Improv Log Cabins with Quilters Etc.

Last month, I gave my first in-person lecture in over two years. This month, I traveled for my first in-person workshop since March 14, 2020. I was delighted to be invited to Lompoc, California to visit Quilters Etc. for a lecture and workshop. As much as I love giving lectures on Zoom, it was delightful to hold a mic and speak to 3-dimensional quilters! I shared my Rules and Options of Planned Improv Piecing lecture with the group on Thursday evening.

Saturday I had a group of 16 quilters in class for Improv Log Cabins. I have a new document camera to project my demos to a screen so students can easily see my tabletop from their seats. And I used a voice amplifier system to make it easy for everyone in the room to hear me. Improv Log Cabins is a bit of a choose your own adventure. Students can choose what size and scale they work, if they want to make a single log cabin or many, wonky or not... and the list goes on. I demonstrate a variety of techniques and elements that can be worked into a log cabin of any size. I thoroughly enjoy seeing what students make and the best part for me is that everyone's projects look unique at the end of the day. It was a great day!

I didn't manage to get photos of everyone's work, but here are a gallery of some of the pieces created in class last Saturday.

Beth finished a whole quilt top. And she shared photos of the finished and bound quilt before I had unpacked back at home!

Because I had a day off between my lecture and my workshop, my great grandparents used to live in Lompoc, and Lompoc is about halfway between me and my sister (it was a 4 hour drive for me and a 3 hour drive for her) I invited Jenn to join me for my day off. What a full day. We visited the cemetery where my great grandparents are buried, their old house, and the beach. Then after a brief time playing cards at the hotel we set off to grab lunch, drove to Solvang, and visited Ostrichland! I feel like we packed a much lengthier vacation into our one day together. We even got some time in the hot tub and milkshakes with dinner!

I love running across unexpected art. By L. Regalado and C. Martinez, 2016.

I have such happy memories of visiting my great grandparents as a kid. When I was in college in southern California I'd often go the long way when driving between home and school so that I could detour to visit my great grandmother.

My great grandmother lived in her home until she was 96 years old. The house looks delightful with updates to paint, roof, and landscaping.

We never understood how close the beach was to town since mom never took us there as kids!

I have fond memories of driving past Ostrichland, but this was the first time we even stopped for a closer look and a change to feed the birds.

Solvang, "The Danish Capitol of America."

It's always lovely to walk around Solvang and enjoy the architecture.

Thank you to Quilters Etc. for having me!

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6 thoughts on “Improv Log Cabins with Quilters Etc.

  1. Preeva Tramiel

    So exciting! I am taking an “Improv Log Cabin” class with June Jaeger at Quilter’s Affaire on Monday!

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    1. sarah

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      Small world. I hope you have a great time in class, Preeva. I hope to get to see what you make.

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  2. Sarah, How wonderful that you got to have a short vacation while working as well. I can never get tired of log cabins. I would love to have been there! I grew up in LA and Solvang was one of our little stops on vacations up the coast. I have fond memories of getting some little trinkets there as a little girl. Thanks for the throw back remembrances. I never knew there was an ostrich farm near there. I'll have to ask my parents about that one.

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    1. sarah

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      Thank you, Elana. I'm glad you enjoyed the little trip down memory lane. Log cabins are so versatile. I just always find myself saying "what if?" whenever I'm creating one. I often have ideas for multiple new log cabin projects by the time I finish one.

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  3. Tiffany

    Hi Sarah, looks like wonderful return to in-person teaching, and a lovely vacation/visit with your sister. Great photos!

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