Curve it Up – Block 7 – Log Cabin

UnknownIf you can believe what is on the internet (ever) then you might know that the log cabin quilt dates back further than the pioneer days in the United States.  Supposedly, similar designs were found on an ancient Egyptian mummy and in an English quilt predating 1830!  While that is all fine and good, the design makes me think of the pioneer spirit and workmanship and bravery of those who rebuilt their lives in new territories.

I would like nothing more than to built myself a log cabin home as a retreat (complete with a real floor and AC). I’m afraid I would be left sleeping on top of my sewing tables!

logcabinThis curvy log cabin block starts out the same as a traditional log cabin.  Lore says a red center symbolizes the hearth of the home, and yellow a welcoming light in the window, My pink centers represent something else entirely.  For a long time, I hated the color pink.  Don’t ask me why, I just couldn’t mentally handle it.  One day after college, before I became a mother, I decided it was time to “girl up”  and come to terms with what is now one of my favorite colors, though I lean toward the darker pinks.  My centers are not “just pink”, they are built of peony medallion and navy haystack fabric with a hint of traditional navy.  They represent my “inner girl”  that used to hate pink…

I really liked making this block, and may need to build an entire quilt like it.  The only “trick” to the completion was the tapered 1/4″ curve to finish the curved center.  IMG_7298Start your seam  1 3/4″ down on your curve and taper your seam to the normal 1/4″ seam allowance.  Taper back down on the other side.  It took me a couple of tries to get it right, but mistakes were easily corrected.


Update (11/2016):  I recently received a bunch of inquiries regarding the pattern for this block.  It is part of the Sew Kind of Wonderful, Curve it Up, pattern.  It is not free.  I think a link to my site was listed under free patterns somewhere incorrectly.  I hope this clears up some confusion.

18 thoughts on “Curve it Up – Block 7 – Log Cabin

  1. This is a great block. Thanks for sharing. As to log cabin blocks in America, the first that can be dated are from the 1860s. Supposedly they were designed to honor President Lincoln. If you see American quilts with log cabins dated before then, the dates are probably wrong.

    Thanks for sharing.


    • Valerie Horner says:

      Archeologists have found the log cabin block design on artifacts in Egyptian tombs, so she is correct that the design is that old.


  2. Marie queen says:

    On I do so want the pattern. Curve it up? Where do I get it? Local quilt shops? Online? I do so want to take on this challenge (sp). Your exquisite blocks have inspired me to set myself ‘a new goal’. Thanks, yorkielady…….


  3. Tresa says:

    What is the whole name for the Moda stash builder material you used on this block? Not only do I love the block I love the material you chose. I’ve been trying to find it and can’t. Thank You


  4. Wanda says:

    That is so awesome. Love, love it. Just as soon as I finish this baby quilt, this queen for my sister and this saddle blanket for a carrasel horse I want to do this beautiful block. Would make a wonderful wedding gift quilt !! Thank you for sharing this log cabin with us. Happy building to all you quilters !


  5. Fiona fowler says:

    I think it’s such a nice form of log cabin I dont have the skills to do it I’m only new to quilting but one day I would love to try I it’s a winner


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