March quilting book review – Cabin Fever

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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


Cabin Fever - Quilting book review Cassandra Madge


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?


Cabin Fever - Quilting book review Cassandra Madge


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.


Cabin Fever - Quilting book review Cassandra Madge


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!


Cabin Fever - Quilting book review Cassandra Madge


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!!


Cabin Fever - Quilting book review Cassandra Madge


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!


Cabin Fever - Quilting book review Cassandra Madge


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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