Building a Log Cabin

My mom and dad in Montana circa 1955.

My mom and dad in Montana log cabin circa 1955.

Everything about the Log Cabin  is appealing. Just as a home represents warmth and protection, so does the intention of a quilt. The basic construction of the log cabin quilt block starts with a center square, the color being red or yellow to represent the warmth of the hearth or fireplace. The essentials of the home reside there, food preparation and heat. Much like the homes of early settlers that were built from hand-hewned logs cut from stands of trees, I cut my logs from neatly woven fabrics. The strips or logs are sewn around the center block, surrounding the center “hearth”.

Half Block Log Cabin 1995

Half Block Log Cabin 1995 by Colleen Story

I have made Log Cabin quilts more than any other quilt. Technically they’re easy to sew because the blocks are made from squares and rectangles and do not require fancy piecing like curved seams or points to match. The design variations are endless, so I made many log cabin quilts before I got tired of making them. I did change it up after a while and started using half log blocks. My most recent adaptation of a traditional log cabin can be seen in the fractured series.

Traditional Log Cabin block with square center, and my version known as Fractured  Log Cabin

Traditional Log Cabin block with square center, and my version known as Fractured Log Cabin