Log cabin quilt designs are always a favorite with beginning quilters and expert quilters alike. The simple piecework has a timeless charm that lends itself to endless log cabin quilt variations.
If there’s anything you want to have in your quilting skill set, it’s a knowledge of log cabin quilt designs. The simplest log cabin quilt pattern, which consists of strips pieced around a center square successively until you have a block the size you want, is easy to sew and makes for colorful quilts. After mastering this basic technique, you can use different colors in strategic parts of your blocks.
A little history about the log cabin quilt…many resources tell us that the use of the log cabin block in American patchwork became widespread in the second half of the 1800s. While the block was surely around long before then, it’s interesting to note, that the popularity increased so sharply around that time. Whether this was due to the availability of fabric scraps, or the fact that so many homes had been constructed in this manner is hard to say. It was clearly a pattern that quilters related to so strongly that almost every quilter made one during her lifetime.
It’s a great opportunity to bust through some of those scraps that I know you all have lying around! Watch how Melanie Ham does this in her step by step tutorial so you can get started on making this popular quilt that’s been around for centuries!