red and white bento box quilt block with title "log cabin sampler quilt".

Log Cabin Sampler – Bento Box

Bento Box is another fun variation of the log cabin block.  It looks pretty similar to the Corner Block, but it is not exactly the same.

The main difference is that this block does not have any medium fabrics.  It is solely light and dark, and the layout plays on the contrast between the two.

For the Log Cabin Sampler Quilt, you will need to make three of these blocks for either the larger or smaller option.  This is the only block with the same number for each.


The pieces for this block are all 2″ wide, so begin by cutting 2″ strips.

Dark fabric

  • six 2″ x 5″
  • twelve 2″ x 3-1/2″
  • twelve 2″ x 2″

Light fabric

  • six 2″ x 5″
  • twelve 2″ x 3-1/2″
  • twelve 2″ x 2″



There are two different pieces to assemble for this block.  These are basically mini corner blocks, and are assembled in the same way.  Layout the pieces so that one has a dark square surrounded by light and then dark and the other has a light square surrounded by dark and then light.  Each block will contain two of each of these units, so there are six of each in total.

Begin by joining the two squares.  Press seams toward the dark fabric.

Continue joining the rounds.  Refer to the layout so the order doesn’t get mixed up.  It might be too confusing to do these both at the same time, so you might want to lay out six dark units and piece them first, then do the light units.  Because many of the pieces are the same size for both, it is easy to mix them up.

Add the final sides.  They should be 5″ square when they are complete.

When the units are complete, lay out two dark and two light to make the final block.

Join the light and dark units.

Then join these pieces to complete the block.  The block finishes at 9-1/2″ square.

You will need three of these.

If you missed the other blocks for the Log Cabin Sampler, get them HERE.

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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