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June 24, 2020
Bundaleer Logs 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 from Virtual Quilter

All these designs use three different colourings of the Log Cabin block … all dark, all light, and the traditional half light, half dark.

In both of the first two designs the outer row of blocks could be left off to make a smaller quilt. The size of the quilt would depend on the size of the blocks.

The one above sills out into the outer row of blocks, but would still work as a smaller quilt but without the points.

Those points which would be leftover from the third design could be included in the design above.

Perhaps the star ...

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June 3, 2020
Log Court 96, 97, 98, 99, 100 from Virtual Quilter

Middle of another week, which means time to take a little time out to look at some Log Cabin variation quilt designs.

I like the first one of today’s selelction.

More traditional arrangement of fabrics in the second one, otherwise similar to the first.

Pretty basic blocks, interesting design in the third.

Love the fourth one!

Love the last, which is also my favourite of the day, and this is the last design in this project file, so another file to go into the archives.

More log Cabin related quilt designs mid week, next week.

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May 27, 2020
Cornerstones + 56, 57, 58, 59, 60 from Virtual Quilter

Middle of another week already … the last few weeks have gone by slowly, but a nice fine week suitable for gardening is rushing by!

Before I head out to add some plants to borders, here are this weeks Log Cabin designs to maybe inpire someone out there to think about playing with Log Cabin quilt designs.

These layouts would be suitable for basic Log Cabin blocks as well as these Cornerstone blocks.

The design above is very close to my favourite Log Cabin layout, usually named Barnraising … with eight blocks turned around the wrong way.

I like the little sparkle ...

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May 6, 2020
Logs at Lochiel 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 from Virtual Quilter

This series uses a lot of different Log Cabin block colour variations of the basic Log Cabin block … see how many variations you can pick amongst each of the designs.

The series title represents of of many salt lakes in the southern portion of Australia, some of which are pink … a result of the salt and the local soil. Some of those lakes have been named Pink Lake, but Locheil, which now has a small town attached to it, was named by someone with links to Scottish lakes.

I usually mix up designs in a project file so the designs ...

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April 29, 2020
Thick n Thin Logs 56, 57, 58, 59, 60 from Virtual Quilter

In this project file I used one block, and two variations of colour placement in that block. In each design I have used just one of the colour variations, which means that the quilt designs are positive and negative versions of the same layout. Log Cabin quilts can vary quite a lot when the colours are reversed, but with the Curved Log Cabin blocks, also known as Thick and Thin Log Cabin, the variation creates some stark changes in the results.

From now on I must remember to share these designs in equal numbers … but today you see an odd ...

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April 22, 2020
Log Heap 36, 37, 38, 39, 40 from Virtual Quilter

Three blocks combined, all constructed exactly the same way, with all dark, all light and half light, half dark.

The colours I have used are not particularly attractive but I was concentrating on finding how many ways I could mix up those three blocks in overall designs.

I have found many times that if the contrast is right, I will admire quilts made with any combination of colours.

Even scraps can be sorted into light, medium and dark so that they make a nice design into a stunning quilt.

The advice I would give if sorting for Log Cabin blocks ...

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April 15, 2020
Cabin Fever 106, 107, 108, 109, 110 from Virtual Quilter

I should have visited this project file about a month ago! Let’s hope I don’t need to update it too often!

This project has an almost unlimited supply of Log Cabin blocks which have only one thing in common … they are squares constructed with a a few squares and plenty of strips!

I wonder how many designs are possible with so many block variations? I think I would eliminate those with blocks placed randomly to limit the number to one which would fit written down around a football oval in small numerals.

I like the one above.

However ...

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April 8, 2020
Logs on Point in Purple 46, 47, 48 49, 50 from Virtual Quilter

Time for a break from a weird world for a few moments to study some Log Cabin designs.

Some interesting things happen when Log Cabin blocks are used in an on point setting.

Lots of room for quilting in the one above though there are a few seams in the way.

The easiest way to quilt these would be to print the blocks onto fabric … then there are only seams between borders.

Left my favourite for today until last.

More Log Cabin designs, mid week, next week.

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April 1, 2020
Log Cabin Baby Blocks 56, 57, 58, 59, 60 from Virtual Quilter

The Log Cabin designs this week are good candidates for foundation piecing, though I don’t think you would need a foundation for the solid blocks around the edge of the first one.

The second one has a few set in corners, some involving triangular Log Cabins.

I think all of these are interesting designs even if they are not as simple to put together as square and rectangular Log Cabin blocks.

The one above is my favorite in this weeks collection.

More Log Cabin designs mid week, next week.

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March 25, 2020
Curved Cornerstones 41, 42, 43, 44, 45 from Virtual Quilter

Middle of yet another week, and even though we are not confined to home, we are staying here except for necessities. There is not much else to do anyway as pretty much everything on the calendar has been cancelled.

Curved Cornerstones was a result of me asking myself a question … What if Chimneys and Cornerstones got mixed up with Curved Log Cabin blocks?

The results are interesting!

