She picked a bold and modern 3/4 log cabin that is anything but traditional!
|from Bobbi and Cindy|
Pat's inspiration is from the blog 'you know what I love?' by Ara Jane Olufson a quilter from the other side of the country, Seattle. Like many blogs now, hers has succumbed to inactivity, but if you click around, you'll find beautiful quilts and several tutorials.
Read about the planning and design thoughts for Ara Jane's quilt blocks and tutorial here. We are making ours exactly the same way. It does involve a little bit of improv piecing, but it's not crazy improv piecing if that makes sense.
Pat started with a pile of richly colored solid fabrics which she cut into various size strips. The point of having different width strips is where improv piecing comes in to play - each log cabin will have three sides of the same color, but they can be different widths.
You could also work from scraps building out your blocks from what you have on hand if you don't want to cut yardage.
Some of your cabins will be singles measuring 12.5" x 12.5" once you've added three or four rounds (or five!!) of color and trimmed to size.
Some could be doubles, stacked on top of each other or nestled side-by-side to get to that all important 12.5" x 12.5" measurement.
Variety in colors, as well as variety in the scale of your cabins within the individual blocks are more improv components.
Play. Have fun. Make colorful blocks.
You know you want to win!
We owe big thank yous to Pat for bringing this block to our attention, to Ara Jane who enthusiastically gave her support and permission allowing us to link to her tutorial, and to the makers (Pat, Bobbi, Cindy, Linda, and Loree) for the samples pictured in this post.