This log cabin quilt block is often called a tulip but it looks much more like a butterfly to me so i have chosen butterfly colours for it. Log cabin quilt blocks are so versatile that it’s not surprising that they are so popular. for this one I have used 2.1/2″ logs in the dark colours and 1.1/2″ logs in the light colours.
Making the log cabin butterfly quilt block
I began with a 2.1/2″ pink square for the hearth of the log cabin and added a 2.1/2″ by 1.1/2″ white strip on the top of the square with a 3.1/22 by 1.1/2″ white strip down the right hand side. This log cabin quilt block is going to be sewn by adding the logs in a clockwise direction.
The first pink log across the bottomis a 3.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ strip of dark fabric, folowed by a pink 5.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ strip on the left hand side of the block. The first log of the second round is a white 5.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ light strip across the top. These patchwork pieces are small enought that you can use up lots of scraps of fabric for the logs.
The next log to be sewn is a 6.1/2″ by 1.1/2″ light strip down the right hand side, followed by a 6.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ dark strip across the bottom.
The last two logs are an 8.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ dark strip on the left hand side and an 8.1/2″ by 1.1/2″ light strip across the top. That completes the log cabin quilt block measuring 8″ square finished size. Make four of these.
Putting the log cabin quilt blocks together
Sew these log cabin quilt blocks together inpairs and then sew the two pairs together. In order to complete the butterfly aspect of this block I quilted the shape of a body in the middle of the block using one of the embroidery stitches on my sewing machine. it just made it a little more realistic.