A cushion cover made from the log cabin quilt block is one of the easiest to make and a great introduction to beginner quilting.
A cushion cover made from the log cabin quilt block is one of the easiest to make and a great introduction to beginner quilting. The basic premise of the log cabin quilt block is a central square representing the hearth with strips built up around the square representing logs. There can be as many rounds of logs as you wish and of whatever thickness you choose. traditionally the logs are dark on one side of the square and light on the other half.
Making the log cabin patchwork block
I have used 2.1/2″ strips for the logs and a 2.1/22 square for the hearth. Sew a dark square under the central square and on the right sew a 4.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ dark strip. Sew a 4.1/2″ light strip across the top and a 6.1/22 light strip down the lefthand side. That completes the first round of logs.
The next round builds on this with a 6.1/2″ dark strip on the bottom and an 8.1/2″ dark strip up the righthand side. This is followed by an 8.1/2″ light strip across the top and a 10.1/2″ light strip down the left.
The third round has a 10.1/2″ dark strip across the bottom and a 12.1/2″ dark strip on the right followed by a 12.1/2″ light strip across the top and a 14.1/2″ strip down the left.
The fourth round of logs begins with a 14.1/2″ dark strip across the bottom with a 16.1/2″ dark strip on the right, followed by a 16.1/2″ light strip across the top and an 18.1/2″ light strip down the left.
The fifth and final round of logs begins with an 18.1/2″ dark log across the bottom and a 20.1/2″ dark log on the right, followed by a 20.1/2″ light log across the top and a 22.1/2″ light log down the left.
I have used five rounds of logs because I want to make a fairly large cushion cover to take a 22″ cushion pad.
Making the cushion cover
In order to turn this log cabin quilt block into a cushion cover, cut a 22.1/2″ square of fabric and two rectangles 22.1/2″ by 15″. The square is to back the quilt block just to protect the seams and will not be visible. The rectangles will form the back of the cushion cover. Turn the edge under twice on one 22.1/2″ edge of each rectangle so that the raw edge is hidden. Sew in place either by machine or hand, using matching thread.
Place the square of backing fabric with right side down. Lay the log cabin patchwork on top with right side up. Lay one rectangle on top of this with the raw edge at the top and the hemmed edge in the middle. Lay the other rectangle with the raw edge at the bottom and the hemmed edge in the middle. The two rectangles should overlap by about 3″ in the middle. This creates the envelope opening to turn the cushion cover right side out and to insert a cushion pad.
Pin the layers together and sew all round the edge of the square using a 1/4″ seam. Then clip the corners and sew round the edge again using a zigzag stitch right on the edge of the fabric. This will help prevent fraying of the raw edges. Turn the log cabin cushion cover right side out through the envelope opening at the back and insert a cushion pad. Enjoy!