How to Make a Log Cabin Quilt Block Dance!

This “twist” on a traditional log cabin block from Katie Pasquini Masopust  quilt artist, author, and teacher  is a fun example of how just a little change can make a big difference in a quilt block design. Use this Dancing Log Cabin block to create quilts, runners, wall-hangings, and more. 






Step 1) Start by making a regular log cabin block.

Cut strips 1-1/2″ wide.

Sort the strips into two value piles, one light and one dark.

Sew a dark and light strip together, then sub-cut into 1-1/2″ units.


Add a light strip to one long edge.

add a light strip

Then, working in a circular motion, sew a dark strip to the next edge, and a dark strip to the edge after that.

add a dark strip

add a second dark strip

Start again next to the first light and sew a two lights then two darks around and around until you have six strips out from the center dark square. Square up every two rows or so to ensure they don’t get too wonky.

log cabin block

When all strips have been added, square up for a 14” square.

Step 2) Make the squares “dance.”

Cut corners of two blocks as shown, starting 4” from the corner and cutting to the adjacent corner all around. Don’t remove the cut pieces.

cut corners

Move the corners from one block to the other and sew them on their new center blocks.

sew corners to new centers

Step 3) Sew blocks into a pillow, quilt, or other project.

Lay all of the blocks out to create the desired pattern.

Add borders and quilt the whole piece to your liking.

We’d love to see what you with your Dancing Log Cabin blocks! Share with us on Instagram using #berninausa – thanks! 

Dancing Log Cabin Block

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