First up, have you seen this new book recently released from Martingale called I Love Log Cabins?
This fun book has 16 different quilts - all variations on Log Cabin blocks. I'll show you just a few of my favorites.
This one is called Hourglass Courthouse Steps, designed by Audrie Bidwell (Blue is Bleu). Love those colors!
This gorgeous quilt is called Blaze and was designed by Amy Smart (Diary of a Quilter). I love the secondary design created in this one!
I also love this Herringbone quilt designed by Heather Andrus (Quilt Story). The blocks in this quilt are similar to ones I've been working on for 8 months or so now.
These are my blocks! Each block is 7" (finished size) and made using my fun, bright scraps and low volume scraps. I was sewing with a friend of mine one day and the project she brought to work on were these scrappy log cabin blocks. I fell in love and she generously shared her foundation pattern with me. I started making my blocks that day! You can see more of Amber's quilt here on her blog. Amber also has a tutorial for paper piecing in case you're new to it.
I love foundation piecing (a.k.a. paper piecing) these log cabin blocks because it helps them be so nice and accurate! And I didn't need to go through my messy scrap bin and press / cut each piece to an exact size before hand.
Click here to download / print the block pattern. On the block pattern you'll notice the letters "A" and "B" and some numbers. If you're doing blocks like mine, use bright fabrics on the A sections, and low volume prints on the B sections. That will give you a block that looks like the photos above.
I think what makes these scrappy log cabin blocks really shine is a fun variety of low volume prints.
And speaking of low volume prints.... Anyone needing some fun new low volume fabrics to add to their stash? The Fat Quarter Shop is generously giving away this fat quarter bundle of Modern Paper Backgrounds to one of my lucky readers!
I love this bundle of 20 fq - FULL of awesome low volume prints that are perfect for using in backgrounds. These would be perfect to use on some scrappy log cabin blocks! To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below telling me whether or not you've ever tried paper piecing before. I'm curious!
Giveaway is open until Midnight on June 9th. Winner will be announced June 10th.
As always, thanks for reading, and happy sewing!