Curvy Log Cabin Block

Created By:

Carolina Oneto

Skill Level:

With this simple project, you will learn how to cut and sewsoft improv curves, to create a fun block that is a simple log cabin but made with curves! You can make as many as you want in different color combinations, to create a quilt in any size that you want. The block that I create for this tutorial is a 12 1/2” square. 

Janome Supplies Required

•  Sewing machine, I’m using my JANOME 1600P Professional

• 1/4” inch foot for sewing 

Fabric and Notions Required

• Quilting ruler

• Rotary cutter

• Cutting mat

• Iron & ironing board

• Fabric scraps in different sizes (You will need long pieces for the final round on your block)

• Fabric for backing and binding, batting

• Threads for piecing and quilting 



Pick the center of your log cabin, mine is a square that measure approximately 5” per side.  


Pick the first piece of fabric that you are going to sew to your center square, it needs to measure at least the same length of the side where you are going to sew this piece. Overlap both pieces 1” approximately, both are right side UP, in that overlapping area is where you are going to cut a gentle curve. With your rotary cutter cut a freehand gentle curve (it is key to use a new blade). 


Put right side together and on your sewing machine, start sewing with your 1/4” foot, always aligning the two fabrics to the edge of the foot. With your left hand handle the fabric on top and with your right hand the fabric on bottom, don’t stretch the fabrics. 


Press toward outside. 


Repeat this process as many times as you want. In my case I made grow the block to a size of 13” approximately in order to be able to square up in 12 1/2” square block 


Once you have reached your desired size, press well and square up your block. Repeat this process to create as many blocks as you want! This project is great to use your scraps and to play with colors! Each block can be made in a different color going from light to dark! Or In each block you can create a transition in terms of hues using analogous colors, the possibilities are infinite and is super fun!

Once you have all your blocks ready, you can sow them in rows and then sew the rows together. Once you sew your complete top, you can square it up, baste and quilt it. Below you can see that you can play with the layout of your blocks! You can turn them and see what happens. www.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

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