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The many ways to arrange Log Cabin blocks on your quilt

The many ways to arrange Log Cabin blocks on your quilt

by Christine Baker

Arranging Log Cabin blocks

Yesterday on QUILTsocial I showed you two different ways to sew Log Cabin blocks using Northcott’s new line of fabric called Arisan Spirit – Euphoria. My seven Log Cabin blocks are all sewn and I already have an idea of how I want to arrange them but Log Cabin blocks are SO VERSATILE that I wanted to spend some time today showing you some of the many ways to arrange these blocks.

There’re lots of traditional designs for the placement of blocks – here are a few that I created using EQ7. Under each picture is the name of that traditional arrangement.

This photo shows six different arrangements that could be used when sewing a log cabin quilt together - as you can see, the rotation of the blocks makes a big difference to the final design.

Different variations for a Log Cabin quilt

For my bed runner, I’m going to place the blocks all in a row, and since I sewed all of the blocks in the same configuration (with gold on the left, lime green on the top, dark green on the right and red on the bottom) when I lay them together, I end up with a red section all along the bottom of the blocks.

Three blocks are placed beside each other on the cutting board so that you can see that the red fabric makes a continuous line on the bottom.

The blocks placed right beside each other.

I want to break up this fabric, so I’m going to put some sashing strips in between each block. Since my blocks are each 12” square, I’m going to cut three strips 1¼” x WOF of the beige fabric and then sub-cut these into six 1¼” x 12” strips. I’m going to sew the blocks together with one sashing strip between each block.

The log cabin blocks are shown sewn together with a narrow beige sashing strip between each block.

The beige sashing strips work well to break up the red fabric.

Now that my seven blocks are sewn together, the bed runner measures about 84”. With a little border at either end it will be the perfect length.

These Artisan Spirit – Euphoria fabrics from Northcott are coming together beautifully for my bed runner! Tomorrow I’ll give you some great tips for sewing borders with setting triangles and my bed runner top will be finished. Someday I’m going to make myself a beautiful scrappy log cabin quilt. I just love them, and with so many ways to arrange Log Cabin blocks the possibilities for my future quilt are endless!

This is part 3 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 2:  2 different ways to sew Log Cabin blocks

Go to part 4: Essential steps for sewing borders with setting triangles



Janelle May 23, 2023 - 9:09 pm

I would love to know what you use to make the arrangements. Have been looking for a software or app that would allow me to visualize my ideas that way!

Diane Hicks October 15, 2016 - 9:16 am

Beautiful fabrics showcased in this log cabin layout. Great series.

Delaine October 15, 2016 - 6:13 am

Thank you for the information on Log Cabins. I have never made a Log Cabin quilt, but it is definitely on my bucket list. Thanks!

Dawn October 14, 2021 - 12:08 am

Hello Delaine, are you from Virginia?

Sandy A in St. Louis October 7, 2016 - 8:38 pm

Thanks for showing all the variations! I get them mixed up so this will be handy to have!

Piroska October 6, 2016 - 5:40 pm

Thanks so much for sharing! It inspires me to try one (I’ve always wanted to do a Log Cabin quilt, but haven’t done so yet).

Christine Baker October 6, 2016 - 7:55 pm

Thank you! I love log cabin quilts!

Laura October 6, 2016 - 10:35 am

Love this series with it’s very clear photographs and hints.

Christine Baker October 6, 2016 - 7:59 pm

Thank you so much!

Janie October 6, 2016 - 9:17 am

Thank you for sharing all the ways to layout the blocks. Sew helpful! 😉

Christine Baker October 6, 2016 - 8:01 pm

You’re welcome!! I’m glad it was useful!

Maria March 6, 2022 - 8:33 am

So pleased to come across this, I have 7 grown married, children, and I’m about to embark on a quilt making adventure, one quilt for each home. So happy to see this combination of log cabin arrangements. Thank you!


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