A few weeks ago, some friends and I decided to put our design skills to the test by coming up with patterns that would appeal to a diverse crowd of quilters – as well as fit on a 4″ x 6″ notecard. We wanted a collection of patterns that reflected a simple, modern aesthetic – our “Quilt Theory,” so to speak.

Cross Cabins is my first quilt under the Quilt Theory brand.


I chose to use a log cabin technique because I love how log cabin quilts can be traditional or modern. They are equally beautiful when scrappy or precisely planned, and they can create dazzling secondary patterns.  


This is a basic design, but the bold lines have a modern aesthetic that is at home in almost any decor. With simple cutting and few seams to match, the pattern is accessible to beginner quilters, as well as advanced quilters looking for a quick sew to showcase their favorite fabrics.

I used Art Gallery Fabrics Pure Elements in Nocturnal for the main crossing lines, Spiceberry for the accent squares, and Oatmeal for the background. I quilted Cross Cabins with three Aurifil 50wt threads that coordinated nicely with the fabrics:6722, 2455, and 2785.


Curious about the rest of the team? You can read our whole story on the Quilt Theory site here.

PDF patterns are available now through our website QuiltTheory.com, and we would love for you to ask your local quilt shop to carry Quilt Theory pattern cards.

To celebrate the launch of Quilt Theory, I am giving away a copy of my pattern, Cross Cabins (printed or PDF, your choice!) along with a PDF of all of the Quilt Theory Coloring Pages. I’ll also include a $25 gift certificate to Stash Fabrics so you can grab a little fabric for your first Quilt Thoery project!

This is my first giveaway using Rafflecopter, so I appreciate your patience. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it all goes well…


a Rafflecopter giveaway

The giveaway ends Sunday, October 16th, at midnight eastern time and a random number generator will select the winner. Giveaway open to participants 18 years or older and international participants are welcome. If you buy my pattern and then you win it, I’ll refund you or let you pick out another free Quilt Theory pattern 🙂

Blog hop schedule:
Be sure to visit the rest of the Quilt Theory designers this week during our blog hop. This team has tons of talent!

Friday 10/7 – Quilt Theory
Saturday 10/8 – Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl
Monday 10/10 – Daisy @Ants to Sugar
Tuesday 10/11 – Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs
Wednesday 10/12- Kitty @Night Quilter
Thursday 10/13 – Michelle @Michelle Bartholomew Handmade Quilts
Friday 10/14 – Stephanie @Late Night Quilter
Saturday 10/15 – Lorinda @Laurel Poppy and Pine
Monday 10/17 – Quilt Theory

Last, but certainly not least, a huge thank you to Michelle Bartholomew. She’s the Quilt Theory fearless leader, and all photograph credits in this post are hers!

Have a delightful week, everyone!


  1. Jen R.

    Lovely design! Sometimes we forget that something doesn’t have to be complicated to be beautiful. This design really would work well to showcase a favorite fabric. Great Job! And congrats on the Quilt Theory launch as well.

  2. Vanni

    Very nice pattern – so simple yet striking in the colors you chose. I’m lookimg forward to the other blog posts in the Quilt Theory Blog Hop. Congratulations on the great collaboration!

  3. Jean McKinstry

    When I saw all the quilts, this was my first choice for grandson at University, perfect pattern for me, and those colours would be his choice too. Wonderful settings for the photos.

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