The Log Cabin Trim Tool features exclusive markings to help you create perfect 8” finished Log Cabin, Half Log Cabin, or Courthouse Steps blocks. After adding each round of “logs”, place the appropriate centering square on the ruler over the 2″ finished center and trim. Since each round is squared up before the next set of logs are added, the results are spectacular.
Why Use the Log Cabin Trim Tool for 8″ Finished Blocks from Creative Grids?
- Embedded Gripper Dots – Non Slip ruler for precise cuts
- Easy to read black & white markings – Always know where and how far to cut
- Turn-a-Round feature on the rectangular and square rulers – a revolutionary design that assists quilters with accurately cutting fabric with seam allowances included
- Accuracy, Clarity and Non-Slip. No other ruler combines all three features
Cutting Instructions for Log Cabin, Courthouse Steps, Half Log Cabin Blocks
Block size: 8″ finished
Center squares: Cut a precise 2 ½” square.
Strips:Cut the strips any width as long as they are at least 1 ½” wide. All strips must have a straight rotary cut edge on one long side. The strip ends and the opposite long side of the strips do not need to be rotary cut, they can be ripped, wavy or angled as the strips will be trimmed after sewing using the Log Cabin Trim Tool. Cut all strips slightly longer than needed.
Sewing and Trimming Sequence for the Log Cabin Block
Note: The blocks are constructed by adding each new strip in a clockwise direction. Sew all seams with a scant 1/4″ seam allowance. As you add each strip, fold the new strip out with the seam allowances towards the outside edge. Press the seams as you sew.
1st Set of Strips
1. With the right side of the 2 ½” center square facing UP, place a strip that is slightly longer than 2 ½” on top of the square with the right side facing DOWN. Stitch and press.
2. Turn the center square in a counter-clockwise direction, adding strip #2 in a clockwise direction. Stitch and press.
3. Following the method in step 2, add strips #3 and strips #4. The first set of strips around the center square is ready to trim.
4. Position the Log Cabin Trim Tool with the outside square on the tool over the center square of the pieced unit. Trim up the right side and across the top. Turn the pieced unit a half turn with untrimmed sides positioned to trim up and across.
2nd Set of Log Cabin Strips
5. Repeat Steps 1 through 4 as you add the strips for the second set of strips (numbered 5 though 8) around the center square. Trim the block in the same manner as Step 4.
3rd Set of Log Cabin Strips
6. Repeat Steps 1 through 4 as you add the strips for the second set of strips (numbered 9 though 12) around the center square. Trim the block in the same manner as Step 4.
Sewing and Trimming Sequence for the Courthouse Steps Block
The Courthouse Steps block is similar to the Log Cabin block with the strips added in sequence to opposite sides, then the top and bottom of the center square. As you add strips fold out and press.
Trim each set of strips as they are added.
Sewing and Trimming Sequence for the Half Log Cabin Block
To create a Half Log Cabin block add strips in sequence to two adjacent sides of a 2 ½” corner square. Each set of strips is trimmed after sewing. As you add strips fold out and press. Trim each set of strips as they are added. Add five additional sets to make the block.
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