Fresh & Vibrant Log Cabin Quilting (And Knitting!)

Fresh & Vibrant Log Cabin Quilting (And Knitting!)

Tess Wilson
May 9, 2011

I keep seeing examples of log cabin quilting done in bright juicy colors — perfect for a spring (continuing into summer, perhaps) project. Quilting and knitting tend to have cozy wintery connotations, but in the spring and summer you can sit and stitch near an open window, bright fruity drink close at hand.

  1. I saw these quilted silk pillowcases (first photo) in Martha Stewart Living awhile back and liked their unexpected pop of color. The champagne-hued one with the chartreuse center is my favorite, but those hot pinks are pretty irresistible, too.
  2. MSL also featured a seersucker log cabin baby quilt that I would love to have — in full size — as my summer bedding.
  3. The third pillow is a playful take on the traditional log cabin pattern, with the fabrics lined up intentionally "wonky." Brett Bara has a full tutorial over at Design*Sponge.
  4. Finally, the baby blanket that I can't stop thinking about. I need one in my size...and I need to learn to knit, I guess. It was created by Joelle of The Purl Bee, where you can find her full instructions and helpful comments (and encouragement). Examples of the log cabin pattern rendered in knit or crochet seem unusual, and this one is especially notable for its super-saturated yet elegant and tasteful colors. That's a lucky baby!

Have you worked with the log cabin motif? Did you love it/hate it? Any tips to share?

Images: Room & Pillows from Martha Stewart, Baby Blanket from Martha Stewart, "Wonky" Pillow from Design*Sponge, Blanket from The Purl Bee

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