If you can believe what is on the internet (ever) then you might know that the log cabin quilt dates back further than the pioneer days in the United States. Supposedly, similar designs were found on an ancient Egyptian mummy and in an English quilt predating 1830! While that is all fine and good, the design makes me think of the pioneer spirit and workmanship and bravery of those who rebuilt their lives in new territories.
I would like nothing more than to built myself a log cabin home as a retreat (complete with a real floor and AC). I’m afraid I would be left sleeping on top of my sewing tables!
This curvy log cabin block starts out the same as a traditional log cabin. Lore says a red center symbolizes the hearth of the home, and yellow a welcoming light in the window, My pink centers represent something else entirely. For a long time, I hated the color pink. Don’t ask me why, I just couldn’t mentally handle it. One day after college, before I became a mother, I decided it was time to “girl up” and come to terms with what is now one of my favorite colors, though I lean toward the darker pinks. My centers are not “just pink”, they are built of peony medallion and navy haystack fabric with a hint of traditional navy. They represent my “inner girl” that used to hate pink…
I really liked making this block, and may need to build an entire quilt like it. The only “trick” to the completion was the tapered 1/4″ curve to finish the curved center. Start your seam 1 3/4″ down on your curve and taper your seam to the normal 1/4″ seam allowance. Taper back down on the other side. It took me a couple of tries to get it right, but mistakes were easily corrected.
Update (11/2016): I recently received a bunch of inquiries regarding the pattern for this block. It is part of the Sew Kind of Wonderful, Curve it Up, pattern. It is not free. I think a link to my site was listed under free patterns somewhere incorrectly. I hope this clears up some confusion.