My Day on the Island Batik Log Cabin Blog Hop

by | Feb 7, 2024 | 23 comments

Welcome to the second day of Island Batik’s Log Cabin Blog Hop! Our challenge this month was to create a quilt from an old favorite block – the Log Cabin! There are many varieties of log cabin quilts, as will be evident as you see all the ambassadors creations throughout this month! For this month’s challenge I received a gorgeous collection of fabrics called Fairy Floss, and original collection by Tamarinis (Tammy Silvers) for Island Batik. Y’all know these colors are all up in my wheelhouse! LOL

A Brief History of the Log Cabin Quilt

“Early Log Cabin blocks were hand-pieced using strips of fabrics around a central square. In traditional Log Cabin blocks, one half is made of dark fabrics and the other half light. A red center symbolized the hearth of home and a yellow center represented a welcoming light in the window. Anecdotal evidence, based on oral folklore, suggests that during the Civil War, a Log Cabin quilt with a black center hanging on a clothesline was meant to signal a stop for the Underground Railroad.”

American Quilter – Read more here:

My Thought Process

I fired up EQ8 and searched through all the Log Cabin blocks and loved many of them, but I honed it down to two different blocks – a log basket, that I paper pieced, and a quarter log block. I loaded these beautiful fabrics into the program and played around

Originally I planned a second border, but ran out of fabric so I used the stripe as the binding. I do love using a stripe for binding!! I also love how the four rotating log basket blocks form a pinwheel, which is another of my favorite blocks! So here is my quilt!

Isn’t it pretty the way the sunlight plays on these fabrics?!

Quilt Stats

Name: Cabin in the Woods, original pattern designed in EQ8 – Electric Quilt.
Size: Approximately 79 x 79 inches.
Fabrics Used: ALL 20 SKUs of Fairy Floss – original collection by Tamarinis for Island Batik
       that is shipping to stores now. Instead of the traditional red or yellow for the
       center I used an Island Batik neutral named Icing, and the backing is Island Batik
       Light Grey, both of which are available year round from you favorite LQS.
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. from my stash. Aurifil makes the BEST threads for all your sewing
        embroidery needs!
Batting: Hobbs Tuscany Cotton Wool Blend – Queen.
Needles: Schmetz 80/12, which is my favorite needle, especially for sewing batiks.

I really enjoyed using my Oliso TG1600 Pro Plus Smart Iron provided to the ambassadors by a new sponsor this year, Oliso! It is particularly great for making binding! I love the auto life and how it pops up off the mat when you take your hand away! It gets really hot too, which works great with my Alpaca Wool mat!

I also used my AccuQuilt dies to cut the strips and squares for the quarter log cabin blocks.

I want to thank these sponsors for providing the materials I used to complete this quilt project!

I hope you will visit my fellow ambassadors throughout the month and see what they have created for this blog hop! Below is the schedule for this week (the hop began Tuesday), and for the remainder of the month, you can see the schedule HERE.

February 6:

Preeti Harris, Sew Preeti Quilts
Sarah Pitcher, Pitcher’s Boutique LLC
Megan Best, Best Quilter

February 7:

Pamela Boatright, Pamelaquilts
Brenda Alburl, Songbird Designs that’s me!!
Emily Leachman, The Darling Dogwood

February 8:

Leah Malasky, Quilted Delights
Suzy Webster, Websterquilt

But WAIT, There’s MORE!

On February 9th, there will be a round-up of Week 1 and a GIVEAWAY that will be posted on the Island Batik Blog and Social Media. Click the link and follow the simple Rafflecopter prompts for a chance to win one of the two fabulous Fat Quarter bundles – Breezy by Kate Colleran Designs or Fairy Floss by Tamarinis!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway ends February 9th at 11:59 pm PDT. Two random winners will be notified by email on February 10th and announced on the Island Batik Facebook page on February 13th. If the winners do not respond within the first two days after being notified, two new random winners will be chosen and notified. Please check your spam folders!

Have a great rest of your week! Until next time…

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  1. Sandra Walker

    As I said to Gail, this line has me all over it! And wow, I love your log cabin quilt, so very pretty and with such a cool twist!

  2. Jennifer Thomas

    Beautiful quilt, Brenda! It does look so pretty in the sunlight. Fairy Floss is such a gorgeous fabric collection. Have a great day!

  3. Lynn

    I love the design of your quilt. It is beautiful!!! It really shows off the beautiful fabrics.

  4. pamelaquilts

    The pinwheel was one of the first things that caught my eye with your quilt, I love them, too! I love these colors and you did a great job using them! So pretty!

  5. Heather

    How unique! Baskets AND log cabin locks!

  6. Pat Parks

    This is a wonderful log cabin setting!

  7. lee

    Your quilt is beyond beautiful!

  8. Beth T.

    How is it that I’ve never seen the pinwheel when basket blocks come together? What magic have you conjured? Who says there is nothing new under the sun?

  9. Denise

    Such a lovely collection to use in making these log cabin quilts. You are so creative!

  10. Joyce Carter

    I really love your quilt Brenda. It is so beautiful and the design is fantastic!

  11. nrider9c13a22750

    Fairy Floss is beautiful!

  12. grubmagruder

    I like the new fabric colors. Love the strip on the binding.

  13. Sheila Bales

    Love yo quilt, just beautiful.

  14. Judy Morrison

    If I lose focus I put it aside and work on a something else like picking out the pattern and material for my next quilt and than I am ready to get back to it and finish it.

  15. Connie Kresin Campbell

    Beautiful quilt Brenda! What a neat design and the fabrics make me think of Spring or Summer!

  16. Quilting Tangent

    Interesting design, looks like 3 quilts laying on top of each other.

  17. Gretchen

    I love the fabrics you used in your log cabin quilt, it’s beautiful! Happy stitching!

  18. Kathleen McCormick

    Your log cabin is gorgeous. Love that you used the stripe for the binding and the pinwheel center – just so pretty. All my irons are dying, and I do have an older oliso, I remember loving it in the beginning. Maybe I will need to go back!

  19. texasquiltgal

    Brenda that quilt is just beautiful, and yes I love the sunlight dappled on it! That Oliso iron is really nice, and I’m glad you are enjoying yours. I love mine for the long cord, the heat, and the auto lift.

  20. Deborah Browning

    Your log cabin quilt is very pretty and quite interesting. I have never seen the log basket variation before.

  21. Sandy Allen

    Love the way the blocks seem to radiate from the center! I keep focus on my projrcts by either putting on music that i can hum along with or turning on a tv show that i can listen to and don’t have to watch.

  22. Gail Beam

    Brenda, your quilt is absolutely gorgeous! Love all of the different batik fabrics and colors that you used in your log cabin quilt.

  23. Preeti Harris

    Beautiful collection and beautifully executed! Love your unique take on the log cabin. Yes, the fabrics seem to glow, indeed. That basket block overlaid on a pinwheel – you should copyright that. Call it Brenda’s Basket or such like.


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