Island Batik Log Cabin Blog Hop – Meet Pythagoras


I hope you have been following along this month with all my fellow Island Batik Ambassadors and their creative posts during the Log Cabin Blog Hop. For my Blog Hop project I thought it would be fun to do something a little different and show you a creative way to make log cabins using triangles. I know you all have heard of the Pythagorean Theorem, well I put the theorem to good use and made equilateral triangle log cabins. They are super easy to make. There are so many possibilities for organizing them to make interesting log cabin quilts. Meet “Pythagoras”.


Pythagoras – 63″ x 81″

The batiks I used were from the new Island Batik Sunset Blooms Collection – designed by Kathy Engle for Chris Hoover of Whirligig Designs. This collection is arriving at your local quilt shops starting in June. It is a wonderful jewel tone collection of teals, purples, and golds.

Blog Hop Giveaway

Now before we continue, I want you to know you can win this precut Sunset Blooms collection by Kathy Engle. It is just one of the many giveaways Island Batik has been doing all month long with the new Spring 2020 collections. Just click on the Pre-Cut image above to use the Rafflecopter to enter. The giveaway ends February 28th at 11:59 PM PDT. The winner will be announced March 2nd.

Making the Triangle Log Cabin Blocks

Okay, back to how I made “Pythagoras’ using equilateral triangle log cabins. I used the 60 Degree Diamond specialty ruler made by Creative Grids. Using a ruler will make the triangle log cabins a perfect 60 degree angle so they will fit together nicely.

I cut 1 1/2″ strips from a variety of batiks in the collection. In some of the log cabin triangles I used some of the lighter batiks in the collection and to give a little interest I created some using the jewel tone batiks.

Using 121935038 and 121917051 cream batiks from the collection I started making logs around the center 60 degree triangle.

Two rows of logs were added and then trimmed up to make a perfect 60 degree triangle. I made a number of these triangle log cabin blocks for the background.

Each triangle log cabin block was trimmed to a perfect 60 degree triangle using the Creative Grids 60 degree Diamond ruler. I repeated the process making purple, teal, and green/gold triangle blocks to make the intertwining diamonds for the quilt top.

Supplies used

The blocks were sewn using Schmetz 70/10 Microtex needles. These needles are great to use for sewing with batiks. The needles have a thin acute point for perfectly straight stitches for quilt piecing when precision is paramount.

I quilted the quilt with Hobbs 100% Cotton batting and Aurifil thread. The Aurifil Color Builders are new from Aurifil. They are mini-collections of 3 large spools of 50 wt. thread. Each box contains a light, medium, and dark spool in the colorway. I used the Sicily Yellow collection in the making of Pythagoras.

Time for another Giveaway!

I thought it would be fun to have another giveaway drawing. Would you like to win this beautiful rayon Island Batik scarf?

You can! Just leave me a comment telling me your favorite new Island Batik collection. You can see all of the collections here. The giveaway will close on March 1st at 12 p.m. Central Time. I will notify you via email if you are the lucky winner of this beautiful rayon scarf.

Happy Quilting!

Also remember to sign up for the Island Batik Blog Hop Giveaway. To register for this blog hop give away click on the Sunset Blooms precut image above.

I invite you to check out all of the lovely Log Cabin quilts made by my fellow Island Batik Ambassadors using the new Spring/Summer 2020 collections!

Leah Malasky

Sharon Riley

Joanne Hart

Jennifer Thomas

Mania Hatziioannidi

Emily Leachman

Carla Henton

Suzy Webster

Gail Sheppard

Janet Yamamoto

Carolina Asmussen

Michelle Roberts

Gail Renna

Jennifer Fulton

Sally Manke

Megan Best

Denise Looney

Alison Vermilya

Connie Kauffman

Sandra Walker

Pamela Boatright 

Maryellen McAuliffe

Jennifer Strauser 

Vasudha Govindan 


  1. Very pretty Carol.

  2. Carol,
    Absolutely love the colors in this line and your diamond pattern really shows them off perfectly!

  3. Beautiful quilt. I like the triangle log cabins. My favorite batik collections are Forget Me Not and Prairie Skies.

  4. Wow your quilt is gorgeous. I love how you showcased these lovely fabrics. I really love Bloomers, but really how to choose just one? LOL Thank you for sharing. I have really enjoyed this hop. So many wonderful ideas. quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

  5. Love the triangles, love the primo.

  6. Carol, I opened your blog and your quilt jumped right off my screen! It is fantastic and beautiful! Congratulations!

  7. I love ColorPop, but there are several that make me really happy.

  8. I love color, so it’s hard to choose. I think Kismet has such a great saturation, it’ll have to be my favorite.

  9. I should have also mentioned that I love the quilt you created and the inventive way you created the triangular log cabin blocks.

