Log Cabin Blocks: A New Take On An Old Favorite

Jun 2, 2022 4:45:00 PM / by Katy Sweigart


The log cabin block...isn’t that the quintessential quilt pattern? It traces its use in history back to ancient Egyptian pharaohs, and is still as new as yesterday! Katy here from KatyQuilts and I have a new way to use this popular Block on Board (BOB) Die to share with you today.



Close Up of Katys Log Cabin Quilt



An Innovative Project Using the GO! Log Cabin Die

The GO! Log Cabin-12" Finished Square by Leslie Main Die was actually the very first BOB Die I purchased. It has so many possibilities!



GO! Log Cabin-12 inch Finished Square by Leslie Main Die



Items Needed



1. Grab a layer cake. Layer cakes are stacks of 10" squares, all from a single fabric line.



Layer Cake On GO! Log Cabin-12_ Finished Square by Leslie Main Die and GO! Big Electric Fabric Cutter



2. Layer up six squares and place them on the GO! Log Cabin Die, covering only the smaller pieces. The 10" squares fit perfectly, with a good chunk of usable fabric left over.



Cut Log Cabin Pieces On A Tray



PRO TIP: After running the fabric on the die through my GO! Big Electric Fabric Cutter, I placed the cut pieces on a cafeteria tray. I like using these for carrying my block pieces to my sewing machine.



Paired Fabric Pieces



3. Grab the second-longest piece of dark fabric and pair it with the shortest piece of light fabric. Continue pairing up the pieces until they all equal the length of the longest piece when sewn.


You will add the longest light strip to half of your blocks like this:



Sewn Log Cabin Rows



4. Sew the rows together to finish the block.


5. Add the longest dark strip to half of the blocks (pictured below). The blocks will finish at 8". There will be one light or dark strip leftover from each block set.



More Sewn Log Cabin Rows



6. Lay out your blocks and sew them together.



Log Cabin Blocks Close Up



7. After sewing the blocks together, you can add a bit of separation between the blocks and binding using the GO! Strip Cutter-2 1/2" (2" Finished) 3 Strips Die. I cut light-colored borders and used a bit of simple stipple quilting and binding to complete it.



Finished Log Cabin Quilt Hanging Outside



Project Thoughts

I love how making the blocks this way creates little four-patches where the blocks come together.



Close Up of Finished Log Cabin Quilt



I think the chain piecing for this goes so much faster than it does with traditionally pieced log cabin quilts.



Close Up of the Finished Log Cabin Quilt



GO! Think Outside the Log Cabin Block

I hope you enjoy this new way of using the GO! Log Cabin-8" Finished Square by Leslie Main Die! Whenever I get a new GO! Die, I always think about the different projects I can make with it, and the shapes on GO! BOB Dies and GO! Applique Dies allow for a lot of creative freedom.


If you make something with this tutorial, please share a photo on social media using the hashtag #AccuQuiltBuilt, and don't forget to tag @katyquilts and @AccuQuilt so that we can see your fun creation!

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Katy Sweigart

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