I was contacted recently by Fons & Porter to review their new ebook, Build Your Best Log Cabin. Clicking on the link will take you to their website where you can download your very own copy of the book for free!
If you are familiar with their magazine, the format of this book is similar. Each pattern, and there are four, starts with the finished sizes of the quilt and the blocks along with a project rating (easy, intermediate, challenging). Next the list the fabric requirements and all the cutting instructions. I really like having all this information upfront. I may not cut out everything all at once, but I like to see all the cutting requirements in one place instead of scattered throughout a pattern.
I think all four patterns look interesting but the Woven Log Cabin caught my eye.
The project rating for this one is "challenging" but I think that is mostly due to the fact that it contains 12 different blocks. This really isn't hard but it does require you to get organized and stay organized throughout the project. The blocks are only different in the fabric placement required to create the overall design. The pattern includes a very clear chart which categorizes how many pieces of each color you need for the quilt making cutting and getting organized pretty easy.
Included within each pattern are helpful tips. For the Woven Log Cabin pattern the tips pertain to organizing your myriad pieces for the blocks, which could come in handy for many other projects as well.
The other thing I really like about Fons & Porter patterns is that they tell you which way to press your seams so they nest together nicely. I'm a pretty experience quilter now so I can figure this out for myself, but it is nice to have this already done for me. For new quilters I think this is essential information to include in a pattern so they can have a good piecing experience.
In addition to the patterns, there are instructions for Liz's Lumpless Binding. The end result is the same as the way I do binding, but she uses a different technique for joining the ends than I do. Other additions are Bobbin Work with Trapunto and Binding with Piping.
If you haven't already, click here to your own free copy of the book!
Disclaimer: I am not being paid for this review. I did receive a copy of the book for free, but so are you. All opinions are my own.
The photographs are courtesy of Fons & Porter.