Rotate finished Log Cabin blocks to create an alternate version of the Light and Dark setting. Centers in a berry hue give a nod to the red centers of traditional Log Cabin blocks. Fabrics are from the Bittersweet collection by Nancy Halvorsen for Benartex.

Download this Project

Materials

Inspired by Contrasting Cabins from designer Lissa Alexander
Quilt tester: Laura Boehnke

1/8 yard berry print (block centers)
16-1/8-yard pieces assorted dark prints (blocks)
16-1/8-yard pieces assorted light prints (blocks)
1/2 yard olive green print (binding)
3-1/4 yards backing fabric
57" square batting

Finished quilt: 48-1/2" square
Finished block: 12" square

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

Download this Project

Cut Fabrics

Cut pieces in the following order.

From berry print, cut:
16-2-1/2" squares

From each dark print, cut:
1-1-1/2x11-1/2" strips
1-1-1/2x10-1/2" strips
1-1-1/2x9-1/2" strips
1-1-1/2x8-1/2" strips
1-1-1/2x7-1/2" strips
1-1-1/2x6-1/2" strips
1-1-1/2x5-1/2" strips
1-1-1/2x4-1/2" strips
1-1-1/2x3-1/2" strips
1-1-1/2x2-1/2" strips

From each light print, cut:
1-1-1/2x12-1/2" strips
1-1-1/2x11-1/2" strips
1-1-1/2x10-1/2" strips
1-1-1/2x9-1/2" strips
1-1-1/2x8-1/2" strips
1-1-1/2x7-1/2" strips
1-1-1/2x6-1/2" strips
1-1-1/2x5-1/2" strips
1-1-1/2x4-1/2" strips
1-1-1/2x3-1/2" strips

From olive green print, cut:
5-2-1/2x42" binding strips

{C} Download this Project

About the Technique

Following designer Lissa Alexander's lead, quilt tester Laura Boehnke alternated between two different dark prints to make the dark half of each Log Cabin block. To add variety and create a secondary pattern, Laura used matching light prints and stripes in each round, but didn't reuse a fabric in each block.

Download this Project

Assemble Blocks

1. For one block, gather the following: one berry print 2-1/2" square, 1-1/2"-wide strips from one dark print (one each in 2-1/2", 3-1/2", 6-1/2", 7-1/2", 10-1/2", and 11-1/2" lengths), 1-1/2"-wide strips from a second dark print (one each in 4-1/2", 5-1/2", 8-1/2", and 9-1/2" lengths), matching light print 1-1/2x3-1/2" and 1-1/2x4-1/2" strips, matching light print 1-1/2x5-1/2" and 1-1/2x6-1/2" strips, matching light print 1-1/2x7-1/2" and 1-1/2x8-1/2" strips, matching light print 1-1/2x9-1/2" and 1-1/2x10-1/2" strips, and matching light print 1-1/2x11-1/2" and 1-1/2x12-1/2" strips.

2. Referring to Diagram 1, sew together berry print 2-1/2" square and dark print 1-1/2x2-1/2" strip. Press seam away from berry print square.

3. Add dark print 1-1/2x3-1/2" strip to top edge of Step 2 unit (Diagram 2). Press as before.

4. Sew light print 1-1/2x3-1/2" strip to right-hand edge of Step 3 unit (Diagram 3). Then add light print 1-1/2x4-1/2" strip to bottom edge of unit (Diagram 4). Press all seams away from center.

5. Referring to Diagram 5, continue adding assorted print strips to pieced unit, pressing all seams away from center, to make a Log Cabin block. The block should be 12-1/2" square including seam allowances.

6. Repeat steps 1–5 to make 16 Log Cabin blocks total

Download this Project

Assemble Quilt Center

1. Referring to Quilt Assembly Diagram, lay out Log Cabin blocks in four horizontal rows, rotating blocks as shown for a Light and Dark setting (light and dark squares emerge on point across the quilt top).

2. Sew together blocks in each row. Press seams in one direction, alternating direction with each row.

3. Join rows to make quilt top. Press seams in one direction

Download this Project

Finish Quilt

1. Layer quilt top, batting, and backing; baste. Quilt as desired.

2. Bind with olive green print binding strips.

Advertisement