Easy, Gorgeous Log Cabin Quilts: 10 Free Patterns


The log cabin quilt block design is a timeless classic! Learn to sew easy log cabin blocks to make any of these 10 beautiful log cabin quilts. I’ll show you more log cabin ideas too for potholders and tote bags. You’ll quickly see why quilters all over the world love different variations of the log cabin design.

Classic Scrappy Log Cabin Quilt

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Here’s a vintage inspired log cabin quilt that showcases many characteristics of the traditional log cabin quilt. You can see red block centers, light and dark piecing, and a classic layout. Amy Smart shares a free tutorial for this quilt.

Quarter Log Cabin Quilt Pattern

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This three-yard quilt shows you a new perspective on the classic log cabin block: it uses quarter log cabins! Making it with just 3 different fabrics, keeps the look fresh and interesting.

Modern Log Cabin Quilt

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Go for bold with my free Modern Log Cabin Quilt Pattern. The unusual placement of 9 log cabin blocks gives a unique look to these traditional blocks. This is the perfect quilt to sew for a guy. Or take a peek at the pattern and see how pretty it can be in light colors.

Baby Heart Log Cabin Quilt Pattern

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The Baby Heart Log Cabin Quilt Pattern uses low-volume fabrics (or other light fabrics) plus a single bold color (or some other dark fabrics). I’ll teach you chain piecing techniques to make it very fast to sew and perfect for a beginner quilter.

Pineapple Quilt Pattern

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The pineapple block is a log cabin quilt block made with a specific technique that produces a cute ‘pineapple shape’ because you trim the block in between each round of fabric strips. Try my Golden Pineapple (log cabin) Quilt Pattern now.

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You can also take the basic technique for the classic log cabin block and sew one big cabin! Since your fabric strips get longer and longer for this quilt, it’s a great way to use up a jelly roll.

Autumn Sky Big Log Cabin Quilt

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Here’s another inspiring big log cabin quilt, this one made by Heidi Staples. I love the bears! She

Stash Buster Log Cabin Quilt Pattern

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Lots of little scraps piling up? This free log cabin pattern uses 1’’ strips, plus strip piecing so these little babies sew up faster than you think! I used neutral gray fabrics for my center squares and alternated light and dark prints from my fabric stash for the remaining strips of fabric.

When sewing small log cabin blocks like these, it’s important to keep a consistent 1/4” seam allowance. This free tutorial also shares how trimming techniques using a ruler and rotary cutter that will also help your blocks turn out a consistent size.

You can adapt this tutorial to make traditional log cabin blocks of any size. Try arranging your blocks on a quilt design wall before sewing them together so you can see how the pattern can change. You will love love how your quilt turns out!

Blueberry Pie Log Cabin Quilt

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The Blueberry Pie Log Cabin Pattern is perfect for jelly rolls (or 2 1/2” strips) too. Of course, you can also cut up fabric yardage if you wish. When the log cabin blocks are rotated so that the dark sides of the blocks are put together, an almost-round shape appears – that’s the pie!

Wonky Log Cabin Quilts

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The wonky log cabin quilt is a new classic! Amy Smart collaborated with other quilters to make these gorgeous wonky log cabin quilts for charity. She also shares a free tutorial for wonky log cabin blocks.

Other Log Cabin Sewing Ideas

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No time to make an entire quilt top? You can still get some log cabin love with these sweet hexi log cabin potholders. The unique look of the hexagon log cabin is achieved using partial seams. That only sounds difficult – I’ll show you just how easy and fun it can be!

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If your quilt tops are piling up and you still want to sew a log cabin – try sewing a log cabin tote bag! My free Mod Log Cabin Tote tutorial is fast and easy using a quilt as you go technique. Everyone will know you are a quilter when they see you carrying this bag.

Japanese Style Drawstring Bag

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Make a cute drawstring tote bag with a log cabin on the side! I made an improv wonky style log cabin block for the side of my tote, but you can start with a more traditional and accurately sewn log cabin block.

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