Building Foundations Sampler QAL – Block 12


This week’s quilt-along block is the Log Cabin, with a little variation:

Block 12 Log Cabin

Block #12, the Log Cabin. According to Jinny Beyer, this version is credited to Grandmother Clark’s Old Fashioned Quilt Designs, Book 21, 1931. Grandmother Clark publications: W.L.M. Clark, Inc., of St. Louis, MO, published a series of booklets titled Clark’s Series of Art needlework Books.



From background (Kona Pond – green in block above) cut 1 – 2″ square and 1 WOF strip – 1 1/4″ wide. From strip, cut 1 – 3 1/2″ piece, 2 – 4 1/4″ pieces, 1 – 5″ piece, 1 – 6 1/2″ piece, 2 – 7 1/4″ pieces and 1 – 8″ piece.

From accent fabric (Purple tone-on-tone in block above) cut 1 WOF strip – 1 1/4″ wide. From strip, cut 1 – 2″ piece, 2 – 2 3/4″ pieces, 1 – 3 1/2″ piece, 1 – 5″ piece, 2 – 5 3/4 pieces, 1 – 6 1/2″ piece, 1 – 8″ piece, 2 – 8 3/4″ pieces, and 1 – 9 1/2″ piece.

TIP: Be aware when you are cutting your width of fabric (WOF) strip, as 1 1/4″ is very narrow, to hold your ruler firmly so you get a straight consistent cut.


1. Join the 2″ background square and the 1 1/4″ x 2″ accent fabric piece. Press. Check your scant 1/4″ seam allowance for accuracy before proceeding.

2. Add a 1 1/4″ x 2 3/4″ accent fabric rectangle along the adjacent side, and repeat on the third side. Press each seam open as you go. Add the 1 1/4″ x 3 1/2″ rectangle to the fourth side. Press to complete first round.

3. Repeat by adding background rectangles around your center square, increasing in size each time.  Continue to add accent and background fabric rounds until your block measures 9 1/2″ (unfinished).

4. Square to 9 1/2″ (unfinished) to complete one Log Cabin Block.

The block above, with the purple accent fabric is Trina’s block. This is mine:

Block 12 Log Cabin Kaffe Fassett

If you want to make your block with three accent fabrics, instead of one, like mine is, referring to cutting instructions above, cut the rectangles in red type for your inner strip, cut the rectangles in green type for the center accent strip, and cut the rectangles in blue type for the outer/final strip. The background cutting is the same for either version.

And here are our finished blocks, side-by-side:

Block 12 Log Cabin Tutorial

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Happy Sewing,

Doris & Trina

Building Foundations Sampler QAL – Block 11


January 15th already; Spring will be here before we know it (Thank goodness!) Trina finished quilting our prototype for Pattern #6 last week (Coming Early 2014) and it is stunning! I’m going to be finishing the binding tonight. I may show you some sneak peeks here next week.

But today it’s time for your next quilt-along block:

Spool Block nancy Cabot Building Foundations Quilt Along

Block #11, the Spool Block, is very similar to the currently popular x & + block. The middle bar is the only difference.  The original design is by Nancy Cabot, first published in the Chicago Tribune on April 1, 1938. It’s reappearance at a recent Japanese Quilt Festival in this quilt by Setsuko Inagawa brought about the contemporary interest in it.


From background, cut 8 – 2 5/8″ squares.

From accent fabric #1 (X-piece, dark green in my block above) cut 4 – 4 1/4″ squares.

From accent fabric #2, cut 5 – 2 1/4″ squares.

From accent fabric #3, cut 4 – 2 1/4″ squares.



1. On the wrong side of each 2 5/8″ background square, draw a line diagonally from one corner to the opposite corner. 

2. Place a background square atop one of your 4 1/4″ squares, right sides together (RST).


3. Stitch on the diagonal line you drew in Step 1. Trim the excess from the corner, press seam open.

4. Repeat Steps 2 & 3 on opposite corner to finish the corner unit. Make 4 corner units.


5. Lay out 4 Corner Units and 9 – 2 1/4″ squares as shown below. NOTE: Take care to sew a scant 1/4″ seam allowance. If your seam allowance is too large or inconsistent, your block will not come out to 9.5″ unfinished.


6. Join into rows, join rows to complete Spool Block.


And here are out finished blocks again, side-by-side:

Nancy Cabot Spool Block x & + block QAL

Notice Trina (her block is on the left) used her background fabric as her accent fabric #3, too; which yields a slightly different, cleaner look. It makes her other two fabrics really pop!

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Happy Sewing,

Doris & Trina

Building Foundations Sampler QAL – Block 10


HAPPY NEW YEAR!  Just finished putting away all of the Christmas decorations and dusting and vacuuming today. It’s nice to have the house so clean, but it does look bare without the glitz and shine of Christmas decorations! Also managed to sneak in enough sewing time to sew up Block 10 (I swear I’ll work ahead one of these days…) 😉

Block #10, the Economy Patch, by Ladies Art Company, 1897. The Ladies Art Company, established in 1889 in St. Louis, MO, offered quilt patterns for sale through their catalogs until the 1930s. Interestingly enough, they also sold finished blocks!


For center square, cut 1 – 5″ square (Trina’s background piece – in Kona Pond)

Accent fabric 1, cut 1 – 5 3/4″ square; cut in half diagonally in both directions to make 4 quarter-square triangles (QSTs).

Accent fabric 2, cut 2 – 5 3/8″ squares; cut in half diagonally to make 4 half-square triangles (HSTs). (Doris’s background pieces – in Cotton Couture White)

Block 10 Foundations Sampler QAL Economy Patch Quilt Block


1. Lay out center square, QSTs and HSTs as shown:

Economy Patch Quilt Block Step 1

2. Join a QST to opposite sides of center square, press. Trim points even with center square:

Economy Patch Quilt Block Step 2

3. Join remaining two QSTs to center unit, press:

Block 10 Foundations Sampler QAL Economy Patch Quilt Block

4. Repeat step 2 & 3 with HSTs. Press, square up to 9.5″.

Our finished blocks, once again:

Block 10 Foundations QAL Economy Patch Quilt Block

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Wishing you a Wonderful 2014,

Doris & Trina