Winter collage

Winter collage

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Log Cabin Love Affair...

Were you wondering where this post was headed with a title like that?

Since Barbara Brackman's week #7 block for the Civil War Quilt is Log Cabin, and that just happens to be one of my all time favorite quilt patterns...thought maybe we could revisit a couple of my earlier Log Cabin completed quilts too. If you are a regular visitor, they may look familiar...if you are new to my blog, I hope you enjoy the Show 'n Tell.  Seems like ages since I shared anything that was totally done! And it is going to be a loooonng time before that happens again!! Too many projects going that are long term...

So here is my completed log cabin block for week #7...It is different from the Block of the Week - I prefer narrower logs in my block & like to use more colors. And, my block is square...I did a poor job of cropping the image!

Our copy of Uncle Tom's Cabin - it belonged to my Dad and he was born in 1918, so this book has been well used by a number of generations...and well read!


This log cabin quilt is our summer coverlet - when the nights are warm and the windows are wide open to let in fresh air, the soft '30's reproduction fabrics remind me that the gardens are blooming and we have made it through another long winter.

And a red and green log cabin that usually comes out for the holidays...this was made in 1995 when I still had the shop and no time to hand quilt. Off it went to a very gifted Mennonite lady in Pennsylvania - her name was Polly and she quilted down the middle of each log cabin strip. I thought it not only emphasized the pattern but gave it additional appeal by "narrowing" down the strips. Polly also quilted the '30's reproduction quilt for me.

This quilt was started in late 1999 and finished a few days after 9/11....I decided to reverse tie it and used a very lofty batt as the intention was to have a warm, cozy comforter for the bed.  I worked on the binding late at night, watching the news unfold and feeling numb. But working with fabric can bring the best kind of comfort and peace. I particularly like the tiny 1 1/2"  9-patch units that serve as the center of each block. This was inspired by an antique quilt I saw years ago in a magazine.


My Chugach Memories quilt made to reflect our love of Alaska...as you can see, each block is a vairation of a log cabin block and placed on point.

Yes,  I love log cabins - the quilts, living in one, and we use logs to keep us warm in the winter.We just love logs....
 

A couple of design books about log cabins and some special items from my friend, Dee...she lives in a log cabin too - they are "tundra south" and we are "tundra north."

       
Guess what I found this week - Dot's - Valentine's Day packaging!!
 
I am thinking Tootsie has most of the Holidays covered now...wait a minute...how about St. Patrick's Day?
Signing off for now and will close with the hand-made card my friend Chris sent....I love the bee skep skirt on the lady...what a sweet card!

Wishing each of you a Happy Valentine's Day...
Pat













10 comments:

Carla said...

Love the browns in that first block. You really are very talented. I am not a quilter but admire those that are. It must be so much fun picking the fabrics for the design. I do sew and selecting fabrics is one of my passions. I buy way more than I ever use. Each one is like a piece of art to me.

Pondside said...

Happy Valentine's Day, Pat. Your quilts are so lovely - log cabin is one of my favorites too.

jmstavran said...

glad to see you found your dots!

Janet said...

Happy Valentines day! I loved seeing your log cabin quilts, how wonderful to have someone to hand quilt them.

JCnNC said...

Happy Valentines Day to you Pat. I really love log cabins, however, I have only made two - silly me. That would fit the definition of "not a star" on my year-long quest of not making star quilts. Love the information you always provide. Judy C

Friko said...

What lovely quilts. I didn't even know there were quilts called 'log cabin'.

Jenny said...

What a lovely post! Those Dots are scrumptious, aren't they? Log Cabins are always one of my favorite patterns of quilts!

Splendid Little Stars said...

wonderful quilts! How cool that you have that very old book!

jani said...

I LOVE the little log cabin quilt! My mom quilts and wanted to see a better picture of the tree blocks. Do you have a bigger pic you could send me? Or can I buy the pattern from you?

taylorsoutback said...

Jani - not seeing anyway to contact you in reply to your question. You could email me direct - check my profile.