In this hands-on sewing class, you will learn techniques to make an improvisational “crazy log cabin” quilt square. The crazy log cabin design is a series of irregular squares inside other squares or rectangles, each with varying angles and sizes. It is fast, fun, very improvisational, and a great project for beginning quilters or sewers getting started in quilting. Check out these photos from a previous group using this technique – none of whom had ever sewn or quilted.
Also great for the more experienced quilting rebel: no measuring, no precise sewing, and very little planning make this project an easy way to experiment with color and shape in unexpected ways. You can make your crazy log cabin square as crazy as you like or as squared as you like.
You will leave the class with one crazy log cabin square. The more ambitious can use this technique to make more squares and sew them together for a quilt top. Or you can make your square into a pot holder or trivet, a place mat or wall hanging.
Use up fabric scraps and make a beautiful improvisational quilt square in no time!
Materials & Equipment:
Bring a sewing machine, scissors and thread. Basic fabric and all other materials are provided. This is a great way to re-purpose old clothes. You are encouraged to bring your own 100% cotton pre-washed/pre-shrunk fabrics to personalize your quilt square.
I have sewing machines for up to four people, if you do not have one. If you can share your sewing machine with one other person, or if you are looking to share a sewing machine, please contact me PRIOR to registering for the class.
You must know how to safely operate a sewing machine, but no quilting experience is necessary. Very basic sewing skills are recommended: you should be able to sew in a more-or-less straight line.
Kelina has been sewing, quilting, drafting patterns and altering clothes for more than 20 years. She has worked in theatrical costuming and living history clothing production, and enjoys home sewing, specializing in vintage sewing techniques. Her first sewing project at the age of 6 was a skirt made from a pillow case and shoes made from a mattress (to the shock and horror of her mother.) Her teaching approach encourages you to jump right in and do it - the best way to learn is by experience.
Her current fixation is mid-century women’s fashion from the Mad Men era. With a firm belief that nothing should be wasted, all fabric scraps become quilts, many of which have been exhibited throughout California. Kelina has taught for more than ten years and holds a Master’s degree in Education.
Tue, Oct 30th, 2012
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm PDT