Here are some recent posts and reviews about Modern Log Cabin Quilting!

Sherri Osbourne, This book offers directions for 25 fun and easy projects. You will be amazed at the variety of projects you can make using log cabin blocks. Of course, you can create a quilt, but you can also make a coaster set, pillows, an apron, a camera case, and so much more!

Mims Copeland of the Oregonian: This great book has 25 patterns for quilts, pillows, bags, potholders and more, along with a little bit of history and plenty of information on techniques. Even though I’m only a beginning quilter, I feel confident that I could attack any project in this book.

Vivian McInerney of Oregon Home Magazine: Super crafty Susan Beal of Portland penned Modern Log Cabin Quilting after falling in love with that traditional technique. It’s packed with instructions for 25 hip home projects ranked from easy — patch pocket aprons — to complex full-size quilts. Threaded through the book are tidbits of quilting history sure to enthrall new crafters.

And Kay Gardiner of Mason-Dixon Knitting not only wrote a lovely review of the book…

Beginner quilters sometimes ask me to recommend a starter book, and this is the book I am going to recommend from now on. The basic quilting instructions at the beginning of the book are clear. Everything you need is covered, with great tips.

The designs are fresh and beautiful. The author’s taste is wonderful. This is the first album/scrapbook type quilt I’ve seen, that I would want to make. And of course, for me, this is a knitting book. I am in love with the “crosses” quilt on the cover; the construction of a knitted version sprang into my head immediately and won’t let me go.


but she designed and knitted an exquisite Mitered Crosses blanket version of the Modern Crosses quilt, and posted the pattern on Ravelry to benefit Mercy Corps’ earthquake relief efforts in Japan! As of March 22, just a few days in, she’s donated $2,250 from the sale of the pattern! I am amazed and grateful at this wonderful fundraiser celebrating my favorite pieced quilt’s lovely knitted cousin. Thank you to Kay doesn’t even come close to covering it. I’m in tears.


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  1. I’m having trouble with the market tote….since using a bit larger seam results in a smaller than 16″ block. I think I will need to re-cut my other pieces smaller now??

    • Hi Bonnie, I’m sorry to hear that! We’ve made two Market Totes and the block size has been 16″ or even a bit larger (so the 2nd one was trimmed down slightly). I guess everyone pieces a little differently. I would definitely suggest trimming your lining pieces to match and then the height (longways) of your side and bottom panels too, and then sewing as usual otherwise. I’m so sorry about the inconvenience, and I’m emailing you too. Thanks so much for checking in about it.

    • OR – (just thought of this) – if you have a little extra fabric, you could add narrower strips of matching (or contrast) denim to the outer tier to bring it up to 16″ – depending on how much smaller your block is? Just one more option to even things up. Again, my apologies for the hassle!

  2. I got Modern Log Cabin Quilting this year and I’ve been making pillows ever since. I bought some fabric for one of the quilt projects and can’t wait to get started on it.
    I LOVE this book!!

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