The name Modern Log Cabin Quilting seems like an oxymoron. How could a log cabin quilt be modern? I know that quilts can be modern, I’ve blogged about it here, here and here. However, when you throw the words log cabin in there you kind of have a “hugh-what” moment. That is until you start flipping through Modern Log Cabin Quilting: 25 Simple Quilts and Patchwork Projects
by Susan Beal and then it is all clear to you how quilts get modern.
Is there anything author Susan Beal can’t craft? From Beading, Buttons and Geek Crafts everything she touches is crafty gold. Susan is a Portland lady who has been profiled in books like Handmade Nation, Craft Corps and interviewed right here on Naughty Secretary Club. Anyone worth their crafty salt is familiar with her work. As if she was not an already impressive crafter now she goes and adds quilter to her resume.
True quilting aficionados are going to love the detailed history in Modern Log Cabin Quilting. For instance did you know log cabin quilts were popularized by Abe Lincoln and his log cabin childhood home? Seamsters (hipsters that sew) are going to love the quirky fabrics and fresh new takes on a classic. For newbies to sewing and quilting there are easy to follow instuctions and oodles of tricks and techniques. That T-shirt memory quilt I have always dreamed about might now actually be possible.
Quilting as a technique is not restricted to just blankets in the eyes of Susan Beal. Take your fabric scraps and make aprons, purses and pillows. In the same vein don’t forget that you are not restricted to using just the fat quarters at your local fabric store. Take a trip to your local flea market and browse through the feedsack, vintage linens and as I mentioned old T-shirts.
Always wanted to dip your toe into quilting waters? Well now is your chance. You have a week to leave me a quilting related comment. Do you have a vast collection of family quilts? Have you recently made a housewarming gift out of thrifted and quilted placemats? Does the idea of quilting intrigue you, yet seem terribly daunting. Let me know and you could win! Please only US residents. Good luck!