Friday, 1 April 2016

Tutorial | Log Cabin Plus Block

This year I'm participating in the Stash Bee, and April is my month as Queen Bee (shout out to Hive 8!!).  
I wanted to come up with a block that had lots of negative space, with a graphic punch.  I also wanted to create something that would be simple to piece, but not so simple that it's boring.  Plus, it's no secret that I love log cabins.  This block is a nice combo of all those elements.  

This tutorial will yield 1 block with an unfinished size of 15 1/2", and takes about 45 minutes to assemble from start to finish.  There are so many ways you could play with fabric selection and colour placement to make this design your own.


Cut the following pieces of white (Background) fabric:
(Qty 4) 3" x 3"
(Qty 4) 3" x 5 1/2"
(Qty 4) 3" x 8"

Cut the following pieces of black (Plus) fabric:
(Qty 4) 3" x 3"
(Qty 4) 3" x 5 1/2"

Use a quarter inch seam allowance for all piecing, and press all seams open.
Steps 1 through 4 describe the piecing directions  for one quadrant.  You will need to create 4 quadrants for each block.  As a time-saving tip, I recommend chain piecing all 4 quadrants at the same time, in which case you can skip step 5.

Step 1
Join a black 3" x 3" square to a white one.  press the seam open. (pictured below)

Step 2
Sew a black 3" x 5 1/2" piece to a long edge of the unit created in Step 1. (pictured above)

Step 3
Working clockwise, sew a white 3" x 5 1/2" piece to the edge of your work from Step 2.  This piece should be touching the end of the black strip that was added in Step 2, as well as the white square from Step 1.  (pictured below)

Step 4
Add a white 3" x 8" strip, perpendicular to the piece that was added in Step 3.  The result should be a square Log Cabin that is 8" x 8".  (pictured above) 

Step 5
Repeat Steps 1-4 three times to create a total of 4 Log Cabin quadrants. 

Step 6
Arrange your quadrants as pictured, so that the black pieces create a plus sign.  Sew the top two quadrants together, and the bottom two quadrants. This will create 2 rows that are 8" x 15 1/2".  Take care to match your seams so that the edges of the "pluses" are aligned. 

Step 7
Join the top and bottom rows, to create your finished block!

Happy Sewing!!


  1. Nice idea. I am looking forward to making you one =) And the simplicity in colour choice basically guarantees that the result will be a success.

  2. This is a great block and I look forward to seeing all your blocks you receive and how they come together!

  3. This is a great tutorial Liz. I'm working on it tonight : ).

  4. Thanks for such clear directions - and the colors were really ones I have in my stash! : )
    Looking forward to seeing how you put them all together in your quilt!