September 28, 2011

Habitat log cabin

I do love working without a pattern. But for the PMQG Habitat Challenge I adapted the shadow seams log cabin to create a 12 inch finished block.

I originally tried it with 3/4" shadow strips, like the original blocks I made with this technique, but there wasn't enough breathing room for all those loud prints. They were a jumble and the design was not coming through. The second time I cut my shadow strips at 1" instead (doubling their finished size from 1/4" to 1/2"), and liked it much better.

To make the block I used:
a 4.5" center square and
2" strips in varying prints, from 4.5" to 12.5" long
1" shadow strips (I cut two strips x WOF).

(To make it using the original 3/4" shadow strips you would use the same size center and cut your print strips 2 1/4" wide.) Photos and steps in the original post.


pinsandneedles said...

I like this variation of the log cabin block. A twist to a classic favorite!

Cal said...

I really like this variation. It is the first time I am seeing it, and I think it showcases the assertive fabrics beautifully!

What Comes Next? said...

this looks great! We're working on that challenge at the VMQG (Vancouver, BC)and I have until November to get my quilt constructed

Anonymous said...

I love it! I love that blue!

Tricia said...

I love this block! What a great way to use these fabrics!

Suzanne said...

I truly love the shadow strips. They whip that log cabin into shape.

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Anonymous said...

Wow! What a difference little added strip can make-beautiful! (And what a difference one left out word can make too...)

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

What a great block! I like the size of the shadow strips you used.
Quilting by the River

quiltmom anna said...

This is a really great block- I think it makes such a great design- almost like a stainglass effect. Thanks for sharing your excellent tutorial.
Warmest regards,

MulticoloredPieces said...

Neat block! Just stopped by while surfing the net. i've enjoyed seeing your textile work. you have interesting colors and designs--very dynamic and fun.
best from Tunisia,

Debbie said...

Very cool block!!

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