The log cabin quilt block is one of the most versatile quilt blocks around.
You can sew a log cabin quilt block without having to use a pattern or any complicated piecing techniques. You can sew a block of any size, and if you’re feeling lucky, you don’t even have to measure as you go! The block works well incorporated into all kinds of designs, from quilts to scarves to potholders to zippered pouches.
Because it’s so versatile and can take on so many looks, a log cabin quilt block is a great choice for a ton of fun projects. Here are some of my favorites!
Quilts and Blankets
Confetti Cabins quilt. Want the ease of constructing a log cabin quilt but not the look? This is the quilt pattern for you! For extra interest, change the base color from white–I think black or grey would look VERY cool!
Foundation Paper Pieced log cabin quilt block. Because the log cabin quilt pattern is itself so simple, you can use it to make more complicated construction methods simpler to learn. Here, Seasoned Homemaker teaches you Foundation Paper Piecing to make a log cabin mini block.
knitted blanket. Because you can also KNIT the log cabin pattern!!!
single block knitted blanket. Here’s a similar method that uses a single log cabin quilt block for a blanket that’s a crib or throw size.
log cabin granny square. Every person who crochets needs to know ALL the granny squares. This log cabin version is a great one to have in your back pocket!
square quilt. A square is a great choice for a lap quilt or king-sized quilt. With a log cabin quilt block, you can easily build your quilt top into a perfect square!
Summer Cabins quilt. Cute pieced blocks of houses are framed by log cabin pieces. Use this technique to frame out any elaborately pieced blocks to easily increase a quilt’s dimensions.
Triangle Log Cabin quilt block. I love triangle quilts, and and a triangle log cabin block adds even more interest. For bonus points, use triangle log cabin quilt blocks to create a Sierpinski Triangle quilt!
T-shirt quilt. A log cabin quilt block is a good way to frame a T-shirt piece, and it lends the jersey knit fabric structure so that you don’t have to use interfacing.
Wonky Modern Log Cabin quilt block. Because 90-degree angles are for the weak!
18″ pillow cover. Use complementary fabrics to match the decor in any room with this log cabin throw pillow.
Courthouse Steps placemats. Placemats are another good way to match your decor.
log cabin heart. All your Valentine’s Day decorating can be handled via this log cabin heart pattern. Size it up or size it down, use it as a single block or piece it into a table runner or quilt!
rainbow Fibonacci placemat. A Fibonacci construction is basically a log cabin quilt block! Use this method to make a placemat that shows off the Fibonacci pattern, quilted with a Fibonacci spiral.
Pouches and Potholders and Other Useful Things
log cabin coasters. A log cabin block lends itself perfectly to coasters, and coaster sets lend themselves perfectly to using up fabric scraps!
log cabin granny shawl. Use this log cabin method of crocheting a granny square to instead make a beautiful triangle scarf.
square log cabin potholder. This would make an excellent beginning quilting project. You can learn backing and binding AND a simple method for rounding corners!
quilt-as-you-go log cabin hot pad. The quilt-as-you-go method makes quick work of sewing up this hot pad.
zipper pouch. The log cabin block is a super cute way to show off a fussy cut special print in the center piece. Adding a zipper makes it super useful, too!
Okay, what is the cutest, most creative thing you’ve made with a log cabin quilt block? Tell us about it in the Comments!