Santa Cabin Block Tutorial–52 Twisted Traditional Blocks Quilt Along

I have a fun quilt block tutorial for you today that’s perfect for the upcoming holiday!   I hope you have fun making this quirky little guy!

Santa Cabin Block Tutorial for

52 Twisted Traditional Block Quilt Along

Finished Block Size – 19” x 19”

A traditional log cabin block twisted into a whimsical Santa!

Supplies and Cutting Instructions

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There’s quite a bit going on in this block so I drew up a diagram in EQ7 to help you get the initial cutting right.

Santa Hat (Reds - scrappy)


1 – 4.5” square
1 – 1.5” x 4.0” (C)
1 – 1.5” x 5.0” (D)
1 – 1.5” x 6.0” (E)
1 – 1.5” x 7.0” (F)
1 – 1.5” x 8.0” (G)
1 – 1.5” x 9.0” (H)
2 – 1.5” x 10.0” (I)
2 – 1.5” x 11.0” (J)
1 – 11” square

Santa Beard (Whites- scrappy)


1 – 3” x 4” scrap (mustache and eyebrows)
1 – 1.5” x 4.0” (C)
1 – 1.5” x 5.0” (D)
1 – 1.5” x 6.0” (E)
1 – 1.5” x 7.0” (F)
1 – 1.5” x 8.0” (G)
1 – 1.5” x 9.0” (H)
1 – 1.5” x 10.0” (I)
1 – 1.5” x 11.0” (J)
1 – 1.5” x 12.0” (K)
1 – 1.5” x 13.0” (L)
4 – 1.5” x 1.5” (A) (pompom on Santa’s hat)

Santa Face (creamy)


1 – 4.5” square

Trim on Santa’s Hat (creamy)


10 – 1.5” x 1.5”

Background (snowflake-esque)


2 – 11” squares, cut one square in half diagonally.

Fusible Web – Brand of Your Choice (I like Heat N Bond)

1 –3” x 4” rectangle

Water soluble fabric marker

Black fabric marker


First – make a half square triangle block for the center of the log cabin. This will also be part Santa’s face and part Santa’s hat.


On the wrong side of the 4.5” creamy fabric draw a diagonal line with your water soluble marker. Place it right sides together with the 4.5” square of red fabric.


Stitch a quarter inch seam on both sides of the line you drew.


Cut along the line.


Press towards the red fabric. You only need one of these blocks you’d like to use for the block center (Santa’s face).


Square that block up to 4” square.

Now that the center is ready it’s time to add the ‘logs’ for our log cabin block. Start on the left side of the half square triangle block you just created making sure the red and cream are in the same orientation as I show above. Sew a red C block first, press, and then a red D block.


Before you sew on your white C block sew an A block to the side of it. Repeat this and sew an A block to the D strip. Once the A’s are added sew the strips on.


Your log cabin will look like this.

To save time later, sew one A block to the end of each white E, F, G, H, I, J, K and L strips. Press towards the A fabric.


Repeat this for the next two rounds.  You will have three rounds around your center half square triangle block at this time.


On the fourth round, you need to sew white A blocks to the ends of your red I strips before you add them to your center block.


On the fifth round, sew one white A block to the end of one red J strip. Sew this strip to the main block.


Next, sew two white A blocks together. Then sew them onto the end of your last red J strip. Sew to the block. Finish the block by sewing on the white K and L strips.


Here’s what your log cabin block should look like at this point.


Now let’s draw up Santa’s face so we can add some raw edge appliqué. Draw a 3.5” square with a line through the center like I show above.


Santa’s face will go in the bottom triangle. I sketched out eyes, a mouth and nose first. Then I added the mustache and eyebrows.


Trace the eyebrows and mustache onto a fusible of your choice.


Fuse this to your scrap of white fabric, cut them out. Draw your eyes, nose and mouth with a black fabric marker onto the flesh part of the half square triangle. Finally press the mustache and eyebrows onto Santa’s face. I used fabric markers to add a few more details to the face as well – like rosy cheeks!

At this point your block could be done but I’m going to show you how to set it on point.


Cut one of your 11” background fabrics in half diagonally.


On the wrong side of the other 11” background fabric draw a diagonal line with your water fusible marker. Place this right sides together with the 11” red square.


Sew a ¼” seam on both sides of the line.


Cut along the line. Press towards the red fabric. Set one block aside.


Cut your square in half perpendicular to the seam you just made.


Now line up your four triangles in the orientation I show above.


Fold the log cabin square in half both ways and press to find the center. Fold the triangles in half on the log side to find the center of these. Line up the centers and sew the triangles onto your log cabin block. Press towards the triangles. Once all four triangles have been added square up your block to 19.5”.


And with that…your ‘Santa Cabin’ block is finished!



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