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One of the oldest documented quilt-block designs, log cabin blocks are constructed with fabric "logs" around a center square "hearth." For years quilters have been fascinated with the design possibilities of the straight diagonal line created by these blocks in traditional log cabin quilts.

Now quilters are turning with the same fascination to curving log cabin designs. The most remarkable thing about this design variation is that, although every piece is straight, the designs appear rounded or oval.

It's easy, however, with the help of a 45-page guidebook, "Creating Curves With Log Cabins." Sixth in the "Quilting for People Who Don't Have Time to Quilt" series, the book covers everything you need to know to get started on an exciting quilt of your own, including step-by-step instructions, full-size patterns, supplies, fabrics and more. In addition, the book features seven quilt projects designed to help beginners learn log cabin curve techniques.

The "Creating Curves With Log Cabins" guidebook, No. AN4177, is $12.95.

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