  10. Great design!

  11. I really love this quilt. You are so creative. I would never have thought to use triangles for a Log Cabin quilt. It is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing today.
    My favorite collection is Kismet.

  12. Love your quilt and the colors. Your choice of fabric placement is amazing. My favorite collection is Bloomers, but also like Jewel Box. Thanks for the chance to win.

  13. Your creative side is certainly showing on this quilt! I love the dimension your diamonds show and this Island Batik collection is perfect for your design! My favorite collection is Kismet…those colors are so gorgeous!
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  14. They are all beautiful but I still prefer the Prairie Skies! Your quilt is absolutely stunning!!!

  15. Beautiful, Carol! ♥♥

  16. Beautiful quilt! I am impressed with the variety of ‘log cabin’ designs everyone has come up with. My favorite line this season has been Kismet…love the rainbow of colors!

  17. You amaze me with your intricate detailed quilts!!! So glad to have met you along this quilting journey!!! Catching Dreams is pulling at my heartstrings right now!! Will have to watch for it!

  18. I love the colors, and my math-major husband & I both love the triangle log cabin design! So cool!

  19. Fav new collection is Kismet, though Jewel Box is so close, too!

  20. I love them all!! Kismet is especially lovely. Thanks

  21. I’m an Autumn, and Sunset Blooms are my best colors! Pythagorus is simple, beautiful, and a stunning quilt that should be hanging on my wall this year!

  22. Love this quilt ancient etchings is my favorite collection

  23. My favorite collection is Catching Dreams. Love your creation with triangles. Super creative.

  24. Interesting version of log cabin. Beautiful quilt! My favorite collection is Jewel Box.

  25. Love the idea of a triangle log cabin! So cool. The colors in this collection are beautiful.

  26. There all great in there own way….but I love color pop… [email protected]

  27. I love the Sunset Blooms collection!

  28. Great Tutorial Carol, loved the quilt it stopped me in my tracks. Was so interesting the way it intwined and some times one colour would come forward then another. a great tutorial on how you made it, a great lesson. Very very interesting. Cheers Glenda

  29. I love the purple and teal of the sunset blooms collection. Great quilt. Thanks for your inspiration!

  30. Love all the fabrics

  31. Wow! Triangle log cabin blocks is an inspiring idea! I love every new collection Island Batiks puts out but the teal, gold and purples in Sunset Blooms really calls to me.

  32. Wonderful quilt. I love diamonds and yours is outstanding. The color placement is perfect. I really like the Color Pop but all the lines are wonderful.

  33. My favorite collection is Ancient Etchings, but as I’ve seen each of the lines I’ve been surprised at how much I’ve liked every one of them when I’ve seen them sewn into a project.

  34. Wow! Your quilt is gorgeous! I’ve never seen a triangle log cabin block before. I really love all of the new collections and I can’t choose just one! Would I be able to make this block with the 60 degree ruler or do I need the 60 degree diamond ruler?

  35. I love triangles .. especially 60° ones. My favorite line of Island Batiks is Mesa Verde. But I really like them all as I am a batik addict. Thanks for the opportunity to win this scarf.

  36. Your quilt is really beautiful and such a unique design!I think my favorite is jewel box even though all are pretty

  37. I really like the color pop collection, but I have seen some beautiful quilts in all colors and it makes it hard to decide. I have made log cabin blocks before but nevr trid a triangle, now I want to.

  38. Carol your quilt is just so ingenious, intricate, well-planned and the wow factor is off the charts!

  39. I love your triangle log cabin blocks! They are so very gorgeous in Island Batik fabrics. I love all the collections so very much. I could never choose just one. Have a fabulous day!

  40. Love the triangle log cabin and also the way you’ve woven the colors together.

  41. Love your design and the insight into making triangle log cabin blocks. The fabrics are all so pretty, but I will choose Catching Dreams.

  42. Your quilt is beautiful–I guess “Kismet” is my favorite collection–but they are all wonderful!

  43. Your quilt is gorgeous! I love the way you used the triangles!

  44. Beautiful quilt! Very inspiring! I have a sixty degree ruler I am going to get out and play with! Those fabrics are luscious – love Sunset Blooms!

  45. I think Sunset Blooms may be my favorite new line. I always love purple and aqua combinations. Your Pythagorus quilt is stunning! Thank you.

  46. Jewel Bix is my favorite, but they are all lovely!

  47. […] Pythagoras quilt, created for 2020 February Island Batik Log Cabin Blog Hop. Carol used the fabric from Island Batik Sunset Blooms, designed for Chris Hoover of Whirligig Designs by Kathy Engle, a needle by Schmetz Needles, Aurifil thread and batting by Hobbs. To read the full post, please visit: […]

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