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November 30, 2022
Logs on Point 76, 77, 78, 79. 80 from Virtual Quilter

Too much dark, though if it was on a bed a lot of the dark would be overhang or scrunched up at the bottom corners.


My first thought when I opened up this design, which has been locked away since it was created about five years ago is that it looks like something a computer programmer would use to illustrate some new program.

The blocks used in these designs include Log Cabin, Courthouse Steps and Curved Log Cabin (or Thick and Thin, TNT)

Christmas must be coming … I see bonbons in the last design in this weeks Log Cabin ...

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November 23, 2022
TNT Logs + 101, 102, 103, 104, 105 from Virtual Quilter

I rather like the first design, though I think I would like it better on the floor than on a bed.

Very interesting.

What if I change the light fabrics to dark and vice versa, and change a few blocks.

The design is much lighter, but with dark lacey bits.

What if I add four dark blocks ….

Interesting, but not better than it was.

I think the last one is my favourite design this week, but there are many more designs in this project file for future reference.

Seeing them all together makes it easy to see the changes I ...

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November 16, 2022
Log Cabin + Dark 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 from Virtual Quilter

The + dark is a reference some of the Log Cabin blocks pieced from all dark fabrics, instead of the traditional light and dark combination.

Can you spot the difference between the first two designs? I had to look twice or three times to check that they were different!

The third one is obviously different … or it is the morning coffee is taking effect.

The design above would be my favourite for today, except that there are too many all dark blocks..

That’s better!

More Log Cabin blocks mid week, next week, so you can plan ahead for a very ...

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November 9, 2022
Log Cabin Mix 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 from Virtual Quilter

Not a bit mix up in the first design.

More mixed up in the second, which I like because it is less boring to make a mixture of blocks rather than 64 identical blocks.

Looks like a willy-willy (or whirlwind) touched down in the sewing room.

Love the design above!

The last one is almost boring after the fourth one!

More Log Cabin designs mid week, next week.

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November 2, 2022
Log Heap 56, 57, 58, 59, 60 from Virtual Quilter

I like it! Colours are not great, but the contrast is fine.

Reminds me of the things they put up and call wind farms.

My favourite for today is the one above.

Don’t know why I saved the design above, but perhaps it was because I thought I could spend some time playing with the corners to make the overall design more interesting.

If you enjoy quilting there is an opportunity to play in the big yellow space.

More Log Cabin Quilt designs mid week, next week.

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October 26, 2022
Black and Gold Logs and Lillies 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 from Virtual Quilter

These designs look more like the back of a pieced Log Cabin quilt.

Almost the same, but this time the Log Cabin block is facing the opposite direction

Curved logs on teh other side of the design above.

Once again the pieced blocks would be turned inside out.

My favourite is the last design, which shows the blocks in the previous design turned inside out.

More Log Cabin designs mid week, next week.

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October 19, 2022
Log Cabin 51, 52, 53, 54, 55 from Virtual Quilter

I share a lot of Log Cabin variations, and this project file is the most basic of them all.

The same block repeated over and over again, twisted and turned to create different designs.

I love some of the very basic traditional layouts, but it is so easy to place a few blocks inside out to create something different.

Even if you use exactly the same fabrics as others to make the blocks, you can make your blocks into something different.

I like the last two most of this week’s Log Cabin designs.

More Log Cabin designs, mid week ...

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October 12, 2022
Hexie Logs 31, 32, 32, 34, 35 from Virtual Quilter

You can start with a small hexagon, and add logs around it, though in some of the hexagons here there is applique added to larger hexagons.

I added some full sized hexagons with no logs, just applique, but most have log borders, sometimes one row, sometimes two.

I love the design above, though to be honest I love all of these.

The design possibilities are endless!

All I need is endless time to collect, sort, cut, etc. fabrics to try out just a tiny fraction of the designs I have shared so far.

I have just discovered that assorted shapes ...

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October 5, 2022
Red and White Log Jam 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 from Virtual Quilter

A few all dark, or all red, blocks, the rest are standard Log Cabin blocks, and are all made using the standard pieced Log Cabin construction methods.

The second design has some all light, or white, Log Cabin blocks, and a totally different arrangement of the blocks.

The third one has quite a few all light/white, there are four dark/red blocks, and 40 light/dark combination blocks to create another totally different Log Cabin Quilt design.

The design above are all identical pieced Log Cabin blocks, but they have been twisted and turned to create something totally different ...

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September 28, 2022
Bundaleer Logs 51, 52, 53, 54, 55 from Virtual Quilter

Time for another mid week five minute Log Cabin retreat … and I like the first design.

The second design is interesting.

The one above is a large Log Cabin representation of a four patch 16 x 16 block.

I like the one above too, but no chance of me making a 12 inch block version of this one!

Love the last one, though i am thinking that it could be a spider doing a waltz … or there was something extra in my coffee this morning!

More Log Cabin designs mid week next week.

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September 21, 2022
Log Cabin Blues 41, 42, 43, 44, 45 from Virtual Quilter


More interesting.

