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October 13, 2021
Cabin Fever Quilted 51, 52, 53, 54, 55 from Virtual Quilter

Wednesday already, so here are some Log Cabin designs to study during a coffee break.

I think I would like most of the quilting designs on these quilts as whole cloth designs … or a real quilt could be used upside down.

I have used a lot of light fabrics so the quilting shows clearly, but in a real quilt I would probably quilt the dark blocks following the seam lines, and use more decorative lines in the light pieces. The one above is very similar to the one below, but with less dark fabrics … and one quilted design worked the ...

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September 22, 2021
Log Cabin Mixed 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 from Virtual Quilter

This week’s Log Cabin project file has a collection of different Log Cabin blocks, and the design above is mostly Chimney’s and Cornerstones with and without curves. I like the first design!

Still lots of Chimneys and Cornerstones in the second, but a bit more variety in the Log Cabin variations.

All the ones above have two variations of Courthouse Steps.

Love the one above … my favourite for today!

An interesting design to finish off today.

More Log Cabin designs mid week, next week.

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July 14, 2021
Cornerstones + 66, 67, 68, 69, 70 from Virtual Quilter


Love the second one! I would love it with just plain old Log Cabin blocks too.

The middle design for this week’s five minute retreat from the rest of the world is a nice one.

Interesting! And my coffee cup is empty, so will have to get a refill before I add the last design for today.

Love the last design for today. There will be more next week, mid week.

I should have added four more all dark blocks to my favourite design for this week … the middle one in the top row of the group photo ...

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July 7, 2021
Curved Cornerstones + 101, 102 103, 104, 105 from Virtual Quilter

I like the first design for today …

… and the second …

… you guessed right if you guessed that I like the third!

When I opened this project there were no designs in there that I haven’t already shared, so I picked some designs and made some simple changes to ten of them, so not only did I get designs for today, I have five more to share another day.

I even like the last design though the thought of trying to put this one together makes my head spin.

That is all for this week … five designs to distract you ...

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June 23, 2021
Log Jam 101, 102, 103, 104, 105 from Virtual Quilter

Middle of another week already!

Every week I show some Log Cabin designs, and pretty much every week I think of something different I should try. This week I am thinking that I really should start a new file with just the basic Log Cabin blocks but with the dark fabrics on the opposite side of the block.

So you can guess what I will be doing during at least on coffee break today.

But first, I have to concentrate on today’s post for you to enjoy during your coffee break.

I think I like the last one best ...

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June 16, 2021
Log Cabin Baby Blocks 66, 67, 68, 69, 70 from Virtual Quilter

Interesting … how many stars are there mixed up there?

Same design, different colouring, and the dark star has lost a lot of impact!

I can spend half an hour changing blocks within this layout, and like them all enough to save them, and get cross when I change one before I hit the save button!

Love the design above, though I haven’t used a colour scheme I would ever live with.

I might have to try some prettier colours in my Log Cabin designs, then i might be tempted to make some of them!

The one in the top ...

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June 9, 2021
Log Heap 46, 47, 48, 49, 50 from Virtual Quilter

Interesting … and likable.

Not many alternative colour placements in the second design, but they make an impact on the overall design.

A lot more all dark blocks in the one above.

I like the design above … much lighter than the previous one.

Much darker again, but I like the last design for today’s Log Cabin retreat.

My favorites are the two on the left of the gallery … what is/are yours?

More Log Cabin designs mid week, next week.

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June 2, 2021
Logs on Point + 101, 102, 103, 104, 105 from Virtual Quilter

Wednesday already … it is going to be a short week, but someone I spoke to yesterday thought it was Friday, so her week is shorter than mine!

I liked the Curved Log Cabin blocks used in the centre of the borders of the first design, but i like the second design with Log Cabin blocks on point around the second design, because it looks more orderly.

Straight border again, but I think this one would look better with those two Curved Log Cabin blocks in the borders.

Yes, I think it looks much better … how about you?

Something totally different ...

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May 26, 2021
Cornerstones 66, 67, 68, 69, 70 from Virtual Quilter

Not my favourite colours, but I like the design.

I like the second one too. I love playing with contrast and design … colour is a more personal choice.

The middle one of today’s designs is OK, but doesn’t excite me.

Another one I like!

The last design for the day is probably the weakest link for me.

If I ever feel compelled to make a Log Cabin quilt I might choose the second one, but I would make a couple of modifications!

More Log Cabin designs mid week, next week so you can have a very short retreat ...

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May 19, 2021
Cabin Fever 116, 117, 118, 119, 120 from Virtual Quilter

Interesting design to start this weeks collection of Log Cabin Quilt designs.

Another interesting design … love the little waves along the diagonal.

The waves are still there, but a very different centre in the one above.

