Don't you just love log cabin quilts? My husband sent me a photo from work recently. He was working with a client and as he walked through the office building they were in he spotted an antique quilt displayed in a frame on the wall. A log cabin quilt. A silk log cabin quilt, as a matter of fact.
He said he walked around and saw a few more antique quilts displayed all over the building and will take more photos soon so I can see them and share them with you. I wonder if I can get an invite to see them myself . . . .
I think he made a point of showing it to me because I started a log cabin project a few weeks ago. One night after I had gone to bed, my daughter became inspired to browse through my sewing scrap basket (Hmmmm. She said she was looking for something . . . . ). In the morning I woke up early and found this little note on the kitchen island next to my basket of scraps.
"These are pretty." : ) I thought it was cute that she was looking through my scraps and had pulled these particular fabrics out as her favorites. That morning I had some time while she was still sleeping so I cut the scraps into strips and turned them into a small coaster for her tea mug.
I love the prints she chose and even though I made this for her I liked it so much I kept going and began another little log cabin project for myself. (It's not finished yet).
The log cabin block is such a wonderful traditional quilt block and one of my favorites. A week later, I noticed a rustic log cabin quilt in the Eddie Bauer catalog that I'd love to make myself. Uh oh, I could feel it coming on . . . Log Cabins on the brain. Coincidentally (or maybe not), around the exact same time, I was asked to review a new quilting book by the Fons & Porter team and - you guessed it. Log cabins! What else? You are going to love this - they are offering it as a free copy to all of you. How about that? 24 pages. Free patterns and everything you could possibly want to know about Log Cabin quilts.
The book gives options for making the blocks in different sizes and includes some clever ideas and many helpful tips. After seeing the antique quilt in the book I think I really need to make a Courthouse Steps version now. There's even a pattern for a small log cabin doll quilt on page 19. You can download a copy of this book here. Even if you've never made one of these quilts, the patterns are simple enough once you get the hang of it.
(If you are having trouble downloading the book, make sure you update Adobe to the latest version and save the download. If it still does not work, e-mail me.)
(My log cabin doll quilt - the pattern is in my Prairie Children book. I'm sure we're going to be making this one for one of our challenges this year.)
Sooo, do you have any special plans for the weekend? Perhaps you will be inspired to make a log cabin quilt. Or, maybe just a coaster if you find you're inspired but only have a little bit of time. I am finally going to get around to putting all of the Christmas decorations away. But if I get that done, who knows?
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