Monday, March 8, 2010

spiral log cabin

A couple of you wondered how I made that spiral log cabin baby quilt.
It began right here with two little, itty-bitty 1 1/2" squares.
This pattern is also a courthouse steps block variation.
Simple. simple.
When I googled "spiral log cabin" the first thing that came up
was a free pattern here.
Another source for those of you who are interested.
The next thing I did was add two 1 1/2" wide strips to each side.
A dark and a light.

Add two more strips.
You've got to be THINKING when you do this
so that those darks and lights go in the right place.

Two more.

I find it very helpful to lay out those two pieces
as I go.

It's growing bigger.
Little by little.

I got ahead of myself and sewed those two
on before taking the picture.
But You get the idea.

This is really the trickiest part...
and it's not very tricky!

You need to divide your blocks in half
when they're completed...
and add a dark strip to half of the blocks
and a light strip to the other half.
NOT two strips to each side!

Here I'm adding a dark strip.

Was that hard?

This block is the beginning of another quilt project
I have going...or NOT going...if truth be told.

I cut 2" strips for this black and white quilt
instead of the 1 1/2" strips for that baby quilt.

Look at what difference 1/2" makes!!

Now students....look at the picture above.
You can see that I ended with the dark strip on both of these.
What if I was ending with the white or light strip?
Which side of the quilt block would you be putting that one on?

Your answer?

students: "Right side"

You just earned an A+ today!!


  1. Oh thank you thank you Beth!!! UUuuhhmmm...I
    was gonna' hit you up about the pattern. I will be needing a baby quilt sometime in June for a boy and I thought this might be a good one to do!!
    I will earmark this post....It's great you shared this with us!!

  2. I love the spiral log cabin! And yes, I have put myself on a fabric buying freeze.

  3. Spiral Log Cabin........that's it!!



  4. GREAT tutorial - thanks so much for sharing :)

  5. Cute, cute! I did not recognize that as a log cabin... this looks so much harder. Thanks for the instructions.

  6. Thanks so much now I know what to make for the new addition to the family!

  7. Thanks for sharing, I am going to try it real soon. Happy Quilting.

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