Virtual Challenge May 2019

Simple … or challenging?

Find a Log Cabin block in the EQ library.

The block I usually use is not in the extensive collection in the EQ Library. I use a 9 inch block, with 1 inch strips (cut 1.5 inches) with a 1 inch square (cut 1.5 inch) in the centre. Easy enough to draw! 

Select fabrics from the EQ fabric stash.

You will need the centre square, traditionally it was yellow, representing the candle in the window which guided family members home at night, or red for fire, which kept the house warm and of course was used for cooking. I usually select a colour which contrasts nicely with the other fabrics I have chosen.

For one half of the strips around the centre you will need graduated light fabrics, and the other side is made up of dark graduated fabrics.

Now the challenge really starts.

How many ways can you use those fabrics within the Log Cabin block structure?

One side light, one side dark, starting with two lights on adjacent sides of the centre square

One side light, one side dark, but starting with two darks.

The centre square, with all light fabrics, or all dark fabrics.

That makes four basic colourings of the basic block.

However, there are  many more ways to colour the blocks, using that same collection of fabrics, and keeping them in the same distance relative to the centre square.

Check out some of the mid week retreat posts to get some idea of what I do.

Of course, during the Mid Week Retreats I use a lot of variations of the Log Cabin block too, like Chimneys and Cornerstones, Thick and Thin Log Cabin.

Keep in mind that the virtual quilt challenges are a way of becoming more comfortable using Electric Quilt program, but it is also a way of learning to think more creatively about designing quilts.

Once you have some blocks with assorted colour placements, you can play with some quilt designs … and maybe you will need to add a few more colourings to your collection of blocks to fill some places in your design!

Here is a link to Laura’s results from a previous challenge … well worth a look!

PS I have found nearly 100 colour variations for the basic block!

About Virtual Quilter

I am a quilter who designs many more quilts than I will ever make, and I am sharing one quilt design every day in Virtual Quilter. I also share my completed projects in Stuff-Ups, and Christmas decorations in Christmas Everyday of the Year.
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2 Responses to Virtual Challenge May 2019

  1. Marie says:

    People can’t say Log Cabin is not versatile now! I love the one from Laura, very interesting.


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