Half Log Cabin

Half Log Cabin Instructions (PDF file)

If you have problems opening the above link, right click on it and save it to your computer and then open it. Email me with any questions or problems at mmcjohnson@gmail.com

Please note: These instructions are untested as I have NOT yet made my quilt. Read over them carefully before beginning and please email me with any questions.

This queen size version was pieced by Nancy (my aunt) and quilted by me. Instructions include two sizes but to make a quilt this large, you’ll need to add additional blocks.

Mom’s smaller version

Here’s one by Alison.


25 thoughts on “Half Log Cabin”

  1. Beautiful colours , im thinking of doing one for my husband in greens & browns . ..thank you for sharing

    Tracey in Australia ☺

  2. I too tried to click to see Alison’s quilt, was denied as it’s by invitation only. I would have loved to see it. I have a quilt blog myself at:


    Mary: Much of your work is exceptional & I thank so much for sharing so many patterns or them AND for free. Kind, generous, & certainly perpetuating of the Quilt Love. Well done & thank you!!

  3. Wish I could see Alison’s quilt but her website says private. I was thinking of making the block into a full half log … I mean sew the left side on too. Does that make sense?

  4. Thank you for this very clear pattern to follow! I created a lovely Quilt of Valor using the Civil War period fabrics in red, creams and blues! You did an excellent job! Again, Thanks!

  5. So glad I found your site! You designs are outstanding, love this one. Can’t wait to find the time to make it. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Hi Mary

    This is an amazing site. Your quilts are beautiful and the instructions are easy to follow. Thanks for your generosity.

  7. Mary, I love the on point, it’s interesting. Thanks for sharing. I’m going to try it for my church quilt.

  8. Mary, your choice of fabrics is wonderful. It enhanced the pattern creating a stunning quilt. You are very impressive!

  9. Another fave of mine, have pulled out fabric for it but unsure of the prints, might go for a tone on tone look, decisions decisions!

  10. Hi Mary,

    I like this new pattern. I just finished making the Tessalating Pinwheel pattern that you have shown. You are very definitely a designer, maker, crafter, and talented. Thank you for sharing your patterns. I have a question. You said that you might make this quilt for a charity project, but you would leave off the borders, and I wondered why?

    Thanks. Geri

  11. Mary- you most definitely are a designer. I am so glad you gave us the directions for this quilt. I am very partial to purple and I love the way you put this together. I have a GO cutter and may make this pattern soon. Thanks for your blog and your willingness to share with us.

  12. Absolutely you’re a designer Mary, and you most definitely have been published by posting your fabulous instructions on the web. The only thing missing in this picture is the payment that goes with the other types of media. You need to rectify that!!

  13. Mary, you ARE a designer. And a darned good one at that. I’m ready to start cutting the Half Log Cabin.

  14. love the pattern even the fabric choice….stunning…can’t wait to get home from vacation to make one

  15. I concur. You are a designer. I love this design and I love the colors that were used. It’s on my list.

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