Virtual Challenge 10 Drawing Log Cabins

This challenge is to draw some Log Cabin blocks.

There are quite a few Log Cabin blocks ready to use in the electric Quilt block library, but although it is a traditional design, there are many variations on the size of the centre square, the width and the number of the logs around it. Copy some from the library, then try some modifications.

The centre square can be  any size, but the most usual is twice the width of the logs, often with a 2 inch square in the centre of 1 inch logs. However, I use the width of the logs. So, 1 inch logs with a 1 inch square.

The number of logs varies, from 3 to ten!

I like four on each side , with a one inch centre square and 4 logs on each side, I get a 9 inch block. Start with a 9 inch block and a one inch grid to make drawing easy.

When drawing, I find it easiest to start from the outside and work in, starting on any side, then working clock wise. It will work just as well  if you go in the opposite direction, but you must do every row in the same direction.

Add a square to each corner of your block and you have Chimneys and Cornerstones, or just Cornerstones.

Instead of drawing logs around the centre, do two on opposite sides, then the other two sides to create Courthouse Steps.

Draw as many block variations  as you have time for, then spend some time playing with Log Cabin quilt designs using your blocks, and from now on you might be able to reproduce some of the designs I share mid week.


Regular visitors will know that I am not giving exact directions about how to do everything I challenge you to do. I am hoping that you can refer to the manual, either in printed form or as it comes with the EQ8 download, or look for help from bloggers like Kari Schell.

You can also join the Virtual Challenge group on Facebook to share your results.


About Virtual Quilter

I am a quilter who designs many more quilts than I will ever make, and I am sharing one quilt design every day in Virtual Quilter. I also share my completed projects in Stuff-Ups, and Christmas decorations in Christmas Everyday of the Year.
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2 Responses to Virtual Challenge 10 Drawing Log Cabins

  1. Laura says:

    I like the drawing tips you give here; especially drawing from the outside in. I think I’ve drawn this block the hard way! Ha, ha!


    • Laura,

      I did too, back when I had to use pencil and paper, but after putting the centre square off centre a couple of times I worked out that I should work from the outside in! (No excuses, I was just having one of those days, and I was using graph paper.)

      Judy B


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