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Woven Logs Quilt Pattern

Woven Logs Quilt and Quilt Block Pattern

Janet Wickell

Woven Logs Quilt

Woven Logs is a 10-inch (finished size) patchwork quilt block. The block is assembled using an easy technique called partial seams. I think people sometimes associate that method with set-in seams, but it's very different -- and very simple.

Bright Hopes is another quilt block that's assembled with partial seams, and it only has five pieces. Make Bright Hopes if you'd like to practice partial seams before beginning the Woven Logs quilt pattern.

This block uses fabrics (in part) that are somewhat reminiscent of Civil War prints, one of my favorite periods. Design your own quilt using any type of fabric. Batiks (some with smaller scale motifs) would look perfect, and so would a scrappy assortment of fabrics in many colors and color values.

Yardages below are for a 48-block quilt that finishes at about 60" x 80". The quilt is illustrated on page 6.

Instructions are for strip pieced segments, but I've also included cutting instructions for piece-by-piece assembly near the bottom of this page.

Look at the block above and you'll see there are four patchwork units (each with three bars) that make up the bulk of the quilt block. Vertically placed units are alike and horizontally placed units are alike (alter colors and color values in any way that suits you).

The narrowest bars in vertical units are light, while the most narrow units in horizontally placed units are dark. Each group moves (generally) from lighter to darker within its 3-bar group. A red square sits at the block's center.

Your blocks can be configured with more or less contrast between strips, it's your choice, but the variations do help create a definite pattern in the finished quilt.

Please use your own common sense to determine light to dark values and colors; don't get caught up in my terminology or in my fabric choices - your choices may have more contrast. As illustrated, the goal is for values to shift from one end of each 3-strip unit to the other.

Yardages for the 60" x 80" Woven Logs Quilt

Units with light narrow bars:

  • very light: 3/4 yard
  • medium light: 1 yard
  • light, 1-1/4 yards

Units with dark narrow bars:

  • very dark, 3/4 yard
  • dark, 1 yard
  • medium dark, 1-1/4 yards

Red for block centers: 3/8 yards

Binding: 5/8 yards Backing: 5-1/4 yards of 42" fabric; about 72" x 92" of wider yardage

Batting: about 72" x 92"

Individual Patches for One Quilt Block

Units with light narrow bars:

  • (2) very light, 1-1/4" x 6-1/2"
  • (2) medium light 1-3/4" x 6-1/2" strips
  • (2) light 2-1/2" x 6-1/2" strips

Units with dark narrow bars:

  • (2) very dark, 1-1/4" x 6-1/2" strips
  • (2) dark, 1-3/4" x 6-1/2" strips
  • (2) medium dark 2-1/2" x 6-1/2" strips

Block center: (1) 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" red square

Use the instructions on the following pages to assemble the single block, simply ignoring the strip piecing instructions.

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