Log Cabin Revisited

Log Cabin Revisited

This has been one of the all time favorite quilt patterns for more than a century. Beginning and experience quilters alike make it their own. Originally made with scraps and leftover strips, many of us now use coordinated prints or hand-dyes or batiks to make the graphic design. Playing with strips leads to many variations, some of which are named and known. Working on foundations ensures that the blocks finish at the same size (without whacking off the outer strip to even up the side), and has the added benefit of being able to write colors and piecing order directly on the foundation to help create your design. Possibilities include the traditional classic Log Cabin, set in many many different ways (Barn Raising, Streak of Lighting, Sunshine and Shadow), an off-center variation, Courthouse Steps, a corner-based design, and an improvisational katty-wampus quilt.


Design and size of the piece can be decided on during class. A wallhanging can take up to 3 yards of fabric. Bed quilts will require more, depending on the size.

(for a wallhanging) Bring up to 1 ½ yards each light and dark fabrics: can be all the same or a mix of several fabrics. Fabrics can be prints or solids, batiks, hand-dyes. Sharp value contrast between lights and darks is important.

Bring a run of 6-8 colors, going from light to dark. Can be fat quarters or scraps, solids or prints. Could be two or more families of color.

Bring a mixture of scraps, all sizes and colors, or sorted into color families. Strips leftover from other projects may be used. Make sure there is good value contrast.

Bring extra yardage (1/2-1 yard) of one fabric to use for borders.

Usual sewing supplies, sewing machine and extension cord.
Rotary cutter, mat and ruler if desired

Materials fee: $2 for foundation material