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Scrappy Layered Log Cabin

Karen Eckmeier

This Log Cabin really has an attitude! Relax and enjoy topstitched seams, curvy edges, no measuring, blocks of different sizes and raw-edge points embellished with beads.

Finished size: Wallhanging/Lap Quilt approx. 42” x 50”


Darks: A large assortment of dark scraps in a wide range of colors - approx. 1 yard

Lights: A large assortment of light scraps in a wide range of colors - approx. 1 yard

Center Squares: 1/8 yard black

Outer Border: approx. 1˝ yards black (this will vary according to the size quilt you want to make AND how large your blocks turn out to be).


  1. Variety is the key ingredient to this scrap quilt. Beg, barter, or borrow from friends, if necessary J You will need a total of approximately 2 yards of fabric. Fabric requirements for either the wallhanging/lap quilt or a bed quilt will depend on the size of your finished block.

  2. Scraps should measure a minimum of 2” wide x minimum length 2”/maximum length 44”)

  1. Try to avoid large scale prints. These prints will compete with the log cabin design.

  1. 2” – 2˝” pre-cut strips or the “Bali Pop” strips will work for this project. It is not necessary to pre-cut strips for this class, but if you have them already cut from another project, bring them along!

  1. If you like a more “planned-scrappy-look,” select 2 high contrasting colors only. For example, if you want to make a yellow and blue quilt: yellows will be your lights and the blues will be your darks. Bring approximately 1 yard of light yellow in assorted prints, and 1 yard of medium and dark blues in assorted prints.


·         Sewing Machine (Featherweights are fine)

·         Rotary Cutter and mat

·         Iron and ironing pad (mini iron will work)

·         Threads for topstitching – select threads to match fabrics or use variegated threads

·         Neutral thread for bobbin

·         Fabric scissors (large and small)

·         Pins

·         Seam ripper

·         Fabric glue

·         Tweezers

·         Multi-color beads in different sizes (not needed for class, but fun to bring for a sneak peek at what they will look like on the block)

·         Book: Layered Waves $24.95 – highly recommended for class, but not required.


To view photos of this scrappy Layered Log Cabin, go to pages 34-35 in the Layered Waves book. Pages 26-33 illustrate the basic process of making the blocks. Assembling the blocks into rows with curvy topstitched lines and adding borders will be discussed in both the 3 hour and 6 hour workshops.