red and white star log cabin quilt block tutorial

Log Cabin Sampler – Star in the Cabin

The Star in the Cabin block shows the possibilities of thousands of log cabin blocks.  It takes another block and uses it as the centre block of a log cabin.  I have used a sawtooth star, but you could use any block that you want.

For the Log Cabin Sampler quilt, you will need six of these blocks.  For the mini sampler, only two.  You will keep using a lot of your 1-1/2″ strips along with one other piece.


Dark fabric:

  • six [two] 2-1/2″ squares
  • forty-eight [sixteen] 1-1/2″ squares
  • six [two] 1-1/2″ x 4-1/2″
  • six [two] 1-1/2″ x 5-1/2″
  • six [two] 1-1/2″ x 6-1/2″
  • six [two] 1-1/2″ x 7-1/2″
  • six [two] 1-1/2″ x 8-1/2″
  • six [two] 1-1/2″ x 9-1/2″

Light fabric:

  • twenty-four [eight] 1-1/2″ squares
  • twenty-four [eight] 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″
  • six [two] 1-1/2″ x 5-1/2″
  • six [two] 1-1/2″ x 6-1/2″
  • six [two] 1-1/2″ x 7-1/2″
  • six [two] 1-1/2″ x 8-1/2″


Take the dark 1-1/2″ squares and mark a diagonal line on them.  Chalk or slivers of soap make good markers for dark fabrics if you don’t have a light pencil.

Place this on a light 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ rectangle, aligning one end.  Sew right on the marked line.  You should have half of your dark squares left over.


Trim off the corner (make sure you cut the right side!)

Press open.  The piece should be 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″

Repeat with the remaining dark squares, making sure the diagonal line goes in the other direction.  It should overlap the triangle piece.


Trim and press open.  The piece should still be 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″.  You should have 12[8] of these units.


This unit is often called a flying geese unit.  There are many other methods to doing this, but I prefer this method for geese so small.  The waste is minimal and accuracy is improved.

Use these flying geese units with the light 1-1/2″ squares and dark 2-1/2″ squares to make a 4-1/2″ sawtooth star block.


Sew the pieces into rows

The little stars should be 4-1/2″ square, and should fit with the bars into a log cabin block.


Add one round of bars, beginning with the dark 4-1/2″ piece and going around to the light 6-1/2″ piece.


Repeat with another round – dark, dark, light, light.


Finish off with just two dark bars.


Like all the rest, the finished block should be 9-1/2″.  You should have six [two] of them.

The Log Cabin Sampler quilt is almost done – only one more block to go!  Check out the other blocks HERE.

Elizabeth DeCroos

Elizabeth DeCroos

designer, teacher, speaker

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.

Scroll to Top