I hope you have been following along this month with all my fellow Island Batik Ambassadors and their creative posts during the Log Cabin Blog Hop. For my Blog Hop project I thought it would be fun to do something a little different and show you a creative way to make log cabins using triangles. I know you all have heard of the Pythagorean Theorem, well I put the theorem to good use and made equilateral triangle log cabins. They are super easy to make. There are so many possibilities for organizing them to make interesting log cabin quilts. Meet “Pythagoras”.
The batiks I used were from the new Island Batik Sunset Blooms Collection – designed by Kathy Engle for Chris Hoover of Whirligig Designs. This collection is arriving at your local quilt shops starting in June. It is a wonderful jewel tone collection of teals, purples, and golds.
Blog Hop Giveaway
Now before we continue, I want you to know you can win this precut Sunset Blooms collection by Kathy Engle. It is just one of the many giveaways Island Batik has been doing all month long with the new Spring 2020 collections. Just click on the Pre-Cut image above to use the Rafflecopter to enter. The giveaway ends February 28th at 11:59 PM PDT. The winner will be announced March 2nd.
Making the Triangle Log Cabin Blocks
Okay, back to how I made “Pythagoras’ using equilateral triangle log cabins. I used the 60 Degree Diamond specialty ruler made by Creative Grids. Using a ruler will make the triangle log cabins a perfect 60 degree angle so they will fit together nicely.
I cut 1 1/2″ strips from a variety of batiks in the collection. In some of the log cabin triangles I used some of the lighter batiks in the collection and to give a little interest I created some using the jewel tone batiks.
Using 121935038 and 121917051 cream batiks from the collection I started making logs around the center 60 degree triangle.
Two rows of logs were added and then trimmed up to make a perfect 60 degree triangle. I made a number of these triangle log cabin blocks for the background.
Each triangle log cabin block was trimmed to a perfect 60 degree triangle using the Creative Grids 60 degree Diamond ruler. I repeated the process making purple, teal, and green/gold triangle blocks to make the intertwining diamonds for the quilt top.
The blocks were sewn using Schmetz 70/10 Microtex needles. These needles are great to use for sewing with batiks. The needles have a thin acute point for perfectly straight stitches for quilt piecing when precision is paramount.
I quilted the quilt with Hobbs 100% Cotton batting and Aurifil thread. The Aurifil Color Builders are new from Aurifil. They are mini-collections of 3 large spools of 50 wt. thread. Each box contains a light, medium, and dark spool in the colorway. I used the Sicily Yellow collection in the making of Pythagoras.
Time for another Giveaway!
I thought it would be fun to have another giveaway drawing. Would you like to win this beautiful rayon Island Batik scarf?
You can! Just leave me a comment telling me your favorite new Island Batik collection. You can see all of the collections here. The giveaway will close on March 1st at 12 p.m. Central Time. I will notify you via email if you are the lucky winner of this beautiful rayon scarf.