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.

What's new:

I can't believe the summer is half over!  It's been a productive summer as far as quilting, although I haven't done much sewing.  I've actually been working on a photo step-by-step of my Pineapple technique.  So far it has over 70 color photos of each step as well as a complete written explanation of  my technique.  The instructions take you through every step of making a two color, four block Pineapple quilt with a couple of options for finishing.  There will also be other options for additional designs included.  Once it's finished, I'll post it on this site and offer it for sale.  In the past all my directions have been written for use in class, but this is meant to stand alone - no class necessary.

Quilt Odyssey is coming up in a couple of weeks.  I'm looking forward to seeing everyone who's taking classes and also to having students from previous classes stop by my classroom and say hello.  If you have any finished projects from a class, please bring it along!   







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