I can make one that measures 3″ finished. Yep, a 3″ quilt block with 21 pieces! Now, you might be thinking I’m just a tiny bit off my rocker (and you might be right, but that’s a discussion for another day) but I would say join me! Join me in piecing some tiny log cabin blocks. Maybe you’ll find them to be as addictive as I found them.

Miniature log cabin blocks pieced by Beth Sellers of Cooking Up Quilts

Last Friday I took a break from all the Christmas quilting I’ve been doing, and attended a foundation paper piecing class. The focus of the class was these tiny log cabin blocks. I was a bit skeptical that I could piece the blocks and have them look good, but I was pleasantly surprised at how easy they really are to make.

The class was taught at my local quilt shop with a limited number of participants and all of us masked up and properly socially distanced. That’s one of the things I love about our LQS – they are taking the pandemic seriously and have taken so many precautions to keep everyone who comes to the shop as safe as possible. Class size is limited to 8 students. Everyone in the class has their own sewing table and iron and ironing board. Large (6′ x 4″) cutting tables are spaced between sewing stations and there is one table for every two students. So even though I’m doing my best to stay home and limit my in person contact with people, I felt pretty comfortable attending the class.

Amy Pabst was our instructor. Amy is a local girl who has made quite a name for herself in the quilting world. She has won several awards for her work, and many of her quilts are currently on display at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Ky. Amy also has a new book (her first – congrats Amy!) that has just been released called Log Cabin: The 100,000 Pieces Project. You can find more information on Amy’s book here. The coolest thing about Amy’s book is that it is written in English and French in the same book! How cool is that? Amy had an advanced copy of the book with her. Once the shop receives copies I’ll be able to scoop one up to add to my book collection.

Amy Pabst Log Cabin The 100,000 Piece Project

I love Amy’s teaching style. She is personable and gets so excited when she talks about quilting. Amy had several of her quilts with her, and I totally forgot to take pictures. I know, bad blogger! One of the quilts she brought was the one on the cover of her book. It was so fascinating to get to see her work up close. I always love to study quilts to see all the incredible work that goes in to making such pieces of art. Because they truly are art pieces.

Everyone in the class had a good time and was able to finish at least 2 miniature log cabin blocks. We gathered all the blocks on one table so we could each take a turn snapping pics of them.

Miniature log cabin blocks

Aren’t they adorable? I love that the blocks look so good no matter the fabric that was used. Some were really big prints, some were smaller prints, some were solids. All of the blocks looked amazing.

I definitely will be making more blocks and complete a small wall hanging. They are so darn addictive! Amy gave us pre-printed papers for 8 blocks. and I have ordered more paper so I can make more blocks. The fabrics I used were Uncorked from Windham Fabrics. I have a fat quarter bundle of the whole line, and I thought the shimmer of the faux cork fabric was perfect for the blocks. I think I was right! 🙂

Just so you know, Amy had sample papers for 2.5″ and 1″ log cabin blocks for us to try if we wanted. While I was feeling good about the 3″ block, I wasn’t feeling the smaller ones so didn’t try to make them. See, I’m not TOTALLY nuts! Yet……. I do think it would be fun to experiment with other blocks in miniature just to see what works and what doesn’t. That might become my 2021 test project!

Another project I worked on last week just for fun was this adorable gnome table runner. Look how sweet!

This is just one end of the runner. There’s the same gnome and tree on the opposite end. I have the runner made and ready for me to quilt, so I’m going to sneak it on the frame in between customer quilts. Shhh, don’t tell anyone! 🙂

The pattern was written by Vicki of Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting. It is a well written pattern and was super easy to follow. I prepped all the applique pieces one evening and put the runner together another night. Didn’t take long at all. If you love gnomes, pop over to Vicki’s shop and grab a copy of the pattern. You won’t regret it!

When I wasn’t paper piecing and making gnomes last week I was busy working on customer quilts. I just don’t have a lot that I can show you yet, as many of them are Christmas gifts and I don’t want to post pics until after the quilts are gifted. But I do have this little peek for you. It’s one block from a snowman wallhanging and it’s way too adorable. I had the most fun stitching the bricks on this cute little igloo.

Quilting by Beth Sellers of Cooking Up Quilts

I’ll be able to share the entire quilt soon, so stay tuned!

I hope all my US friends have an enjoyable Thanksgiving this week. I know everything is so up in the air, and we are living in a different time right now, but I wish you and your family the happiest of days. Hubby and I are having a small dinner with just the two of us, and we’ll be making dinner deliveries to our boys and my Mom. It won’t be the same, but we’re making the best of the situation. I’m extremely grateful and thankful that I have a safe and healthy family to deliver dinner to.

TTYL,
Beth

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