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Thread: Log Cabin patterns/book recommendations?

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    I love the look of the traditional log cabin quilt, but would like to make one that is a little different. Maybe embellished with applique in the light areas or border, or maybe a slightly different overall look from different sized strips. I am looking for some recommendations on patterns or books that might have something other than the traditional look. Any suggestions?

    Thanks! :)

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    Eleanor Burns has a log cabin book that the sashing between the blocks forms a star. It looks like a start at the corner of each block. It's very cute and I haven't made it yet!

    http://www.amazon.com/Star-Cabin-Qui.../dp/0922705860

    Here is a link to what I'm talking about.

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    I made that quilt and it is easy. The star is made in the sashing with squares attached at the ends and cut in half to make a star point.
    I had fun making it and it is a beautiful quilt.

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    Judy Martin's "Log Cabin Quilt Book" has beautiful patterns that, as she says, aren't your mother's log cabin quilts. There are at least two pictures of quilts in the Picture section of two of Judy's patterns that members here have made.

    Another book I like is Evelyn Sloppy's "Log Cabin Fever."


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandy1951
    Judy Martin's "Log Cabin Quilt Book" has beautiful patterns that, as she says, aren't your mother's log cabin quilts. There are at least two pictures of quilts in the Picture section of two of Judy's patterns that members here have made.

    Another book I like is Evelyn Sloppy's "Log Cabin Fever."
    I love Judy Martin's Log Cabin Quilts book. I haven't seen Evelyn Sloppy's yet, but I have her 40 Fabulous Quick Cut Quilts and I love her directions. Great quilts too.

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    In Elenor burns book called ...Still stripping after 25 years.....there is a few different log cabin variations..but there is a pretty one that puts the log cabin blocks on point and then you applique a heart top on them..I made it went pretty fast. and it turned out very pretty.

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    I just looked thru many of the pictures that came up in my search. WOW! There sure are some incredible and different takes on the log cabin. I will be looking for the Judy Martin books next time I go to the quilt shop. I saw it on Amazon, but would like to browse first and see if one particular pattern jumps out at me. I thought somewhere I saw one with applique. I guess I should fish out my stack of magazines and look thru them again.

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    I absolutely love Judy Martin's log cabin book. And all her other books too.

    You can certainly applique on a log cabin. I have a friend who designed her own applique and placed it on log cabin blocks that were made entirely from lighter fabrics. It was stunning. It would be a little harder to applique on top of the seams, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    I absolutely love Judy Martin's log cabin book. And all her other books too.

    You can certainly applique on a log cabin. I have a friend who designed her own applique and placed it on log cabin blocks that were made entirely from lighter fabrics. It was stunning. It would be a little harder to applique on top of the seams, though.
    dunster ~ I was just looking at some of the log cabin quilts you created and they are stunning! I don't even think I could pick a favorite, I love them all! :)

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    I have used the Eleanor Burns book on making the log cabin pattern. I thought it was easy to follow and I didn't use the stars that were used in her pattern,but I did use her method. I also bought a used book on Amozone.com Have Fun!

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    Judy Martin seems to be the "Queen" of the Log Cabin quilt. She has some great books. Check them out!!

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    Katier825,
    RUN to ebay or Amazon and find #5 A Log Cabin Notebook by Mary Ellen Hopkins! or Log Cabins, New techniques for Traditional Quilts by Janet Kime!
    In my lifetime I will never get to make all the wonderful Log Cabins that I have inspired me in these two books.
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    I have a book by Carol Anne Wien called The Great American Log Cabin Quilt Book. I picked it up at a flea market. I can try and scan some of the patterns and send them to you if you would like.

    Betty
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    There is a book out there titled Not Your Grandmother's Log Cabin Quilts and it has some fabulous variations on the log cabin design/pattern. I would highly recommend it if you want something a little different.

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    Check out 'Log Cabin Quilts' by Rita Weiss & Linda Causee, it has a lot of variations. Another book 'Log Cabins for Everyone' by House of White Birches is interesting also, especially the pattern Log Cabin Twist.

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    I have the log cabin book by linda causee...it is a paper pieced book and I love it sooo much...easier to follow the pattern for them than traditional ways...just my opinion tho

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    I absolutely love Judy Martin's log cabin book.
    Yeah, you MADE me buy it too!!! :lol:

    It's a great book and some really unusual twists on the traditional. Plus, I love her construction method. I've made the Loveland one as a lappy and am now collecting FQs to make Snake River - and it's all Dunster's FAULT! :lol:

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    Thank you for all the suggestions! I will print up a list and check them all out when I go to the quilt shop. I did check at Joann's and they didn't have much. I like to look at the pics before I buy in case I prefer one over another. :)

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    DeLoa Jones has a book titled "Scraps organized to Perfection" in the book she has a Rose Log Cabin. She has good instructions on all of the patterns in the book.

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    I made both a log cabin and courthouse steps quilt some years ago that was really different using a technique called "Foldy Stuff". It is done on a foundation that has a grid hot iron transferred to it. The logs are cute wider, stitched along the first grid line then flipped to align with the next grid line. This makes the logs 3 dimensional.
    Don't recall who was the designer but will try to find my original designs and post for anyone who might be interested.

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    I love the Quilt in A Day book on Log Cabins. It gives the basic blocks, alternative quilt sizes and layouts

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doreen
    DeLoa Jones has a book titled "Scraps organized to Perfection" in the book she has a Rose Log Cabin. She has good instructions on all of the patterns in the book.
    I love her book, too. I have it out from the library right now, just to look at the pictures. Quilt porn, heehee.

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    I have one I use that is foundation piecing Log cabin variations its a lot of fun.

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    Sandy 1951--You aren't engaging in "quilt porn"---you DO read the articles, don't you? You're a funny gal!!! :lol: :lol: (Have to admit, I like the term, "quilt porn")

    I'm a great lover of log cabin quilts too. Anytime someone wants to post a pic of one, I'd be glad to look. Guess that makes me a "quilt peeper"!!!
    :wink:

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    I just watched El Burns video on Orions Star. It is a log cabin with a star in the middle.

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