Saturday, December 22, 2012

The World Didn't End

For anyone who was worried about the Mayan calendar that ended at the stroke of midnight last night - the world did NOT end.  Hopefully we are moving into a new era of happiness and prosperity.  I suppose we will just have to live one day at a time and see what happens. -But then, isn't that the way it has always been?

If you are looking for a project for the upcoming year, I have a little something to share with you.  (disclaimer - I know several of  you have seen this already.)  However, on the odd chance that you didn't or were too busy to follow up, here it is on my blog.

Fons and Porter has an e-book that is all about Log Cabin Quilts.  I was asked to review it for my lovely readers.  I am happy to do this today.

I found this book to be very interesting even though I have (gasp!) never made a log cabin quilt.  I was surprised to see how really versatile the simple block can be. I was also happy to see one of my favorite "rock star" quilters, Ricky Tims, has a quilt in the book.  It just happens that he used a clever mix of blocks to spice up this log cabin. He used the Bear Paw block in with the log cabin block to make 'Bears in Bertie's Log Cabin.'    I love it.  There are also instructions for other techniques such as trapunto and bobbin work.
Other quilts in the book show more of the versatility of the block.  There is even a Modern Design made by shifting the color scheme. Many of them do not look like log cabin quilts unless you isolate the block.  So if you have resisted making this traditional design (like I have) this book may help you find excitement in trying it.

Reading this e-book can jump start the "idea factory" for using this versatile block.

Be sure to download your copy at Fons & Porter even if you are "too busy" at the moment.  Just leave it sitting on your desktop for that time when you are having the after the holiday blahs. It will get you going!

Oh my, Connie at Freemotion by the River has a post on Log Cabin placemats.

Have a wonderful holiday season.


Beth said...

Thanks Gene, I will have to go take a look at it. I have made a small log cabin, but I really think I might like a big one too.

jdqltr said...

Thanks for the review... I love log cabin quilts and have made a few of my own. Have it downloaded and now can read and puruse at my leisure.

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

Great review on the book Gene and as you can tell.....I love working with log cabin blocks! Happy Holidays!

Eat Sleep Quilt said...

Thanks for the review, it sounds like an interesting book. I've made log cabin blocks as borders but I haven't made a full quilt yet - it really is a versatile block!

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas! I recd a free download to review and completely forgot about it. Crazy time of year and all.