I adore log cabin – it was the first kind of quilting I ever tried, and is still my absolute favorite. This collection includes ten full-size quilts and fifteen smaller patchwork projects, including pillows, zip bags, camera cases, handbags, and market totes, with a short history of log cabin quilting, lots of information on tools and materials, and beginner-friendly instructions for everything from choosing your fabrics to binding your finished quilt. Twenty-three of the projects are mine, and two are contributed by my lovely and talented friend Daniela Caine! The cover quilt is my favorite one – Modern Crosses, which I made for my button-loving Pearl. Each of the crosses is a different fabric, “tied” securely with a different vintage button. I found out I was expecting our new baby while I was designing the tenth and final quilt for the book, Bright Furrows, and so that one is his. I’ll share a photo of it next week – it’s in the hospital bag waiting for him!
The book comes out March 22, and it’s already available for pre-order on Amazon (!). This has been a really beautiful and meaningful project to work on – I feel so fortunate to have had the chance to spend a year making quilts for my family, and fun projects for my home – and I am really looking forward to sharing more about it (especially some photos!) soon. In the meantime, just in case you are in Portland, like to plan way ahead, and actually have a 2011 calendar already (impressive), I will be doing a book event at Powell’s on Sunday, April 3rd and will have mini-quilting kits to give everyone who can make it.
If all goes well, I’ll be meeting my baby boy early next week, and things will probably be relatively quiet over here for a bit (though I’ll definitely post an announcement when there is news!). But in case you’re interested, I set up a Facebook page for my craft writing and will definitely be doing more regular mini-updates there. I’d love it if you wanted to like it and get my little craft posts there. And thanks to the magic of scheduled publishing, I’m excited that my interview with Elizabeth Hartman will go up on CRAFT: next week – she shared tons of helpful tips and advice on quilting, along with some favorites spotted at Quilt Market.
See you soon!
ps: to everyone who liked my Pendleton patchwork quilt I made this month (thank you!), I am thrilled to mention that I have a full-size Pendleton log cabin quilt project in the book, too. That was an especially fun one to work on, their wool is a delight to sew with.