One of my big dreams when I was working on my new book was to create some fun extras, like S+Q coloring sheets, when I was finally done with all the sewing, photo shoot, edits, and illustrations. I wanted readers to be able to try out color combinations and possibilities for their patchwork projects and quilts, from single blocks to overall layouts, with lots of ways to customize them and make them your own, before you cut - or even buy - your fabric. I am so excited to announce the first S+Q Coloring Sheet is here, and ready to download in my shop - free of charge!
Log cabin patchwork was the very first quilting I ever tried (like so many of us!) - I improvised mixing Denyse Schmidt’s brand-new-at-the-time Flea Market Fancy prints with recycled corduroy and loved how it all turned out. I had been so intimidated to try quilting, even after years of sewing clothes, but something about joining contrast strips around a striking center square - both the simple, meditative process (no angles or tricky cutting!) and the modern, playful result - just worked so beautifully. I’ve pieced hundreds more log cabin blocks for quilts, tote bags, potholders, minis, and especially pillows since then, and wanted to share a few easy and fun versions to try yourself, starting with my gold, blue, and brown “hero” pillow spotlighting Melody Miller’s beautiful Mustang print. The full Square Within a Square project tutorial - with colorful diagrams and step-by-step instructions - starts on page 72 in Sew + Quilt.
I included three more versions of this simple, modern one-block pillow in the book, in different colorways, scales and arrangements, and with the bonus coloring sheets, you can mix and match all kinds of new ideas to make them your own! And that was all finished up a year ago (!), so of course I’ve made a few more log cabin pillows since then…
Last year I got to take a couple of super fun indigo dyeing classes, using different resist and pattern techniques, and started to sew and piece the organic designs I’d made into different projects. I came up with a super simple but beautiful indigo-and-white log cabin block, using the same proportions as my original horse pillow, but alternating squares of deep blue and crisp white for a totally different visual result!
So inspired by this spin-off design, I’ll be teaching a very beginner-friendly Square Within a Square Log Cabin Pillow as the very first quilting class at the wonderful Portland Craft Bar on March 10! Each of their classes includes all the supplies you’ll need (from beautiful fabric and pillow forms to thread, clips, and brand-new sewing machines), as well as lovely refreshments and lots of fun extras. My classes all include a signed copy of Sew + Quilt, plus I’ll bring lots of my favorite notions and inspiration pieces from home to inspire new ideas. You’ll leave with a beautiful finished pillow in your own style, and all the skills to make another one, or take on any of the other patchwork and quilting projects in the book!
PCB is also offering a Shibori Dyeing class this Wednesday, 2/13, and I can’t wait to try new patterns and dye fresh color combinations for patchwork that students can use. I’d love to have you join me in the Shibori class this week, to create your very own hand-dyed fabric in my Log Cabin class in March! Please comment here, or contact me, with any questions and check out the Portland Craft Bar site for lots more details. I’ll be sharing more soon (and more on the Sawtooth Star block that will be my second S+Q Coloring Sheet and second quilting class in the series, March 17!).
To download the free S+Q Coloring Sheets, just visit the shop, click on the sheet you want to print, and go through checkout quickly by just clicking “continue” when it automatically asks a credit card number. The PDF will be emailed to you instantly to print and color, or just plan future designs around.