log cabin quilt variations

Forty Log Cabin Quilts

┬áLog cabin is one of the oldest quilt designs, and it is still popular today. It is beautiful in traditional quilts but it’s not difficult to make a modern quilt with the design. Here is some log cabin eye candy for quilt inspiration.

Corner Block Variation

The corner block is a very simple form of log cabin, but it can make some complex-looking layouts.

corner block quilt layout

corner block quilt layout

corner block quilt layout

corner block quilt layout

Bento Box Variation

Bento Box is basically two negative-image corner blocks set in groups of four. They make great quilts either alone or with four patch units.

bento box quilt layouts

bento box quilt layout

bento box quilt layout

bento box quilt layout

bento box quilt layout

Courthouse Steps Variation

Courthouse Steps is a traditional block that is similar to a log cabin in that it starts with a centre block and works out, but the bars just go in a different order.

courthouse steps quilt layout

courthouse steps quilt layout

courthouse steps quilt layout

Traditional Log Cabin Variation

The traditional log cabin block is timeless and looks great in any colour scheme.

log cabin quilt layout

log cabin quilt layout

log cabin quilt layout

log cabin quilt layout

log cabin quilt layout

Greek Key Variation

At first glance, Greek key is not an obvious log cabin variation, but if you look closely, you will see it’s all in the colour layout.

greek key quilt layout

greek key quilt layout

greek key quilt layout

greek key quilt layout

greek key quilt layout

Offset Cabin Variation

The traditional log cabin block changes dramatically when you use different widths of bars to make the offset log cabin. The difference gives a curved look to the block.

offset log cabin quilt layout

offset log cabin quilt layout

offset log cabin quilt layout

offset log cabin quilt layout

lightning maze quilt layout

Star Cabin Variations

Adding a star to the centre really gives the log cabin block some interest.

star cabin quilt layout

star in the cabin diagonal

star barn raising

star cabin plus

star cabin plus

star cabin layout

Cornerstone Log Cabin Variations

Cornerstones totally change the look.

arrows quilt

cornerstone option 2

cornerstone option 3

argyle

baskets

Log Cabin Sampler

Of course, if you can’t decide, you can always make a sampler with all the blocks. The Dreams Come True quilt pattern gives detailed directions for the eight different variations of log cabin block as well as a great diamond border and putting it all together. It’s available at Epida Designs.

dreams come true quilt

dreams come true log cabin sampler quilt

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Elizabeth DeCroos

Elizabeth DeCroos

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Elizabeth enjoys doing all types of sewing and needlework and teaching others new techniques. For more information or to have her speak to your group click HERE.

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