Chocolate Covered Cherries by Edie McGinnis
When Edie McGinnis was planning her new book A Second Helping of "Desserts": More Sweet Quilts Using Precut Fabrics I showed her a photo of an old log cabin variation I'd been thinking of reproducing. She said she'd like to do it using Moda's Jelly Roll strips from my Civil War Homefront collection. I said "Go for it."
Keeping with her sweet theme she called it Chocolate Covered Cherries. Technically, this old quilt pattern, which seems to date back to the 1880s or so, should be called a quarter of a log cabin but in Gee's Bend, Alabama, the quilters who use it a lot have called it a Half a Log. Another name is Chevrons.
A Gee's Bend version
See two quilts by Alabama's African-American quilters from the Cargo collection at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum.
A top from about 1910
A top from about 1940
and a detail below
These variations with alternating dark and light logs are deceptively simple looking. The easiest way to get the effect is to do 45 degree seams like Edie did rather than the log construction.
The difficulty in keeping the pattern straight makes Roseanne's version of the old top above even more impressive.
Smithtown by Roseanne Smith
98 x 98Roseanne used a lot of the Ragtime reproductions mentioned in my May 7th post. It's 2 different blocks alternated.
See a half a log of uneven strips by clicking here at Wanda Hanson's blog:
And see some of her other layouts here:
She's definitely having fun with this block.
Read more about A Second Helping by Edie McGinnis here:
One more Half a Log