red and white log cabin quilt blocks

Optional Layouts for the Traditional Log Cabin Block

 The traditional log cabin block already has layouts with commonly-used names, so I will not try to rename them.  I have thrown in a few lesser known options as well.  Any layout that uses half-square triangles will also work with log cabin blocks.

Fields and Furrows

This layout has the blocks alternating in orientation so that diagonal stripes appear to go across the quilt.  The common name hints at the rural roots of quilting.


Barn Raising

This is another rural inspired name.  It has a square in the middle that is echoed out through the quilt.



This is an adaption of a great half square triangle pattern.


X’s and O’s

This fun layout is not as traditional, but is still fun.


Simple Suzie

Rows with blocks all in the same orientation is nice too!


To remember how to do the traditional log cabin block, go 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.

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