New stash is always exciting : these fabrics are from my friend Kate. She visited in Las Vegas not only shows, but also a few quilting shops. It is a perfect collection of blenders and patterns in bright hues.
The colors come together really nicely and it is a great addition to my stash.
new stash = new idea = new project
The other day I was on the internet looking what other fellow quilters are up to and I came across a curved log cabin block. Log cabin is always a versatile block with different quilt layout possibilities. But the curved log cabin block makes a nice optical illusion – it looks more like a circle than a square block. I just had to try this new variant of the classical block. What better could I do with the new fabrics I got!
17 different fabrics + white background + yellow binding later :
The result is a mini quilt measuring 19″ x 19″ with 4 curved log cabin blocks. This block type is ideal for a QAYG (quilt as you go) pattern, but the block should be larger, lets say at least 24″ square. This size is good for a cushion cover or for a throw. I have a few ladies attending my classes that prefer to work on larger, individual blocks and piece them first together when all blocks are quilted. I am starting to be an expert on QAYG patterns. At the moment I am revising my scribbles and feeding the computer with all the QAYG patterns I have written down in my paper notebook.
I shall keep this mini quilt, that I have free-motion quilted with a loop pattern, as a sample for patchwork and quilting classes. Over the last few months I have started preparing different patchwork blocks and quilting samples to show to my patchwork and quilting pupils.
For the next block I have pieced, I added one more strip. Piecing four blocks together and adding an outer border makes the block 21″ square.
Here a detail (trying to take a nice pic on a windy day)
The block is now larger, but still not big enough for a QAYG pattern. I added one more strip and this brings the block including the outer border to a size of 26″ x 26″; i.e. the quilt size is 78″ x 78″ when making 9 blocks.
More details on the curved log cabin QAYG project coming soon!
Have you seen “Creating Curves with Log Cabins” by Marti Michell. I like the log cabin block and using this method adds interest to the final layout. You used fun colors.
Thanks for the tip, I shall check it. I always like to use bright colors for my quilts.
I think the skinnier the strips and the more rounds you have, the more pronounced the curve will be.
You are right, so I have more to explore with the curved log cabin block.