Tuesday, March 05, 2013

"Build Your Best Log Cabin" ebook Review

I was asked to do a review of this ebook from "Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting".  Quilting e-books need to read more like a tradition book.  In scrolling down, it's easy to miss key points or important directions.  Or if you scroll too fast to skim through like I do, the visuals don't align right.  I don't have the graphic skills to put pictures of all the quilts on my review.  All of the patters were easy to follow and understand.  Link to the free book is here

First quilt is "Bears in Bertie's Log Cabin" by Ricky Tims as shown as the first quilt on the cover.  I've never worked with fat eights as you can't just go buy fat eights fabrics, but Ricky's quilt only requires 24 of them so your LQS may oblige.  Fat eights are 9"x20"..half a fat quarter.  Disregard the fact that the directions say to use hand dyed fabrics unless you can get it.

I like bear paw quilt blocks and they are really set off in this quilt.  Don't be intimidated that the blocks all finish at 6 inches.

Ricky's quilt is accented with bobbin work and Trapunto around the border with good directions.  I wish the border pattern had been included or a link to get it.

"Woven Log Cabin" by Shon McMain  reminds me of the Amish style quilts with the darker colors and simplistic look.  This was one of my favorites as the blocks are solid colors "woven" in a basket-like fashion on the diagonal.  You have to layout each block with corresponding colors to create the effect and the layout for the quilt is easy to understand so you don't get lost.

"On The Dark Side" by Lori Chistianson is the middle quilt on the cover done with a variation of the traditional courthouse steps quilts made to look like squares.

"Linked Chevrons" is a miniature quilt by Marti Michell that is shown in the last photo.  I really like this for it's simplicity and the idea of having 2 inch finished blocks.  Wow.  Another project I'll put in my "to do" list.

The last part of the book talks about using piping as binding and how to make regular binding.



Judy said...

I love log cabin quilts and it's always fun reading new books about the possible variations.
Have a great weekend,