Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Snowflake log cabin tutorial


I had fun diving into my bin of blue scrap strips to make this pillow top.  I assembled it in a quilt-as-you-go style for a quicker finish, though I did go back and quilt in the ditch around the snowflake afterwards.

To make this you will need:
9” block of your choice (snowflake patterns available here)
Assorted light blue and medium/light blue strips in these sizes (6 strips total)
  • Log 1:  1 1/2” x 9 1/2” 
  • Log 2:  1 1/2” X 10 1/2” 
  • Log 5:  2” x 11 1/2”
  • Log 6:  2” x 13”
  • Log 9:  2 1/2” x 14 1/2”
  • Log 10: 1 1/2” x  16 1/2”
Assorted medium/dark and dark blue strips in these sizes (6 strips total)
  • Log 3:  1 1/2” x 10 1/2”
  • Log 4:  1 1/2’' x 11 1/2”
  • Log 7:  2” x 13”
  • Log 8:  2” x 14 1/2”
  • Log 11:  2 1/2” x 16 1/2”
  • Log 12:  2 1/2” x 18 1/2”
22” square of fabric for the back
21” square of batting
Basting spray
2 yards binding (optional)
Step 1:  Lay out and smooth the backing fabric, right side down.  Spray with basting spray and smooth square of batting on top, making sure all the batting adheres to the backing.
Step 2:  Spray the back of the snowflake block with basting spray.  Position the block, right side up, in the center of the batting.  Smooth block, making sure it sticks to the batting.
Step 3: Center Log 1, right side down, over one side of the snowflake block, matching sides of the block and strip. Sew through all layers with a 1/4” seam.
Step 4:  Fold Log 1 back and press open.  Add Log 2 to an adjacent side in the same manner .
Step 5: Referring to the diagram below, keep adding logs in order in the same manner.
Piecing order
Step 6: Trim the quilt to 18 1/2” square.  You can now bind it to make a table topper or wall quilt, or you can use it to make a pillow.  Come back tomorrow for directions to make a pillow.
Wouldn’t this make a pretty Christmas piece in red and green?
Snowflake Christmas pillow
PS:  This last snowflake will be the Snowalong Week 3 pattern!


  1. I have never done quilt as you go like this. I want to give it a try sometime. You have such great ideas.

  2. That is a great snowflake block with the log cabin around it. Thanks for another great tutorial!

  3. Wow! I love this! I just finished a Winter Magic quilt, and I know I can make this quilt block with the leftovers!!!


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