Very, very interesting. I like the change of colours too.

The centre looks like a white spider going around in circles!

Back to the softer colours, which when I first thought of it it seemed prettier, but now I think I should go back to the stronger colouring.

I am going to change the order to put them in the gallery so the darker ones are together, and bigger!

More Log Cabin designs mid week, next week.

Sorry this is late … the internet dongle wasn’t as ready to wake up as I was. A visit to ...

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September 14, 2022
Logs on Point in Purple 61, 62, 63, 64, 65 from Virtual Quilter

In this project file I am making just minor changes with each step, and saving every one of them. Some of the results are less than spectacular, to say the least, but it is interesting seeing the difference the small changes make.

I like the change from the first to the second design.

Oops, went back to the first and made a different change which is interesting, but I don’t like it as much as the first change.

Tired a bigger change this time, with interesting result.

Looks a bit like crowns on all four sides in the last ...

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September 7, 2022
Cornerstones + 81, 82, 83 84, 85 from Virtual Quilter


Very interesting … and the corners are leading my mind to some modifications to make for future reference.

All but eight of the blocks in the design above are identical, but I like what they do to the overall design.

I thought I would like it better with more light blocks in the corner, but have decided that I like the original.

Saved my favourite until last … though I think I would like it better on a table than on a bed.

That is all for this week’s Log Cabin mid week retreat … another collection of Log Cabin quilt ...

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August 31, 2022
Cabin Fever 126, 127, 128, 129, 130 from Virtual Quilter

In today’s selection of Log Cabin variations I have used just five variations, and one of them has been used just four times in one design.

The changes are rather subtle, but interesting.

The changes could be used in real quilts when we run out of one of the fabrics, and in the one above have to find a totally different fabric to finish the quilt.

I think the design above is my favourite of today’s section.

I love seeing how small changes of blocks and their placement, and orientation, can change a design.

That is all for ...

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August 24, 2022
Cabin Fever Isolation Area 56, 57, 58, 59, 60 from Virtual Quilter

As usual on Wednesdays I share more quilt designs than other days of the week so you can have a longer coffee break sometime during the day. This week while you have your very short retreat from the mad, mad world, I am in the middle of a Monday to Friday retreat with quilters , and maybe even doing a few stitches occasionally.

Not a lot of variety in the blocks used in the first two designs, but two very different results.

Another different but interesting design!

Different again … though I think I might be repeating myself.

My favourite in this ...

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August 17, 2022
Curved Cornerstones + 106, 107, 108, 109, 110 from Virtual Quilter

Not even many variations of the curved Log Cabin blocks in the first design, and none of the rest of the variations of Log Cabin that are included in the + sign in the title.

Interesting mix of curves and straight rows of little squares in the second.

My favourite of this weeks collection is above!

Love the centre of the one above … it made me think of the ornate speakers on some of the old Bakelite radios, with waves of sound around it.

That’s all for this week’s mid week retreat from the crazy world

This time next ...

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August 10, 2022
Logs on Point + 106, 107, 108, 109, 110 from Virtual Quilter

The title of this project file indicates it uses on point settings and the plus sign indicates that the blocks include variations of the basic Log Cabin block.

The first design above uses variations of colouring mostly, but there are some Courthouse Steps blocks amongst them.

The second design is very similar, but with eight Curved Log Cabin blocks.

Four curves in the third, but there are also Chimneys and Cornerstones.

Sixteen Curved Log Cabin variations in the one above, along with some Courthouse Steps, and basic Log Cabin in the border.

I love the last two!

More Log Cabin ...

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August 3, 2022
Logs on the Road 51, 52, 53, 54, 55 from Virtual Quilter

In this project file I am trying to keep the designs simple, by simply using just three variations of the Log Cabin block … the traditional half light and half dark, plus all light and all dark. So far I have 130 designs in total.

In the second design four blocks were turned inside out, and I like the change.

Then I turned eight blocks inside out … interesting.

Like the one above, maybe because it was fun adding and taking away assorted blocks.

I love changing designs, and wonder why so many quilters are happy to make quilts exactly the same ...

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July 27, 2022
Logs at Lochiel 36, 37, 38, 39, 40 from Virtual Quilter

I have rarely seen a Log Cabin Quilt in pretty pink, but this project file is proof that it works.

Of course, the designs would work in other colours, but sometimes I like to break the mold.

The design above is very interesting … I like it!

Another very interesting design!

The last one is neat and tidy …

… but my favourite is the very interesting design on the left of the bottom row. More Log Cabin deigns mid week, next week to browse through during a short retreat from the world around us.

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July 20, 2022
Curved Cornerstones 66, 67, 68, 69, 70 from Virtual Quilter

Interesting, and I like interesting designs.

Interesting again, but it looks like a spider’s web and have no desire to sleep under one of them!

The third design still has a slightly webbed look about it, but I like it.

The fourth one is ok but what happens if I give it a twist …

… not what I was expecting, but I like it!

Hope you enjoyed this week’s mid week retreat, and there will be another one mid week, next week.

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