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Snake River Log Cabin Class Outline
From Judy Martin’s Log Cabin Quilt Book

for One or Two 2-4 Hour Sessions

Note: It has come to my attention that there is a mistake in the pattern for Snake River Log Cabin in  the first printing of Judy Martin's Log Cabin Quilt Book. The diagram for the Border Sash Y on page 53 should say " E" instead of "G." The drawing is correct; only its G label is wrong. The patch quantities listed for E and G in each size need to be changed as follows: Twin: 48 G and 40 E; queen: 64 G and 44 E; and wall: 16 G and 28 E. Yardage figures need no correction. If you have already cut out or pieced your Border Sash Y units, you may cut 2" off the end of the dark G rectangles for these units before proceeding. Do not cut off the ends of the G rectangles that are used in the W blocks. I apologize for any inconvenience my mistake may have caused.

This class outline may be used by teachers who wish to teach a project using Judy Martin's Log Cabin Quilt Book 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 the project into sessions. Sessions can be planned for consecutive weeks or both sessions can be presented in a single all-day workshop. The outline indicates where you can find additional details in the book.

Sales suggestions are for the benefit of shop owners and teachers who teach in shops. Independent teachers may disregard these suggestions.

            Snake River Log Cabin adds a curved illusion to a corner-square Log Cabin block. The block is embellished with two bands of cornerstone squares between light and dark portions of the block. The quilt is made simply from squares and rectangles cut from a variety of fat quarters for a scrap look. You may choose from three quilt sizes. 

            The class may be presented in one or two 2-4 hour sessions, depending on how much class sewing time the students in your area prefer. Invite students back for show-and-tell on a given date. This gives them a deadline to complete the quilt, gives everyone recognition for their accomplishment, and brings them back to shop for their next project.


Class Preview

            The preview can be an event (bringing customers to your shop!) or it can be as simple as a quilt on display along with a class listing. Be sure to have a class sign-up sheet and supply lists to hand out.


Skill Level: Motivated Beginner to Experienced The quilt is made entirely from squares and rectangles; there are many log lengths and some unusually small patches.


Supply List

Queen-Sized Quilt

            minimum of 25 fat quarters darks

            minimum of 23 fat quarters lights

            minimum of 8 fat quarters reds

            8-7/8 yards backing

            3/4 yard binding


Twin-Sized Quilt

            minimum of 20 fat quarters darks

            minimum of 18 fat quarters lights

            minimum of 7 fat quarters reds

            7-1/4 yards backing

            3/4 yard binding


Wall-Sized Quilt

            minimum of 9 fat quarters darks

            minimum of 8 fat quarters lights

            minimum of 3 fat quarters reds

            3-5/8 yards backing

            1/2 yard binding


Basic Sewing Supplies

            Judy Martin’s Log Cabin Quilt Book

            rotary cutter


            rotary ruler



            thread snips

            seam ripper

            sewing machine

            extension cord


Class Session 1



            The Value of Value (page 7)

                        sort fabrics into light and dark

            Sorting it Out (page 9)

                        organizing logs in trays or bags


            How to Cut Lengthwise Short Strips (page 8)

                        better stability of lengthwise grain

                        better alignment of grain and print

            Rotary Cutting Logs  (page 8)

                        complete freedom in patch placement



            How to use the Patterns in the Book  (page 15)

                        Patch letters A-Z and a-z are consistent throughout the book

                        Strip dimensions are first (smaller) number in patch dimension

                        Square/rectangle length is second number in patch dimension

                        Quantities are under figures

                        Patch letters and pressing directions are in block diagrams

                        Piecing sequence is indicated by numbers in diagrams

                        Block letters are in quilt diagrams


Hands On

            Begin rotary cutting logs in quantities listed on page 52



            Sewing the W Block (page 53)

                        start with A-A in corner

                        add logs to two adjacent sides

                        for step 5, sew a red A to a light B before sewing the pair to the block

                        join remaining red A’s to light A’s

                                    reserve 4 individual light A patches for Z blocks

                        for steps 6-16, join same-numbered logs and red/light A-A before sewing                                             to block

                        press seam allowances up and to the right (away from the starting corner)



            Making a Test Block (page 11)

                        see results sooner

                        avoid big mistakes (color/value or sewing order)

            Correcting Seam Allowances (page 11)

                        adjust until you can add logs with no overhang


Hands On

            Begin making W blocks (page 53)


Homework (if you offer class in two sessions)

            Finish cutting patches and making W blocks and red A/light A pairs


Class Session II



            Setting possibilities (pages 24-29)

            How to join blocks to make rows, how to join rows

            Labeling blocks (page 13)


Hands On

            Arrange, label, and begin to join blocks for quilt center



            Quilt diagram and corner diagrams  (page 54)

                        Light inner border uses different patches for each quilt size

                                    note bb patches next to corner on twin top and bottom borders

                                    note dd patches next to corner on twin side borders

                                    note ff patches next to corner on queen borders for all sides


Hands On

            Make light inner pieced borders

                        Press seam allowances to one side

            Attach inner pieced borders

                        Pin before stitching


            Sewing the X blocks (page 53)

                        start with red A/light A pair

                        add dark and light logs to opposite ends to make same-numbered strips

                        press seam allowances toward bottom and right






            X* (page 53) only for students who are making twin size

                        X* go on ends of side borders

                        leave off Step 1 for X* in upper right and lower left corner

                        leave off Step 9 for two X* in lower right and upper left corner


Hands On

            Begin making X blocks (page 53)

                        (twin only) keep X and X* blocks separate



            Making the Y border sashes (page 53)

                        start with red A/light A pair

                        add dark G to light end of pair

                        press seam allowances away from red end


Hands On

            Begin making Y border sashes (page 53)



            Making Z blocks for border corners (page 53)

                        start with two dark A’s in corner

                        add dark logs to two adjacent sides

                        for Step 11, sew reserved light A to dark E before adding to block

                        for Step 12, sew red A/light A pair to dark E before adding to block

                        press seam allowances away from starting corner


Hands On

            Begin making Z blocks



            Joining X blocks alternately with Y sashes to make border strips

            Attaching borders and Z corners

                        pin borders to quilt before sewing

                        note that light and red squares are on inside edge of corner blocks


            Quilting ideas (pages 51, 54, 99-103)



            Complete setting, blocks, borders, and quilt





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