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Every Quilter Should Know How to Sew a Log Cabin Block

You’ve no doubt heard of the log cabin quilt block! This traditional quilt block is built from the center out, adding longer pieces with each step.

Sew a log cabin quilt block

Find out how to sew a log cabin quilt block with this step-by-step tutorial

For this tutorial, I’m using wild and scrappy fabrics, but remember: By strategically placing colors together or apart, you can create beautiful secondary designs with the log cabin bloc.

This block measures 10½” unfinished (10″ finished), but you can easily add more layers to your log cabin to make it a larger block. Let’s get started!

how to sew a log cabin quilt block

Cutting directions

Here are the complete cutting directions, but I recommend cutting as you go, so you can choose which fabric prints go best next to each other.

From a roll of 2½” pre-cut fabric strips (I used Lily and Loom Hand Drawn Pop Art Fabric), cut:

  • Two squares 2½” x 2½”
  • Two strips 2½” x 4½”
  • Two strips 2½” x 6½”
  • Two strips 2½” x 8½”
  • One strip 2½” x 10½”

Note: All seams require a ¼” seam allowance.

Step 1:

Sew the two 2½” squares together, with right sides together. Press the seam open or to one side.

Step 2:

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Decide which of the first two squares will be the center of your log cabin quilt block, and place it on the left. Next, add a 4½” strip to the top of your previous block; sew it right sides together with the two-square unit.

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Press the seam toward the new fabric (always sewing away from the side with more seams to reduce bulk). Return this block to your cutting mat.

Step 3

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Place the next 4½” strip along the left side of the block you’ve just sewn. Stitch these sections right sides together, and press toward the new fabric. Return this block to your cutting mat.

Step 4:

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Place a 6½” strip on the bottom of your block. Sew the strip to the block, right sides together. Press the seam toward the new fabric. Return this block to your cutting mat.

Step 5:

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Are you getting the hang of it? Let’s add two new strips!

Place a 6½” strip (my white fabric) to the right of your block, and sew it to the block right sides together. Press the seam toward the new fabric. Return this block to your cutting mat.

Place an 8½” strip to the top of your block, and sew it to the block right sides together. Press the seam toward the new fabric. Return this block to your cutting mat.

Step 6:

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Place an 8½” strip to the left of your block, and sew it to the block right sides together. Press the seam toward the new fabric. Return this block to your cutting mat.

Step 7:

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Place a 10½” strip to the bottom of your block, and sew it to the block right sides together. Press the seam toward the new fabric. Return this block to your cutting mat.

Step 8:

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Give your block a final press, and trim to 10½” square if needed. At this point, you can continue to sew log cabin layers onto the block, or start a new one!

Do you sew many log cabin quilt blocks? If you find yourself with lots of 2½” pre-cut strips leftover from other projects, they would make nice and easy log cabin blocks for your next charity quilt!

4 Comments

Donna Harris

I love these mini tutorials, I keep them as a quick reference/refresher! Thanks Craftsy!

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Gabi

Thank you Craftsy, I love your tutorials and hope that there will be more to come.

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Babs kell

Very easy to follow thanks

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Dorothy

My most favorite block. So many variations to do. Great Tutorial.

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