I knew that I didn't want to go with traditional-looking fabrics for Ian's quilt. So, years ago (probably 10!) I made batik log cabin blocks with the plan that I would eventually give it to Ian. I think the finished quilt is gorgeous. Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of it after it was quilted, so I only have a photo of the un-quilted quilt top. On every other block I replaced that last row of "logs" with plain black fabric. It creates a unique optical illusion of movement.
There is an inner border of the same plain black fabric, and then the border is made from the same size strips used for the log cabin blocks. Although the fabrics are definitely not traditional fabrics, the black with the vibrant colors somewhat reminds me of Amish quilts.
I think Ian and Katelyn liked the quilt.