Show off polka dots of all colors and sizes in a super-size Log Cabin block.

Around the Block


Designer: Jennifer Keltner

3-1/2 yards total assorted polka dots in cream, blue, yellow, green, and red (block)
1/2 yard black-and-cream polka dot (binding)
3-1/4 yards cotton fabric or 1-2/3 yards of 59"-wide plush fabric (backing)
58" square batting

Finished quilt: 51-1/2" square

Quantities are for 44/45"-wide, 100% cotton fabrics.
Measurements include 1/4" seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

Cut Fabrics

Cut pieces in the following order.

From assorted polka dots, cut:
2-6-1/2x42" strips, cutting and piecing them to make one 6-1/2x51-1/2" rectangle for Position 16
2-7-1/2x42" strips, cutting and piecing them to make one 7-1/2x45-1/2"rectangle for Position 15
2-6-1/2x42" strips, cutting and piecing them to make one 6-1/2x44-1/2" rectangle for Position 14
1-6-1/2x39-1/2" rectangle for Position 13
1-8x38-1/2" rectangle for Position 12
1-8x32" rectangle for Position 11
1-6-1/2x31" rectangle for Position 10
1-6x26" rectangle for Position 9
1-5x25-1/2" rectangle for Position 8
1-5x21-1/2" rectangle for Position 7
1-6-1/2x21" rectangle for Position 6
1-7x15-1/2" rectangle for Position 5
1-6x14-1/2" rectangle for Position 4
1-5x10" rectangle for Position 3
1-4-1/2x10" rectangle for Position 2
1-3-1/2x6" rectangle for Position 1
1-6x7" rectangle for block center

Assemble Quilt Top

1. Sew assorted polka dot Position 1 rectangle to top edge of assorted polka dot 6x7" block center (Diagram 1). Press seam away from block center.

2. Add assorted polka dot Position 2 rectangle to left-hand edge of Step 1 unit (Diagram 2). Press seam as before.

3. Add assorted polka dot Position 3 rectangle to bottom edge of Step 2 unit; press as before (Diagram 3).

4. Referring to Quilt Assembly Diagram, continue sewing rectangles in a counterclockwise direction to make a Log Cabin block. Press all seams away from block center. The block, or quilt top, should be 51-1/2" square including seam allowances.

Finish Quilt

From black-and-cream polka dot, cut
. 6-2-1/2x42" binding strips

1. Layer quilt top, batting, and backing; baste.

2. Quilt as desired.

3. Bind with black-and-cream polka dot binding strips.

Around the Block
Around the Block