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Summer Lake Log Cabin Class Outline
From Judy Martin’s Log Cabin Quilt Book

for One or Two 2-4-Hour Sessions

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.



            Summer Lake Log Cabin is a basic Log Cabin quilt with a Greek key motif in the center and border. 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: Beginner to Experienced


Supply List

Queen-Sized Quilt

            minimum of 30 fat quarters darks

            minimum of 22 fat quarters lights

            9 yards backing

            3/4 yard binding


Twin-Sized Quilt

            minimum of 25 fat quarters darks

            minimum of 17 fat quarters lights

            7-1/2 yards backing

            3/4 yard binding


Wall-Sized Quilt

            minimum of 13 fat quarters darks

            minimum of 7 fat quarters lights

            3-7/8 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 58



            Sewing the V Block (page 57)

                        start with A-A

                        add dark and light logs to opposite sides

                        note especially the value and placement of A and B logs

                        for later rounds, sew dark logs to dark sides and light logs to light sides

                        press seam allowances away from block center



            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 V blocks (page 58)



            Sewing the W & X blocks (page 59)

                        start with A-A

                        add dark and light logs to opposite sides

                        note especially the value and placement of A and B logs

                                    (this is different from V block coloring)

                        for later rounds, sew light logs to dark sides and dark logs to light sides

                                    (this is the opposite of V block coloring)

                        W and X blocks are the same until the last log

                                    W has light F on right, X has dark F on left

                        press seam allowances away from block center


Hands On

            Begin making W & X blocks (page 59)

                        keep W and X blocks separate



            Making the U block (page 59)

                        start with 4 W blocks

                        join logs in pairs of matching numbers

                        add log pairs to 4-W center in numerical order

                        press seam allowances away from block center


Hands On

            Begin making U block (page 59)


Homework (if you offer class in two sessions)

            Finish cutting patches, and making U, V, & W blocks


Class Session II



            Setting possibilities (pages 24-29)

                        note that U block may change look of set

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

            Labeling blocks (page 13)

            Quilt construction diagram (page 60)

                        note double-wide row of V’s on each side of U


Hands On

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




            Borders in quilt construction diagram (page 60)

                        note W, X, Y, and Z block placement in borders




            Making W-X pairs for inner pieced border (page 60)

                        note to reserve a few individual W and X blocks for corners



            Joining W-X pairs and individual blocks to make W-X borders

                        see photo and quilt diagram for orientation of blocks in corners



            Making Y blocks for outer pieced borders (page 60)

                        use only dark logs


Hands On

            Begin making Y blocks



            Making Z blocks for outer border corners (page 60)

                        use only dark logs


Hands On

            Begin making Z blocks



            Joining Y blocks into border strips and attaching borders and Z corners

                        pin borders to quilt before sewing

                        note that corners are backwards in photo; follow quilt diagram



            Quilting ideas (pages 57, 60, 99-103)



            Complete setting, blocks, borders, and quilt



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