Dec 13: Christmas Logs

Christmas is my favorite time of the year.  The decorations, music, people and quiet time home watching it snow!  A cozy fire in the living room, enjoying the lighted tree. Okay, have you envisioned a perfect Christmas?  So have I. Now I think I will head to the machine and make some blocks for a fabulous Christmas quilt to snuggle with.  Here is a perfect addition, a Christmas Log Cabin reminiscent of the heart of the home.

This block finishes at 6″ or 12″ square.

6″ Block 12″ Block
From white fabric, cut (2) 1 1/2″ X 22″ strips From white fabric, cut (8) 1 1/2″ X 22″ strips
From red print #1 fabric, cut (1) 2” square, (1) 1½” X 22″ strip, From red print #1 fabric, cut (4) 2″ squares,  (4-5) 1 1/2″ X 22″ strips
From red print #2, cut: (1) 1½” X 22″ strips From red print #2, cut: (4-5) 1½” X 22″strips

Creative Grids 6″ Log Cabin Trim Tool (optional)

  1. Cut the squares and strips for the number of blocks you need. A 12″ block is (4)-6″ blocks.

2.The piecing of the log cabin block is counter clockwise. Lay the 2″ center square with the 1st red strip (I cut a piece a little larger than the 2″ square), to the right of the square, stitch, press seam out from center.

3.Lay the 2nd red strip on the top of the unit (again I cut a piece a little larger than the unit), stitch, press seam out from the center.

4. Lay the white strip to the left of the unit (cut a piece off), stitch, press out from the center.

5. Lay the white strip on the bottom of the unit (cut a piece off), stitch, press out from the center.

6. Using a Creative Grids Ruler trim as directed.  If using a rotary cutting ruler, center the center square and trim the unit to 3 1/2″ X 3 1/2″.

7. Continue to add the strips as above for two more rounds.  After the second round of strips added, trim your block to 5″ X 5″.  Following the third round, trim your block to 6 1/2″ X 6 1/2″.

8. For a 12″ block choose a layout for the (4)-6″ blocks. See the 3 Layouts suggested in the photos.  Join the blocks in pairs, the join the pairs with opposing seams. Press the final block seams to create the least bulk.

This block finishes at 6″ or 12″ square.

Enjoy your Christmas and all the wonder it brings.  I wish you many hours of piecing blocks!  Visit me at www.facebook.com/longarmquiltingbypam or at www.pamslongarmquilting.com.

Pam Mildren

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One comment on “Dec 13: Christmas Logs

  1. Laurie says:

    This was my first log cabin block, ever. So much fun! Thanks!

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