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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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Cut and Assemble Mosaic Block A


The cutting and piecing instructions that follow result in one Mosaic block A. Each block requires five fabrics. Repeat instructions to make four total of Mosaic block A.

To create a pieced quilt center, Lila used the same metallic orange print for the background in each of the blocks. She also repeated second novelty print once in each of the blocks and positioned them so it creates a star radiating from the intersection of the four blocks. First novelty print is repeated three times in each of the blocks.

From metallic orange print, cut:
12 — 2-1/2" squares
From one dark print, cut:
4 — 2-1/2 " squares (one set of 4 matching)
From one bright print, cut:
4 — 2-1/2x4-1/2" rectangles (one set of 4 matching)
From one novelty print, cut:
3 — 2-1/2x4-1/2" rectangles (one set of 3 matching)
From second novelty print, cut:
1 — 2-1/2x4-1/2" rectangle

1. Use a pencil to mark a diagonal line on wrong sides of metallic orange print 2-1/2" squares and four matching dark print 2-1/2" squares.

2. Align a marked metallic orange print 2-1/2" square with one end of a bright print 2-1/2x4-1/2" rectangle (Diagram 1; note direction of drawn line). Stitch on marked line; trim away the excess fabric, leaving a 1/4" seam allowance. Press open attached triangle.

3. In the same manner, align a marked dark print 2-1/2" square with opposite end of the bright print 2-1/2x4-1/2" rectangle (Diagram 1; again note direction of drawn line). Stitch on marked line; trim and press as before to make a unit A. The inner unit should be 2-1/2x4-1/2" including seam allowances.

4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 to make four total of unit A.

5. Align a marked metallic orange print 2-1/2" square with one end of first novelty print — 2-1/2x4-1/2" rectangle (Diagram 2; note direction of drawn line). Stitch on marked line; trim away the excess fabric, leaving a 1/4" seam allowance. Press open attached triangle.

6. In the same manner, align another marked metallic orange print 2-1/2" square with opposite end of the novelty print 2-1/2x4-1/2" rectangle (Diagram 2; again note direction of drawn line). Stitch on marked line; trim and press as before to make a unit B. The unit B should be 2-1/2x4-1/2" including seam allowances.

7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 to make three total of unit B.

8. Using second novelty print — 2-1/2x4-1/2" rectangle, repeat steps 5 and 6 to make one unit C (Diagram 3).

9. Referring to Block A Assembly Diagram, lay out units A, B, and C in two rows. Press seams toward unit A. Join pieces in each row to make a Mosaic Block A. Press seams in one direction. The Mosaic Block A should be 8-1/2" square, including seam allowances.

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