Traditional Tuesday - Block 2

Log Cabin
Block 2 - Log Cabin
This was a fun little block. I made a log cabin quilt early in my quilt making days and have always enjoyed the process of making it. For this log cabin, I chose blues and pinks. You can choose two colors or a mixture of lights and darks. Traditionally the center is red. I chose a dark gray. You'll need a center square and 5 darks and 5 lights.

For the center square, cut 1 - 1 1/2" square.
For the dark AND light strips, cut each fabric into 2 - 1" x 6 1/2" strips. Note: the strips will be cut to size as we piece them and not all will require this much fabric.
Decide the order you want to sew your fabrics on. I chose to make each of the two lights and two darks per ring the same. Cut the first light strip 1 1/2" long and piece to the bottom of the center square. Press to the strip. This unit should be 1 1/2" x 2". Cut the next strip 2" long and sew to the side. Press.

Measure the unit you just sewed and cut the first dark strip this length. Sew to the top and press. Repeat for the side strip.

This is your first ring on the block. From now on, you keep adding lights and darks in the same way until you get the desired block size. In this case, 6 1/2" unfinished. (Note: this picture is upside down - oops!)

Once you've added 5 lights and 5 darks, trim to 6 1/2" square.


  1. What a beautiful log cabin block... I'd never thought about doing one in two colors.... very cool!

  2. This has always been one of my favorite blocks!


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