Sampler Quilt Project – Tutorial 4 (Log Cabin Block) Blocks 9 & 10

We’re continuing our Sampler Quilt Project with a really versatile and useful block – the log cabin.

Don’t worry if you missed our earlier tutorials, you can still get started with this project. Here’s the links to the previous tutorials in the Sampler Quilt Project:


  • All seam allowances are ¼”
  • RST = Right Sides Together
  • HST = Half Square Triangle
  • All finished blocks are 8”
  • The finished quilt size is 36″x46″

Let’s get started

I hope your sampler quilt blocks are all coming along nicely. In this latest tutorial we are going to be creating the log cabin block. This is a classic block that is used throughout quilting.

The key element to creating successful log cabin blocks is the use of tones and colours so that the two sides of the block stand out. In this sampler quilt, I’ve used grey tones on one side and blue tones on the other.

Today, we are going to ease you in gently with the quarter log cabin so that you can build up your confidence before creating the full log cabin.

Before sewing, lay out all of your cut pieces as shown in the finished diagram, so you add each strip in the correct order. Don’t forget to finger press or iron press your pieces flat before adding the next piece.

Block 9 – Quarter Log Cabin

See Sampler Quilt Tutorial 1 for the colour chart.

Colour E – cut (1) 8½” x 2½” rectangle

Colour B – cut (1) 9” x 2½” strip subcut (1) 6½” rectangle, (1) 2½” square

Colour F – cut (1) 6½” x 2½” rectangle

Colour C – cut (1) 4½” x 2½” rectangle

Colour G – cut (1) 4½” x 2½” rectangle

Colour D – cut (1) 2½” x 2½” square

Below is the diagram for piecing this block together.

Block 10 – Log Cabin

Colour A – cut (1) 2½” x 2½” square

Colour E – cut (1) 16” x 1½” strip subcut (1) 7½” rectangle, (1) 8½” rectangle

Colour B – cut (1) 14” x 1½” strip subcut (1) 7½” rectangle, (1) 6½” rectangle

Colour F – cut (1) 12” x 1½” strip subcut (1) 6½” rectangle, (1) 5½” rectangle

Colour C – cut (1) 10” x 1½” strip subcut (1) 5½” rectangle, (1) 4½” rectangle

Colour G – cut (1) 8” x 1½” strip subcut (1) 4½” rectangle, (1) 3½” rectangle

Colour D – cut (1) 6” x 1½” strip subcut (1) 3½” rectangle, (1) 2½” rectangle

Here is the diagram for piecing this block together.

What’s Next?

I hope you have enjoyed creating these two blocks and now you only have two blocks to complete. So in the next tutorial we are going to be learning the final block building skill – flying geese.

We’ll be posting tutorial 5 here in our blog, in the first week of February.

Happy Sewing,


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