MbyY, in case you are not familiar with it, is the ezine put out quarterly, for free, by Benartex Fabrics. You can get your copy by going to their blog, Sew in Love With Fabric, where you will find the link to the ezine on the sidebar. When they contacted me to ask if I would like to design a digital block, the assignment being a modern twist on the Log Cabin block, I jumped at the chance for several reasons. First, I love a good challenge to my creativity and second, it was another opportunity to work with EQ8, and third, well, being published is always a thrill that never gets old. Fourth, I'd just played with a log cabin challenge for November's Island Batik challenge, so log cabins were still bouncing around in my head. You can see that quilt top here.
We could work with a full or quarter Log Cabin block, and we were given a few Benartex collections from which to pick. I chose to work with the quarter log cabin block, and the Limoncello fabric collection by Kanvas Studio for Benartex.
It is a little bit out of my comfort zone and not my preferred colours, which is always a good way to grow in the design department, in my experience anyway! I do love pretty much any colour paired with black, however. Here is the basic block from EQ:
Put a modern twist on the block was harder than I thought! After three or four attempts and 'meh' results, I came up with this block:
When I put the blocks into a quilt layout, I got some cool results.
First, here is the plain layout, all blocks oriented the same direction. It's pretty interesting:
No sleight of hand here, just some flipping and flopping. Isn't that just so cool?! Is this potential quilt wiggling its whiskers and nose at me? Flicking its bushy tail? Yeah, you bet it is... I smell a squirrel! For now, I have to be content with feeding it some bird seed, peanuts, and mostly hoping it stays out of my direct line of vision...
Be sure to head to Benartex's blog, Sew in Love With Fabric, where you can download for free your copy of the ezine. There may just be some give-aways up for grabs!
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