Tunnels from my new book Modern Heritage Quilts is a fun use of scraps from multiple projects. Tunnels was beautifully pieced by my friend Shelly Pagliai – a BIG thank you to her for helping me to meet my deadlines!

When designing quilts, I often take cues from traditional blocks and look for a way to make a block my own or updated to make it modern. The Log Cabin block is highly versatile and dates back to Egyptian times. Looking at historical quilts offers a fresh perspective on the heirlooms we make today. My twist? This Log Cabin-like block is pieced with logs on threes sides instead of the usual four. Depending on your scraps, this quilt may be bright and cheery or soft and subtle. If navy is too much color to complement your scraps, consider a gray or taupe instead.

Tunnels from Modern Heritage Quilts by Amy Ellis - AmysCreativeSide.com

As with all the quilts in Modern Heritage Quilts, when selecting fabrics for Tunnels I was looking for a mix of prints that would pop from the navy. The overall scrappy feel of the quilt was achieving by pulling a lot of fabrics, and editing as necessary. I quilted it with an overall clamshell, that I made really tall to look like a tunnel. Adding the bit of curve added a bit more movement to the quilt in an understated way.

Tunnels from Modern Heritage Quilts by Amy Ellis - AmysCreativeSide.com

Tunnels is great for any level of quilter and really fun to make! I have hopes of making another with a gradient of light to dark in the blocks, I think it would add another level of dimension to the blocks.

Signed copies of Modern Heritage Quilts are available in my shop, or you can pick it up on Amazon, or Shop MartingaleMartingale always offers a free e-book with purchase if you can’t wait to look through the entire book. I’ll be sharing more quilts throughout the month!

Happy Quilting ~