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Manx Log Cabin Virtual Workshop

An Introduction From Jenni

Manx Log Cabin Virtual Workshop

Hosted by Jenni Smith



The Quiltfolk team is super excited to announce our first-ever workshop, hosted by Jenni Smith. This project has been in the works for some time, and we’re thrilled to finally share it with readers today!

  • What: A live, three-hour workshop teaching the technique required to make the Manx Log Cabin, a variation of the traditional Log Cabin block. The workshop is hosted by Jenni Smith and includes friendly instruction and ongoing Q&A.
  • When: Thursday, June 24 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. PT. (A recording will be available to all who register. So if you can’t make the live event, or you want to revisit the workshop as you complete your project, you will have access to the recording for three months after the workshop takes place.)
  • Where: Get comfortable and connect virtually via Zoom — no camera required! 
  • Experience Level: This project is completed by hand and is suitable for any skill level, including beginners to patchwork.
  • What You'll Learn: How to: create your Manx foundation block, measure and prepare your fabrics in the traditional Manx way, layer and stitch a Manx Log Cabin, join Manx Log Cabin blocks, and finish a Manx Log Cabin coverlet.
  • What You'll Need: Just be prepared with some of your favorite fabrics — this is a great scrap-busting project too! A separate kit list will be shared upon registering for the workshop.
  • Space Is Limited! Capacity is very limited — sign up today to secure your spot!
  • Money-Back Guarantee! If you are not satisfied with the workshop when you are through, we will refund your total amount, no questions asked.


About the Workshop
Jenni’s connection to the Manx Log Cabin is personal. A dear friend of hers, Annmarie, learned the technique from an older Manx woman while sitting on a stone wall watching the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy motorcycle races. Annmarie then shared this low-maintenance quilting technique with Jenni, who continues to teach it to others in memory of her friend. 

The Manx Log Cabin is unique for many reasons. One of which is that you tear the fabric and use your handspan, fingers, and thumb to measure the block. That added personal touch creates a special kind of connection between the maker and the quilt(s) made with the technique. Plus, it’s good fun, portable, and altogether satisfying. 

The last three photos in the gallery above show a stunning Manx Log Cabin quilt made by Lucy Brennan, who shared the following about the creative process:

Jenni Smith's class was a real treat — learning to hand stitch a Manx Log Cabin. This traditional method is unlike anything I've done before. I RIPPED fabric, using parts of my hand as a guide for measurements, and it was scary, thrilling, and brilliant! As soon as I made one block, I knew I would make more because it's such a mindful process. It's very freeing, away from the precise cutting and piecing of traditional machine patchwork. Hand sewing is self-care for me, and this coverlet project has been an absolute joy to work on.” – Lucy @charmaboutyou 

Once you register for the workshop, you will receive an email with a kit list. And as we get closer to June 24, you’ll receive a reminder email with a link to the webinar.

Reserve your spot today for your first-ever Quiltfolk workshop!


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