The traditional Log Cabin design was one of the very first quilts I ever made. Sadly I don’t have a photo to upload here, as it was made way before digital cameras were common, and the quilt was given away.
All the straight seam stitching made it an excellent pattern to use as an introduction to quarter inch seams and machine piecing.
It was also an easy way to learn about colour value, and the relativity of light, medium and dark colours.
Log Cabin quilts became a favourite with me and I have a wonderful collection of books and patterns so I was very happy when we were asked to review “Build Your Best Log Cabin”, an e-Book from Fons & Porter.
The introduction includes information about the history of Log Cabin Quilts … they were a popular style in 1860 -70, and did you know that red was the traditional colour for the centre square to signify the hearth of the cabin.
Although there are only three basic blocks used for making Log Cabin quilts, by varying the size of the”logs” and the colour placement there are infinite design possibilities.
The book includes concise cutting charts for these blocks, with measurements for different size blocks and logs, so you can play with the designs, and the traditional setting tips are clever and useful.
Ricky Timms, Shon McMain Lori Christianson & Marti Michell have each contributed a pattern, and many wonderful hints. You will find simple patterns such as “On the dark side” (shown in centre of cover above) mixed with more challenging blocks so there is something to appeal to everyone.
My personal favourite is the off centre log cabin though I am tempted to try the Linked Chevron pattern too.
Even though I have been quiltmaking for many years, and have read many books on log cabin patterns and construction techniques, after reading this e -book, I immediately wanted to start finding fabric, cutting and sewing. The presentation is very graphic and attractive.
On the other hand my favourite in the book is the woven design below. I’ve always loved the colour play in this design and the detail “map”, included in the book, makes it look achievable.
The finale to all this great information is some brilliant instructions for adding a piped binding with a neat “lumpless’ finish.
All told, this 24 page e-Book book is very informative, including general information about log cabin quilts, patterns and lots of handy hints. It is well worth reading even if you don’t wish to make a Log Cabin quilt right this minute.
Well done for an impressive and inspirational book.
You can download your FREE copy from Fons & Porter.