Fast & Flexible Log Cabin Quilts

with Nancy Smith

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You may think you know everything about the log cabin quilt, but you'll be amazed at what you can do! Take a brand-new look at this classic block and make creative quilts in traditional to modern styles. Read More…

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  3. Ratings & Reviews
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Class Description

Create the log cabin quilt of your dreams! Plan and construct log cabin designs under Nancy Smith's expert guidance. Learn to make dozens of patterns from the same basic blocks, audition your fabrics to get the look you want, and use color in surprising ways. Complete yardage and cutting charts are included for five quilt sizes from crib to king. Also included: more than 10 quilting layouts, including Barn Raising, Fields & Furrows and Chain Link, and ideas for smaller projects such as pillows and placemats. You'll also learn variations such as Echo and Greek Key. Nancy shares engaging, easy techniques that will help you create countless projects. Turn this classic block into a canvas for your quilting imagination!

Lesson Plan

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17:40

Lesson 1. Meet Nancy Smith

  • Prolific author and designer Nancy Smith begins this exploration of log cabin blocks by talking about the history of this traditional block and how to cut and lay out jelly roll strips.

20:07

Lesson 2. Log Cabin Fabric Selection

  • Make one block in dozens of different looks, just by varying fabric and color choices. Nancy shows you how to use the paste-up guide included in your downloadable materials, to audition your fabrics in the pattern before you commit.

29:33

Lesson 3. The Night & Day Block

  • Learn Nancy's fast and easy methods of cutting strips for your blocks. Find another use for your paste-up guide, get your fabric cut in a flash and make the canonical light-and-dark Night & Day block.

16:40

Lesson 4. Log Cabin Quilt Layouts

  • Your design wall becomes your best friend in this lesson as you explore ways to put the log cabin blocks together. You will be amazed at the dramatic differences that block setting will make.

14:57

Lesson 5. Alternative Block Options

  • Alternative block settings give you plenty of room for creativity as you arrange the light and dark strips in Echo, Framing and Greek Key designs. You'll also learn how to use a surprising quilt design tool, the color photocopier.

20:58

Lesson 6. Chaining Your Blocks

  • Eleanor Burns' "Quilt in a Day" method is a neat and efficient way to construct log cabin blocks. Nancy shows you how!

17:53

Lesson 7. Fussy Cutting Centers & Troubleshooting

  • Nancy explores fussy-cutting a wide range of fabrics to create innovative centers for your log cabin blocks. A little seam-ripper magic allows you to change your mind even after you've sewn all your blocks!

Praise for Nancy Smith's Craftsy class, Strip Your Stash: "I wasn't sure what to expect from this class, but from the very beginning I loved Nancy's teaching style. She is so laid back and doesn't worry about perfection--my style! The quilt ideas are very usable, and I learned many little tips along the way. I am very glad I purchased this class."
- gsveet
Valley City, ND

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  • Downloadable instructions, cutting charts and layouts for 10 different Log Cabin block settings
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