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Light and Dark Log Cabin Quilt

Rotate finished Log Cabin blocks to create an alternate version of the Light and Dark setting. Centers in a berry hue give a nod to the red centers of traditional Log Cabin blocks. Fabrics are from the Bittersweet collection by Nancy Halvorsen for Benartex.

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Assemble Blocks


1. For one block, gather the following: one berry print 2-1/2" square, 1-1/2"-wide strips from one dark print (one each in 2-1/2", 3-1/2", 6-1/2", 7-1/2", 10-1/2", and 11-1/2" lengths), 1-1/2"-wide strips from a second dark print (one each in 4-1/2", 5-1/2", 8-1/2", and 9-1/2" lengths), matching light print 1-1/2x3-1/2" and 1-1/2x4-1/2" strips, matching light print 1-1/2x5-1/2" and 1-1/2x6-1/2" strips, matching light print 1-1/2x7-1/2" and 1-1/2x8-1/2" strips, matching light print 1-1/2x9-1/2" and 1-1/2x10-1/2" strips, and matching light print 1-1/2x11-1/2" and 1-1/2x12-1/2" strips.

2. Referring to Diagram 1, sew together berry print 2-1/2" square and dark print 1-1/2x2-1/2" strip. Press seam away from berry print square.

3. Add dark print 1-1/2x3-1/2" strip to top edge of Step 2 unit (Diagram 2). Press as before.

4. Sew light print 1-1/2x3-1/2" strip to right-hand edge of Step 3 unit (Diagram 3). Then add light print 1-1/2x4-1/2" strip to bottom edge of unit (Diagram 4). Press all seams away from center.

5. Referring to Diagram 5, continue adding assorted print strips to pieced unit, pressing all seams away from center, to make a Log Cabin block. The block should be 12-1/2" square including seam allowances.

6. Repeat steps 1–5 to make 16 Log Cabin blocks total

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