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Amish Quilt Cane
by Irish Red
I visited an Amish quilt show the day before I made this. Can you tell?

Good things about this technique: every piece of clay used was a leftover except the black. The greyish pattern was a hunk of waste off of the end of a reduced face cane. The flower was a piece about 2" long and 1" wide that I had made up out of scraps and had no plans to use on anything in particular. The plain colors just had a corner of the block left in the package. Oh, and this is the first time I've used colors straight out of the package. Normally I have to mess with them first.
The "fabric" blocks. About 1/4" by 1" long.
Wrap each block in a black sheet, rolled to a #6 setting.
The original 9, all wrapped with a sheet of black on the #6 setting.
The new set of nine. One pattern has been replaced with a second block of black and both blacksplaced in opposite corners. Now we are a log.
Log has been stacked, reduced to 1/2" and cut into quarters.
Place logs together until you like the pattern. This is the point where I saw my mistakes. That's okay, I like it. I'm also proud of myself because this is outside my favorite color palette.
Above block was smoothed out, the brayer run across all sides to square it up. Then two sheets of black clay rolled to #1, one sheet of red rolled to #1, then a last black at #1.
Pretty neat, huh? Specially for my first time! All you quilters out there know what I did wrong. I can live with it.

©2001 Irish Red

Thank you Irish Red! You can Email Irish Red at
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Quilt Cane Tips

From Liz Gilbert

Tip: "If you have graph paper and colored pencils, and can handle working almost solely with squares as your cane shape, you can have fun drawing your own patterns and then creating them in clay. "

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