Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Faded Quarter Cabins

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I hope you've had a good holiday.  In the spirit of winter, hot chocolate by the fire and snow piling up outside the window, I thought we would make some cozy log cabin blocks for the next Covered in Love block drive.   The two month block drive cycle seems to be working well, so this one is going to run through January and February. 

Hopefully you'll be able to get most of these fabrics from your scraps.  Choose a cool color (blue/green/purple) that you have some variety of fabrics in.  Pull seven fabrics that fade from light to dark. The lighter pieces you can use smaller scraps, darker ones needs to be a bit bigger.  You may not have the fabrics to make a perfect fade, just work with what you have and try to stay within the same color family (ie, don't mix aqua and true blue, pick one). 

Moving from light to dark cut 1 piece from each fabric as listed below:
3.5" square
another 3.5" square
3.5"x6.5" rectangle
another 3.5"x6.5" rectangle
3.5"x9.5" rectangle
another 3.5"x9.5" rectangle
3.5"x12.5" rectangle 

Begin to sew the fabrics together starting with the lightest in a quarter log cabin sequence (follow the picture below).

...and there you go! The block should finish at 12.5" square.  

(Edited to Add: View some finished quilts here)

I know many of your are old hats at these block drives, but for anyone who's new to Covered in Love, we give quilts to patients who pass away at a hospital in east Texas.  Family members can take the quilts home with them to wrap up in afterward.  Anyone can participate in the block drives and make as few or as many blocks as you like.  Email or leave a comment (make sure I can reach you) for a mailing address or if you have any questions!

You can check out finished quilts from previous block drives here.


  1. Thanks for a nice, easy block to start the year off!!

  2. I hope I have some blue scraps. I need to go see if I can dig some up.

  3. Can you believe that I've never made a log cabin block? Such a classic! I have plenty of cool colors and my bins, they are a burstin', so this will be a great scrap tamer for me. Is it ok to send in several blocks made from the same seven fabrics? I would guess you could mix them into several quilts.

    Happy New Year, Kat!

  4. I'm eager to make these! What a warm feeling I get sending these to you! Thank you for this opportunity!

  5. Curious? Are you just wanting blocks for someone to put together & quilt or do you want quilts already done? Is there a group that puts all the blocks together & quilts them? I can probably do blocks, but am pretty slow making quilts. My husband was in that hospital several years ago, so am familiar with it. We live about 80 miles from Tyler.

    1. Hi Sylvia, sorry I can't reply to you directly but your privacy settings keep me from seeing your email address. I am primarily asking for blocks. Usually I put them together and quit them. If you wanted to go ahead and send a quilt that would be great :-) but that's not what I'm asking for. Email me at for more details

  6. will the block pattern change every month?

    1. Susan, usually I post a new block every 2 months.