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Layer Cake Log Cabin Block {Tutorial}

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Happy Friday everyone!  Today, I am happy to be sharing a new tutorial with all of you.  The tutorial is for a quick and easy log cabin quilt top that I have designed to work with 10″ layer cake squares.

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For my quilt top, I used a layer cake of Poetry by 3 Sisters & Compositions by Basic Grey.  I have had these layer cakes for awhile and from the moment I saw them together, I knew that I wanted to combine them into one great quilt.

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I cut out all of the pieces that I needed for 80 log cabin blocks in under an hour(maybe even closer to 1/2 hour)–super quick using layer cake squares! These blocks don’t require any background fabrics–just the layer cake squares.  You’ll need (80) 10″ square to make the blocks required for a 60″ x 75″ quilt top.

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The blocks were pretty quick to sew together as well.  You will end up with (80) 8″ blocks–they will finish at 7 1/2″ in the quilt.  I designed the blocks so they would be light on one half of the block and dark on the other half so you would have more layout options.  When I laid out my blocks, I ended up liking a scrappier version–but you could do a more planned approach if you preferred.

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And, I found the quilt top came together quickly also.  Including cutting time, this quilt probably took 10 hours or so for me to make.  Definitely doable over the weekend! =)  And it was such fun to be able to sew without a lot of thought.

I’ve put together a printable PDF block tutorial if you’d like to try some of these fun blocks.  If you know how to piece a log cabin quilt block (as I’m sure many of you do) you will mostly just need the cutting instructions to utilize the layer cake squares.

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And here’s an idea of how these blocks look when you pay attention to the light/dark placement.  I’m sure you’ve seen some of these log cabin layouts.  But, it’s super handy to be able to cut the whole thing out from 2 layer cakes.

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This is how I intended the blocks to work–so if you pay close attention to your lights/darks–you can make some great layouts.

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And a whole quilt top from just two layer cakes–no background needed!

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I hope you enjoy this tutorial–if you make one of these quilts for yourself, I’d love to see it! =)

Happy weekend sewing!

Comments (18)

  • Thanks for sharing! I want to try this 🙂

  • What a great and useful tutorial!!! Thanks for sharing!!

  • Thank you for this tutorial. My scraps keep accumulating 🙂 – and I definitely need to make a light and dark version of the Log Cabin Block.

  • Wonderful! May use this for a 5th grade class quilt. Straight lines. Lights and Darks. Multiple layout possibilities. Perfect! Thank you for sharing your wisdom on a PDF.

  • Thank you so much for this tutorial! I’ll certainly make good use of it!

  • I love scrappy. Scrappy is happy. Thank you SO much for sharing this Corey.
    You are a doll

  • This is great! I may have to make a red, white, and blue version with some Minick and Simpson layer cakes. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Thanks so much for the tutorial. I love making quilts with pre cuts and have not made a log cabin.

  • Corey, what a fun quilt! Love the colors of that layer cake bundle. Your scrappy layout looks terrific. I love seeing all the other layout options too. What a hard choice it had to have been to decide on a layout. I’d be days and weeks trying to pick one. Great quilt!

  • Thanks, Corey! I’m sharing this on my FB page. 🙂

  • Such a cute quilt ♥

  • These are so pretty and practical too – thanks for sharing and all your inspiration too!

  • Thanks!!

  • Thanks so much for this tutorial! I have a double in layer cakes I will try this on.

  • This is so pretty Corey. Thanks!

  • I love that third layout!

  • Thank you Corey for this fun &aquí k quilt!! I enjoy reading your posts…. keep up the good work!

  • WOW ! So many wonderful combinations. I need to bookmark this.

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