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Modern Log Cabin Quilting
25 Simple Quilts and Patchwork Projects
By Susan Beal
As one of the easiest, most versatile (and budget-friendly) quilting techniques, log cabin quilting has captured the imagination of contemporary sewers. In MODERN LOG CABIN QUILTING: 25 Simple Quilt and Patchwork Projects for Sewers (Potter Craft, $22.99, March 22, 2011) crafty designer, author and blogger Susan Beal shows how a traditional log cabin quilt block can be used to create a wide range of lovely quilts, wearables, bags, gifts, and home accessories that sewers really want to make—and turn into family heirlooms of their own.
Did you know that the first log cabin quilt patterns were recorded around 1820? Or that log cabin quilts were lovingly packed in covered wagons that traversed the Oregon trail? (They were considered precious family treasures as well as everyday necessities.) Or that they reached true popular fervor in the United States when Abraham Lincoln’s campaign for the presidency glorified his childhood log cabin home on the frontier?
Beal reveals this fascinating history while guiding modern sewers and quilters to make beautiful, practical projects, including a meaningful anniversary quilt, a pretty patchwork apron, a memory quilt from prized T-shirts, and a handy market tote. She explains how to further personalize these 10 quilt and 15 patchwork projects with optional touches of embroidery, hand-dye, or appliqué. Showcasing a kaleidoscope of bold prints and fabric combinations, Modern Log Cabin Quilting is a visual delight of color and inspiration.
This modern take on the 200-year-old technique offers basic sewing and quilting instruction, as well as guidance on color and design. Susan Beal encourages readers to follow the patterns exactly, or to experiment with the techniques to beautifully customize their own work.
About the Author:
Susan Beal is the co-author of Super Crafty and the author of Bead Simple and Button It Up. Susan has contributed to Handmade Nation, Craft Corps, Appliqué Your Way, Making Stuff, and many other books, and was featured in the film Handmade Nation. She makes her home in Portland, Oregon. You can find more of her work at www.susanbeal.com or visit her blog at westcoastcrafty.com.
Modern Log Cabin Quilting: 25 Simple Quilts and Patchwork Projects
By Susan Beal
Potter Craft; On sale: March 22, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-307-58657-5; $22.99; paperback