CLASS OUTLINE - SHENANDOAH LOG CABIN
for Two or Three 2-Hour Sessions (or One 6-Hour Session)
and One 1/2-Hour Preview
This class outline may be used by teachers who wish to teach a project using Cookies 'n' Quilts by Judy Martin. Individuals seeking guidance for self instruction are also welcome to use this outline. I recommend beginning each class with a preview to ensure that students will come to the first work session properly prepared. Feel free to tailor this outline to your own teaching style. I divide each project into sessions. Sessions can be planned for consecutive weeks or all sessions can be presented in a single all-day workshop. The outline indicates where you can find additional lessons and details in the book or on this web site.
Sales suggestions are for the benefit of shop owners and teachers who teach in shops. Independent teachers may disregard these suggestions.
Class Description: Shenandoah Log Cabin is an original design by well-known author and quilt artist, Judy Martin. The pattern appears in her book, Cookies 'n' Quilts. This easy pattern was designed for rotary cutting and machine piecing methods. The two-tone color sheme makes it easy to select fabrics, using scraps or just two prints. Judy combined the look of a Virginia Reel or Snail's Trail quilt with the construction and patches of a Log Cabin. A randomly stair-stepped border finishes the quilt with a flourish.
Level: Beginner to intermediate. Basic sewing skills are required. The pattern has no curves and no set-in patches. It calls for basic square and rectangle patches. Partial seams are used to avoid set-in seams, while keeping the patch sizes uniform for each round of logs in the quilt block.
Cookies 'n' Quilts by Judy Martin
Fabric and batting as listed on the pattern
Judy Martin's Ultimate Rotary Cutting Reference (optional for figuring yardage if you plan to change the quilt size)
PREVIEW SESSION: 1/2-Hour Project Preview
This session gives you the opportunity to prepare students all at once for the first session, sell the class to the undecided, and sell books, tools, and fabric to class members as well as your other customers.
Show the quilt you have made using shop fabrics.
Discuss other color schemes using 2 fabrics or an assortment of scraps.
Show other suggested fabric combinations using bolts or fat quarters from your shop.
Discuss quilt sizes. The pattern is presented in a 60" x 60" wall quilt size (set 4 blocks by 4 blocks). Other possible quilt sizes include: 60" x 84" twin quilt (4 x 6) 84" x 84" queen (6 x 6) 108" x 108" king (8 x 8)
Note that quilt should have an even number of blocks in both length and width. The twin quilt requires 24 blocks. The queen quilt requires 36 blocks. The king quilt requires 64 blocks.
Show Judy Martin's Ultimate Rotary Cutting Reference. Yardage adjustments for making quilt in a new size can be figured using the charts in the Rotary Reference. Always allow some extra yardage for insurance.
Sell classes, kits, fabric, tools, books.
Homework: Choose and prepare fabrics.
CLASS SESSION ONE: 2 Hours
Discuss the advantages of lengthwise strips, if desired. Also discuss stacking and pressing up to four layers of fabric for cutting.
Discuss the fact that cutting details are shown on page 28 in Cookies 'n' Quilts.
Demonstrate layering and cutting all patches.
Demonstrate (optional) cutting a variety of patch lengths from a single stack of four strips. This maximizes the scrappy look if student wants to use her stash to cut one or two strips from each fat quarter.
Hands On: Begin cutting.
Demonstrate making four-patch block center of light and dark A squares, then attaching a C rectangle with a partial seam. Show how to add remaining 3 C patches to complete round 1 (page 36).
Hands On: begin making block centers.
Demonstrate block piecing. Look at piecing diagrams for block (page 36) Demonstrate making B-C units for round 2; A-F units for round 3; C-F units for round 4; and E-F units for round 5. Note that you will need 2 dark-light units and 2 light-dark units for each round. Demonstrate attaching first unit of each round with a partial seam.
Discuss making a total of 16 blocks.
Note that if students want to proceed with sewing beyond the blocks, they should study carefully the corner diagrams on page 34 and borders on page 35.
Homework: Complete cutting; begin sewing blocks.
CLASS SESSION TWO: 2 hours
Discuss making the border corner units as shown on page 34. Note that piecing begins in one corner, and patches are added first to one side and then the other.
Demonstrate sewing the border corner units.
Hands on: Begin making corner units.
Discuss the fact that the border is made from rectangular units that finish 1" wide and 6" long. Each unit is made from one light and one dark patch.
Demonstrate sewing the border units as follows: dark A-light E; dark B-light D; dark C-light C; dark D-light B; and dark E-light A.
Demonstrate joining these units to stair-step in a pieced border as shown in the whole quilt diagram on page 35. Note that if border corners are to stair step with borders, borders should be made exactly as shown. (Optional: make borders stair-step randomly, and adjust corners as needed. You may need to cut a few more patches of some sizes if you do this.)
Hands on: Begin making border units and pieced borders.
(Note: the following may be expanded into a separate 2-hour session to teach hand or machine quilting, if desired.)
Show the quilt again.
Discuss the quilting. Show the quilting pattern from the book or show appropriate commercial templates, if desired.
Discuss marking tools and quilting thread colors.
Sell quilt marking tools, quilting stencils or patterns, quilting thread, batting.
Demonstrate marking and quilting.
Homework: Complete the quilt and enjoy!