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Wonky Log Cabin (Cotton Bole) Quilt


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Ready for Spring? Well Hello Wonk! I love that this design has its roots in something quite traditional, but still manages to look fresh and modern. Made up of twelve blocks that are each twelve inches square I call it the Wonky Log Cabin design - wonky because the strips are all different widths, and the layout doesn't follow the standard light and dark scheme used in traditional log cabin quilts. Though I did come up with this idea on my own, there is really nothing new under the sun. Since I made this I have stumbled upon many variations on the standard log cabin block, some quite similar to mine. In addition to a quilt made up of these blocks, I made this as a "quilt-as-you-go" project. This means that each block is pieced, and quilted before it is joined with the other blocks. Full instructions are provided for this technique in the pattern. The wonky log cabin is a design that is quite forgiving, so a good project for beginning quilters who are not yet confident about making perfect points and stars. SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 40 x 54 inches

Supplies Needed

  • 7 3/4 yards coordinating fabric (details in pattern)
  • Rotary cutting tools or good shears
  • Sewing machine with ability to sew accurate 1/4 inch seams

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Kay Stephenson is a freelance writer and fiber artist living in Atlanta, Ga with her husband, Mark, and her dog, Lady. Working in several fiber related craft areas, she combines quilting, crochet, and wet felting techniques to create unique works of art. Kay blogs about her craft at She says, "I learned to crochet, knit and sew at my mother's knee. She could do it all from sewing to tatting, crochet, knitting, embroidery. I learned to knit when I was about 6 or 7 and just never stopped learning new crafts and techniques."