Log Cabins

I have made a few dozen log cabin quilts and I'd like to share a few of them with you today.

This first one was made almost 25 years ago. I know you can tell by the fabric!
Curved Blocks made years ago!
This is my Sunshine Butterflies pattern made using the Curvy Log Cabin ruler by Jean Ann Wright for Creative Grids. It is 47" x 47" with 12" Butterfly blocks.

Sunshine Butterflies: 47" x 47"
And a quilt shop in Michigan made a shop sample. I love it in these colors, don't you?

Sunshine Butterflies by Quilting Divas Sewing Boutique
One of my favorite little quilts is this one in Black, Red and Gray. The strips are tiny and the blocks are only 4" in size! It is 23" x 23" as seen here. Very scrap friendly. This also was a Creative Grids pattern and has since been retired. I'm trying to rewrite each of these patterns to make without the rulers. Almost there!

Little Logs
And you remember this quilt where I combined log cabin blocks with appliqué. My Sunbonnet Sue and Overall Sam quilt that ran in Keepsake Quilting as a kit. I sell the 16 page pattern on Craftsy. Full size templates for each of the 9 blocks. And steps for making those 8" Log Cabin blocks.

Sunbonnet Sue and Overall Sam Quilt (48" x 48")

Each set of 4 Log Cabin blocks (16" x 16") provides the center for each of the 9 appliqués. I used solids for the appliqué blocks and simple zigzag machine stitching for the raw edges. Those of you who love hand appliqué would enjoy that process, I'm sure

Have a Heart Sue
 Here's Windy Sue!
Windy Sue block
And Have a Heart Sam:
Have a Heart Sam
 And the vintage Overall Sam!

Overall Sam
I got so ambitious with making these Log Cabin blocks that I made another whole set. Of course, I am partial to 1930s prints. But you can probably envision any fabrics for the Log Cabins and the centers accommodate 10" high figures!


  1. I love the log cabin quilts Debby. Sue and Sam are still my favorite.

  2. My first quilt was a log cabin quilt. It is my all-time favorite pattern as the different variations seem endless.

  3. I've been working my way through the blocks, some which I'd made before, and with your article on log cabins coming this morning, I'm off on another adventure. Thank you for the great patterns and inspiration.

    1. Glad I could inspire you! I just pulled out another set of Log Cabin blocks I made a few years ago and abandoned. Enough for another quilt. I'll keep you posted.

  4. The Little Logs is my favorite, but I do remember Sue and Sam, and the butterflies, too.


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