Cabin Fever...

Cabin Fever...

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cnelson

This isn't about being restless or bored from a prolonged stay in a remote or confined space... this is about being excited about cabins.  Specifically - Log Cabins.

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Not that kind.  I'll be more specific - Log Cabin quilts!

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That's better.

Clockwise from upper left: Four-Patch Log Cabin by Susan Ache / Blaze by Amy Smart - Diary of a Quilter / Very Berry by Brigitte Heitland - Zen Chic / Hourglass Courthouse Steps by Audrie Bidwell - BleuIsBlue

I love log cabins.  Make that - I Love Log Cabins.

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Published by Martingale/That Patchwork Place, this terrific new book features sixteen different Log Cabin quilts from sixteen contributors.

(Pssst... a little birdie told me that the nice folks at Martingale are blogging about the book today and giving away a few e-book copies of I Love Log Cabins.)

The variety of designs is rather astonishing - so many options all related to the same basic concept of strips sewn around a square to create a pattern.

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Clockwise from upper left: Seeing Stars by Kimberly Jolly - It's Sew Emma / Blocked In by Melissa Corry - Happy Quilting / Rockin' the Rainbow by Jackie White - Jackie's Art Quilts / Framed by Lynne Hagemeir - Kansas Troubles

I love that several quilts have a diagonal setting.  While it's easy to create some really cool diagonal designs with log cabin blocks, most log cabin quilts seem to use straight settings.

The other contributors to I Love Log Cabins are - Amy Ellis - AmysCreativeSide, Rebecca Silbaugh - RubyBlue Quilts, Jocelyn Ueng - It's Sew Emma, Heather Andrus - QuiltStory , Jill Finley - Jillily Studio, Penny Barnes - PB&J Quilt Studio and our very own ModaLissa - Lissa Alexander.

And that Rosie-person.

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This is Mi Casa.

It's made with Layer Cake squares from several different collections including: Collections for a Cause - Mill Book 1892, Barbara Brackman's Metropolitan Fair ~ one of my all-time favorites, Sticks & Stones by Laundry Basket, Atelier by 3 Sisters, Rue Indienne by French General and a few others.

Mi Casa finishes at 77" x 77" and it uses a diagonal setting to make a "sun and shadow" or checkerboard of lights and darks.  The strips finish at 3/4" wide so there are a few tips included about cutting and sewing log cabin strips, especially those that are a bit narrower.

But if you want to know more... you'll need the book.  I Love Log Cabins.

To help you get a copy, I'm going to give away three (3) copies.

Just leave a comment telling us if you've ever made a Log Cabin quilt.  You have until midnight on Thursday - February 11th.  Winners will be notified via e-mail.

So if that prolonged stay in a confined space means you're spending a day or more in your sewing room making a log cabin quilt... here's to "cabin fever".

 

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