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Big Center Log Cabin Courthouse Quilt Block


a variation of the courthouse log cabin quilt block with a big center.


Here is a simple variation of the log cabin quilt block.  It is the courthouse setting with a large block in the middle.  It is great for frugal scrappy quilts, and also works well for fussy cutting a block for the middle.

grids of the courthouse log cabin variationReview the instructional pages for the log cabin quilt block.  As you can see from the vertical and horizontal grid lines on this block, your center block, or square, is twice the width of the blocks surrounding it.


Using Simple Measurements, and planning each log to finish at 1 inch, cut the center block 4 1/2 inches raw to finish at 4 inches for the center.


Then attach the blocks, working with 2 horizontal blocks first, and then two vertical blocks, per the picture. The traditional way to make this block is to make opposite sides light and dark.


The block pictured above looks like a summer block, as opposed to many log cabin quilt blocks which are done in Autumn colors. This is an easy block, and a good one to bring in lots of color and different prints. 


Have some fun with this frugal and easy block.




Quilt Sizes

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Miniature <36"



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Baby 36x36 up to 52x52


Lap 52-68 x 52-78


Twin 64-72 x 86-96


Full 70-88 x 88-100


Queen 88-99 x 94-108


King 94-108 x 94-108



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