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Halloween Log Cabins & Stars

Showcase an assortment of novelty prints on a seasonal throw that's a treat to piece!

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Getting Started

Designer Lila Taylor Scott
Photographs Greg Scheidemann

Skill level: Intermediate

Designer Notes:
A traditional block and a stash of Halloween novelty prints inspired designer Lila Taylor Scott to work some design magic. "I knew that I wanted to use a Log Cabin block, but I changed the size of the dark logs to make it more intriguing and different," Lila says. By making the dark print logs smaller than the light print logs, she tried not to make the quilt too dark.

Lila then set the Log Cabin blocks so that they showcase and frame the pieced quilt center. "Novelty prints are wonderful for this type of quilt. It’s like putting a costume on a quilt, and it becomes its own character … a little trick, a little treat," says Lila.

Select Fabrics
When selecting novelty fabrics for all the blocks in a quilt top, Lila suggests setting the blocks apart with a sashing or, as she did here, with a design. In "Frightfully Fun," fabrics determine the design in the quilt center and the light and dark effect of the Log Cabin blocks.

Tip: As she cut out rectangles and squares from novelty prints needed for the Mosaic blocks, Lila also cut a 1-1/2"- or 1-1/4"-wide strip to use in the Log Cabin blocks, then dropped it in a box set aside for that strip width.

Tip: Lila wanted the center four blocks to be the focus of the quilt, so she chose a background of metallic orange and made the stars from four different prints with the same color and value -- bright yellow.