Twisted Log Cabin Quilt Block

This month for Quilt Block Mania, we're going Traditional with a Twist. I've taken the prompt literally this time and have created this Twisted Log Cabin block, which does exactly what it says on the tin :-) It's a traditional log cabin block, but turned on point to make a fun-looking block that can be used for bigger quilts to create interesting layouts and secondary patterns.

This pattern makes a 12" square block and uses foundation paper piecing (FPP) to create the design. It's a very straight-forward block and suitable for beginners and those who are maybe a little intimidated by FPP. There are no little fiddly bits, or awkward angles that trip you up when adding pieces, just nice straight strips of your favourite colours.

My pattern cover uses the same 5 shades of pink for both sides of the center, but reverses the colour order from the right side to the left. So the left side starts with light pink in the middle, getting darker as it goes out, and the right side starts with the darkest pink for the first row of strips, then gets lighter as it goes out.

Twisted Log Cabin FPP quilt block by Monika Henry of Penny Spool Quilts - Quilt Block Mania September 2021

This makes for some interesting quilt layouts as well, such as this version that creates an illusion of a 3D effect.

Twisted Log Cabin FPP quilt block by Monika Henry of Penny Spool Quilts - Quilt Block Mania September 2021

And depending on which way the blocks are rotated, you can create any number of interesting effects.

Twisted Log Cabin FPP quilt block by Monika Henry of Penny Spool Quilts - Quilt Block Mania September 2021

Twisted Log Cabin FPP quilt block by Monika Henry of Penny Spool Quilts - Quilt Block Mania September 2021

Of course, you don't need to stick to this months' colour scheme but can use any traditional or modern colouring for this log cabin and make it completely yours. 

A traditional log cabin block usually starts with a red square in the center, signifying the fire in the hearth of the home, then goes out either scrappy with a light and dark side, or using two distinct colours for the sides, like these two mockups below.

Twisted Log Cabin FPP quilt block by Monika Henry of Penny Spool Quilts - Quilt Block Mania September 2021

 

Twisted Log Cabin FPP quilt block by Monika Henry of Penny Spool Quilts - Quilt Block Mania September 2021

For a slightly more modern take on the traditional, consider updating the colours a bit, but keeping the red center square in a nod to tradition.

Twisted Log Cabin FPP quilt block by Monika Henry of Penny Spool Quilts - Quilt Block Mania September 2021

I decided to go with this colour scheme, but with a white center for my own sample block.

Twisted Log Cabin FPP Quilt Block for Quilt Block Mania - September Free Quilt Block byPenny Spool Quilts

And of course, ombre is always a great choice, regardless of colour.

 Twisted Log Cabin FPP quilt block by Monika Henry of Penny Spool Quilts - Quilt Block Mania September 2021

Twisted Log Cabin FPP quilt block by Monika Henry of Penny Spool Quilts - Quilt Block Mania September 2021

Twisted Log Cabin FPP quilt block by Monika Henry of Penny Spool Quilts - Quilt Block Mania September 2021

Or for a completely different look, try adding colours in circles around the center square, instead of just to one side.

Twisted Log Cabin FPP quilt block by Monika Henry of Penny Spool Quilts - Quilt Block Mania September 2021

However you choose and arrange your colours, this is a block to have some fun with and discover exciting layout options you may not even have thought of. Make a few, stick them on the design wall, and have fun! Or just print out the colouring diagram a few times, cut them out and play with crayons to see what you can come up with.

The Twisted Log Cabin quilt block is free* for you to download during the month of September 2021. Use the form below to sign up to my newsletter to get your free quilt block. The block will be sent straight to your inbox, so make sure you spelled your email correctly, and check your spam and promotions folders if you don't see it show up shortly.

 

Don't forget to check out all of this month's quilt blocks!

Quilt Block Mania September 2021 - Traditional with a Twist - Penny Spool Quilts

Starry Steps Quilt Block by Carolina Moore
Log Cabin with a Twist by Appliques Quilts and More
Faux Log Cabin by PhoebeMoon Designs
Twisted Irish Chain by Inquiring Quilter
Pinwheel Pizzazz at Blue Bear Quilts
Rail Fence Roundabout at Perkins Dry Goods
Twirling Star by Mom and Me Quilting Co
Neon Churn Dash by Pretty Piney Quilts
Pinwheel Twist by QuiltFabrication
Quilt Block Exhibit
String of Stars by Orange Blossom Quilt Design Studio
log cabin twist by Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Twisted Log Cabin at Penny Spool Quilts
Wonky Star by Patti's Patchwork
Modern Churn Dash at The Quilting Room with Mel
Wonky Log Cabin by Love to Color My World
Shoo Two by Oh Kaye Quilting

 *the blocks are free for the duration of the month they were designed for. After that, they will be available in the pattern shop.

7 comments

  • Love your blocks and site

    Genny Cornett
  • Thanks so much for the compliments. This was a fun block to design and play around with. I could have probably made a whole blog post with just quilt layouts, it really does create some interesting effects depending on how you colour in your strips. -Monika

    Monika - Penny Spool Quilts
  • Hi Susanna, you can just sign up again with the correct address, my email provider will filter out the wrong one when it bounces. – Monika

    Monika - Penny Spool Quilts
  • LOVELOVELOVE your block!!!!

    Pamela Winterrowd
  • Just a quick thank you to let you know I love your Block Mania block for September!! I had no idea so many designs could be made from one simple block, and I LOVE paper-piecing!! Thanks!!!

    Vivian Oaks

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