I have a very soft spot for log cabin quilts. I don’t exactly know why; probably because they are very geometric and play so well with color blocking. The more I am drawn to the modern quilting movement, the more I kind of question myself with this log cabin love affair. But have you seen what a log cabin can do? Especially if you stitch one side with wide strips and the other side with narrow strips?
So many options! I used 2.5″ wide yellow fabric and 1.5″ wide black fabric to create these blocks (the center piece started as 2.5″ by 2.5″). I personally really liked pattern 1 and 2, so I made 12 more blocks to create a 44″ by 44″ square quilt top that I think is super fun. I also love watching a quilt top come together, so you can scroll down to relive the fun with me:
For the backing, I used a black and white polka dot fabric that really messes with your eyes and the camera lens from a distance! I find that the way that a very traditional and “square” block like a log cabin can be made and pieced to give soft curves is really pleasing. I decided to continue the illusion with the quilting pattern. When I learned this pattern, I made very small little pebbles and nested them very tightly with one another. I tried to think more along the lines of “river stones” as I was doing this quilting.
As a friend pointed out, this looks a lot like a compass. How fun! The binding is the same fabric as the center of the log cabin squares which I think pulls the theme together. Another quilt is done! Yay!