Hello friends! The latest news is that I have moved into my new house and am slowly getting unpacked and settled in. I am not even going to show you what my future sewing/guest bedroom looks like right now. I really have my work cut out for me to get that room ready for sewing.
In the meantime I thought I would share with you a great resource I have stumbled upon. Fons and Porter is offering a free, 24 page eBook titled, "Build Your Best Log Cabin".
When you sign up for the eBook, you will also become a member of the Fons & Porter online community and will received newsletters with the latest quilting news, trends and styles.
On a side note, I had the privilege of attending a lecture during QuiltCon by Mary Fons, daughter of Marianne Fons who created Fons & Porter along with Liz Porter. Mary was such an energetic and animated speaker. Her passion and drive is focused on ensuring quilting is passed on to the next generation. As she mentioned, Home Economics is a thing of the past and many have no understanding of the basics of sewing. She explained how it is so important that we share the art of quilting with others even if it means starting at the very basics, such as how to thread a sewing machine, how to wind a bobbin, a seam allowance is... you get the idea. Her lecture was energetic, passionate and very inspiring.
Back to the eBook... While I spent some time with my grandmother around the beginning of January, I played with the patterns offered in the book. It offers simple directions to recreate the blocks and also gives a brief history of the log cabin pattern with pictures of several antique quilts.
The book focuses on three different versions: Traditional, Courthouse Steps, and Chevron and shows several variations of each. It also contains handy, easy to read charts that list out the cutting sizes for each piece to make blocks in the following sizes: 4.5", 6.75", 9", 11.25" and 13.5". I love having all the measurements right there at my finger tips. No calculations required!
Here is a picture of one of the blocks that I was assembling on my grandmother's Bernina. I have more to share about my time sewing with my grandmother, including a visit with her quilting group, but I am saving that for another post.
Below is my try at the Traditional Log Cabin Block. The eBook shows examples of different quilts that can be made depending on how the colors and blocks are arranged and additional quilt patterns Bears in Bertie's Log Cabin and Woven Log Cabin are also included.
I love the look of keeping one color on one half and another color on the other half. It just makes it easy on the eyes. I also like how this block gives the impression of two triangles. I am a sucker for triangles, but I don't really enjoy meeting up those triangle points.
Here is my Courthouse Steps block. The eBook also includes the Chimneys and Cornerstones variation and the quilt pattern On the Dark Side. Again, I kept my colors clustered together.
I really enjoyed making these blocks and plan on making more. I saved my eBook for future reference. It is a quick and easy resource that has all the measurements neatly listed and diagramed for you. If you are interested, you can find "Build Your Best Log Cabin" here.