Hooray it’s time for another quilting book review! I love bringing you these different books every month. I hope that you enjoy having a sneak peek of them too, it really helps me to decide if I want to go ahead and buy. For March we have the beautiful Cabin Fever: 20 Modern Log Cabin Quilts
Written by the very experienced quilting duo of Natalia Bonner and Kathleen Whiting – who just happen to be daughter and mother too! The family that quilts together stays warm together I’m sure.
This book was definitely a surprise to me. Expecting to see more traditional log cabins – the quilts on the cover for reference, I was really happy to see how much variety in the designs they had included in their “20 Modern Log Cabin Quilts”. I must admit though, some of them do rather stretch the definition of a log cabin block, with basically no resemblance in piecing at all, but we will let that one slide, ok?
This quilt, called Incline, was the sort of thing I was expecting to see throughout the book. It’s a lovely remake of a classic block, and the fresh prints and colourway really make it pop to me.
Some of the fabulous features of this book include – yardages and cutting directions for three different sizes of quilt – baby, throw and coverlet. Honestly, as these sizes are only differentiated by the number of blocks used, I wish more books included this sort of information. It would save me a lot of very bad maths working it out.
Each quilt is also demonstrated in two colourways – as you can see above. The main quilt is featured, but there is an overlay of a different block, showing you where the block fits into the repeat and giving you ideas for how you could make this quilt look completely different. Great idea!
Of course, with Natalia Bonner also being a long arm quilting genius, this book is full of eye candy for the quilters as well. I want to make this one just so I can pretend to quilt it like Natalia!!
I love this simpler variation of a pineapple block – made with quarter blocks instead of full templates. At 12″x12″ I bet this quilt would go together so quickly too!
Of course, the photography is excellent and the book is beautifully styled too, as you would expect from a publication of this calibre. This Peaches and Cream design is very clever, with a secondary pattern appearing when the blocks are put together.
This book is full of fresh looks, and ideal for blocks that showcase solids, dramatic prints or even embrace a scrappy feel, as with Dazzle, further up the page. Most of the cutting and piecing is really straightforward, allowing you to put together a quilt in a weekend with no hassles.
The verdict? Cabin Fever: 20 Modern Log Cabin Quilts is definitely a book that I will be adding to my arsenal, as my time is becoming more limited and this book is designed for maximum impact with minimum effort.
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