Thick & Thin Log Cabin
A Basket of Blooms on the Courthouse Steps


someone told you that you could make quilt blocks such as the Pineapple, Log Cabin, Off-center Log Cabin, Sunburst Star, and Geese in the Cabin (to name a few) with just squares and strips of fabric or scraps, would you believe them? What if they also told you that the blocks use no foundations, no templates, no triangles and have no Y-seams but turn out perfectly square and all the same size, even in miniature?

I have developed a method that I call “Perfect Strips”. It allows you to use precisely cut squares and “quick-cut” strips or scraps right from the scrap basket to make many wonderful quilt blocks and requires just two simple and inexpensive rulers. The method actually helps you sew a perfect ¼” seam and has other unintended consequences that help ensure successful blocks and beautiful quilts every time.

It has taken a number of years to perfect this method and to adapt it to a number of quilt blocks. Go to the gallery to look at some samples of the different blocks and quilts that have been done by me and some of my students. I offer many classes and workshops in this technique so please check out that link for descriptions. Most classes can be adapted to any teaching situation, so please contact me for dates and fees.

One more thing, I get a lot of inquiries about the beautiful quilting on my quilts.  I'm not a quilter, but I've been so fortunate to have found someone who is an artist and does all my custom quilting.  Claudia Chapman of Aroundabout Quilts, Upperco, MD. is the one responsible for helping me finish my tops.  If you'd like more information, contact me through this site and I'll be happy to get back to you.

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Fall is almost here - where did the summer go?

I have a few trips for classes and trunk shows in the next few months as well as some classes at the Sew N Place in Chambersburg, PA.  After that, I'm going to stay home and sew all winter - I can't wait.  I'm cutting back a bit next year so that I can work on some new classes, write some new patterns, and work on some projects that I've had on the back burner for quite a while. One of the things that I'm doing is getting back to miniatures.  They're starting to come back and I think that's great.  What a great way to use all the tiny scraps that I just can't throw away!  Right now I'm working on a miniature Log Cabin made from a full size Log Cabin that was in really bad condition.  I'm taking it apart (it was never quilted) and putting it back together in miniature. Just finished putting it together.  It was done with no foundations, using the technique that I teach.  Check out my new Gallery "Miniatures"  folder for some photos. 

Take care and happy quilting!






Our Gallery

Flower Pots - An Accuquilt GO! original pattern
Geese in the Cabin - a "Perfect Strips" quilt and workshop
A Few of My Favorite Things Log Cabin
Log Cabin Medallion - no triangles, no templates
Primitive Baskets
Red, White, Blue & Green
String Star
Wacky Wedges - Folk Art Baskets
Pineapple Valentine
Folk Art Pineapple
Sunburst Pineapple