The Cabin Quilts Built

Recently, many of us--maybe most of us-- have spent almost all our time at home, self-distancing from our neighbors, friends, and co-workers. What does it really mean to ‘be home?’ Home, and the feeling of home, can mean different things to different people. There is an aspect of home that is physical, but a broader sense of what it means to ‘be at home’ comes from a feeling of comfort and safety. It may be a group of people that truly makes you feel at home; or it might be a specific place, a place where you are able to be your true self. For makers, home can often be found in a familiar quilt, made with love, that you can wrap yourself in. 

Please enjoy a portion of the home built in the pages of Curated Quilts, Issue No. 2: Log Cabin.

Elsie by Ariel Hasell

Elsie by Ariel Hasell 

The quilts Ariel Hasell makes are inspired by the simplicity and humility of traditional Amish quilts, as well as the designs of modernist art and architecture. Elsie was made with a variety of varied linens and natural muslins. The hints of color in the quilt compliment the hand quilting for an overall soft and comforting feeling. 

Giant Log Cabin Jelly Roll Quilt by Jeni Baker

Giant Log Cabin Jelly Roll Quilt by Jeni Baker

With an enlarged scale and the contrast of color, Baker has created a log cabin quilt that feels familiar but also new. 

 Linen Log Cabin by Barbara Perrino

Linen Log Cabin by Barbara Perrino

Perrino’s log cabins are like two individuals living in the same house while isolating from one another. The stark lines create a feeling of separation and speak to love being lost. 

Log Cabins #16 by Luke Haynes

Log Cabins #16 by Luke Haynes

From the maker, “This quilt is part of a series of 50 quilts using the Log Cabin block to work through iterations and variations within the constraints of ‘traditional’ piecing.” The black framing of each row of log cabins severs this quilt from its traditional roots while still honoring where it came from. 

 Las Ventanas by Kristen Shields

Las Ventanas by Kristen Shields

Each window of Las Ventanas (windows in Spanish) was improvisationally pieced as if it were a separate landscape view. Shields imagined rolling hills with the sea in the distance, flower fields, and sunsets. Each one of Shields’s windows tells a vibrant story. The unusual background color used enhances the story the quilt tells.    

 Scrappy Improv by Svetlana Sotak

Scrappy Improv by Svetlana Sotak

Sotak’s has translated hygge into this log cabin quilt. Her combination of color and shape creates a feeling of comfort and neighborhood. The varying low-volume fabrics used for a backdrop of negative space are interesting and result in many places for the eye to rest. 

Lazy Gal by Tara Faughnan

Lazy Gal by Tara Faughnan

Lazy Gal was started while in a class led by some of the women of Gee’s Bend at QuiltCon 2015. Instead of receiving a lot of instruction about what to make in the class, Faughnan learned something she found much more valuable from something one of the teachers said, “I can’t tell you what to make, you do you, you know what’s inside you.” Faughnan said this advice was an incredible gift of encouragement and a reminder to follow your own rhythm. The quilt was made from old clothes, solid cottons, and was hand-quilted with a thick, metallic thread. 

Find these quilts and more when you purchase your own digital copy of Curated Quilts, Issue No. 2: Log Cabin.


By Brittany Bowen Burton


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