Kaye Prince from Miss Print brings you this twist on a traditional log cabin design with this new pillow tutorial. Learn more about Kaye in her introduction, and be sure to comment for your chance to win one of 17 great prizes this week!

The log cabin is one of my favorite quilt blocks. I love mixing it together with other blocks and using it in new, different ways (if you’re familiar with my Pinwheels in the House quilt pattern you’ll know what I’m talking about) and for this pillow pattern I’ve decided mix it up once again! This pattern features the traditional square log cabin as well as a rectangular log cabin, but not all of the cabin pieces interlock in the usual manner. I’ve also brought together both machine and hand quilting to give this pillow even more interest.


  • Scraps or fat eights for the pillow front: You’ll need about a ½ yard worth; a mix of both prints and solids is nice.
  • 20×20” piece of muslin or scrap fabric for pillow front sandwich. (This fabric won’t be seen so go ahead and use something really ugly that you might have in your stash.)
  • 20×20” piece of quilt batting for pillow front sandwich
  • 1/2 yard home dec fabric for pillow back
  • 19” piece of pre-made or handmade ½” bias binding
  • No.08 perle cotton for hand quilting
  • Hand sewing needle for hand quilting. (I usually use a size 5 or 6 embroidery needle when using perle cotton.)
  • 18×18” pillow form

Pillow Front Cutting Directions:

  • For square block one (left): cut one 3.5×3.5” square for centre, one 1.5×3.5” strip, two 1.5×4.5” strips, one 1.5×5.5” strip, one 2.5×5.5” strip, one 2.5×7.5” strip, one 2.75×7.5” strip, and one 2.75×9.75” strip.
  • For square block two (right): cut one 3.5×3.5” square for centre, one 1.5×3.5” strip, two 1.5×4.5”strips, one 1.5×5.5” strip, one 2.75×5.5” strip, one 2.5×7.75” strip, one 2.75×7.75” strip,, and one 2.5×9.75” strip.
  • For rectangular block: one 2.5×11.5” strip for centre, two 1×11.5” and two 1×3.5” white strips for centre border, one 1.5×4.5” strip, one 1.5×5.5” strip, one 1.5×12.5” strip, one 1.5×13.5” strip, one 2.75×7.75” strip, one 2.75×9.75” strip, one 2.75×14.5” strip, and one 2.5×16.75” strip.

Pillow Front Directions:
All seams are ¼” unless otherwise stated.

– Following the picture above sew together the block following the numbers outlined. Pieces should be sewn right sides together and seams should be pressed away from the centre block. Set aside.

– Following the picture above sew together the block following the numbers outlined. Pieces should be sewn right sides together and seams should be pressed away from the centre block. Set aside.

– Before constructing the rest of the log cabin part of your block, first attach the white solid border pieces (these are the 1×11.5” and 1×3.5” strips) to the center panel piece. Once again, follow the picture above and sew together your block pieces, right sides together, following the numbers outlined. Press seams away from the center block and set aside.

– Sew blocks one and two, right sides together, along the center seam so that you end up with one piece measuring 9.75×19”. Press seam open.

– Sew the two blocks that you just sewed together to your rectangular block, right sides together. Press seam open.

– Sandwich your pillow top, batting, and scrap fabric together just as you would a quilt. Baste.

– Machine quilt as desired. I used straight line quilting, spaced at varying intervals, to mimic the look of the pillow top itself.

– I decided to quilt once around each fussy cut center and once inside both the top and bottom panels of the front. Thread your needle with perle cotton; I used a lovely pale pearly blue-grey. Most recommend about 18” to avoid tangling; insert through the back of your sandwich. Pull through to the front. Since the back of your sandwich will be hidden inside the pillow you don’t need to worry about burying your knot inside the sandwich as you would if you were quilting a quilt or piece with the back exposed.

– Rock your needle through the sandwich and back up again, back down and back up again, without drawing the needle or thread though. Try to keep your stitches as even as possible, rocking your needle through a few times. Pull your needle and thread all the way through. Continue quilting as desired; when you want to finish your thread, insert the needle though to the back, and tie off using a square knot (or the regular knot that you would use while handsewing).

Pillow Back Directions:
– From your ½ yard of home dec fabric, cut one 9.5×19” piece for the upper portion of the envelope and one 13.5×19” piece for the bottom portion of the envelope.

– Take the bottom portion and along one long side fold the fabric down ½ inch, fold down a ½ inch again so that the raw edge is tucked inside. Press. Using a ¼ seam topstich along the fold.

– Take the top portion and your 19” piece of bias binding; encase one long side within the bias binding and attach using a 1/8” seam.

Pillow Construction:

– Place your pillow front on a flat surface, right side up. Take first the top portion of your pillow back and align it, right side down, with your pillow front; now align the bottom portion of your pillow back with the front, it should overlap the top portion. Pin all pieces together.

– Sew ½” around all for edges, being sure to go over the envelope seams a few times to reinforce. Trim your corners so as not to cause extra bulk.

– Turn pillow right side out using the envelope opening and use a skewer to push out the corners. Insert pillow form.

Voila! You are done! You now have a not-so-traditional log cabin pillow to curl up with!

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