Crooked Log Cabin for the
Precision Impaired

 Six hour workshop
(Another in Amy’s series of classes geared toward the “precision impaired” quilter)

Spotty Polka Dotty: See more Crooked Log Cabin quilts in the Gallery.

Spotty Polka Dotty. In this class we will learn to set non-square blocks together using non-square edges.

This is a free-spirited technique for those who love playing with color better than they like planning every detail. You will sew like crazy and create most of a wallhanging quilt top.

After making your blocks by machine in class, don’t square them up.  You will learn how to fit “non-square” blocks together, and pillowcase the edge with notches, creating Amy’s original “Crooked Borders”.  To add further pizzazz, learn to couch decorative yarn along the edges (See couched yarn in the photo below.)

Supply List

  •       Sewing machine, basic sewing supplies, thread
  •       rotary cutter, rotary cutting mat (larger is better)
  •       12″ or longer quilting ruler
  •       Fabric: Cotton quilting fabric (see instructions below)

Instructions for Choosing Quilt Fabrics

Each of your blocks will consist of a center, an inner square, and an outer square. For a small wallhanging, you will make 9 blocks  (4 in one value, 5 in the other). The total yardage used for the quilt top is about 2 ½ yards.

Required: One fabric to use in all your centers:  One fat quarter will be plenty for 9 blocks. Choose a color that stands out as different, shows up well and contrasts greatly with all your other fabrics.  If you use red for your center, don’t use red elsewhere in the quilt.  Don’t use white.

If you already have a fabric stash, bring all your fabrics in the color scheme you would like to use.  If using scraps, using 20-30 different fabrics is typical.

Example #1:  Black and white dots for centers, red for dark outer squares, pink for light inner squares, deep purple for dark inner squares, lavender for light outer squares.

Example #2:  Bright orange for centers.  Dark animal prints for dark outer borders, light tans for light inner borders, and the opposite for the other half of the blocks.

In this workshop, you will learn to couch yarn on the edge of a pillowcased quilt.  Also to couch yarn along the seamlines and doodled around on the surface of the quilt.

Couched yarn on the edge and on the surface of the quilt.

If you don’t own any fabric, buy a center fabric, and 16 fat quarters: (four fat quarters of each color)

  • a light color,
  • a dark,
  • a different light,
  • a different dark.

(For example, 4 different pinks, 4 different reds, 4 different lime greens, 4 different forest greens)

If desired, before class: From each fabric, cut one 2” wide strip, and one  3” wide strip, up to 30”long.  (This will save you time in class, but some may go unused.)
(Please don’t cut more than these 2 strips from each fabric.)