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

Remember to share your pics with us via the Facebook page or the Flickr group!

Happy Sewing,

Doris & Trina

Summer Days

Thanks to all of you who have purchased our Fox in a Box pattern, the response in the first two weeks of it’s release has been outstanding! A little boost to keep more patterns coming for you eager quilters!

Summer in Iowa arrived (Winter just went away; somehow we seem to have skipped Spring this year…) and with that is time spent outdoors, with family, and gardening and yard work! I have to share this photo of Trina’s lovely flowers, in a planter along the walk to her front door:

Trinas Flowers 1

Such a pretty combo.  My windowbox planters look pretty weak by comparison; which is why I’m not showing any photos of those here today.  We are in a “new to us” old house, and every day is a surprise with what blossoms in the flower beds.  Earlier this wintery Spring I was pleasantly surprised to find yellow irises blooming (so cheerful and pretty – they made my week!):

Yellow Irises

Our coming pattern features a flower theme, too – but I’m going to hold off another week or so before sharing photos of it… However, in keeping with the theme of sharing color variations of our patterns, I wanted to show you this One Big Cabin and Modern Fortune baby size quilt on display at Quilting Connection in Ames, Iowa:


My husband and I happened to be in Ames last weekend and stopped in to pick up a quilt.  It was fun to walk in and see these hanging prominently at the front of the store.  The kit for their Modern Fortune quilt is very similar to our cover quilt, but the One Big Cabin kit offers yet another, more “woodsy” look:


Tomorrow is the last day of the 2nd Annual All Iowa Shop Hop… I made it to TWO shops this year (only to ONE last year!).  This year we had Iowa fabric available; I’m hoping it hasn’t all sold out as I am fairly certain I need to buy some — I am an Iowa native after all!

Until next week…

Happy Quilting,

Doris (& Trina)

Spring brings out the critters and the flowers!

Outdoors as well as in our patterns!  Pattern number 4 is on the way to the printer; a second critter appliqué quilt that just might be our favorite design yet!  In addition, we are working on a pattern for the Chrysanthemum quilt Doris is shown holding in the Spring issue of Quilty:

Quilty Magazine 1

a sneak peek of the cover quilt (don’t want to give it away completely, right?!):

Chrysanthemum Sneak Peek1

It’s a beauty, and we hope to have it available very soon…

Thanks for stopping by & happy quilting,

Trina & Doris

Looking ahead…

…with sincere thanks to all of you for supporting us by purchasing our patterns, following our (sometimes slow) progress here and on Facebook, and encouraging us to continue creating!

2012 was a year of learning, tweaking, editing, drawing, re-drawing, sewing, quilting, un-sewing, re-sewing, traveling, selling, marketing… a year of frustration, a year of success, a year of fine tuning.

At times it seemed like we are working at a snails pace, but looking back, it’s clear to see all we have accomplished:

  • We made 6-7 versions of our first pattern, One Big Cabin
  • We made 9-10 (!) versions of Modern Fortune
  • Pattern number three is at the printer
  • and pattern number four is in the works



Looking ahead to a productive and prosperous 2013!


Houston Bound

Next week is International Quilt Market in Houston, Texas. Regrettably, we will not be attending even though a few of our quilts did make the trip. You may remember we attended Spring Quilt Market to introduce ourselves to distributors, make contacts with fabric manufacturers, and research the possibility of one day having our own booth at Quilt Market (still a dream at this point!).  It was a very worthwhile trip, and the contacts we made led to some great opportunities and increased pattern sales.

These days, we are tweaking our third pattern for *hopefully* a late October/early November release.  In the meantime, we have made several different examples of both One Big Cabin, and Modern Fortune.  After seeing the pillow Doris made for her niece, using the owl applique from One Big Cabin, we wanted to make a feminine version of the entire quilt.  So, Doris selected these fabrics from her stash:

and made this quilt (not yet quilted when we took this photo):

But, that didn’t really give us the fun, atypically colored critters we were going for, so we made yet another girl-y version:

Final shot of this to come; but Trina quilted it in the eleventh hour last week and shipped these sweet little critters off to be displayed at Market in Houston!

We’ve made several different versions of Modern Fortune over the past 4-6 weeks as well.  This one is very close to our cover quilt, and is available as a kit from Quilting Connection in Ames, Iowa (follow the link to contact them to order a kit):

Here it is on the design wall, before it was quilted:

and this one is hanging as shop sample at Quilts and Other Notions, in Creston, Iowa.  It is also available as a kit, made from the collection, Puttin’ on the Ritz by Bunny Hill Designs.  (Again, contact the shop directly to order this kit):

Our baby size of this pattern creates it’s own “scrappy” binding from the fat quarters you use for your blocks–a nice bonus:

The version we made to send to Houston is a completely different look, in bold blues and yellows, it is a vibrant quilt (again, shown here prior to being quilted):

Doris showed you a twin sized version last week, that hung in our guild show at the AQS Show in Des Moines, Iowa, October 3-6, 2012, here is another shot of it with one of the baby quilts from our pattern cover photo:

While we are looking forward to being able to make some quilts that are not One Big Cabin or Modern Fortune variations, it has been fun to see these quilts come together in different colors, styles and manifestations.  (Secretly, we hope that we are not the only pattern designers making 6-10 versions of every.single.quilt.)  Are we?  If we are, we probably don’t want to know.

This was a fun surprise… it’s One Big Cabin made by our first customer to purchase a pattern, Linda Brandhagen.  She emailed this photo to share with us–isn’t it adorable?  Thanks, Linda!

If you have purchased (or won!) a copy of any of our patterns, and made something from it, please share it with us in our flickr group.  We LOVE seeing them made up by other quilters!

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