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The Quilts of Extraordinary Log Cabin Quilts

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This is Pioneer Log Cabin. The pattern is in my new book, Extraordinary Log Cabin Quilts. For a long time I wasn't sure about making this and including it in the book. Steve kept insisting, and I kept tinkering with the proportions until I finally had it right. It's a good thing Steve kept hounding me. I love everything about this quilt, from the Japanese fabrics to the bold colors to the superimposed rings to the unusual Log Cabin set. I hope you like it, too.

Aspen Log Cabin was Steve's favorite from the moment I sketched it out in the computer. Now he waffles between favoring this one or Pioneer Log Cabin above. Almost all of the quilts in the book are made with just squares and rectangles. Truly, regardless of experience level, anyone with an accurate seam allowance can make these quilts.

Grandpa's Log Cabin was designed to look like woven wicker. I can just imagine grandpa sitting on the front porch in a wicker rocker, listening to the ballgame and sharing conversation with the neighbors walking by.

The centers of the stars in Main Street Log Cabin are built like Log Cabins, as are the sashes. This one won't play like a typical Log Cabin, but it doesn't matter. It's beautiful just the way it is. The red, white, and blue quilt is a patriotic version Steve suggested I make. He felt the pattern was perfect for this treatment. I agree.

"Mariposa" means "butterfly" in Spanish. In this arrangement, that's the first thing I thought of.

Door County Log Cabin looks complicated, but it took me just two weeks to cut and piece (and during my son's baseball season when I have a lot of distractions)! The setting possibilities for it are nearly limitless!

In Peaceful Valley Log Cabin chains of blue squares overlay a standard Log Cabin to create a dimensional look. I like the way the chains are completed in the border.

Above are 2 versions of Buckeye Log Cabin, a queen and a wall size. Particularly in the large size, this quilt makes a lot of interesting secondary patterns. It will be a fun one to play with.

Three values - light and dark logs and medium squares - make High Country Log Cabin distinctive in its simplicity.

Honeymoon Log Cabin is a simple pieced heart quilt utilizing both pink and red hearts.

Paducah Log Cabin in two different sizes, colorings, and arrangements. The white in both quilts reminds me of the latticework one might see beneath the porch of an old house in Paducah and many other towns across the country.

In Minnesota Log Cabin, I was going for a prismatic effect. With its three values and its angular nature, it is as if you are staring at the facets of a diamond.

This is Lakeshore Log Cabin. You could reverse the values in this quilt and put the light where the dark is and the dark where the light is. It would have a completely different look.

Sisters Log Cabin is a simple quilt with an interesting border. I used William Morris reproductions. Steve says it's an angular Snake River Log Cabin with the reddish squares tracing the darks. I suppose that's one way of looking at it!

This looks like it could be a dragon for the Chinese New Year or a child's board game. I call it Playful Spirit. Regardless of the set, the pattern has a playful quality to it. It's a perfect quilt for the inner child in all of us. Though Playful Spirit has curved effects throughout, it does not have any curved pieces. It's simply made from rectangles of varying lengths. How easy is that?!! 

Extraordinary Log Cabin Quilts is available as of November 21, 2013.

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