It can be wonderful to collect the odd scrap of material here and there, until you have enough to make your own quilt; and doing this with special items like baby clothes for a baby's quilt can be even more wonderful. But if you want an authentic log cabin quilt, you'll need to follow a specific pattern when creating the squares. Log cabin quilts are unique quilts that involve many different colors and sizes of squares, all perfectly lined together to make one beautiful and intricate square. And this pattern is repeated over and over again. These quilts are the perfect addition to any cabin decor, and the squares are really easy to make too!
First, start collecting fabric in seven different colors. For a really authentic look, try to use the same color but different tones of that color, or that color in different patterns that look nice when placed together. Then begin with the lightest color and cut it into 2" x 2" squares. Then cut the second-lightest tool into another 2" x 2" square. Create a 1/2" seam with the two squares and sew them together. Then to prevent bunching and to make it easier to complete the rest of the square for your log cabin quilt, iron the seam so that both squares lay flat.
Again using the second-lightest color, cut a 2" x 3 1/2" square. Sew this new square to the bottom of material that has the same color and the lightest color. Iron the seam open once again. You'll then need to use a third fabric to cut one square that's 2" x 3 1/2", and one that's 2" x 5 1/4". Sew the smaller piece to the along the left side of the small square you've already made, iron the seam and then sew the larger piece of the third fabric to the top of the log cabin quilt square you're creating.
Again, finish that piece by ironing the seam open. With the fourth fabric, you'll want to do much the same as you did with the third fabric, but the pieces will be slightly larger and you'll need to attach them onto the right side of the quilt square. One of these pieces will be 2" x 5 1/4" and the other will be 2" x 7". Sew the smaller piece to the right side of the square, and the larger piece onto the bottom of the quilt square. The fifth fabric will be used to cut one piece that's 2" x 7" and one that's 2" x 8 1/2". The smaller piece needs to be sewn along the left edge of the main cabin quilt square, while the larger piece should be sewn along the top.
Just like the other squares, after you're finished sewing each onto the main square, iron the seam open. The sixth fabric needs to be cut into one square 2" x 8 1/2" in size and one in 2" by 10" in size. Use the smaller piece to sew along the right side of the quilt square and then iron the seam open. Then using the larger piece, sew it along the bottom and iron the seam. Lastly, use the seventh, darkest piece of fabric to create one 2" x 10" square and one 2" x 11 1/2" square. Sew the smaller piece along the left and iron seam the open and then sew the larger piece along the top and iron the seam again. Continue to do this until you have enough cabin quilt squares to sew together an entire quilt of any size you please!