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Log Cabin Blocks For Beginners with Kate Colleran


Log Cabin Quilts with a Modern Twist with Kate Colleran

Log Cabin Block Variations with Kate Colleran

Quick Overview

We will review the Chain Block, Quarter Log Cabin, Court House Steps, and Pineapple blocks in this course as well as how you can utilize paper peicing and applique to create beautiful spin-offs of this traditional block.

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This historical block has seen quite the history, emerging in the early 1800's in popularity, the pattern itself symbolizes the heart of the home. Variations of settings have emerged over the years amounting to hundreds of different names and patterns. Let Kate take you on a new journey of exploration!

In the first lesson, Kate will show you how to tweak the traditional block and make a few fairly traditional variations. She covers how to make a Courthouse Steps variation, where you will add squares to make a chain through the block and the technique called the Quarter (or Half) Log Cabin. We will also cover how to change up colors as well as making your block larger or smaller

Next, we will push your blacks even further by changing up the center. This includes how to create pieced blocks as well as appliqué versions. This should get your creative juices flowing so you can come up with your own ideas, you'll be ready to experiment!

In the last lesson, she will show you how to paper piece a traditional Log Cabin block. This skill will help if you want to delve into more complicated blocks like the paper pieced Pineapple Log Cabin designs as well as many differnet types of blocks outside of Log Cabins.

The Log Cabin block has so many options and endless ways that you can be creative and unique. This course will help you explore this marvelous and versatile block. By the end of this course, you will have some great ideas on how to make your own unique quilts. Be sure to sign up for Kate’s third class in the Log Cabin series where she will explore a modern take on the Log Cabin block. See you in class!



Lesson 1: Getting Started

  • Introduction to the Log Cabin Block
  • Cutting Your Fabric
  • The Perfect 1/4” Seam

Lesson 2: Making the Block
  • Sewing Your Block Using Precut Logs
  • Sewing Your Block Using strips

Lesson 3: Layouts, Borders and Binding
  • Quilt Design and Sewing
  • Borders
  • Quilting & Binding


  • Discussion Board & Gallery: The discussion board is a great way to interact with other users in the course. It’s an open forum for you to ask questions, share your thoughts, express your inspirations, and share images of your work.

  • Notes Section: This is a place for you to keep personal notes to help you with your work and the course content. Only you will be able to see your notes.

  • A FREE eBook with three additional patterns to test out your new skills!

  • Optional Quizzes: Short optional quizzes to test your knowledge as you progress through the lessons.

Video Lesson Run Time ≈ 79 minutes

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Kate made her first quilt as a teenager and found that making quilts was a great way to express her creative side. She called it her therapy! In 2003, while still working as a nurse, she started a quilt pattern business with a friend. Now, she designs for various quilt magazines and fabric companies. She is the co-author of the book Smash Your Precut Stash from C&T Publishing and publishes her own quilt patterns. Her goal is simple: to help you make a quilt. She feels quilting is about creating, having fun and being part of a community. Visit her websiteto view her blog to see what quilty shenanigans she is up to now!

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Additional Information

SKU R7446
Product Type Course
Brand Craft University
Author/Designer Kate Colleran
Runtime 79m 24s
Project Other
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