Kanata Quilt Guild

March Workshop – Wonky Log Cabin

With: Beth van Wyngaarden

When: March 6, 10 am to 3pm

Where: Glen Cairn United Church

Cost: $5 for KQG members

To register, e-transfer the fee to payments@kanataquiltguild.com. Please include your name and the name of the workshop in your message with the payment.

Improvisational piecing is a fun, relaxed style of piecing that creates a slightly wonky joyful look for a quilt or smaller piece. We will be using the Improv style to create log cabin inspired blocks. Bring your open mind and spend the day with us playing with this technique.

Make a 12” Improv Block to become the centre of a wall hanging or make it into a gorgeous pillow. Or make lots of 6” improv blocks that can be used for a larger project. For a wall hanging you would add your own borders to create an interesting composition. I will bring samples and pictures for ideas. For a pillow you would create the top at the workshop then assemble the pillow cover. You could learn the technique then make any sized quilt you would like.

Fabric: This is a great technique for using your scraps! Otherwise you will need 6 or more fabrics, approx ¼ yard each that look nice together but don’t necessarily match. For colours I’d suggest you choose a theme like a season (fall, spring) or style (country, jewel tones, brights). You could use solids or prints or a combination. A range of dark to light values works great. If you are working with scraps bring a wide range of colours then pick out any that stick out like a sore thumb.

It will save you time if you cut your fabric into strips ahead of time. Strips can vary in length. Width should range from 1 1/2“ to 2 ½ ”. Bring some smaller scraps too for centres.

What to bring:

– sewing machine in good working order with a ¼“ foot and your machine manual
– rotary cutter and mat, a new blade in your cutter would be great
– rulers- suggest 6”x24”, 3”x12” or similar for cutting strips, plus 6 1/2” square if making small blocks or 12 ½” square if you are making a larger block
– basic quilting supplies including straight pins, seam ripper, neutral thread, scissors and or snips for cutting threads, measuring tape
– notebook and pen or pencil for taking notes
– bring lunch , note we may not have access to the kitchen to warm up your lunch
– if you have a power cord, it may come in handy