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Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Log Cabin Quilts: A Designers DilemmaLog Cabin quilts have been on my mind, as well as my design wall, lately. A year ago when I moved into my new-to-me house, I decided to furnish the guest room with a pair of twin beds. The theory is that this maximizes the options for who can comfortably stay with me…a couple could manage, but it would also work for my little niece and nephew, for example.

I’ve never made a PAIR of quilts before, but that’s what I set out to do. The room is painted a nice soft lavender, and I decided I wanted the quilts to coordinate with each other, but not be exactly the same (mostly because I figured I’d get very bored if I made 2 identical quilts).

I came up with a log cabin quilt pattern with a 6 x 8 block setting and started making blocks. Log cabin quilt patterns deserve their immense popularity for lots of reasons, but my main one was because I knew that identical sets of blocks could be arranged in many different ways for very different final looks. My two quilts would match in terms of blocks, which would help me make good time on the piecing, but be quite different in their layouts.

That’s all well and good, but now that my blocks are almost complete, it’s time to decide on which two of the possible unlimited number of layouts I’m going to use! Here’s where I need some help. I’ve been playing around in Electric Quilt 7 software and I’ve come up with versions of all the most common Log Cabin Quilt layouts, plus a few more from my own head. Will you help me decide on two to use? Just leave a comment below with the names of the two you prefer. Once my quilt tops are finished, I’ll add photos of them here so you can see how they turned out.

Thanks in advance…I can’t wait to see which layouts get the most votes!

Straight set 225x300 Log Cabin Quilts: A Designers Dilemma

Straight Set

Fields and Furrows 225x300 Log Cabin Quilts: A Designers Dilemma

Fields and Furrows

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunshine and Shadows 225x300 Log Cabin Quilts: A Designers Dilemma

Sunshine and Shadows

Sunshine and Shadows Reversed 225x300 Log Cabin Quilts: A Designers Dilemma

Sunshine and Shadows Reversed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Streak of Lightening or Zigzag 225x300 Log Cabin Quilts: A Designers Dilemma

Streak of Lightning or Zigzag

Pinwheels 225x300 Log Cabin Quilts: A Designers Dilemma

Pinwheels

 

 

 

 

Around the Block 225x300 Log Cabin Quilts: A Designers Dilemma

Around the Block

 

Pyramids 225x300 Log Cabin Quilts: A Designers Dilemma

Pyramids

Medallion OOPS 225x300 Log Cabin Quilts: A Designers Dilemma

Medallion – see the mistake? Yikes!

Log Cabin Star 225x300 Log Cabin Quilts: A Designers Dilemma

Log Cabin Star

Escalators 225x300 Log Cabin Quilts: A Designers Dilemma

Escalators

Chevron 225x300 Log Cabin Quilts: A Designers Dilemma

Chevron

Broken Zigzag 225x300 Log Cabin Quilts: A Designers Dilemma

Broken Zigzag

Barn Raising 225x300 Log Cabin Quilts: A Designers Dilemma

Barn Raising

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