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Two Ways to Quilt Log Cabin Blocks

See how to quilt a straight line and a curved design on a quilt with Log Cabin blocks. Our step-by-steps make it easy to recreate this quilting with your home machine.


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Option #1: Straight-Line Quilting Design

Diagonal lines quilted the same distance apart in a V shape create chevron designs across a quilt block or top.


Mark Quilt Top

Using a water-soluble marker or chalk and an acrylic ruler, mark lines across quilt block. (Marked lines give you confidence as you begin to stitch.) Use a 4×8" ruler when marking lines; lining up just a few seam intersections at a time gives you “fudge room” if the blocks aren’t perfectly square. Four Log Cabin blocks are shown, with the dark purple corners pointing toward the center. You can use the same stitching paths for an entire quilt top assembled from Log Cabin blocks, no matter how the blocks are oriented. To mark, join the lines from one edge of the quilt top to the other.


Assemble Quilt Layers

Prepare the quilt sandwich (marked quilt top, batting, and backing).


Set up Machine

Remove presser foot and install a walking foot. Add a new machine needle, and thread the machine and bobbin with 50-weight, 100% cotton thread. Use a quilt-sandwich swatch to test thread/needle/tension combination and stitch length.


Begin Quilting

1. Begin by stitching the longest diagonal line on the quilt top, usually at the quilt center. For the featured quilt, the line starts in the top left-hand light purple rectangle and continues in a diagonal line to the opposite corner (Diagram 1). Follow the red arrows and lines in each step. Trim threads.

2. Starting at the upper right-hand corner, stitch a diagonal line to the lower left-hand corner to make a big X (Diagram 1).
Trim threads.

3. Referring to Diagram 2, stitch parallel lines to make a wide V shape in the upper two Log Cabin blocks.

4. Continue moving around the Log Cabin blocks in a clockwise motion, stitching parallel lines (Diagram 3).

5. Repeat established stitching pattern to complete straight-line quilting design (Diagram 4). Baste all remaining unstitched edges.

Next page: Option #2 Quilting Design