Log Cabin Quilts the Basics & Beyond: Classic to Contemporary

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Log Cabin quilts have been a long-time favorite among quilters, popular since the mid-1800's when both the pattern and technique were new. Today the basic log cabin block technique of sewing strips of fabric around a center square remains the same, while the quilt settings and fabrics take the log cabin quilt from classic to contemporary. In this new book from Janet Houts and Jean Ann Wright, Log Cabin Quilts - The basics & beyond , you will learn traditional Log Cabin block construction, including Courthouse...

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Overview

Log Cabin quilts have been a long-time favorite among quilters, popular since the mid-1800's when both the pattern and technique were new. Today the basic log cabin block technique of sewing strips of fabric around a center square remains the same, while the quilt settings and fabrics take the log cabin quilt from classic to contemporary. In this new book from Janet Houts and Jean Ann Wright, Log Cabin Quilts - The basics & beyond , you will learn traditional Log Cabin block construction, including Courthouse Steps and Half Log Cabin, and how to design your own Log Cabin quilts. 7 quilt projects use 7 classic Log Cabin quilt setting variations, including Barn Raising and Straight Furrows . 12 more projects are provided using the classic Log Cabin block in a variety of contemporary, innovative settings. Includes complete step-by-step technique photographs and instructions for piecing Log Cabin blocks, Courthouse Step blocks and Half Log Cabin blocks. Sizing and fabric requirement charts for creating blocks in whatever size you choose. Beautifully photographed.

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Publishers Weekly
Houts and Wright not only elevate the classic log cabin quilt to star quality, but they also raise the pattern into contemporary constellations. The sisters' approach honors the age-old design—strips rotating around a square—by explaining the basics of how to stack those strips in seven classic settings, such as Barn Raising and Courthouse Steps. They teach how to make these blocks, discussing fabric selection and supplying mathematical charts for the amount of fabric required. Cutting instructions for each pattern cover the traditional technique with scissors and the new-fangled model with their Log Cabin Trim Tool. They also describe two plans for each design: scrappy (using bits at hand) from the right brain (Houts' preference), and planned (fabric bought purposefully), Wright's left-brain way. The relatively easy designs work for quilters with intermediate skills except for a beginners' chevron called Funtastic. That's one of the 12 modern designs, such as Jelly Beans, Woven Ribbons, and Climbing Clematis Vine with appliquéd flowers ascending the strong diagonal lines—all delightful dances on a theme. (Feb.)
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The log cabin is one of the classic quilt-block patterns—it's simple but versatile, and popular with traditional and modern quilters. With log cabin blocks, the setting determines the overall effect; Houts and Wright explore a variety of settings, including traditional and contemporary effects. Since a basic log cabin block is essentially a half-dark/half-light square, the possibilities are many. Step-by-step directions for piecing log cabin, half log cabin, and courthouse steps blocks are included. VERDICT Log cabin blocks are tried and true, and Houts and Wright give quilters plenty of options for creative use of this classic patchwork staple.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935726289
  • Publisher: Landauer (IA)
  • Publication date: 1/28/2013
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

For Janet Houts drawing geometric shapes and designs and translating them into quilt designs came naturally. She began her career in the graphic arts, translated it to quilting and now designs quilts for several textile companies. Her quilts have been published in numerous quilting magazines. She and her husband, Steven, reside in the Sun Valley area of Idaho where she receives much inspiration from the beautiful natural surrounds. She is co-author of Circle of Nine.

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  • Posted February 3, 2013

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    Like most other quilts blocks, it¿s all about how you turn them.

    Like most other quilts blocks, it’s all about how you turn them. These authors make it easy to see how to do that with Log Cabin blocks. They did show me that Log Cabin blocks can be made in several different ways.

    Six pages give an overview to Log Cabin blocks. Then there is a 16-page photo instructional section on how to make the different blocks. If you follow along in this section, you can’t go wrong.

    Another dozen pages provide yardage requirements in chart form for different finished sizes of blocks. There are 19 patterns with photos, cutting and material lists and graphics to keep you on the right path.

    I love the colors they have chosen for their quilts but as always, make it to fit your house or the person you are making the quilt for by choosing your own colors. You won’t believe how different each will look.

    A small bio of the authors can be found at the back of the book and a photo of them is in the front. These are the authors that wrote Circle of Nine which is another favorite of mine. This book will be added to my permanent library of must have quilt books.

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