This block piecing technique, known domestically as Folded Log Cabin, is also sometimes called Manx Quilting because it is said to have originated on The Isle of Man where it is called a ‘Roof Block’; once you start piecing, the similarity to laying roof shingles will become apparent. Strips of fabric are stitched, folded and layered to make a delightfully textured surface. To make this technique even better, you are quilting the block as you go so when you have you are done with a block, it is already quilted and ready to be finished into a mug rug, or a mat.
Kit Available for $15 cash paid to instructor at beginning of class includes:
The fabric strips, the backing fabric, flannel for the filler, chalk pencil and thread. Students purchasing kits will need to bring a cutting mat, rotary cutter, an 18” and a 6” ruler, a small ruler, sewing machines will be available to share or you can bring your own.
Supplies Needed to bring for Class:
Fabrics: You will need a dozen or more fabrics.
Selvedge to selvedge strips cut 1½” wide in a gradation of color, value and/or texture. The 1½” wide cut strips will be used to make your folded steps of the Log Cabin/Courthouse Steps, half of the fabrics should be light to medium and the other half, medium to dark; colors can be any that you wish but make sure you like them together. You need 13 strips to make a 10” square mat.
An interesting novelty cut into 2” squares (or larger if you are featuring a motif print), you will need a center square for each block you wish to make.
You can opt to use a vivid narrow framing strip for the first row, this will be cut 1 ¼” wide and should contrast your center square.
Piecing Foundation: The strips will be sewn directly on a foundation of batting and backing. You can make the final blocks any size you want, from 5” individual mug rugs with just a few strips, to a larger block (8” - 12”) that you can finish as a mat. The larger the block, the more strips you will add. For each block, choose a thin even cotton batting (or a piece of heavyweight flannel) cut at the size you want your finished block to be and layered onto a backing that is 1” on each side of the batting.
Cutting mat, cutting ruler and rotary cutter: A medium to large mat and 2” x 18” ruler would be perfect.
1” x 6” ruler
Chalk fabric marking pencil
Sewing machine: With a ¼” piecing foot.
Thread: 100% cotton in a color to match the backing fabric.
Craft style scissors: To trim your strips after sewing.