Make a classic block more modern with a dark background and saturated prints.

June 10, 2021
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Modern Log Cabin
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INSPIRED BY: Antique Log Cabin from quilt collector Julie Hendricksen

QUILTMAKER: Jody Sanders

FINISHED QUILT: 66-1⁄2×77-1⁄2"

FINISHED BLOCKS: 11" square

Materials

Yardages and cutting instructions are based on 42" of usable fabric width.

▫ 3-3⁄8 yards solid charcoal gray (blocks, binding)

▫ 3-2⁄3 yards total assorted prints in yellow, orange, fuchsia, purple, and teal (blocks) 

▫ 4-7⁄8 yards backing fabric

▫ 75×86" batting

Cut Fabrics 

Cut pieces in the order that follows in each section. 

From solid charcoal gray, cut:

▫ 8--2-1⁄2×42" binding strips

Cut and Assemble Log Cabin Block A

These instructions result in one A block. Repeat cutting and assembly steps to make 22 A blocks total. Each of the five color families is used in each block. 

From one assorted print, cut:

▫ 1--3-1⁄2" square

From  a second assorted print, cut:

▫ 1--1-1⁄2×5-1⁄2" rectangle for position 4

▫ 1--1-1⁄2×4-1⁄2" rectangle for position 3

From a third assorted print, cut:

▫ 1--1-1⁄2×7-1⁄2" rectangle for position 8

▫ 1--1-1⁄2×6-1⁄2" rectangle for position 7

From a fourth assorted print, cut:

▫ 1--1-1⁄2×9-1⁄2" rectangle for position 12

▫ 1--1-1⁄2×8-1⁄2" rectangle for position 11

From a fifth assorted print, cut:

▫ 1--1-1⁄2×11-1⁄2" rectangle for position 16

▫ 1--1-1⁄2×10-1⁄2" rectangle for position 15

From solid charcoal gray, cut:

▫ 1--1-1⁄2×10-1⁄2" rectangle for position 14

▫ 1--1-1⁄2×9-1⁄2" rectangle for position 13

▫ 1--1-1⁄2×8-1⁄2" rectangle for position 10

▫ 1--1-1⁄2×7-1⁄2" rectangle for position 9

▫ 1--1-1⁄2×6-1⁄2" rectangle for position 6

▫ 1--1-1⁄2×5-1⁄2" rectangle for position 5

▫ 1--1-1⁄2×4-1⁄2" rectangle for position 2

▫ 1--1-1⁄2×3-1⁄2" rectangle for position 1

1. Sew together assorted print 3-1⁄2" square and solid charcoal gray position 1 rectangle to make a center unit (Diagram 1). 

Modern Log Cabin

2. Referring to Diagram 2, add solid charcoal gray position 2 rectangle to top edge of center unit.

Modern Log Cabin

3. Referring to Diagram 3, add assorted print position 3 rectangle to left-hand edge of center unit.

Modern Log Cabin

4. Referring to Diagram 4, add assorted print position 4 rectangle to bottom edge of center unit; press as before. 

Modern Log Cabin

5. In same manner, continue adding rectangles in numerical order to make a Log Cabin Block A (Diagram 4). The block should be 11-1⁄2" square including seam allowances. 

Cut and Assemble Log Cabin Block B

These instructions result in one B block. Repeat cutting and assembly steps to make 20 B blocks total. Each of the five color families is used in each block.

From one assorted print, cut:

▫ 1--3-1⁄2" square

From a second assorted print, cut:

▫ 1--1-1⁄2×4-1⁄2" rectangle for position 2

▫ 1--1-1⁄2×3-1⁄2" rectangle for position 1

From a third assorted print, cut:

▫ 1--1-1⁄2×6-1⁄2" rectangle for position 6

▫ 1--1-1⁄2×5-1⁄2" rectangle for position 5

From a fourth assorted print, cut:

▫ 1--1-1⁄2×8-1⁄2" rectangle for position 10

▫ 1--1-1⁄2×7-1⁄2" rectangle for position 9

From a fifth assorted print, cut:

▫ 1--1-1⁄2×10-1⁄2" rectangle for position 14

▫ 1--1-1⁄2×9-1⁄2" rectangle for position 13

From solid charcoal gray, cut:

▫ 1--1-1⁄2×11-1⁄2" rectangle for position 16

▫ 1--1-1⁄2×10-1⁄2" rectangle for position 15

▫ 1--1-1⁄2×9-1⁄2" rectangle for position 12

▫ 1--1-1⁄2×8-1⁄2" rectangle for position 11

▫ 1--1-1⁄2×7-1⁄2" rectangle for position 8

▫ 1--1-1⁄2×6-1⁄2" rectangle for position 7

▫ 1--1-1⁄2×5-1⁄2" rectangle for position 4

▫ 1--1-1⁄2×4-1⁄2" rectangle for position 3

1. Sew together assorted print 3-1⁄2" square and assorted print position 1 rectangle to make a center unit (Diagram 5). 

Modern Log Cabin

2. Referring to Diagram 6, add assorted print position 2 rectangle to right-hand edge of center unit. 

Modern Log Cabin

3. Referring to Diagram 7, add solid charcoal gray position 3 rectangle to top edge of center unit.

Modern Log Cabin

4. Referring to Diagram 8, add solid charcoal gray position 4 rectangle to left-hand edge of center unit; press as before. 

Modern Log Cabin

5. In same manner, continue adding rectangles in numerical order to make a Log Cabin Block B (Diagram 8). The block should be 11-1⁄2" square including seam allowances. 

Assemble Quilt Center

1. Referring to Quilt Assembly Diagram for placement and block orientation, lay out Log Cabin A and B blocks in seven rows. 

Modern Log Cabin

2. Sew together blocks in rows. Press seams in one direction, alternating direction with each row. Join rows; press seams in one direction.

Finish Quilt

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

2. Quilt as desired. LeAnne Olson quilted a wavy hourglass design vertically across the quilt top (Quilting Diagram). 

Modern Log Cabin

3. Bind with solid charcoal gray binding strips.

Modern Log Cabin