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38 Free Log Cabin Quilt Patterns

Log cabin quilt layouts have a timeless charm you'll fall in love with.

By: Jennifer Hendrix, Editor, FaveQuilts.com
Updated June 15, 2018
38 Free Log Cabin Quilt Patterns

Log cabin quilt designs are always a favorite with beginning quilters and expert quilters alike. The simple piecework of log cabin quilt layouts has a timeless charm that lends itself to endless log cabin quilt designs. Explore the possibilities with our list of 38 Free Log Cabin Quilt Patterns.

If there's anything you want to have in your quilting skill set, it's a knowledge of log cabin quilt designs. The simplest log cabin quilt pattern, which consists of strips pieced around a center square successively until you have a block the size you want, is easy to sew and makes for colorful quilts. After mastering this basic technique, you can use different colors in strategic parts of your blocks!

What is a Log Cabin Quilt?

If you're new to quilting, one of the first types of quilt patterns that you're likely to encounter is the log cabin. But what is a log cabin quilt? A log cabin quilt, or log cabin quilt block, is one of the most popular traditional quilt patterns and is pieced together using strips of fabric, with a small square at the center of the block.

Log cabin quilt patterns are a staple in American quilting, and first rose to popularity during the time of the Civil War. Traditional log cabin quilts typically use a red center square, meant to symbolize the hearth of a home, and are often associated with the pioneer movement of the 1800s. Log cabin quilts were also used to symbolize stops on the Underground Railroad.

Log cabin quilts and quilt blocks are typically very easy and quick to make, given their use of strip piecing techniques. They work very well with scrap fabric, and present a natural way to play with color value in quilt design.

Log Cabin Quilting Block Designs

Log Cabin Block Pattern

Learn how to make the building blocks of your next full quilt project with these fun and simple log cabin quilt block patterns.

Log cabin blocks are a fantastic way to use your fabric scraps and are simple enough for quilting beginners to master.

If you've been searching for ways to make a log cabin quilt, then you don't want to miss these tutorials.

Start your next project with the Log Cabin Block Pattern and create a block that will inspire your next quilting masterpiece.

Log Cabin Quilt Patterns for Home Decor

Quarter Log Cabin Pillow Covers

Give your house a homey, country feel with small log cabin quilt designs. A great way to take the basic log cabin block to the next level, this list of DIY home decor is filled with ways to add a splash of color to your home.

Use your favorite printed fat quarters to put a new spin on the classic log cabin block. These Quarter Log Cabin Pillow Covers are a great way to update a traditional quilt pattern and uses fat quarters and half yards of fabric to create their design.

  • Sew Merry Table Topper Tutorial

    Add a splash of color to your holiday table this year with this bright and merry log cabin table topper pattern!

  • Free-form Log Cabin Pillow

    Log cabin quilt designs may seem traditional, but this Free-form Log Cabin Pillow is anything but old-fashioned!

  • Hexi Log Cabin Potholders

    If your kitchen decor is looking a little drab, these Hexi Log Cabin Potholders are a cheap and easy way to brighten up the space.

  • Sunshine on a Cloudy Day Table Runner

    This simple table runner tutorial is a charming way to add a pop of color to your kitchen, and it uses a classic log cabin block pattern!

Full Size Free Log Cabin Quilt Patterns

Wonky Log Cabin Quilt Pattern

One of the best parts about a log cabin quilt pattern is that it can create a truly timless piece. Choose one of our greatest full size log cabin quilt patterns from below to get started on your most memorable project yet.

These log cabin quilt patterns and tutorials are a great way to update any space in your home that's in need of a makeover.

Plus, since log cabin quilts are designed for using fabric scraps, you don't have to worry about spending a fortune!

Start off with one of our reader favorites, the Wonky Log Cabin Quilt Pattern. Simply follow the steps in this tutorial to learn how to create wonky blocks that look playful, crisp, and spot-on when all is said and done. 

  • Sunny Log Cabin Quilt

    This log cabin patchwork could also be made from your stash of fabric scraps, and who doesn't like money-savers?

  • Log Cabin Baby Quilt

    This easy weekend project will show you how to make an adorable heart-themed quilt for baby girls.

  • Scrapalicious Improv Log Cabin Quilt

    Your scrap drawer will be empty in a matter of days once you start piecing together log cabin quilt quilt pattern!

  • Pretty Pastels Log Cabin Baby Quilt

    Share your love of classic log cabin quilt patterns by making a special one for a new little bundle of joy.

  • My Sunshine Log Cabin Quilt

    One of the most stunning log cabin quilt layouts, this pattern uses a barn raising setting and floral fabric to create its awesome effect.

  • Giant Log Cabin Quilt

    Always a favorite amongst beginner quilters, the Giant Log Cabin Quilt is a great quilted throw that adds coziness to your room.

  • Country Cabin Lap Quilt

    This pretty quilt is an easy, lap-sized pattern you can make for your living room or bedroom.

  • Baby Log Cabin Quilt Pattern

    Learn how to make a log cabin quilt block that’s big enough to function as a baby quilt.

Creative Log Cabin Quilt Variations

Fine Line Log Cabin Quilt

We're finishing off this list of the best log cabin quilt patterns with a handful of incredibly interesting designs!

Challenge yourself by using you log cabin designs in different ways. These unusual twists on the classic log cabin are ideal for improving your quilting skills. Plus, you'll have a goregous and modern log cabin quilt to show for it!

Create a quilt that quite literally looks like a piece of art with this Fine Line Log Cabin Quilt. A modern take on the classic log cabin block, this free quilt pattern uses precise lines and exact piecing to create its clean and sophisticated design.

Find your favorite creative log cabin quilt variation from our selection below.

  • Oz's Log Cabin Quilt Pattern

    From afar, it looks like a series of log cabin quilting block designs, but if you look closer, you'll find variations of log cabin quilt patterns.

  • Triangular Log Cabin Pincushion

    This is not your regular log cabin quilting pattern; it will take you about half the time it takes to create most log cabin patterns.

  • Fun House Log Cabin Quilt Block

    The Fun House Log Cabin Quilt Block uses free-form piecing to create an off-kilter pattern of concentric squares in red, white, and black.

  • Stitched Typography Quilt Tutorial

    A great alternative to traditional keepsake quilting, this log cabin quilt mixes a classic pattern with applique.

  • Barn Raised Log Cabin Quilt

    Flex your quilting muscles, this is a pattern for quilters who like putting in a lot of effort and detail!

  • Pineapple Blossom

    The Pineapple Blossom employs strategically placed light fabrics to create a diamond pattern that truly shines.

  • Hexing Around Block

    This inventive, quilt block pattern can be used to make surprising log cabin quilt variations.

  • Quilter's Four Square Quilt

    Combining different techniques creates a truly awe-inspiring log cabin quilt design!

Do you prefer full log cabin quilt patterns or using log cabin quilt block designs?

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I prefer full patterns to just blocks. I guess I have no imagination. Sometimes in the quilt pattern directions, one gets a picture of a whole quilt.

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