Log Cabin

Log Cabin
Log Cabin

Free Quilting Patterns - Log Cabin Block

This pattern is based on a small square, called the chimney, surrounded by rectangular "logs." Depending on the placement of the dark logs, several different pattern arrangements can be made. There are also variations of the individual blocks.

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The basic Log Cabin block (as shown above) is 16-1/2" square with a 2-1/2" stripping around it, making a finished 20" block.

You will need:

A 3" square for the chimney (center), two 2-1/4" x 45" strips of each color (one light, one dark), 21" square of muslin (backing), 20-1/2" square of batting, two 2-1/2" x 16-1/2" and tow 2-1/2" x 20-1/2" outside stripping. The block is worked on an adjustable hand held square frame.


Mark the seam line 1/4" on one side of each strip. This pattern starts at the center and works outward, always keeping a square or rectangular shape. Cut the first light strip the same size as the chimney (3" long) and sew to one side of the chimney. Following steps 1 through 4 below, complete the first row of logs. Continue adding logs, always starting on the side with 2 seams. The completed square will have 4 logs from the center, not counting the chimney. Press seams to the side. Do not press open.

Step 1. Step 2.

Step 3. Step 4.

If this square is going to be used for a pillow or as one square of a sampler quilt, add the outside stripping on all 4 sides.


Place muslin on frame and pin all corners, pulling taut. Add batting and pieced top. Pin at corners through all three layers. Backing should extend 1/2". Pin in the middle of opposite sides; then, the other two sides. As you pin, tug the backing slightly to keep the muslin tight. Continue to pin the entire edge of the block.

Quilting: Thread the needle with the end of the thread as it comes off the spool to prevent tangling. If you knot the end, be sure to pull it through into the batting so it doesn't show. You can also make 5 or 6 stitches backwards, then an overcast stitch, turn and sew over the stitches to lock them in place. Use small even running stitches to quilt 1/4" around the chimney. Continue to quilt on the outside of each square of logs, forming concentric squares. Try some variations of this quilt for originality.