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January 25, 2023
TNT Logs 66, 67, 68, 69, 70 from Virtual Quilter

Sixty four identical blocks can be twisted and turned every which way to create a multitude of designs.

The second design has a few blocks twisted, but all of them have the light and dark sides opposite …

… but with the light and dark swapped back to the same as the first design.

Once again the dark colour is prominent, with a few blocks turned around …

… and with the light color prominent.

More Log Cabin designs mid week, next week.

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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 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 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.

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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 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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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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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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July 6, 2022
Logs on the Pile 76, 77, 78, 79, 80 from Virtual Quilter

Mostly Chimneys and Cornerstones blocks in the first design, but tipped on point in this project file.

Not many Chimneys and Cornerstones in the second design, but some Curved Log Cabins.

It is going to be hard to pick a favourite today … maybe the one above …

… or maybe the one above!

There are not too many variations of the Log Cabin block not represented in these designs.

More Log Cabin quilt designs next week … mid week.

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June 15, 2022
Log Cabin Mixed 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 from Virtual Quilter

Interesting Log Cabin quilt design, mostly Curved Log Cabin.

The second design is more interesting!

Love the third design!

And the fourth! Nothing boring about today’s logs.

Log Cabin blocks are easy to cut and construct, and their is no limit to the design possibilities.

That is all for this week’s Log Cabin retreat, but there will be more next week.

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June 8, 2022
Beetaloo Logs 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 from Virtual Quilter

Log Cabin Mid week Retreat is back on schedule this week!

The project file I am using this week has designs which are pretty basic, in that they all use 144 identical Log Cabin blocks, with some of the blocks twisted around to make some minor, some not so minor changes.

Of course, the blocks could all use exactly the same fabrics, or could all be made from carefully sorted scraps, providing the contrast between light and dark sides of the blocks is consistent across the whole lot of the blocks.

The hardest part for me is to keep the ...

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May 25, 2022
Cornerstones + 76, 77, 78, 79, 80 from Virtual Quilter

I cannot remember if I was going to have a square on point in the centre, or four V shapes, but decided to keep it at the halfway point.

In my mind’s eye the square looks a little bit wider with that shape in the centre.

Love the one above!

Very interesting design above.

That is all for this week’s mid week break to examine some Log Cabin quilt designs.

More Log Cabin designs mid week, next week.

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May 18, 2022
Log Applique Album 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 from Virtual Quilter

I don’t usually like blues, but I like this lot of designs … and they are all pale blue with white.

It must have something to do with the applique, as I love applique.

For some reason even the flowers have blue leaves seams to work for me, and no matter how small a flower is in any design I have ever made up I sneak in green leaves.

I like to look at the bigger pictures of the individual designs, but I also enjoy being able to see them in a tight knit group like above. It sometimes helps ...

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May 11, 2022
Bundaleer Logs 46, 47, 48, 49, 50 from Virtual Quilter


Four blocks changed, and I like the results.

Bigger change, bigger results.

Four blocks changed again, but this time I prefer the version before the change.

Like the lighter centre … would look good in all the designs.

That’s is all for this week’s mid week mini retreat from whatever is happening around the world.

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May 4, 2022
TNT Log Jam 106, 107, 108, 109, 110 from Virtual Quilter

Love the first design for this week’s Log Cabin designs.

Love the points in the middle of each side in the second design.

Weird, but interesting.

Another interesting one, and I like it.

No favourite for me today … I like lots of things about all of them. Can you pick a favourite?

More Log Cabin designs mid week, next week!

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April 20, 2022
Curved Cornerstones 61, 62, 63, 64, 65 from Virtual Quilter

Lots of interesting curvy lines, all made with straight seams.

The centre part of this design made me think of a box which has split open at all four corners, showing a large diamond on the bottom!

I guess there is a similarity between these diamond shapes and the ones in jewellry in that they both have neat and tidy straight edges.

Now I see a large star without points on each side, though at least there are shapes resembling star in the centre.

Now the star has points!

More Log Cabin designs mid week, next week!

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April 13, 2022
Log Heap 51, 52, 53, 54, 55 from Virtual Quilter

It is always fun to me to try to mix up something a bit different in old favourites. In the first Log Cabin design for this week there are 52 normal half light, half dark blocks, along with 8 all light and 4 all dark.

The second design has 40 normal half light, half dark, 20 all dark blocks, 4 all light.

Next there are 24 all light, 12 all dark, 28 half and half.

The fourth design has not quilt the same numbers as the second design … four more dark, no all light ones, 36 half and half.

I ...

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March 30, 2022
Cornerstones 66, 67, 68, 69, 70 from Virtual Quilter

Every design in this series use 64 identical blocks known as Chimneys and cornerstones, or simply Cornerstones.

That means you can make the blocks while thinking about how you will arrange them in the final design.

I would advise that you concentrate while actually stitching to make sure you place all the fabrics in the correct order, and try to add any part of your fingers to the design.

Once you have a quarter of the blocks complete you can start playing on your design wall, or a bed or the floor to see what happens when you twist and ...

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