Better, Faster Log Cabins
Prolific author and quilter Marti Michell is sharing better, faster ways of quilting the log cabin block. First, learn two special cutting techniques for improving all of your log cabins immediately. Then, give this classic block a refresh as you find out how to select unique fabrics, develop a fast cutting layout and save even more time with chain piecing. Marti will show you how to create an eye-catching block using fun, easy fat quarters. She'll also share an impressive technique for cutting 84 pieces in a fraction of your normal time. You'll become familiar with Marti's signature method of turning cut strips into automatic chain-piecing order. She'll explain how you can change the look of log cabins with off-center blocks, and why you'll love them. Plus, finish your log cabin quilts with Marti's favorite binding method and tips for "no binding, no bulk."
Marti Michell is a quilter and prolific author. She has written more than 30 books, including the bestseller, "Quilting for People Who Don't Have Time to Quilt." Marti has led quilting workshops in 49 states and 25 counties, and is the recipient of two Lifetime Achievement awards for her quilting.
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Meet Marti Michell and begin by learning about the history and design characteristics of the Log Cabin block. Then, Marti shares two cutting tricks to improve all of your log cabins. And, you'll get tips for cutting multiple layers of fabric for more efficient piecing.
Give the classic log cabin a fresh look, starting with fabric selection that will complement the split light and dark pattern these classic blocks are known for. Next, develop a speedy cutting layout and take advantage of chain piecing techniques for faster construction.
Start a gorgeous new block made from fun, easy fat quarters. Marti helps you with fabric selection, and she'll share a specific fabric layering technique for efficient sewing. Plus, master an impressive cutting method that allows you to cut 84 pieces in a fraction of the normal time.
Continue to construct fat quarter creations with Marti's signature method that turns cut strips into automatic chain piecing order. First, review the sewing order for the fat-quarter log cabin. Then, adapt the fat-quarter/1-inch cut strips concept to other strip widths and center square sizes.
Learn what off-center blocks are, and how you'll approach making them (hint: you may be amazed by how different these quilts look). Marty will also share clever tricks, including varying strip width to create curves with log cabin blocks.
Finish your log cabin quilts in style. Learn a special technique for joining blocks. And, discover Marti's favorite binding method, as well as her finishing tips for "no binding, no bulk."