Shimmer Braid Quilt – Log Cabins


These log cabins are my version of the Shimmer Braid QAL. Shimmer Braid is a quilt designed by Deana of Dreamworthy Quilts. Deana is a very talented lady and her blog is always worth a visit.

The four following images are pictures of the four versions for the log cabins that were to be sewn in month 1. It took me some time to make the sixteen featured here. I did not used fat quarters as suggested by Deana, but scraps and old clothes. I have wanted to mix those fabrics together for some time and I thought that the Shimmer Braid quilt was the perfect occasion. When I look at Deana’s pattern, I see an English kitchen herb garden. Not what she had in mind. But the image is engraved in mine.

Not following the cutting and sewing instructions of the pattern meant I could not make the blocks as fast as possible. In the end, I cut every single piece separately and then sew them together. There are twenty more log cabins in the pattern…

The pink fabric is silk that wrinkles as soon as I touch it. So, please, disregard the obvious wrinkles. I made four blocks of each version.





I have also used polyester. The brown squares are made of a polyester embroidered with brown thread. The white and light beige fabrics are polyester looking like linen. The beige/brown/orange is a “wrinkled” polyester (I am not sure how to call it…).


Because I used all those fabrics with different textures, the result is a block not lying perfectly flat. Not good for taking pictures, let me tell you. Looking at my pictures, it seems that none of the lines are straight. (I assure you they look better in real. You will have to take my word on that. 😉 ) But they will make, I think, a striking top. And when quilted, everything will stay in place.


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Other posts about quilts:


Cardinal Blocks for my Winter Quilt


Snowman Blocks for my Winter Quilt


Cardinal and Red Berries Quilt


Tea in the Rose Garden (pattern available in my Craftsy Pattern Store)

8 thoughts on “Shimmer Braid Quilt – Log Cabins

  1. It is wonderful you are using your scraps. I am always afraid to work with non-cotton fabrics. I have enough difficulty getting everything flat and even with quilter’s cottons! Your blocks look wonderful.

  2. I sure do love your color combination France! The fabrics you used create a warm and beautiful block! I have a little stack of Kona solids in a similar color combination, just waiting for the perfect idea. Somehow yours makes me think of buttercream frostings.
    It must be quite a challenge to get all the different textures and fabrics to behave as you sew. Deana’s design reminded me of an herb garden too. I can’t wait to see how your quilt comes along!

    • Buttercream frostings is an image that I like! A cupcake covered with pink frosting.
      I’m glad to read that I’m not the only one seeing a garden in this pattern. Yes, using different textures can be a challenge, but I am becoming an expert at making fabric behave properly. Using pins helps a lot. And not being a perfectionist. 😉

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