Patchwork with Carolyn Forster Manx Log Cabin

learn how to do Manx log cabin patchwork

We are delighted to be welcoming renowned patchwork tutor Carolyn Forster to Made and Making.

Carolyn has written numerous books and appeared on our screens on such channels as Sewing Quarter sharing her skills. Now is your chance to meet and learn form the expert in the comfort of the Made and Making studio.

During the year she will be running several workshops with ourselves and the details can be seen below. Each workshop is totally different so there are plenty of skills and technqiues to learn.

Traditional Manx log cabin

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 guage and all the fabric is then snipped and ripped. It originates from the Isle of Man, hence it’s name of Manx log cabin. There is no wadding 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 Carolyn will also demonstrate how to modify this technique for the sewing machine using 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.

Join Carolyn for a day of a different kind of quilt making.




18 May 2021


10:00 am - 4:00 pm

What you will need

You need to bring:

  • Fabric for logs. Quilting cotton, craft cotton, dress weight cotton and/or washed and pressed fabric from old clothes you may want to recycle are all suitable. The design works well if there is a contrast between the light and 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! Fat or long quarters are best along with 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, the design is up to you.
  • Fabric for the centre of the blocks. This is traditionally red but use whatever you are happy with.
  • Backing fabric. This makes up the back of your blocks and you will be sewing through it by hand. Cotton flannel or brushed cotton works well as it is slightly sturdier and soft. Craft cotton or dressmaking cotton fabric is ok too but Tana lawn, which is ok 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.
  • Sewing thread to blend with the backing fabric.
  • Fabric scissors, basic sewing kit including small scissors, pins, thimbles etc. Hand sewing needles (eg sharps no 10 or 11)
  • Seam roller (useful if you don’t want to use the iron)
  • Pen and paper


Covid precautions

Whilst we continue to live with Covid where at all possible please bring your own sewing machine and sewing kit. Resources are available on-site if necessary. Please view our Covid-19 page for the latest guidance.


Drinks and biscuits will be available but we recommend that you bring a packed lunch with you.


During all of our workshops photographs are taken for promotional purposes only. Please make us aware at the time of booking if you would prefer not to be included.

Carolyn Forster


Carolyn Forster

Carolyn Forster studied textiles at Bath, and has a City and Guilds in Patchwork and Quilting. Carolyn's work has been featured in various quilting magazines, as well as on television, both here and in the US. Since self-publishing her first book, 'Quilting-on-the-Go', Carolyn has written books for Landauer Publishing in the US and Search Press in the UK, and has contributed to books published by New Holland and That Patchwork Place.

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