The log cabin design represents the log homes made in the prairie. It first appeared towards the end of the 19th century. The centre block, traditionally red or orange, represents the hearth and the chimney. The light strips are the corner of the room lit up by the fire. The dark strips represent the corner of the room left in the shadows and the dark.
Each block is usually sewn on a thin foundation fabric. It is interesting to note that traditionally this block was not quilted. The piecing was done with scraps of fabric that had different textures and thickness, sewn on top of a foundation piece also scrap, also of varying thickness. This would have made it difficult to quilt by hand.
- Pioneer block
Templates or cutting instructions isn’t necessary for the basic block.
Using strips according to the size that you want the “logs” to be, starting with a square, you can create this block by alternating the colours.
This is the perfect block to do using foundation piecing, and for that purpose, a template is included for download.
How to do foundation piecing for the log cabin
A blog post on this is available – Foundation piecing