There's a lot of weird shit happening out there in the universe this week: solar flares, Mercury in retrograde, time changes, rain storms, wind that makes all the dogs on my street howl...In my opinion, there's only one thing to do at a time like this. Hunker down and sew. My project of choice comes from the book Modern Log Cabin Quilting: 25 Simple Quilts and Patchwork Projects by Portland's own Susan Beal.

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I've been working slowly and steadily on the Modern Crosses quilt (featured on the front cover) since this summer, but I chose to use blues instead of multi-colored cross blocks. I made a one-stop shop at Joanne Fabrics on a day when their fat quarters were 2 for $1 and bought out every shade of blue. Score! This is what I have so far...

This is my number one book recommendation for new-ish quilters who want to have a solid understanding of technique while keeping their ability to stray creatively from the pattern. Once you learn the basics of log cabin blocking, you can do anything! The quilts and smaller projects in this book range in style from adorable to rustic to traditional to modern. You can check out other samples of projects from this book at the modernlogcabinquilting blog. Happy Quilting!