And you know, you're just going to keep working. And you could see that this 1/2 of this locked cabinet block is going to be this rest. The other half is gonna be this blue, and it's going very, very dynamic Log cabin block so you can keep on going all the way around. The next one will be a blue and we'll meet up again when all this sewing is done. 6. Constructing The Pillow: we have our finished block or log cabin block, and we have the backing that we cut out of an old shirt front and we're gonna take them and put them right sides together. You want to just make sure you get edges? The important thing is to make sure that once if the backing is a little bigger, it's OK, but you're just gonna make sure that you get the whole look having block on the back. I do not see how the backing is a little bit bigger for the pillow. So I'm gonna so from this side to make sure you catch everything, start at the corner. This is 1/4 inch. So I was backstage here. We're going slow here because I want to make sure over. And then when you get to the corner, leave the Newlin. If the presser foot, turn it, you really go on all four sides. We're gonna turn the pillow, so it's right side out now and I'm just gonna cut off the corners just so it'll make it easier to turning. Then you have but in the shirt and you have to pull the corners out. Do it with my finger first, then that's pretty good. But if I can't get it, then let's see the next one get to. I'm gonna get it all out gonna re button it. And then if you're using cotton, these nets are just very pliable. They don't need a lot of present, but if you couldn't get a sharp edge, you could press it and then you're gonna turn it to the right side, and we're going to do a top stitching, because again, this is for 16 inch pillow. But we made a 20 inch so that we could make a tutelage, Blanche. And because these logs are two inches, it's really easy to know where to. So you could just so right inside the line of the last log back stitch all the way around. Now we're gonna open a back with pillow for men and we will be done. Here's our finished pillow. A log cabin block with a nice orange center blue for 1/2 light rust for the other half. The back of the shirt. The back of the pillow is a front of a shirt, so weaken button and unbutton it. And this is just one log cabin block. There are so many variations in so many different ways. You can make the log cabin and so many different ways you can put the blocks together. I'm going to include in the next section and gallery to show you just some variety of ideas . But start with this. Just make one block, make a pillow and then start to think. Imagine what other kinds of designs you could do with Log Cabin. It's just really a lot of fun. 7. LogCabin Block Ideal Gallery: