Refer to the practice Log Cabin quilt block pattern for additional illustrations and instructions. The patch sizes and number of patches in this quilt block differ, but the block is assembled in exactly the same way as the log cabin.
Avoid using a steam iron when you assemble blocks on foundations printed on inkjet printers (steam could cause inks to bleed onto fabric).
Make a Quilt Block
- Place a black square right side up on the reverse side of the foundation, centering it over patch 1. Its edges should extend slightly past the outermost foundation lines on two sides, and overlap the lines separating it from pieces 2 and 3 by enough to create a stable seam when those lines are sewn. Hold in place with a pin or dab of gluestick.
- Align an ivory strip right side down along the bottom edge of the square, matching raw edges. Cut a strip to match the square's width or use a long ivory strip and trim it after sewing.
- Holding both fabrics in place, turn the foundation over and sew a seam on the line separating pieces 1 and 2, beginning and ending the seam a bit past the printed ends of the line.
- Flip piece 2 right side up and finger press. Hold foundation to the light, fabric side away from you. The edges of piece 2 should extend past the outermost line on the side of the foundation, and overlap other lines that define its shape by enough to create a stable seam when those lines are sewn on. If placement is correct, even up the seam you just sewed and then flip the patch permanently in place.
- Add piece 3 in exactly the same way, and then continue sewing patches until the foundation is covered.
- Press and trim through all layers on the outermost foundation line. Make 11 more blocks.