If paper/foundation piecing is a new technique for you, read Foundation Piecing Basics before you begin.
I usually prefer to use temporary foundations, which are removed after blocks are assembled, but log cabin quilt blocks are perfect for permanent versions, which are not removed. Permanent foundations add depth to blocks and non-woven permanent foundations help eliminate stretch. The bonus -- you won't need to spend time tearing away loads of narrow paper strips.
Plan to machine quilt the project, since log cabin quilts (even without an extra foundation layer) have plenty of built-in bulk from closely spaced seam allowances.
Fabrics & Other Materials Needed to Make the Log Cabin QuiltFabrics
- choose an assortment of greens, about 2-3/4 yards total
- choose an assortment of reds, about 2-3/4 yards total
Backing: about 1-1/8 yard
Batting: about 44" x 44" flannel or other thin batting if you use permanent foundations, you might choose to omit the batting
Binding: about 170 running inches of doublefold binding that finishs at 1/4" wide; refer to my (binding strip instructions)
Optional: Fabric for hanging sleeve