Contemporary Improv: Log Cabin Blocks Made from Scraps and Strips

"Untitled" by Cindy Grisdela featuring improv log cabin blocks using her collection of hand-dyed fabric

About this Quilt

Designed By : Cindy Grisdela

“My improv blocks are based on the traditional Log Cabin, but have a more contemporary feel. I keep scraps from other projects organized roughly by color in baskets in my studio. That way I have the raw materials close at hand when I’m ready to create new blocks. My improvisational process has no rules and no patterns, so my creativity is free to blossom. To start, I decide on the color recipe I want to use, whether it’s warm reds, cool blues or greens, or an “anything goes” riot of color. The only other decision I make before starting to sew is what size I want the finished block to be.” – Cindy Grisdela

Download instructions for Log Cabin Blocks Made from Scraps and Strips in the April/May 2018 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine.


  • Fabric scraps and strips in your desired color recipe
  • Accent scraps for the “spark”
  • Rotary cutting supplies
  • 6″ square ruler, plus a larger one if your block is larger

Featured quilt: “Untitled” by Cindy Grisdela

Pick up your copy of Quilting Arts Magazine April/May 2018 for this pattern and more!