Log Cabin with a Twist

Log cabin with a twist you ask? Well I will give you the log cabin to start, but the twist will come later. So, you will just have to stay tuned.  I found a great magazine called American Makes Fast Quilts. In the issue I purchased it had quilt patterns for fat quarters, ‘layer cakes’ (40-42 10” squares) and ‘jelly rolls’ (2” strips). I am not sure if you are like me, but I need fast and easy. This entire project is for me to relieve stress not to create it.  After dog-earing approximately 80% of the magazine I decided upon Paradigm Shift as my first project. (Hint: The Link will give you the pattern if you want to make it along with me! If you do make it with me let me know in the comments. I would love to see yours too!)

So, with my pattern in my hand I headed out to no less than 4 quilt stores in search of the perfect fabric combination. Well, wouldn’t you know it black on white fabric is really hard to find.  Luckily, my 4th and final (obviously) store there was an entire section of black on white fabric.  I proceeded to pick out 17 fat quarters (7 black on white, 7 white on black and 3 lime green) although you really only need 16. I can’t figure out for the life of me why I bought three lime green fat quarters.  Please learn from my mistake; you only need two fat quarters for the solid fabric.

Check them out! Sweet, no?


Now, let the cutting begin! Here’s the skinny:

  • White on Black
    • 21 matching sets of:
      • 2 Strips 3 1/2” x 9 1/2” (42 total)
      • 2 Squares 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” (42 Total)
  • Lime Solid
    • 42 Squares
      • 3 1/2” x 3 1/2”
  • Black on White
    • 21 matching sets of:
      • 2 Strips 3 1/2” x 9 1/2” (42 total)
      • 2 Squares 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” (42 Total)

All cut out? Thought so. (ultimately I would show you this step, but I decided to start this blog [thanks to a suggestion from my amazing mother] after the cutting process was over.  So for this first post let’s not dwell on what is missing and get to constructing!  I am not sure if you are like me, but the cutting process always seems to take the most time.  It might, however, just seem like that because I can’t wait to start creating.  Quilting to me is like a grown up jig-saw puzzle that you get to take a nap under once constructed. (Yes, that is the ultimate prize for your hard work).

Okay, so I started with the white on black print, but you do whatever your heart desires.  For the white on black I loaded black thread with a black bobbin. OH MY GOSH! I almost forgot to tell you…I went to wind my bobbin and realized that the little dew-hicky (how do you spell that?!) that holds your thread on was missing from my lovely Singer machine.  Did I mention I moved into my home almost a year ago?  Dang movers! There is always one thing that has to get lost…Well, anyway I went to a little vacuum / sewing machine shop here in the Denver Metro area.  The nice salesman sold me one for ~$0.69 (I swear!) and when I got home it didn’t fit. Bummer. So, until I order the correct one from Amazon you may see a cute lime green butterfly clip holding my thread on in photos. (ironic it is lime green, not planned…for the record)

Back to the real matter at hand, block construction. I like to construct items in an assembly line fashion because I feel that it is more efficient.  That means that I will sew all center blocks to their center square counter parts and then add the longer (9 1/2”) pieces.  I should tell you that at this stage I don’t have to pin, but if you are a beginner and feel like pinning is a good idea then you should.  (Perhaps I will do a pinning tutorial in the future. Leave me a comment and I will for sure put one together). 

Remember, right sides together, 1/4” seam.  Right sides together? What does that mean? It means that the two sides that you want to look at should be facing each other; simple as that.  No stress….remember? Let’s take a look at the photos below. The first photo is of the wrong side of the fabric after the first round of stitching is done. The second is of the right sides after stitching is completed. See the difference between right side and wrong side?


A 1/4” seam is my favorite because all you have to do is keep the fabric right in-line with the presser foot. Meaning, the edge of the presser foot is  1/4” from the thread.  See why it is my favorite? Now, it is time that we press the blocks. You have to press as you go because once you add another piece of fabric you cannot go back and re-press effectively.  Always press towards the darker fabric. Notice in the right side picture above that you don’t see any seems showing through the green fabric.  Look at the photo below showing the press.


Next we will want to add the large block pieces. Make sure the white on black fabric matches the center strip you have already completed. You will want to use a 1/4” seam on this one as well. Let’s just establish now that all seams unless otherwise noted will be 1/4”. The photo below shows how to line up the 9 1/2” blocks as well as why it is so important to press as you go.  See how your first seems get tacked down? Exactly.



Your finished block! OK, only 20 more to go. (Is it just me or is the polka dot a little trippy? Next time I’ll choose a better example one.)


Here are three from another print. You will have three from each fat quarter.  I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see this come together!


I would also be remiss if I did not introduce my assistant.  My five year old Maine Coon Baxter likes to help and make sure that fabric doesn’t ‘fly away’.  As you can see there was a real threat of fabric blowing away Winking smile.  Needless to say you may see some cameos from him now and then.

I will let you get to it! Finish all of your blocks (both black & white) because next time I will show you how we are going to make the final blocks and layout the quilt for final assembly!

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3 thoughts on “Log Cabin with a Twist

  1. I have searched and searched for the next part of this….the final blocks and layout for the final quilt assembly and cannot find it. Please help?!?!?! Thank you!

    • Hi Laura,
      I am so so sorry. I am still working on the next part…literally as we speak. I am learning as I go and with that comes a valuable lesson that I need to create all posts before releasing. I should have the next post up later tonight or tomorrow, but it won’t be through the full quilt stage. It will be a little more in-depth regarding the black on white blocks. Hopefully you can stick with me to the end. Thank you for following! You can also email me at designsbydelaney@hotmail.com if you have any specific questions further along and I will try to help.

      • Oh ok, great! I am so sorry….I was so excited about the pattern that I didn’t even realize it was a new post! :)

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