I like the one above, but it needs a bit of dark in the centre, and so does the one above that!

If we have to stop socializing for long enough I may ...

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March 18, 2020
Bundaleer Logs 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 from Virtual Quilter

Mid week again … I am sure the weeks are getting shorter, but I like having a look at Log Cabin quilt designs on a regular basis, so I can live with that!

I love the first of today’s designs.

All four of the others could be made smaller by removing the outer row of blocks, though I think I would put a small light border before the two coloured borders.

I like the one above!

Interesting. I can see changes I should test … which happens most days, so I will never run out of designs to share!

That is ...

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March 12, 2020
Applique Logs 77, 78, 79, 80 from Virtual Quilter

Some extra Log Cabin designs after having a brain fade and preparing an extra four designs after a visitor disrupted my morning yesterday. I like an excuse for an extra coffee break anytime, though perhaps the extra coffees shared with the visitor was a bit overboard.

Interesting shapes created by the Curved Log Cabin blocks in these designs, including the one above.

More interesting shapes, both above and below!

More Log Cabin designs mid week, next week.

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March 11, 2020
Applique Logs 73, 74, 75, 76 from Virtual Quilter

Time for a short break to celebrate the middle of the week.

I would like the one above even without the applique.

Most of the appliques in this series are placed on individual blocks, but sometimes I have let the design expand over several blocks by setting them on Layer 2.

Changing the scale of parts of a design is a great way to add interest to designs.

More Log Cabin designs next week tomorrow … I got over enthusiastic and saved another four designs after being distracted by a visitor and before I had started to schedule this post!

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March 4, 2020
Log Cabin Leaf Central 51, 52, 53, 54, 55 from Virtual Quilter

It is now autumn down under, which means a large proportion of the land is brown after a long, hot summer, and in a small part of the country imported trees from the upper half of earth are showing their autumn colours, even of it is springtime in their home country.

I love the background created in these designs by the Log Cabin frames around the leaves.

The missing leaves in the design above would have to be quilted … with leaf shapes of course.

This project file got lost in the move from one computer to the other, and now ...

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February 26, 2020
Logs on the Pile 66, 67, 68, 69, 70 from Virtual Quilter

Middle of the week, and a collection of Log Cabin quilt designs to look at during a short break from the rest of the world.

I like the first one, not so keen on the second, but thought it was too interesting to hit the delete button.

The middle design for the mid week post … and the least I could say about it is wow! that is interesting.

Back to an almost boring design by comparison to the one in the middle, but I like it, and love the waving line created by Curved Log Cabin blocks.

The last is ...

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February 19, 2020
Logs at Lochiel 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 from Virtual Quilter

New project file, starting with two versions of my favourite Log Cabin design, the first starting with a light centre, …

… the second with the blocks turned around 180 degrees to make a dark centre.

I have added a collection of Log Cabin variations to the project file, and a variety of colour placements within each of those blocks … almost too many to be able to make up my mind which one to use each time I want to make a change.

That means I will have to make a lot of changes just to see what happens.

However, the first ...

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February 5, 2020
City Courthouse 96, 97, 98, 99, 100 from Virtual Quilter

Another week flying by, so time for a mid week break .

This project ran out of designs, but a few more have been found to round out the total number of designs to 100.

The designs in this project file have always made me think of a tiled floor in the foyer of a courthouse.

I am undecided which is my favourite for today … the first one, or the one above. I guess that makes you the judge in this courthouse.

More Log Cabin designs next week, so plan for a coffee break when you have a chance to come ...

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January 22, 2020
Log Applique Album 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 from Virtual Quilter

It is blue, which is my least favourite colour, but I like it anyway.

In fact, I like all of today’s designs, despite the blue!

In this project file I wanted to try using Log Cabin blocks instead of sashing to separate applique blocks.

Sometimes I didn’t want to separate the applique blocks from each other, like the one above, when I wanted to connect the applique.

I really like the one above!

Left the best till last!

That is all for this week’s short retreat from the real world, but there will be more Log Cabin ...

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January 15, 2020
TNT Log Jam 96, 97, 98 99, 100 from Virtual Quilter

Middle of the week, time for a short coffee retreat from the daily grind. So let’s look at some Log Cabin designs!

The TNT in the title of this project file is shorthand for Thick and Thin, also known as Curved Log Cabin.

I love the one above!

The one above is interesting too, and I might just have to play with it when i have finished preparing this post.

Very interesting too!

That is all for this week’s Log Cabin retreat, but as usual there will be another one next week!

Now, if you will excuse me ...

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January 8, 2020
Bundaleer Logs 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 from Virtual Quilter

I am trying to get back into routine, though any routine we have tried to live with has always been flexible, sometimes by choice, often by circumstances, or weather, or a wide choice of other options. Sharing a quilt design each day is pretty much normal, but even this gets out of whack sometimes.

Today I am restarting the mid week retreat, when I share two, usually five, designs using Log Cabin blocks in all their many variations. Today’s designs are from a newish project file, but with just the traditional half light, half dark Log Cabin block, with ...

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