Half Log Cabin Quilt

Half log cabin quilt

Half log cabin quilt

This half log cabin quilt was inspired by a dress that I saw in a shop in town.  The dress itself was way beyond my price range so obviously I did the next best thing and made a quilt using a similar design.  The basis of the design is a half log cabin, which is the main part of the design that is like the dress that I saw, but I have also included a nine patch unit in the middle just because I felt like it!  The quilt is 42″ wide by 80″ long.  I have used four colours plus black in each colourway and I have made four blocks in each of three different colourways.

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Three versions of the block

Three versions of the block

Fabric requirements for the half log cabin quilt

The amount of fabric used is is best listed as just what you will need for one set of blocks, because total fabric requirements will vary depending on how many colours you use.

So for four blocks I cut one 2.1/2″ strip of the first (lightest) colour, two 2.1/2″ strips each of the second and third colours and three 2.1/2″ strips of the fourth (darkest) colour.  For each four blocks, I used three 1.1/2″ strips of black fabric.  That’s about 1/2 yard total in black.

The white fabric requirements are going to be the same whatever different colours you use:

four rectangles, 4.1/2″ by 16.1/2″, four rectangles 16.1/2″ by 11.1/2″, two rectangles 16.1/2″ by 7.1/2″, two rectangles 16.1/2″ by 2.1/2″, two rectangles 16.1/2″ by 8.1/2″ and two rectangles 4.1/2″ by 8.1/2″.  That’s about 1.1/2 yards total in white fabric.

First round of the half log cabin quilt block

First round of the half log cabin quilt block

Making the half log cabin quilt block

The log cabin quilt block usually begins with square in the middle (representing the hearth of the log cabin), surrounded by strips of fabric (the logs) which are sewn on around this central square in either a clockwise or an anti clockwise direction.  For this block the starting point is a 2.1/2″ square, but the logs are only added on three sides.  They are added in an anti clockwise direction, so the first log is sewn to the top of the square, the next one to the left hand side and the third one across the bottom.  Then the process is repeated with another colour which is darker.

Begin with a 2.1/2″ square of the lightest colour.  This will be the centre of the log cabin, although it will stay on the right hand side of the block as we are only adding logs on three sides..

The first frame around it consists of a 2.1/2″ square placed above the central square, a 4.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangle down the left hand side and a 4.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangle across the bottom.

Second frame of the half log cabin

Second frame of the half log cabin

Fourth frame of the half log cabin quilt block

Fourth frame of the half log cabin quilt block

The next frame will be made using colour three.  You will need a 4.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ strip across the top, 8.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ strip down the left hand side and a 6.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ strip across the bottom.  Sew them on in that order to the previous frame.

The fourth colour is added in another frame around the block.  You will need a 6.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ strip across the top, a 12.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ strip down the left hand side and an 8.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ strip across the bottom.

Add black for the last frame of the log cabin quilt block

Add black for the last frame of the log cabin quilt block

That completes the colour section of this half log cabin quilt block.  The final round for all of them is made using 1.1/2″ strips of black fabric.  You’ll need one strip 8.1/2″ by 1.1/2″ across the top, one strip 15.1/2″ by 1.1/2″ down the left hand side and one strip 9.1/2″ by 1.1/2″ across the bottom.

Make four of these blocks in this first colour and then four more in each of two more colours – twelve log cabin quilt blocks in total.

Make a nine patch unit for the middle

Make a nine patch unit for the middle

Making the nine patch unit

I felt that the quilt needed something different in the middle, so I made a nine patch unit using squares left over from all three of the colours, with a black 2.1/2″ square in the centre.

Lay the squares out in three rows of three.  Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.

Completed nine patch unit

Completed nine patch unit

Finally, sew a black frame around this nine patch unit – you’ll need two strips 6.1/2″ by 1.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two strips 8.1/2″ by 1.1/2″ for the sides.

Row one of the log cabin quilt

Row one of the log cabin quilt

Assembling the half log cabin quilt

I decided to put the quilt blocks together with loads of white between them to show up the colours and to provide a complete contrast to the black edging.  This also gives lots of lovely open space for quilting!  Although the log cabin blocks are not square, it is still possible to sew them together in rows.

For rows one and five, place a block at each end vertically and a block in the middle horizontally.  Sew a 16.1/2″ by 4.1/2″ rectangle of white to one side of the vertical blocks.  This is the side with the black edging, so that the central square of the blocks is on the outer edge of the row.  Sew a 16.1/2″ by 7.1/2″ white rectangle to the black edging of the horizontal block.  These three blocks can now be sewn together across the row.  Row five is the same as row one, but with the central block placed so that the white is on top and the log cabin beneath it.

