Log Cabin Baby Quilt

Log Cabin Baby Quilt Whitney Sews

My mom and I have always loved what we call ‘little kid prints’.  Fabrics printed with scenes of little kids playing.  So when my mom wanted to make a quilt for my daughter Peyton it only made sense to use some of the adorable fabrics we had collected.  We kicked around a few different quilt design ideas and finally settled on a log cabin style quilt with an enlarged center block.

This is extra special because when I was a teen sewing my first quilt top my mom was making a traditional log cabin quilt at the time.  All the fabric I used for my quilt was scraps from mom’s.  If you want to hear more about how my mom and I got into sewing and about our first projects check out the Q & A HERE.

For this quilt my mom figured out what size center block was best for the scale of the prints (I have all the block measurements listed below). She fussy cut all 12 center squares to get the best placement from the prints.  Then she added two coordinating fabric ‘logs’ on each side  to complete the blocks.  She had enough prints to complete 12 blocks with each representing a month of the year.

Log Cabin Baby Quilt from Whitney Sews

After all the blocks were sewn together she did some straight line quilting using her regular sewing machine and a walking foot.  She also used some of the specialty stitches on her machine to create a label for the back of the quilt.

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Click HERE to see see more of the quilt and hear my mom talk about the creation process.

Last year while my mom was working on this quilt I was inspired to create a matching log cabin block pillow sham.  You can check out that tutorial HERE to learn how to put together a log cabin block. The block shown in the tutorial is put together the exact same way as the ones in the quilt, just use the measurements listed for the quilt block instead of those for the pillow sham.

Quilt Block Measurements (cutting sizes):

Center square - 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches

Logs - 1 1/2 x Assorted lengths* 

Finished block – 12 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

*Cut logs longer than needed then trim after sewing*

How to Make a Log Cabin Pilllow Sham from Whitney Sews

Pillow Sham Measurements (cutting sizes):

Center square - 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches

Logs - 2 inches x Assorted lengths*

Finished Block - 16 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches

*Cut logs longer than needed then trim after sewing*

Mom’s next quilt project will be a baby quilt for my daughter Skyler.  If you have any ideas for what blocks and fabrics she should use feel free to leave them in the comments below!  Until next time, happy sewing!



  1. Nancy Judd says:

    First of all, I am not even sure I am posting this comment in the correct place, but never the less I am going to continue with this comment.
    I just finished reading your post about putting some of your patterns on PDF, mostly to make up some of the cost it requires to keep Whitney Sews up.
    First of all I want to explain a little about myself making it easier for you to understand, I am 73 years old, have two grown sons, three grown grandchildren and three great grandchildren (in which they is a strained relationship with our grandson, father to those three, so I do little to no sewing for those children; however, I did make our ONE great granddaughter and her Mommy matching aprons with guidance from your site and also made her a little purse for her to carry to her first day in kindergarten) therefore, most of my sewing is for myself or for gift giving, I made the banner you showed within the first week you posted it and put it in my craft room.
    I wanted to explain this to you before I gave you my comment on your current issue; First and foremost I want you to know how very much I enjoy your personality and that is over half of the reason I watch your show faithfully, you are an extremely happy woman and in shines through in your programs, with your husband, your children, and most recently with your Mother (loved the funny blog!!);; your parents must be very proud of your accomplishments. I completely understand your issues now with providing your family with some financial input, but are in the situation that at this point you are unable to do so.
    I wanted so badly to just be a good wife and loving mother to my husband and sons (I didn’t care if we had to eat hot dogs five days a week, I wanted to desperately wanted to stay home and be a Mom), of course sometimes life throws you a curve ball and it did so with us, our eldest son needed braces for his teeth and there just was not the finances to get those, so I had to go to work, I detested leaving the boys for me to go to work, but at the same time we always do the very best we can for our children, and he did really did need those braces.
    So, understanding everything you wrote about today was completely understandable to me; if putting some of your patterns up on the other site my recommendation to do so is go for it ! Do whatever is necessary to stay at home with your family and to keep your very sweet personality. Additionally, be so very thankful for your helpful husband and for the wonderful bond you and your Mother have.

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