Designing blocks has been a passion of mine for a long time so, of course, I was excited to design a block for this special issue. I have always been drawn to the Log Cabin and Roundabout is based on a Log Cabin variation. To add some interest to the block, I decided to piece the colored “logs” from 1″ squares. When the sections are sewn together, it looks like there are two different blocks that alternate.
My original thought when I designed this block was that it would look nice sewn in a straight setting.
I used EQ6 to draw the quilt in a straight set.
I know which one is my favorite. Leave me a comment letting me know which one you like, and I’ll randomly select one person Thursday around 10 to receive a copy of our 100 Blocks from Today’s Top Designers.
It was a revelation to me when I started coloring this design in EQ. When I designed this block, I was drawn to the combination of 30s prints on a white background that I had seen in a different quilt. That’s what I had in mind for this block. And I still like that combination. But when I decided to color the background black, I realized how much it made the design pop. In case you’re wondering, my favorite is the diagonal set on black—it seems like a lot of you agree. A couple people commented that they would like to see partial blocks in the triangles around the edges. I also tried that in EQ and it did look nice, but I decided to just post the diagonal sets with plain setting triangles to “float” the design.
And, now for the winner: #17, Jane. Congratulations! Jane will receive a copy of our 100 Blocks issue.