This foundation method, using folded fabric strips, is amenable to creating wall hangings, table runners, or pillow tops.  THERE IS NO SPECIFIC PATTERN FOR THIS CLASS. It is up to you to design a project using the squares created in class. This supply list suggests what is needed to make one 7” square.  Multiply fabric requirements by the number of squares needed to complete your project.

Book (excellent, but optional):  Folded Log Cabin Quilts by Sarah Kaufman, C & T Publishing.  May be found on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Folded-Log-Cabin-Quilts-Contemporary-ebook/dp/B008AYKH38

Sewing Machine with standard sewing foot  or walking foot

A seam allowance of 3/8” will be used.  KNOW HOW TO MOVE YOUR SEWING MACHINE’S NEEDLE TO 3/8” PRIOR TO CLASS.  A walking foot is nice for sewing through several thicknesses of fabric, but is not essential.

Neutral Thread

Ruler:  Any small ruler or sewing gauge will work, but I do love the acrylic 6” Omnigrid

Foundations (muslin or similar weight fabric):  7” squares.  

Pre-cut foundation squares based on the number of blocks you plan to sew. Draw diagonal pencil lines from corner to corner of each square to make an “X.”

Center Squares (high contrast fabric to coordinate with your folded strips):  2” squares suggested
Pre-cut center squares based on the number of blocks you plan to sew.

Folded Strips (keep in mind only ¼” will be exposed): 1 1/2” strips suggested (3/4” after folding)

Strips may be cut from scraps, 2-3 coordinating fabrics, or a combination of the above. Cut fabrics from selvage to selvage (as length allows), fold in half lengthwise, and press with steam.  A 7” block uses approximately 1/3 yard of fabric, or two coordinating fabrics of ¼ yard each (ample amount).

Pre-cut and press a good number of folded strips based on your design before coming to class to save time.

The Usual cutting supplies - seam ripper, small scissors, a few pins.  Extra irons not needed.

I will teach you how to join squares to finish your project. 
The following supplies NEED NOT BE BROUGHT TO CLASS, as time will not allow you to finish your project.

Sashing Strips (low contrast coordinating fabric suggested):  1½” wide strips
The finished blocks will be zigzagged together, and the raw edges covered with sashing strips. Your design will determine the length and number of strips you need.

Border Fabric/Batting (optional):  Folded log cabin quilts do not require batting due to their natural weight.

If you plan to add a border, however, this bordered area will require a backing of batting to keep it’s thickness consistent with the layered blocks.  Your design will determine the dimensions of the border fabric, and batting should be cut 2-3” 
wider and longer than the border.

Backing:  Your design will determine the dimensions of the backing.  Cotton quilting fabric works well.

Materials to Quilt the Sashing:  #8 perle cotton and a tapestry needle can be used to tack the sashing using a simple embroidery stitch or any other decorative hand or machine stitching may also be used.

Binding:  Cut strips 3” wide for double folded binding, and 2” for single folded.

Embellishments (optional):  Beads and buttons are fun to jazz up your creation.


Please don’t hesitate to call/email/text me with any questions regarding the class. I want you to love your folded log cabin project!

Laurie Sheldon  -   701-315-0046  or  laursheldon@gmail.com    

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The Folded Log Cabin blocks consist of 1 1/2 inch fabric strips that are pressed in half lengthwise and sewn on to a 7-inch foundation in rows.  This technique was developed and published by Sarah Kaufman. It is amenable to creating wall quilts, runners, or pillow tops. Each block’s color and design are limited only by your imagination. The 11 row blocks use approximately 1/3 yard of fabric, and are a great way to use up left over bindings and strips. The process is easy, very fun, and will result in the creations of a handsome, unique piece of quilted art!

9:30 am - 12:30 pm - Folded Log Cabin w/ Laurie Sheldon

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