How come the middle of the week rolls around much quicker than the weekend?
At least it is a chance to show off some designs featuring Log Cabin block variations!
In this series I have tried very hard to keep the designs in sequence … showing incremental changes as they happened, and not mixing them up for more variety.
Somehow the one above seems to be out of that sequence!
Obviously I didn’t like where I was heading and went back to the previous design and carried on!
This is one of the few series of Log Cabin designs where I have used an odd number of blocks, which means I have used Courthouse Steps in both the vertical and horizontal centre rows in every design to keep the designs symmetrical.
This is the last design in this series … not something I write very often … but will leave it active just in case I want to play some more one day. I am pretty sure I haven’t exhausted the possibilities!
More Log Cabin designs next week.
Not my favourite colour, but I do like the effect of white on dark.
I like the frames around the blocks … part of the block construction, not a separate sashing … but they needed a lot of redrafting when I designed this quilt.
I have since done some redrafting to make the blocks easier to construct, but didn’t want to ditch the early designs … or spend many hours reproducing them with the new, better drawn, blocks.
There are several other project files with bad blocks but a few nice designs, so there are more where these came from.
Like this one.
Love the low contrast change in the background fabric, and the low contrast filler blocks in the corners.
(The corner block designs could be used as just quilting motifs … using contrast threads for the motifs, and matching thread for all other quilting, and the result will be rather similar.)
Over sized Cathedral Window look, with applique added.
What is not to like?
(Apart from the fact that most of the blocks need redrawing, and I can see possibilities there for quilting designs too!)
Lots of pointy bits, but the colours make it look warm and friendly rather than dangerous. Another one for the blokes, but it could be very pretty in pink, cream and green!
Certainly not the most beautiful colour scheme I have used … but I do like it.
Certainly not feminine though!
And two which are rather ordinary by comparison …
… but I like them.
The plan for a quilt top.
The plan for quilting the quilt top. Note that the quilting plan fills in some of the blank areas created by leaving out some parts of applique blocks so they form lines in the overall design.
I have used a low contrast thread for the quilting … just like I do in real quilts.
Click the picture for a better view.
More of the collection of ten 9 patch blocks plus two colour variations simply combined with each other.
What I am hoping you will learn from this series is that there are a lot of 9 Patch blocks that are not known ….
… and a bazillion basically constructed quilts which have never seen the light of day …
… even virtually!
So why do we see so many designs over and over again?
There are another six designs in this series, and I have a collection of several thousand possible blocks to use … but I much prefer mixing them up more than just using them in pairs set alternatively. You may have recognized some of these mixed with applique, sometimes with the contrast varied within the block to create different looks, sometimes with applique blocks … and I am about to try some as quilting designs.
I hate hearing the phrase “”There is nothing new in the world.” There is plenty of new stuff, but you have to make an effort to find it.
Someday I will select another ten blocks and see what I find when they are combined, then I could alternate then with the original ten … nah, too many other blocks to try out at least once!