Friday, March 25, 2011
Log Cabin Quilting
Modern Log Cabin Quilting by Susan Beal is a new look at a very traditional block. In her section on the history of the log cabin quilt we find that a very similar pattern was found on the linen wrappings of Egyptian mummies. The log cabin could just be the oldest quilt block.
Of course, that doesn't mean it's outdated as Susan shows us. She starts with the history of the block and suggestions for fabrics, thread, batting and tools needed. The second chapter deals with the basics of quilt-making which is an excellent guide for beginning quilters.
Chapter 3 includes patterns for ten quilts of differing levels of difficulty ranging from one spool to five. None of them, however, should be too difficult even for a beginning quilter.
Chapter 4 is all about home decor. Napkins, coasters, pot holders, an apron and tea towels are for the kitchen. There are also patterns for three different pillows.
Chapter 5 is for bags, my favorite. You can chose between drawstring, zip bag, camera case, market tote, favorite fabrics bag and red cross bag.
My favorite project is the cross quilt shown on the cover. It's hard to believe that the simple log cabin can turn into this series of crosses but they are indeed made with only a center square and four logs.
No matter what your level of expertise, I think most people will find this book interesting and useful. You can order it from Potter Crafts at Random House or Amazon.