I Spy Log Cabin Quilt

"I Spy" Log Cabin Quilt

I pieced the 36 blocks for this “I Spy” Log Cabin Quilt while in Maine during September 2017. The scraps are bright, cheerful and fun. The variety of novelty fabrics make it even more interesting – there are all kinds of things to “spy” including: corn on the cob, Snoopy, Minions, cats, rocks, cars, planets, etc. All the fabrics in these blocks came from my scrap bin.

Each center block was a 3″ square sewn into a half square triangle (HST). The fabric strips were 2.5″ wide and as long as I could cut from each scrap. The exception was the outside border which was cut 4″ wide.

The borders also include more strips sewn long-way instead of the usual piano key type border.  This was a quick way to finish up the quilt top and allowed me to use up a few more scraps. (Did you notice the mistake? One side has only one strip of scrap border instead of two like on the other sides).

 This quilt was a Christmas 2017 gift for my daughter and grand-daughter. It makes a fun way to snuggle and play “I Spy” with the various fabrics. The backing was purchased by my daughter and is a peacock theme.

 All cotton fabric and poly batting.

 “I Spy” Log Cabin Quilt was machine quilted by RLM in November 2017 in an all over stipple design.

The binding matched the outer border. Machine sewn to the front and hand sewn on the back of the quilt.

 Finished size is 96″ square.

Log cabin
Source: Bing clip art

My conclusion:

I admit it – I was super slow to figure out how much fun Log Cabin quilts could be. The blocks can be set different ways depending on how the quilter wants the finished quilt to look. Log Cabin quilts can be scrappy or planned or even planned scrappy. There is simply no limit to what can be done with this pattern. Try the Log Cabin design out and see what you come up with. Have fun.

For more ideas about Log Cabin blocks and quilts:






Encouraging clip art.

Author: IndianaQuilter40

Made first quilt by myself in mid teens. Addicted to quilting. Love using simple quilt patterns and giving them a twist so they are my own....Live in central Indiana. Raised in Montana. Have traveled and worked all over US and in Germany. Certified medical coder, HIM manager, and medical record auditor. Married for 30+ years to a wonderful guy who likes my quilts. We have grown children and starting on grand-kids.

32 thoughts on “I Spy Log Cabin Quilt”

  1. Do you ever run out of quilt ideas? When you buy fabric, do you like it or do you have a use for it right then? How do you know how much to buy? What kind of budget do you have for fabric? Do you shop at fabric chain stores (like JoAnn) or independent? Do you teach classes or do online tutoring? What kind of organization system do you have for fabric and patterns?

    I am amazed by all the quilts on this blog. You are really creative.

    1. ** Nope, I never run out of ideas. **I buy fabric both because I like it and because I have a use for it. The last several years I have tried to keep my fabric buying to what I will use immediately to complete a project. ** I have no idea how much fabric to buy – I just know I want to have enough to finish whatever I am getting it for. I hate running out of a certain fabric before the project is complete. It’s basically guessing which is probably why my stash is overflowing. ** My fabric budget for the last two years has been $50 a month. I don’t go over (except at Paducah), but I usually don’t spend all that unless I need fabric for backing. **I shop at any fabric store that has fabric I like. I do buy quality fabric though. ** No to teaching either in class or on-line. For one thing, my job keeps me busy but mostly because when not at work I am a very big introvert. ** Organization system consists of open shelving for yardage, and tubs for scraps (quarter yard or smaller). Patterns are in a file cabinet. Use the smallest bedroom as a “walk in closet” for this stuff. For the first 10 years of quilting, my fabric stash easily fit in boxes under the bed.

      I don’t really see myself as creative, but thanks for thinking I am. I see myself as having way too many ideas for quilts and just needing to make them so I can actually see them for real.

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    Thanks to your encouragement I actually finished a king size log cabin quilt.

  14. An outstanding share! I have just forwarded this onto a colleague who has been looking for a way to use novelty fabrics in a log cabin quilt. You must not ever sleep because you have so many quilts to share and so many ideas. Thanks again.

    1. Thank you so much. Yes I actually do sleep a few hours each night and yes I have tons of ideas for quilts.

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      Have a great day.

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