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3 strip widths of fabric make a modern Log Cabin block

 

A couple of weeks ago I received a wonderful collection of fabrics from Northcott. These fabrics are from the Artisan Spirit Shimmer and Shimmer Echoes collections in the Peacock colorway. Be sure to check out the Northcott website to see the other colorways that are available in these collections.

The Shimmer fabrics are also available as pre-cuts: fat quarter rolls, 5″ squares, 10″ squares and 2½” strips.

The wonderful soft grays are from the Toscana collection. This 100% cotton fabric looks like suede and feels like silk. You can see all 135 colors in the Toscana collection here.

 

Northcott's Artisan Spirit Shimmer and Artisan Spirit Echoes in the Peacock colorway and Toscana fabrics in gray.
Northcott’s Artisan Spirit Shimmer, Artisan Spirit Echoes and Toscana fabrics

 

This week I’ll be showing you how to use strips of fabric to create several different quilt blocks. You can use any size strips for these blocks, but I started by cutting strips that were 1½”, 2½”  and 3½” wide from each of 9 fat quarters in the Peacock color.

For today’s block I decided to make a modern-style Log Cabin. I started by cutting a 2½” x 3″ piece from one of the 2½” strips. This will be used for the center of the block. The fun part about this block is that you can start with any size rectangle you like!

 

Fabric strips 1½", 2½" and 3½" wide cut from Northcott's Artisan Spirit Shimmer and Echoes fabrics in the Peacock colorway.
Strips cut from Northcott’s Artisan Spirit Shimmer and Echoes fabrics

 

To start, I sewed one of my strips to the right-hand side of the center piece. I pressed the seam away from the center and trimmed off the extra fabric. The width of this first strip doesn’t matter, so you can pick whichever size you like.

 

A 2½" strip of Northcott Artisan Spirit fabric is sewn to the center rectangle.
A 2½” strip is sewn to the center rectangle.

 

The seam is pressed away from the center and the extra Northcott Artisan Shimmer fabric is trimmed away.
Press and trim extra fabric.

 

Next, I followed these same steps to sew on three more strips of various widths going clockwise around the center.

 

Sew on three more strips of various widths of Artisan Shimmer fabric, going clockwise around the center.
Three more strips are added

 

I decided that I wanted to make my block 10½” square, so I sewed another round of strips to the block. As you keep sewing this type of block, you’ll notice that the piece you started with may no longer be in the center of the block. Don’t worry – that’s a good thing because you’re creating your own unique, modern-style block!

To trim the block, I placed my 10½” square ruler on the block and trimmed off the excess fabric. If you have a rotating cutting mat, this is a good time to use it. You’ll find it makes the trimming much easier and more accurate.

 

Place a 10½" square ruler on the block made with Northcott Artisan Shimmer fabrics and then trim off the excess fabric.
Trimming the block

 

Trim off the excess fabric, using a rotating cutting mat if you have one.
Trim off excess fabric

 

Here is the finished block.

 

The finished 10½" block made with Northcott's Artisan Shimmer fabrics.
10½” block

 

Here’s another way you could cut your modern Log Cabin block to give it a different look. Once you’ve finished sewing on your strips, just put your square ruler on an angle and then trim to the desired size. For these blocks, I trimmed to 8½”, but again, you can make them any size you wish. If you want larger blocks, just keep adding extra rounds of strips until you get the desired size.

 

Place an 8½" square ruler on an angle on the block and then trim the excess fabric.
Use an 8½” square ruler on an angle to trim the block.

 

Trim off extra fabric from the block made with Northcott's Artisan Shimmer fabric using a rotary cutter.
Trim off extra fabric.

 

Here is the finished block:

 

The finished 8½" block made with the Artisan Shimmer fabric.
The finished 8½” block

 

Come back tomorrow and I’ll show you how to make another “wonky” version of this modern Log Cabin block using more strips from the Northcott Artisan Spirit Shimmer and Shimmer Echoes fabrics.

 

This is part 1 of 5 in this series.

Go to part 2: Sewing fabric strips on an angle for a wonky modern Log Cabin block

Jean has been designing and publishing patterns since 1997. For the past 10 years she has been designing patterns for new fabric collections by Northcott Fabrics. Her work has been published in several magazines in both Canada and the United States.

Jean holds a Fiber Arts Certificate in quilting and has taught extensively throughout Canada, including six national Quilt Canada conferences. She was named “Canadian Teacher of the Year” in 2003 by the Canadian Quilters Association and has won numerous awards for her quilts.

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