A Log Cabin class at Bear’s Paw Ranch

With the holidays right around the corner, and so much to do, I decided to teach a class right in my home at the Bear’s Paw Ranch. We started our day off with freshly baked pumpkin bread and coffee then went on up to the Koala Studio. The ladies just absolutely love the Koala Studio, it’s such a splendid place to spend the day!




Most of the group had already been introduced to the famous Log Cabin pattern but we did have a “log cabin virgin” among us. After showing a handful of possibilities with the log cabin pattern, we pulled out the AccuQuilt cutters and got to cutting!




The AccuQuilt cutter makes cutting and piecing your projects so much easier: Just place your fabric on the die, crank it through your cutter and you’re ready to sew!

Brenda and Karen pay close attention on how to sew their centers for their blocks; Remember to always press AWAY from the center.

Diana, our “log cabin virgin”, got the hang of chain piecing very quickly! Here’s to introducing quilting to the new generation!

Here was Brenda with her scraps, she likes to make little wallhangings and projects with scraps! Never throw your scraps away, ladies!


As noon came around, the smell of lunch lured us all to the dining room. We had a delicious, filling meal to give us the strength to sew some more!


It wouldn’t be a day at Bear’s Paw Ranch if we didn’t interact with nature. We took a little hike through the yard and fed my neighbors’ donkeys. Some of the ladies were so excited to feed a donkey for the first time!

We took our shoes off and shifted into gear with our log cabin wall hangings!



What a fun day spent making, none other than my favorite, Log Cabins with these lovely ladies! What do you think of their wall hangings?


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10 Responses to “A Log Cabin class at Bear’s Paw Ranch”

  1. Yay, you are back to blogging. It looks like you all had a great time! I just purchased your book Quilts from El´s kitchen” as a Christmas gift for my mom 🙂 Greetings from Europe!

  2. Sue Doucet says:

    You all had such fun together. I am so jealous!

  3. Queenie says:

    Sounds like a perfect day to me. Looks like eveyone (and the donkeys) had a great time and beautiful quilts were created.
    Have a great day.
    Always, Queenie

  4. cheryl eisel says:

    Looks like you all had soo much fun! Wish I had been there. I’m 61 and I have never done a log cabin, it’s on my bucket list….so I had better hurry!!! Lol

  5. Bobbie says:

    Love everything you do❤️❤️❤️

  6. Judi says:

    I wish I could be just one of your classes! Disappointed that you are not teaching in Lancaster, PA this spring.

  7. maccario says:


  8. I like the log cabin quilts. I plan to make a double ring quilt for my niece for her wedding this summer. I’m using Eleanor’s pattern.
    Also Eleanor has the best rulers, I wore out the one 6×12 and had to get a new one. I’m going to have replace my 6×24 soon.
    I sure do like to watch the block party and will be signing up again for the next year.

  9. Casey Hudson says:

    Glad you enjoyed your day El. i always enjoy wating the webinars you have on ustream. im not a native of california but a Michigander but I love learning right along with the whole gang. your quilts are always so sweet and charming as the quilter(s) who make them. wishing you happy holidays and happy quilting! 🙂

  10. Chris says:

    You look so happy!!! I just wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas and marvelous New Year 2104! I made a version of your First Ladies quilt and had a great time doing so. Thank you for all you do!