Rows two and four of the log cabin quilt

Rows two and four of the log cabin quilt

Rows two and four are also the same as each other.  You will need two quilt blocks placed vertically.  Sew a 16.1/2″ by 11.1/2″ white rectangle to the sides of the blocks that are not black and place them with the white on the edges of the row.  Sew a 16.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ white strip between the two blocks on the black edging.

Central row of the log cabin quilt

Central row of the log cabin quilt

Row three is the middle row and contains the nine patch unit.  Place two quilt blocks vertically on the ends of the row and sew a 16.1/2″ by 8.1/2″ white rectangle to the black edges of these blocks.

Sew an 8.1/2″ by 4.1/2″ white rectangle to the top and bottom of the nine patch unit.  Sew the three sections together across the row.

Sew the five rows to each other to complete the half log cabin quilt top.  It can now be layered, quilted and bound.

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Longarm quilting

Longarm quilting

I have had more time this week to play with Minnie, my longarm machine.  It has been enormous fun because I really feel that I have achieved something with her.  Next week I feel that I can take the exciting step of putting a real quilt on her rather than just sample panels.  To see how I got on click on longarm quilting.
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  1. Love this quilt Rose but really can’t imagine the dress that inspired it! My mind is running with variations (instead of paying attention to my granddaughter!). I might be spending some time on EQ later today, which is good as I really do need the practice and to work out how to do quilts that are not just blocks in straightforward rows!

    Thanks for the inspiration…
    Toni

    • Hi Toni. The design was much smaller in the dress – it wasn’t a dress made for a giant! I would have taken a photo of the dress to show you, but of course I didn’t have my camera on me at the time. I find that it’s simple enough to use blocks that aren’t the same size if you have an overall background that you can use to fill up all the gaps. If you don’t, then you start running into partial seams which are do-able, but not really suitable for my beginner quilt patterns.

  2. Rose, this looks just so pretty. I shall give it a try, using different shades of yellow with the white.

  3. That is too cute. I can see me making it with a darker background for my son. I don’t often see ideas for quilts that I think he’ll really like.

  4. Rose, I love the pattern. Do you have a larger picture of the completed quilt? I’d like to see more of it.
    Thanks.
    Laurie

    • Hi Laurie. The trouble is that the quilt is so long. If I stood further away to get the whole thing in the photo, then the blocks became very small.

  5. Kathleen says:

    Love this! Another one for my way-to-long wanna do list! Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks, Kathleen. It’s a very quick one to put together – lots of white space.

      • Dear Rose,
        As always I Love the pattern. I was wondering however if I could receive the Tea Cozy pattern.

        Sincerely,

        Jody Gardner

        • Hi Jody. You should have received it when you signed up for the newsletter, so I’m not sure what happened there, but I will email you with the pattern straight away.

  6. Love these colors!! 🙂

  7. Sandra Barnett says:

    Rose,
    Love the quilt very unique. Must put it on hold because I did not get to work on my other quilts. We had a massive storm on Tuesday and we lost power for 27 hours. In felt like I was back in the cave man days. Nothing worked. We got water from the river to flush the toilet. Things are back to “normal” and maybe I can start up again.
    Love where you get your ideas from. I have so many but not enough time or experience to get them done. Glad Minnie is behaving, now you can have some fun.
    Have a good weekend with your sister.
    Sandra

    • Thanks, Sandra. That must have been quite a major storm. If I have a power cut I find myself forgetting and trying to switch things on – with no success.

  8. Hello Rose. I love the choice of colours. Was it the same colours as the dress that inspired you to make this quilt or the pattern? It is amazing how you can come up with a new quilt design when something catches your eye. I am hoping to make a patchwork dress for a ragdoll which I have made and your pattern and colours may just be what I am looking for. Thank you for the inspiration. Enjoy quality time with your sister. is she a quilter too?

    • Hi Dianne. The pink and the green were similar, but I didn’t have the same shades of green to use. Glad you like it. No, my sister doesn’t sew – she’s much better at gardening than I am.

  9. Another lovely quilt thank you. Love your colours

  10. Hi Rose,
    I’m late writing because I had company all weekend.
    The half log cabin is quite a change from your other quilts. I love the colors.
    My baby quilt is almost finished. I still want to stitch in the ditch around the squares and the borders to keep the 2 fabrics together. I didn’t use any batting because it’s a summer quilt. Not for a baby boy but charm squares that are bursting with colors. One of these days I’ll be brave enough to try my hand at making a quilt with 1/2 sq. triangles. Enjoy your week with Minnie.

    • Hi Claire. I hope you had a great weekend with your visitors. Aren’t charm packs a lovely way of getting loads of colour into a quilt? We’re so lucky these days to have all these options like jelly rolls, layer cakes and so on for buying lots of different fabrics that all co ordinate.

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