If you’ve ever been entranced by all the cool designs you can create by manipulating the basic log cabin pattern/ technique, there’s a free ebook available from Fons and Porter that’s worth your time. I tend to be somewhat wary of free stuff but I have to say that this ebook was far more comprehensive than I thought it would be. Here’s an example of a beautiful quilt made by Ricky Tims where he combined the basic log cabin with the traditional Bear’s Paw block:
(Don’t you just love Ricky’s sense of color?) Do you see the lovely featherwork in the border that’s stitched using heavy Razzle Dazzle thread? Not only are there full instructions included in the book for how to make this quilt, but there are also instructions for how to do this lovely bobbin drawing. Honestly, if you haven’t tried bobbin drawing yet, it’s worth reading through the instructions and trying it for yourself. Perhaps this particular log cabin variation isn’t your fancy, but there are many others from which to choose! How about this lovely Chevron variation:
Wow! It’s hard not to fall in live with this kind of bold geometry and the colors are to die for! Again, full instructions are included in the ebook. (BTW, the book does not give the name of the maker of this quilt but it’s owned by Sarah Miller…isn’t she lucky?!) Let me give you one more example to whet your appetite…how about this version, which is called the Courthouse Steps Variation:
This beauty was designed by Lori Christianson and I don’t know if it’s because of the batik fabrics or not, but it just seems like a more contempoary version of the Log Cabin to me. “Yummy” is all I can say! If you’re interested in the ebook, you can get it free here. I’ve been told that an earlier version of this ebook had some errors in it but that this version is error-free. Enjoy!