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Uneven Log Cabin Block Tutorial

I was recently contacted by a reader asking for sizing details on the uneven log cabin block that I used to create a yellow and black baby sized uneven log cabin quilt in early 2014. Because I was more than willing to share the sizing details once, I immediately went to work to create this quick tutorial to share with everyone.

Feel free to change the colors to anything you desire. For the purposes of this tutorial I am going to use the original black and yellow colorway from the quilt that I made 5 years ago.

Fabrics required for (1) 11″ Finished / 11 1/2″ Unfinished Uneven Log Cabin Block

  • Center – Black – 2 1/2″ square
  • Log 1 – Black – 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″
  • Log 2 – Black – 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
  • Log 3 – Yellow – 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
  • Log 4 – Yellow – 2 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
  • Log 5 – Black – 1 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
  • Log 6 – Black – 1 1/2″ x 6 1/2″
  • Log 7 – Yellow – 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″
  • Log 8 – Yellow – 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″
  • Log 9 – Black – 1 1/2″ x 8 1/2″
  • Log 10 – Black – 1 1/2″ x 9 1/2″
  • Log 11 – Yellow – 2 1/2″ x 9 1/2″
  • Log 12 – Yellow – 2 1/2″ x 11 1/2″
Uneven Log Cabin Block - Sewing the First Round

Uneven Log Cabin Block – Sewing the First Round

  1. Starting with the center 2 1/2″ square block, add the Log 1 rectangle to the top of the square. Press seam open or toward Log 1.
  2. With the Log 1 rectangle on the top, add the Log 2 rectangle to the right. Press seam open or toward the Log 2.
  3. With the Log 1 rectangle on the top, add the Log 3 rectangle to the bottom of the block. Press seam open or toward Log 3.
  4. With the Log 1 rectangle on the top, add the Log 4 rectangle to the left. Press seam open or toward the Log 4. The block should measure 5 1/2″ square after Logs 1-4 are sewn.
Uneven Log Cabin Block - Sewing the Second Round

Uneven Log Cabin Block – Sewing the Second Round

  1. With the Log 1 rectangle on the top, add the Log 5 rectangle to the top. Press seam open or toward Log 5.
  2. With the Log 5 rectangle on the top, add the Log 6 rectangle to the right. Press seam open or toward Log 6.
  3. With the Log 5 rectangle on the top, add the Log 7 rectangle to the bottom. Press seam open or toward Log 7.
  4. With the Log 5 rectangle on the top, add the Log 8 rectangle to the left. Press seam open or toward Log 8. The block should measure 8 1/2″ square after Logs 1-8 are sewn.
Uneven Log Cabin Block - Sewing the Third Round

Uneven Log Cabin Block – Sewing the Third Round

  1. With the Log 5 rectangle on the top, add the Log 9 rectangle to the top. Press seam open or toward Log 9.
  2. With the Log 9 rectangle on the top, add the Log 10 rectangle to the right. Press seam open or toward Log 10.
  3. With the Log 9 rectangle on the top, add the Log 11 rectangle to the bottom. Press seam open or toward Log 11.
  4. With the Log 9 rectangle on the top, add the Log 12 rectangle to the left. Press seam open or toward Log 12. The block should measure 11 1/2″ square after Logs 1-12 are sewn.
Uneven Log Cabin Block Quilt Example

Uneven Log Cabin Block Quilt Example

There are lots of fun ways to combine the blocks once they are sewn. The example above is for a 44″ square finished quilt and requires 16 blocks.

13 thoughts on “Uneven Log Cabin Block Tutorial

  1. Ruth says:

    Really like the use of greys to black to make the lemon pop. Such a nice use of colour and a great tutorial to share.

  2. Beautiful and clever pattern! Love the colors! I may have to try this.
    Thank you for sharing!
    I enjoy your blog.

  3. I love the log cabin variations that are out there and this one is terrific. Thanks for sharing your tutorial.

  4. Shawn Crain says:

    Is there any way I can d/l this to keep it in front of me?

  5. Rochelle Summers says:

    Thank you for the tutorial. I love yellow and black together and have made this block before. But I don’t think I could have explained it as well as you have.

  6. Sue Rostron says:

    Hi I am loving reading through your blog. I think i am half way through 2016 now! I love the Transparency series most of all. Once I have caught up with some of my UFOs I am looking forward to buying some of your patterns.
    Way back you mentioned something new to me and I can’t remember what it’s called. It’s a site where people can state what they would like to buy and other people sign up to buy that product too and then the manufacturers are apporached and a deal is made. I think you bought some Aurifil thread.

  7. Amy L says:

    As always, a clear and detailed tutorial! Thanks, Yvonne. Sure wish I had time to drop everything and make one of these.

  8. Great tutorial, Yvonne. I love the colors and layout of your quilt.

  9. Oh too funny! I just finished one of these!! I love your tutorial!! It looks so great!

  10. I’ve bookmarked this tutorial, as it is so helpful. So many interesting layouts can be made with this offset Log Cabin–thank you for posting this!

  11. Lisa J. says:

    Thanks for sharing the tutorial Yvonne. I think I have made a version of this block in the past. I really like the progression of colours in this example and the layout. I have one more baby quilt to make..this one could be it.

  12. Thanks for this tutorial, Yvonne. I love finding variations of a classic block, and log cabins are one of my favorites!

  13. Louise Johnson says:

    Thank you for clear directions. Definitely on my to do!

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