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To make a Log Cabin Design Quilt
begin by making a Mug Matt or Trivet

Log Cabin/ Blue & Yellow

Log Cabin/from Scraps
Log Cabin Design is fun to make because it can be easily changed. If you change the widths of the logs and offset the square the quilt will look whimsical. 

Plan a pattern or use random scraps. Be creative!

I like to give my squares stability so I sew the logs onto a square of fabric that is slightly larger than what I anticipate the finished square to be. Trimming when I'm finished makes it easy for me to lay out a pattern. 

I've begun this log square with a 2 1/2" center. (You can choose your own size.) I've decided to make my logs 2" wide so the center square will have more umph. The first log is sewn along one side of the center square. Sew face to face. Flip open and "finger press." 

Here you see the second log. 2" by the distance needed. As you can tell from the photo, the first yellow log has been pressed back and the second log is lined up with the edge of the square. I'm not concerned about the bit of fabric sticking out to the right of the presser because I'm using the center square as a guide. If you are uncomfortable about that, surely you must trim before you continue.

As you can see I've pinned the second login place before sewing. Once you feel confident enough, you'll just zip, zip, zip along without pins.

Now you've finished the two beginning logs, it's time to add the second fabric. (If you are making a quilt or Mug Mat from scraps, all your fabrics may be different.) I've chosen a bright pattern to accentuate the logs.

Since I am showing the Log Cabin in it's simplest way, I am using two colors for the logs, an accent in the center and using all logs of the same width. 

Continue along as you have begun until to reach the size you desire.  

The finished size of this example will be 9 5/8" square. If you are making a Mug Mat you will most likely want it smaller. This is easily accomplished by scaling down the center and log sizes or by not using as many logs.

Assembly; place batting on top of a heat proof fabric or lining fabric if you are going to make a pot holder or trivet for hot/warm dish. Otherwise you can use a simple fabric for a Mug Mat.

I like to put the back side fabric on top of the batting face up and then put the log square on that face down. It's so much easier to sew along the outside boarder that way

Leave an opening in one side seam fo you can turn the square. Don't forget to snip the corners before you turn.

You can either machine or hand stitch the edges and accent seams.

Now that you've made a Trivet, make more squares and then a quilt!