Lesson 4 – How to construct a Log Cabin Block

I must say I love this block.  With the two colour effect its so versatile and gives such a lovely effect to your quilt.  Be sure to follow the steps as it can be a bit mind boggling and it will be easy to make mistakes.

Fabric needed:
  • 7 different fabrics made of – 3 shades of purple fabric (or any colour shades of your choice) and 3 shades of grey fabric (or any colour shades of your choice) and 1 fabric of white (or any colour shades of your choice).  
  • Matching thread.
  • Sewing machine.

Block templates and my selection of fabric:

Cutting your fabric:

You would be now used to cutting out your templates so I won’t go through that in detail.  However, with the log cabin all strips will be cut out on a single layer fabric.  With your templates I have given you a corresponding template map and you will see when you cut out your templates in some I have one corresponding number and in some I have two corresponding numbers.  So whilst cutting, place this template map against the coloured block to ensure that you cut your strips from the correct shade of fabric colours.

In cutting your fabric, do the usual, place your template on a single layer of fabric and cut each template ensuring that you have all the required template cut outs. 

Once the templates are cut out on fabric, set out ready to stitch. 

Sewing your block:

Get your sewing machine ready with appropriate thread.  I usually like to take my blocks to the sewing machine on my mat  and also have the picture of my finished block next to it.  

As this block can be tricky I have also given you a picture of a sewing plan.  Please follow the sequence and sew your block pieces accordingly, as seen below: 
 Taara! I present to you the Log Cabin block:
Please feel free to ask me any questions.  Once finished why don’t you add your block on the shared photo album so I can see what you have created.
Next Lesson:  How to construct a Foundation block.

Note for participants: all the course material produced on for this course is the property of No 3 Quilt Studio. Please ensure that this material is not distributed without the my permission.

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