Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Log Cabin Quilt Blocks Puzzle Patterns

This Quilt Blocks Puzzle set is available as a cut file design by SnapDragon Snippets 
from the Silhouette America online store. The set includes the paper tray, 
the paper block (to duplicate for 16 blocks), the surface square shape base 
and the strips (or "logs") for the log cabin block. 
A separate tutorial for constructing the tray and blocks can be found on this blog.

This layout is called "Attic Windows".

Log Cabin is a favorite traditional block that continues to capture the imagination of patchwork enthusiasts because of its variability, inclusion of several "scraps" in one unit, and its historic throw-back to a kinder, gentler time.

Included here are five block patterns that can be made using this simple log cabin unit as shown with center square and two rows of logs, with all 16 blocks identical. Perhaps you can come up with more, especially if you place "plain" squares on the block backsides, or varied colorations.

This layout is called "Four Square" or
"Circle the Wagons".

This layout is called "Straight Furrows" and is one of the traditionally favorite ways to use the log cabin blocks to create visual drama in a quilt design (diagonal real or "implied" lines = energy and motion.

This layout is called "Ojo de Dios" because of the "cross" design that forms when the colored log cabin "halves" come together.

Log Cabin was very economical for prairie quilters and homesteaders to make because it could use up very narrow scraps, including the un-worn parts of thoroughly worn-out clothing.

This layout is called "Country Corners" or "Town Square".

If you enjoy the pattern play of the Log Cabin blocks,
you may also enjoy the Half Square Triangles, Flying Geese,
 and the Crooked Mile (Drunkard's Path)
patterns that are also available as Quilt Block Puzzle sets.

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