We’re excited to be part of the Modern Log Cabin Quilting Blog Tour with longtime Craft contributor and friend, Susan Beal. Susan’s new book is a must-have for anyone looking to get started with quilting, or experienced quilters who want to add a modern twist to their work. As Susan did in Button it Up, she provides rich history and context on her subject. I loved learning about the practical applications that helped make log cabin quilts so popular in the 1800s. Susan goes on to describe variations on the Log Cabin block, and includes incredibly detailed directions for how to piece each kind. As someone who has never made a quilt before, I found her instructions to be very clear and thorough and easy to follow. I must admit, I’ve always been a bit intimidated by quilting, but Susan’s thoughtful writing makes me feel like I could actually tackle this craft after all. Once the foundation for block building has been laid, Susan follows through with a collection of charming projects ranging from beginner to expert skill levels and for everything from home decor to accessories. I love the bright and cheery Vintage Linens and the simply beautiful Northwest Modern Quilt. The Block Pocket Apron would make a great hostess gift, and the Recylced Cords Pillow could be a great way to piece together scraps of baby clothes as a sweet keepsake. Modern Log Cabin Quilting is a lovely book filled with inspiration and encouragement in Susan’s trademark style. If you’re looking for a fresh approach to traditional quilting, this is it. Folks in Portland, Oregon will have the opportunity to meet Susan at a couple of events this weekend. On Saturday, April 2, Susan will be at Modern Domestic for a book signing and Make Your Own Quilt Block event from 5 to 6 pm. On Sunday, she’ll be at the world famous Powell’s bookstore for a book signing at 4 pm. See more information about these and other Modern Log Cabin Quilting events over on Susan’s blog. Giveaway Time! One of our lucky readers will win a copy of Modern Log Cabin Quilting! Simply leave a comment below and share a quilting memory you have or a quilting goal you’re working on, and we’ll select one winner at random. Comments will remain open until 10AM CST on Saturday, April 2, and we’ll announce the winner here on the blog on Monday.