Books on Monday – Hill & Valley Log Cabins

If you are looking for my blogaversary giveaway, it is here.

This week we are looking at the first of two books by Robert DeCarli – Hill & Valley Log Cabins. (Yes, I do seem to be fascinated with Log Cabins, don’t I?) And, yes, that is an Amazon Associate link.

The quilts in this book are stunning “curved” log cabin quilts. (Note, there are no actual curves in these quilts – they just look curved.) And, yes, I want to make them all. Sigh. I need to live forever here!

After a brief introduction which explains how he became a quilter and how he got interested in these kinds of quilts, Mr. DeCarli then introduces the Hill & Valley Log Cabin blocks and how to piece them and variations of them. (Some of these have blocks within the blocks!) Next come the 13 gorgeous projects, followed by a section on variations. By the time you have worked your way through this book, you should be an expert.

One of the things that I found so interesting about this book is that Mr. DeCarli comes at quilting more like an engineer than an artist. The colors are secondary to him because he is colorblind and does not see them. (His wife picks out the actual colors for his quilts.) I start with the colors most of the time, so this is very different from how I think of quilts. (Next week you’ll see another example of this.0

Book sections:

  • Dedication
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: Serendipity Strikes Again
  • Hill & Valley Log Cabin Blocks
  • Piecing the Blocks
  • The Projects
  • Variations on a Theme
  • Meet Bob DeCarli

I give this book as many thumbs up as I can!

Quilt on!