Thursday, December 13, 2012

Review: Build Your Best Log Cabin

Today I have a review about a new ebook, Build Your Best Log Cabin from Fons and Porter!

While short, this ebook is a good resource for basic log cabin blocks and includes the history of log cabin blocks (I am a sucker for any quilt history, so I love that), picture examples of antique and new quilts, as well as patterns! Did you know that log cabin blocks were often foundation pieced, even in the 19th century?

There are four different quilt patterns in this ebook: two easy, one intermediate, and one challenging. There are also great easy-to-follow charts on how to make individual blocks in different sizes. I also like the various layouts shown for the traditional block, which would make a great scrappy quilts! This one is my favorite:

I think that this ebook would be a great starting point for brand new quilters, with some simple patterns and very clear cutting and sewing directions for the three different types of blocks. The end even has a tutorial on "no bunch binding" which is always a good thing to know! The more advanced quilter will appreciate the more challenging patterns and multi-sized cutting and sewing charts to make blocks of any size--great for busting those scraps!

While there are even more styles of log cabin blocks beyond the three of focus in this book, this ebook shows that the classic and versatile log cabin blog never goes out of style!

What other blocks and patterns do you think are timeless? 

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