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Log Cabin blocks

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The Log Cabin design dates back to the 18th century or earlier, and it's still evolving, with Spiral and Wonky variations and beautiful whole-quilt designs. Click on any graphic below for more information.


Straight Furrow

Light & Dark

Courthouse Steps

Log Patch

American Log

Greek Key

Twisted Log Cabin

Wonky Log Cabin
Woven Log Cabins

Interlaced Blocks

True Lovers Knot

The Gordian Knot


Log Cabin Hexagon

Log Cabin Hexagon

Pineapple Hexagon (scrap)

Pineapple Hexagon

Swirling Hexagon

What's a Log Cabin?

A Log Cabin block is built of rectangles ("logs") that meet end to side around a center square. The center square can be any size.

In a basic Log Cabin, the colors are different for rectangles that are side by side:

Traditional Log Cabin

In a Straight Furrow (also called Barn Raising and Light & Dark), shades of 2 different colors are placed in opposite corners, and similar colors meet end to side.

Straight Furrow

In a Courthouse Steps block, the colors are mirrored on opposite sides:

Courthouse Steps