Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Log Cabin Block

I was asked to review a new e-Book by Fons and Porter called
"Build Your Best Log Cabin". I have been a big fan of Fons and Porter for years, having taped many VHS tapes of their shows, when I was just learning to quilt. Their e-book is very easy to download and the directions are very straight forward.

Log Cabins are wonderful and versatile blocks. This block became very popular in 1860's. So many different layouts are possible with this block.  It continues to be one of the best blocks to teach beginning quilters and still can be challenging for intermediate quilters as well.

The e-book presents examples of Traditional, Courthouse Steps and Chervon blocks as well as many possible layout. The Traditional Block Cutting Chart is a wonderful resource. It gives you 5 different blocks sizes, as well as the width and length of the strips needed to achieve your desired size.

The pages include pictures of Antique and Contemporary quilts with a touch of history thrown in the mix. There are featured quilts by well know quilt artists such as Ricky Tims,Marti Michell, Shon McMain, and
Lori Christianson, from easy to challenging.

Also included are cutting charts, suggested quilting designs and tips on organizing your strips. There is even a tutorial for "Liz's Lumpless Binding" and "Binding with Piping" to really make your creations sing!

Best of all this is a FREE download .


  1. What a great tip.
    I will go in and have a look at it later.
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. sounds like a great book to download & definately worth the read, thanks for sharing the link

  3. Thank you for sharing this fabulous link. I have not made a log cabin in a long time, will have to use one of these patterns for sure.