12/11/12

Book Review: Build your Best Log Cabin

Yesterday, I received an email from Fons & Porter asking me to review their new e-book "Build Your Best Log Cabin".  And why wouldn't I?  So here goes:


This 24-page ebook features three different styles of the log cabin block, including traditional, courthouse steps, and chevron configurations.  The log cabin block is among my favorite of the traditional blocks, due in part to its versatility.  Depending on the layout of your blocks, so many interesting designs come into view.  The book includes several handy illustrations of the many possibilities.  Here are just a few:


It also includes many beautiful color photographs of quilts from collectors with a brief history of the quilt and the block.  I really liked this unique zigzag configuration:


And look at this beautiful woven version!  The book includes instructions for making this quilt.  (I think I've found one of next year's NewFO projects!)


The book also includes charts for making the blocks any size you would like them to be from as small as 4 1/2 inches to 13-1/2 inches.  There are instructions for five different projects along with tutorials for bobbin work with trapunto, binding with piping, and Liz Porter's "Lumpless" binding method.  All are accompanied by easy-to-follow instructions and photographs.

I have to say I was very impressed with the quality and breadth of this publication.  I'm printing it out for future use as I write this post.  This is a free download, so click on the link to get your own copy.  Tell them Gracie sent you.


5 comments from clever and witty friends:

Angel and Kirby said...

I love the woven quilt. I down loaded the book and my hubby wants (me) to make it! He helps me select, cut and sort fabric, and he enjoys it!

Terry@ a quilting blog said...

What a great e-book...thanks for the review and link!!

hafza said...

I love the book!Thanks for sharing the link, Barbara!

Denise :) said...

There are some interesting ideas in the book, too! Thank you for sharing! :)

quiltzyx said...

Great! I was just talking about making Log Cabin blocks with my friend Mary Ann the other day!!
Thanks for the review & link. :D