Start with a square and then add strips to two sides to make the quarter log cabin quilt pattern. A variation of the traditional log cabin quilt pattern, his makes a log cabin quilt block with quarter length strips.
In this tutorial, we start with a center square and add different size strips to each center. The key to making a quarter log cabin quilt is to have the finished size of each quilt block be the same.
It’s so easy to change the design of this quilt pattern with different quilt block layouts. Layout options can keep the blocks in the same orientation, shift them around or place them on point. You can vary the width of the strips of fabric for an interesting look like we did in the tutorial, or change the color sequences like we did in the second example below. This is a perfect scrap-buster project that uses a variety of fabrics.
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Here is another option using 2-1/2″ strips. I cut the strips as follows:
- Two (2) 2-1/2″ squares: One in color A and one in color B
- Two (2) strips 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″: One in color B and one in color C
- Two (2) strips 2-1/2″ x 6-1/2″: One in color C and one in color D
- One (1) strip 2-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ in color D
I cut four versions of the strips outlined above, shifting the colors by one with each block.
Again, I sewed the blocks together using the chain method. (I was working on these late in the day – you’ll see I did quite a bit of unstitching. I sewed some of the strips on the wrong side. Sigh.)
Here is another finished version of the quarter log cabin quilt pattern! This version uses 2-1/2″ strips.
Can I make this quilt block from a jelly roll?
Yes! Have a jelly roll that you love? First cut the center square at 2-1/2″, then use the variety of fabrics from the jelly roll to cut the strips using the cutting chart above. This easily makes a coordinated quilt block without much thought on your part- just pick a jelly roll in your colors and proceed!
How is the quarter square log cabin quilt block different than the log cabin quilt block?
For the quarter square log cabin quilt block, fabric strips are sewn to two sides of the center block. However, in a traditional log cabin block, the strips are sewn in order to all four sides of the center block.
Did you enjoy the quarter log cabin quilt pattern? Learn the basics of the log cabin quilt pattern. Try the wonky log cabin block variation.
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