greek key quilt block

Log Cabin Sampler – Greek Key

 The Greek Key looks like a maze, and it can be complicated if you try to wing it.  But if you follow these steps, it is actually quite easy.  It is a log cabin, but the rectangular pieces go on in a different order.

For the Log Cabin Sampler quilt, you will need three Greek Key blocks.  For the mini sampler, you need only one.

Cutting

You are still working with 1-1/2″ strips, so you can use any leftovers from the traditional log cabin block.

Dark fabric:

  • three [one] 1-1/2″ x 9-1/2″
  • three [one] 1-1/2″ x 8-1/2″
  • three [one] 1-1/2″ x 7-1/2″
  • three [one] 1-1/2″ x 6-1/2″
  • three [one] 1-1/2″ x 5-1/2″
  • three [one] 1-1/2″ x 4-1/2″
  • three [one] 1-1/2″ x 3-1/2″
  • three [one] 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″
  • three [one] 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″

Light fabric:

  • three [one] 1-1/2″ x 8-1/2″
  • three [one] 1-1/2″ x 7-1/2″
  • three [one] 1-1/2″ x 6-1/2″
  • three [one] 1-1/2″ x 5-1/2″
  • three [one] 1-1/2″ x 4-1/2″
  • three [one] 1-1/2″ x 3-1/2″
  • three [one] 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″
  • three [one] 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″

 

Assembly

Layout the pieces with the dark and light 1-1/2″ squares in the middle and the other pieces going around them.  It doesn’t matter if you don’t get the layout exactly at this point.  The pattern for joining them will ensure that everything turns out okay.

Join the two centre squares.  The piece should be 2-1/2″ long.  Layout the other pieces so that the dark 2-1/2″ piece is above and the light 2-1/2″ piece is below the square unit.

Join the 2-1/2″ pieces to the centre square unit.  Now the 3-1/2″ pieces will fit onto the left and right.  Make sure that the dark piece joins the side that is mostly light and the light piece joins the side that is mostly dark.  This will give you the spiral effect.

After the sides are joined, the 4-1/2″ pieces will be joined – light on top and dark on the bottom.  By now the spiral is clearly visible, so if you pay attention, it is easy to keep going.

Continue joining the pieces in the same manner.  Always check that the light joins the mostly dark side and the dark joins the mostly light side.

You end with a single dark piece to join.

The block should finish at 9-1/2″.

If you are following along with the Log Cabin Sampler quilt, you will now have twenty-nine blocks done.  You are well over half way there and are starting to see the progress.

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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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