Last week I taught a Log Cabin class… and used Eleanor Burns’ Quilt in a Day Method…
Now the first time I made a Log Cabin quilt, I cut each and every piece of “log”.. and then sewed them all together.. It took a while, but made a beautiful quilt!
One of the few quilts I have ever made that has a label!!
Anyway, I sewed that one up the traditional way.
The way Eleanor Burns teaches it, however, is much quicker and easier!
We sell some of her books in the shop and it is always good to teach classes to sell the books… there is also a tutorial on youtube by Eleanor herself, which is fun to watch and very clear.
I made up a sample before class using a small jelly roll and turned it into this:
I really only had enough fabric to make four blocks, and then I built around them. I had a few issues with the jelly roll, however, it hadn’t been cut properly!
I did the best I could and we will see how it goes when I come to quilting it!
I then decided I’d better make another sample, and cut a bunch of 2″ strips to make these…
They sewed up so quickly using Eleanor’s Burns’ method.. I think I need to make more…
To teach the class I demonstrated a few of the steps:
and I did not sew all the blocks together because with them all as single blocks it is easier to show the students how many variations you can make when you go to sew them together.
When I got home, I popped them all into a zip lock bag (the blocks and the demo pieces)…
Along with a copy of the handout I gave everyone…
…. and now it is ready for the next time I teach this class… 🙂
You may wonder about teaching a class that has a freely available tutorial on youtube…
Well, my thoughts on this are that some ladies just do better when they can ask questions as they are sewing… especially beginners.
Half my class were beginners they had lots of questions that they just would not have been able to ask a youtube tutorial 🙂
Another lady was there who just really came for a day out and to have some fun with the rest of us.
If I teach someone else’s technique, I always link back to them, and encourage the ladies to buy the relevant book. In some cases buying the book is a prerequisite of taking the class.
Here are some blocks made by one of my students:
The fun part about Eleanor’s method is that you can just keep sewing the blocks to make them as big as you want to. It gets very addictive!
So go check out her video on Youtube, grab a jelly roll or cut some strips yourself, and have some fun!
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