I saw a picture of a rug online awhile ago and was inspired to make this quilt. I wish I could find a picture of the inspiration rug. When I first looked at it I fell in love with the new take on the basic log cabin. I love log cabin blocks in modern quilts but, I look at them a little like I look at roses. They’re beautiful but, sometimes overused. I just knew I had to do a quilty version of this take on a log cabin. So, here it is. I hope you like it.
As a “Measured Improv” quilt it was a lot of fun to piece though the further that I got into the piecing, the harder it was to come up with unique variations for the “logs”. The consistent element is that all of the black fabric is in 1″ wide strips. I actually cut a whole pile of 1″ strips before I even got started. The second consistent element was that this was done in a log cabin format. So, I created panels or logs to build the larger log cabin pattern. So, it starts with a center “block” or log and it builds out on all sides. The quilting lines on this were fun too. They are free motion wonky “straight” lines that are only in the white spaces. This creates a very cool effect as you can see when you look at the back of the quilt. For this quilt, I really wanted the front to stand out so I chose to have a solid piece as the quilt back. I used one of my favorite Kona Cottons, Grass Green. It creates perfect contrast to the black and white front.