Log Cabin block love + 16 giveaways!

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Today’s a day for Log Cabin LOVE!


The Log Cabin block is SO easy to adore. If you’ve ever made one, you know why.

They’re easy. They’re fun. And Log Cabin quilt-pattern variations are practically endless—there are SO many amazing ways to make them your own.

That’s why we think any quilter with a Log Cabin crush is going to be crushing on the new book I Love Log Cabins: the debut book in Martingale’s Block-Buster Quilts series!

Today the talented designers featured in I Love Log Cabins are sharing their Log Cabin love with fans via social media. They’re sending their followers here to Stitch This! for our BIG book giveaway: 16 copies of the I Love Log Cabins eBook—one for each pattern designer. Be sure to enter at the bottom of this post for your chance to win.

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Go classic or modern, choose little lap quilts or big bed quilts—you’ll find a fun-tastically fabulous collection of Log Cabin quilt-pattern variations inside. Here’s a peek at just a few:

From Susan Ache: Four Patch Log Cabin. Use precut 1½" strips or cut strips from yardage. A perfect project if you’re building Log Cabins for the first time.

From Carrie Nelson: Mi Casa. Carrie based her design on an antique quilt dating back to 1900.

From Kimberly Jolly: Seeing Stars. Kimberly doubled her fun by combining a Log Cabin block with another classic block, Sawtooth Star.

From Jocelyn Ueng: Ice Crystals.
This pretty batik quilt features four large-scale Log Cabin blocks set on point.

From Jackie White: Rockin’ the Rainbow. Get a crash course in improvisational piecing as you create this fat-quarter friendly quilt.

From Jill Finley: Red Licorice Garden.
Strips of varying widths create the illusion of curved piecing. If a single color dominates your stash, this quilt will inspire you to feature it in a scrap-happy way.

Which Log Cabin will you build first? Find your favorite >

Never made a Log Cabin block before? No worries! Learn all the basics from the “Log Cabin 101” chapter in I Love Log Cabins, which will teach you how to make traditional Log Cabin blocks (adding logs around a center square) and a Courthouse Steps variation (adding logs on opposite sides of a center square).

Left: traditional Log Cabin block. Right: Courthouse Steps variation.

How many Log Cabins have you built: a lot or a just a few? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of the I Love Log Cabins eBook—there are a whopping 16 copies up for grabs! We’ll choose 16 random winners one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck!

Can’t wait to start creating your next Log Cabin quilt? Buy I Love Log Cabins right now and instantly download the eBook for free.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winners are:

Suzanne, who says: “I have not made a Log Cabin yet. All of the ones in this book are beautiful. Would love to win a copy of this book. Thanks for the giveaway.”

Jean, who says: “I don’t just ‘love’ log cabin blocks, I’m addicted. It’s amazing how many variations there are.”

Tammy, who says: “I love log cabin blocks! They are a great first block for new quilters and an old stand by for experienced quilters. I’ve made a few in my time!”

Kathy, who says: “I am currently working on a log cabin block on point that uses batik fabrics in shades of blue, green, gold and brown. It’s just gorgeous and can’t wait to get it finished! Next is a wonky log cabin, looks like so much fun!”

Nancy, who says: “My first quilt top was a log cabin pattern with mirror images of trees. It’s so large I haven’t finished quilting it.”

Susan, who says: “I am a relatively new quilter. I have admired the log cabin block for a while, but never made one. The book has great ideas for a quilt I would love to make.”

Jane, who says: “I’ve made a few log cabin quilts. For the last one I used panel squares and did a spiral of various coordinating prints and colors from stash. My niece’s grandchildren are enjoying finding the matching centers. I like the log cabin block for the endless design possibilities with even minor fabric width and placement variations. Thanks for the inspirations and the opportunity to win a copy of the book.”

Jennifer, who says: “I have never made a log cabin quilt but I have been saving scrap strips for a while and am getting to the point where I am ready to start making blocks.”

Doreen, who says: “Alas, I have to confess I’ve never made a log cabin quilt. I have been going to try one but always get distracted by something. This book will get me started on my first one!”

Regina, who says: “I have only made one log cabin quilt in all the years I have been quilting. It was one of the first quilts I ever made and I paper pieced it, the blocks finished at 4″!!! I think that is why I haven’t ventured to make another log cabin quilt.”

Jojo, who says: “I have made a pair of twin barn raising, a 60 degree table cloth, several uneven block borders, a double courthouse steps, and untold blocks and border parts.”

Sharon, who says: “When I first got married (31 years ago on grounding day) my mom and I made about 4 quilt as you go log cabin quilts for various gifts. About 3 years ago I made a lap quilt that was 2 sizes of log cabin blocks in one quilt.”

Peggy, who says: “Hi, I am a newbie quilter. Participated in a 6 hour course on making log cabin quilts and borders. Thanks for the information about the book! Thank you for the opportunity to win this giveaway!”

Carol, who says: “Log cabin blocks are so versatile and ageless. It would be amazing to have a chance to win a copy of this book and see all these new variations to choose from.”

Evelyn, who says: “I did one full size traditional log cabin quilt years ago and currently am working on two (2) more for grandsons who recently got married (hoping to have them by Christmas). One more to get married this fall but his will have to wait a bit longer. I would love to have the book to get ideas for different settings.”

Shirley, who says: “Well, the Log Cabin is NOT one to make if you are doing quilt as you go! took 20 years to finish that one. the 2nd one I added 2 more logs than was to be, looked OK but not what was supposed to be. So my quilt ended up a bit out of square as I was not going to rrrrripp out 80 seams. lol quilt is on the bed and no body knows.”

Winners, we’ll email all of you about your prizes. Congratulations!


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