I think the one above is my favourite for today.

Well, I thought the fourth design was my favourite, but I am a woman, and I have changed my mind!

One thing I won’t change my mind about is that I love being able to see all five designs together after seeing each one separately.

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May 5, 2021
Cabin Fever Quilting 41, 42, 43, 44, 45 from Virtual Quilter

The first two designs this week are exactly the same …

… except for the quilting. I like the middle of the first, but like the way the quilting emphasizes the diagonal border effect.

I like the centre of the third one as well.

Another middle bit to add to my list of favourites!

I love the way that most of the quilting is simply lines following the seam lines, though I would put that line just to one side of the pieced line, with a few curly lines to make use of the light parts of the Log Cabin blocks.

This ...

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April 28, 2021
Applique Logs 86, 87, 88, 89, 90 from Virtual Quilter

Lots of light fabrics for the half light and half dark, and for the all light blocks, and a strong contrast for the dark fabrics … then add some applique … and then some quilting .

A lot more dark in the second design, but still plenty of spaces for some applique to be added.

I like the third, but I don’t think it would look great on a bed as part of the effect of the overall design would be lost over the edge of the bed.

The on above is my favourite for today.

Last one for this weeks coffee ...

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April 21, 2021
Curved Cornerstones 51, 52, 53, 54, 55 from Virtual Quilter

Interesting start to this weeks’ collection of Log Cabin designs.

Another interesting one.

Most interesting so far!

I think the one above is my favourite interesting one for the day.

Another interesting design.

Today’s collection of designs makes me wonder why a few Log Cabin quilt designs are copied over and over again. All it takes to find something different to change the design, and that is before you start playing with various Log Cabin style blocks.

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

PS I will try to ...

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April 14, 2021
Log Jam 96, 97, 98, 99, 100 from Virtual Quilter

Mid week again already, so time to share some Log Cabin designs.

I like the on point square in the centre of the first design for this week.

The second one has an interesting centre, but I don’t like it a lot.

The design above looks like couple of Band-Aids covering a wound … or is it just that I need another coffee?

Not too sure what the one above now looks like. I do know that it is probably one of the few that I would not encourage anybody to make.

The last one for this week is much ...

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April 7, 2021
Beetaloo Logs 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 from Virtual Quilter

Just Log Cabin blocks in this project file, no colour variations, but still plenty of ways to twist and turn them around.

So far all the designs I have in this project file are basically Barn Raising design with some twists.

Perhaps the builders raising these barns were doing a barn dance in their meal breaks!

I enjoy playing in Electric Quilt with basic blocks like these to see what can happen, but I don’t think I would enjoy making all the blocks!

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

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March 31, 2021
Logs at Lochiel 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 from Virtual Quilter

Pretty colours, which are not very often used for Log Cabin designs.

Today’s designs are very similar, with minor changes to each one.

Three up, and two to go, and I like them all, but will there be a favourite in the last two?

I like the darker centre in the fourth one.

No, I can’t pick a favourite from this lot … how about you?

Maybe I will find a favourite next week, mid week, when I will share another five Log Cabin quilt designs.

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March 24, 2021
Log Heap 41, 42, 43, 44, 45 from Virtual Quilter

Interesting, but not too sure about the corners.

I hope those who look at these designs can appreciate the designs, even though the colour choice is pretty uninteresting. I have often stopped to admire great designs at quilt exhibitions even when I pretty much hate the choice of colours.

In any quilt design we can change the colours to whatever we like. The important thing is to keep the contrast in the right places for the design to work in those different colours.

Another interesting one.

Love the third! I also like the next one.

I am going to play ...

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March 17, 2021
TNT Logs + 91, 92, 93, 94, 95 from Virtual Quilter

I love the first design today!

Not too wrapped in the second,…

… but change four blocks and I like it better.

Corners look tidier with less light .

Last design for today is interesting, so that is the lot for this week’s mid week mini retreat to look at some Log Cabin quilt designs.

More Log Cabin quilt designs mid week, next week.

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March 10, 2021
Bundaleer Logs 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 plus Challenge from Virtual Quilter

How many ways can you arrange a collection of Log Cabin blocks with some traditional half light, half dark, some all dark, some all light?

As you can see by the numbers in the title, today’s selection from this project file the number will reach 35variations, which is about half way through the designs I have saved so far.

The Challenge part of the title today is usually reserved for a weekend, but I have been away and will be busy for the first two weekends of this month.

So this months your challenge is to play with Log ...

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March 3, 2021
Logs on Point 66, 67, 68, 69, 70 from Virtual Quilter


Love the second one!

The next one is neat and tidy.

The one above morphed into a Fishing Cabin project file.

The last design for this week’s mid week retreat is interesting … I am going to have a play to see what I can add to the project file for future posts.

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