Thursday, February 7, 2013

eBooks by Fons & Porter, "Build Your Best Log Cabin"

Recently I was asked if I’d like to review a free eBook, "Build Your Best Log Cabin" created by Fons & Porter Love of Quilting and would I, once reviewed, be interested in writing a brief review? Of course I was interested!

ETA- I was given permission to share the link since it isn't yet on the web page so here it is. :) 
I’ve now had a chance to read through the eBook and I have to say, I am pleasantly surprised. Not because I wondered if the eBook would be any good, I pretty much expected that. I mean, Fons & Porter Love of Quilting. I haven’t come across any patterns or instructions by them which have disappointed yet. Heck, all the foundation piecing I do now is courtesy of having learned from Fons & Porter Love of Quilting and I’ve got a love of foundation piecing now for it.

So, I was expecting good. I assumed it. Here’s what I didn’t expect. I didn’t expect the easy read. I also didn't expect to get a little background on the history of a log cabin or to receive some non-log cabin related tutorials such as bobbin quilting and binding with typing.

There are several quilt patterns included in the eBook and I find myself eager to make a log cabin quilt after reading through it and seeing how well Fons & Porter Love of Quilting have simplified the log cabin block by way of explanation for how the blocks are traditionally built. I am not typically a log cabin gal but I have ideas swirling now. I’ve got an idea to use the Bear Paw pattern by Ricky Tims that is in this eBook. I can’t stop thinking of which fabrics I should use for it and the only thing restricting me from pulling fabric is that I have too many projects going at the moment. Won't be long, though, before I start. I'm sure of it.

I found, as I read through the patterns that the tips and tutorials provided and were easy to understand. I think in picture and so often translate words into images when I read and therefore, it's important to me instrcutions are conscise but thorough so I should add that on the couple of occasions I caught myself pausing, the picture and diagrams quickly cleared any hesitancy I might have felt. I think this is why I’m so eager to make a log cabin quilt now, I have a “hey, I can do that” mentality now.

I didn’t know Fons & Porter Love of Quilting offered these short eBooks (this one is 24 pages with mostly pattern instruction) for free on their website or that you can download them off the website once you are registered there (also free with no obligations). I plan to explore the other eBooks soon (Batik Quilt Patterns, Civil War Quilt Patterns, Blockbusters: 100 Quilt Blocks, Handmade Christmas Ornaments) to see what other inspiration strikes thanks to these little gems!

If you find yourself with a little time, I recommend stopping over at Fons & Porter Love of Quilting and having a look at what’s available. The Build Your Best Log Cabin eBook is not available just yet online at the . I’m guessing you will be pleasantly surprised, too.


1 comment:

Kay Lynne said...

Thanks for the review--I will have to check it out :)