Log Cabin Variation

Isn't Log Cabin such a wonderful Block?? SO many options! I am showing this 12" variation set up in the same manner as Courthouse Steps, that is, constructed east, west, then north, south and not in a circular fashion...

I show it using just one fabric in each quadrant, however, you could do it using different fabrics per strip just as easily!

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** Preparing the Pieces and Sewing the Block **

Start by marking and cutting your Color 1  1-1/2" x 30" strip into twenty 1-1/2" squares...

 

Sew a color 1 square to each end of the shortest horizontal strips, using as always a SCANT 1/4" seam. Press seam allowances towards the darker fabrics...

Repeat this with the next length of horizontal strips...and then all the remaining horizontal strips...

...and then all the remaining horizontal strips...

 Now we start the piecing! Sew the west and east 2-1/2"  strips to the sides of the center square, using all SCANT 1/4" seams. Press seam allowances towards the outer strips...

 

Then sew on the north and south 2-1/2" strips with squares joined on, pressing these seams towards the center square...

 

Add the next size east and west strips, pressing seams towards the outer strips...

 

Then add the next row of horizontal strips-with-squares, pressing towards the center...on to Page 2!

ęDec 19 2000 Marcia Hohn

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Traditional Block

pattern from http://www.quilterscache.com