Log Cabin Family of Blocks: Part 4

By Judith on May 27, 2019
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Welcome to the final part of my Log Cabin Family of Blocks series.

Part 1 (Log Cabin) available here

Part 2 (Courthouse Steps) available here

Part 3 (Pineapple) available here

(All sample blocks were made using Handmade fabrics by Makower)


Now in my introduction to this series, I described this part as the Mystery section!

That’s because this post is all about Partial Seams!


Partial Seams Variations


Just like the other Log Cabin Family members, in these examples fabric is pieced around a central shape.


1 Log Cabin


You may have noticed that the ‘logs’ in the Log Cabin block above are equal length in each round, unlike the Log Cabin Block from Part 1.


Partial Seams
Log Cabin Block: Part 4

Log Cabin Construction
Log Cabin Block: Part 1


This is made possible by starting each round with a partial seam (denoted here with the number 0.5 instead of 1!).


Partial Seams Construction


The first ‘log’ being attached is stitched only half way along the seam.  It is then pressed out allowing the 2nd ‘log’ to be fully attached.  This one is then pressed out before attaching log 3 and the same for log 4.  Now you can bring the unsewn section of log 1 right sides together to log 4 and finish sewing the starting (partial) seam.


Photo source: Pieced By Number


I love how clever this technique is.  Without prior knowledge of partial seams, it would be difficult to work out how to construct this block.  Therein lies the mystery!!


2. Rail Fence

In this example, the ‘rail fence’ sections are pieced separately, before being attached to the centre square.


Partial Seams


As before, the first seam will be a partial seam.


Partial Seams


(Tutorial for a similar block available here)


3. Hope of Hartford


As for the Rail Fence block above, the corner sections of this block are made separately, before being pieced around the centre square.


Partial Seams


(Tutorial available here)


4 Octagon


And just like a traditional Log Cabin block, you don’t have to start with a square!

The ‘logs’ in each round of this Octagon block start with a partial seam, just like the partial seams version of the Log Cabin block .


Partial Seams


Here is an example of a quilt I made using partial seams in the blocks:


Crossed Paths Quilt (Quilt Now Jan18)
Crossed Paths for Quilt Now Magazine


And to make the partial seams blocks a little easier to spot, here is a deconstructed block from the quilt:



Now that you know how easy partial seams are, I hope you won’t be put off trying a whole other range of blocks to enhance your quilts.


And check out my Pinterest Board for lots more fabulous examples of Partial Seams!




Thank you for tuning in to my Log Cabin Family of Blocks series.


I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have!


Happy sewing!



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Crossed Paths Quilt

By Judith on February 6, 2018
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Hi there,


These weeks are rolling past so quickly I’m struggling to keep up with blog posts about my magazine commissions!


The February issue of Quilt Now is out this week, but I haven’t gotten around to telling you about my quilt in the January issue yet!


Crossed Paths Quilt (Quilt Now Jan18)
60″ x 60″


This is Crossed Paths, made completely from Spectrum Solids by Makower.


In quilt design, the terms ‘advanced’ or ‘technical’ can be quite subjective, depending on which part of the quilt the term refers to.


For example, a quilt can look ‘uncomplicated’ due to the fabrics used, but the piecing technique may require complete accuracy or many instructions.


Crossed Paths Quilt (Quilt Now Jan18)


At the other end of the spectrum, a quilt can look cleverly complicated with really straightforward piecing.


Crossed Paths falls somewhere in between!  The repeating 15″ blocks are based around 2 elements:  (1) Foundation pieced quadrants are made separately, papers removed then pieced around the central square using (2) a partial seam (tutorial on partial seams coming soon!).




However, close attention must be paid to the cutting instructions and fabric placement, to achieve the gradation of background from dark to light and the reverse gradation of the ‘crossed paths’.


This is a quilt where lots of labels and plastic bags are recommended to keep yourself organised!


Crossed Paths Quilt (Quilt Now Jan18)


So if you like making quilts with a little more ‘bite’ then this one’s for you!


Crossed Paths Quilt (Quilt Now Jan18)


Crossed Paths Quilt (Quilt Now Jan18)

Happy sewing!


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