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‘Manx Log Cabin’ an Isle of Man Tradition

7th November 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Manx Log Cabin, Traditional (all by hand)

This exciting course is taught by the knowledgeable Carolyn Forster and explores the Manx Log Cabin, a tradition originating from the Isle of Man.

This style of patchwork is entirely hand pieced, and no measurements are given, as each piece is dependent on the size of the makers’ own hands. These are used as a gauge, and all the fabric is the snipped and ripped. There is no batting and the texture is created by the folds in the logs as you sew.

During the class we will stitch some blocks by hand, and I will demonstrate also how to modify this for the sewing machine, rotary cutting and the use of Vlieseline Quick screen as a base grid. You will make at least two blocks, so that you can practice joining the blocks together.


  • Fabric for logs:

Cotton fabric, craft cotton, dress weight cotton, and /or washed and pressed fabric from old clothes you may want to recycle.

The design works well if there is a contrast between the light and the dark logs of the block, but this is not always necessary depending on what you have or how you want to interpret the design. Any colour scheme is great.

  • Fabric for the centre of the blocks:

Traditionally red, but use whatever you are happy with.

  • Backing Fabric:

This is the back of your blocks and you will be sewing through it by hand. Cotton Flannel or brushed cotton is perfect as is slightly sturdier, and soft. Craft cotton and dress fabric is good, but I think Tana Lawn, although good for the logs, is too fine for the backing. It will work best with something that will hold a crease, and not fray too much.

  • Quantities: I suggest Fat Quarters, or long quarter meters, and any scraps you may wish to incorporate.

Each block has a circuit of four logs, and you can use one light and one dark fabric throughout or four light and four dark fabrics.


  • Fabric cutting scissors
  • Basic sewing kit, including small scissors, pins, thimbles etc.
  • Needles, Sharps no10 or 11 for example.
  • Neutral colour sewing thread to blend with the backing fabric. I prefer 28wt for hand sewing.
  • Seam roller (useful if you don’t want to use the iron)
  • A small rotary cutting mat (although we are not rotary cutting!), or sheet of sandpaper can be useful if using a seam roller to stabilize the fabrics.


7th November 2020
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm


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