Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Nightfall Parade | | A Mini QAYG Log Cabin { Tutorial } : :

The Nightfall Parade

A Mini QAYG Log Cabin Tutorial

My Mini QAYG Log Cabin tutorial is a Quilt-As-You-Go style quilt block, featuring my Nightfall fabric collection, that you can use to create a beautiful Moon & Stars Floor Pillow!

Fabric and Materials Required : :
  • a variety of four different teal & blue Nightfall prints cut into 1" strips x WOF
  • several 1.5" x WOF strips of both Luminaries in Silver & Gold 
  • Sixteen fussy cut moons { eight from Lunation Light || eight from Lunation Dark } 
  • Sixteen 6" cotton batting squares
  • fabrics for the pillow backing and binding
  • 22" pillow insert
  • rotary cutter/large cutting mat/ruler set
  • sewing pins 
* Notes*
  • Synthetic batting is NOT suggested, only use a 100% cotton batting. It is important to be able to press the batting with a hot iron and steam.
  • Use a Low or standard loft batting. The #1 question I receive about QAYG is folks wanting to know if the seams are bulky. My answer is NOPE, not to a noticeable degree I promise.
  • This style of Log Cabin quilt block can be made into any size! The measurements I'm sharing makes a large floor pillow, but feel free to adjust to any size.

Now, let's get started!! 

Log Cabin Supplies

Making the Blocks : :

1. Begin by preparing your materials. I cut leftover cotton batting scraps into sixteen 6" batting squares.

Step 1

2. Place a single fussy cut moon, alternating colors, in the center of each of the sixteen batting squares.

Step 2

3. Begin adding the fabric strips {logs}. Cut two strips from one of the dark Nightfall prints. At the sewing machine, place one strip right sides facing the moon fabric and sew a 1/4" seam along the raw edges on the matched up side. You will be sewing through the batting, permanently attaching the fabrics in place. Once attached, open the fabrics so the right side is exposed and smooth to press with your hand.

Step 3

4. Add the next two strips exactly the same way, but this time using a low volume Luminaries star print. Attach these logs continuing with a 1/4" seam, smooth & press open as you go.

Step 4

5. Work your way around the center moon, alternating the dark 1" Nightfall strips with the 1.5" Luminaries prints, adding each log, stitching, flipping, and pressing until you fill up each batting square.

Step 5

Log Cabin QAYG

Step 6

6. Once the fabrics have been added to each batting square, use a mat, ruler, and rotary cutter to trim to a 5.75" square.

Trimming Log Cabins

Use the diagram below to arrange the finished mini log cabins in the Moon & Stars pillow top design.

Moon & Stars Pillow Mock Up with spacing

Pillow Top Layout

Joining the QAYG Blocks : :

7. Begin with two blocks and place them right sides together. Use sewing pins to secure their place and sew along one side keeping a 1/4" seam allowance. Use a hot iron with steam to press the seams open as you join them.

Step 7

8. Repeat this step with the remaining blocks, sewing them together, pressing all seams open as you go.

Step 8

Press Seams Open

9. Press the pillow top front well once all the mini log cabins are joined together.

Nightfall QAYG Pillow

Finished Pillow Top

Finishing the Pillow : :

10. Prepare the backing fabrics with a double seam or bound edge to finish with an envelope style closure.

Backed in Moon Phase

11. Using your favorite quilt binding method, bind the pillow just as you would any quilt. Insert the pillow form and Viola, your pretty Moon & Stars Floor Pillow is finished!

With Tiny Stars

A Moon & Stars Floor Pillow

If you do give this tutorial a go at anytime, be sure to share on my Facebook page or on Instagram with the hashtag #NightfallFabrics & #NightfallParade -- I love seeing what you create!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!! ♡ Maureen


* You can find the list of online retailers currently carrying Nightfall under my SHOP my Fabrics page -----> https://maureencracknellhandmade.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html


  1. Thank you for this nice tutorial.

  2. Thank you for taking the time to prepare this tutorial! I can't wait to try it.

  3. thank you for the tutorial! it's a nice project!

  4. thank you so much Maureen for this tutorial! you are so generous with your time and skills. your photos are always so pretty. I have your whole line of fabrics and I am making a Propeller quilt right now but I will have enough fabric for some log cabin fun later!!:) also congrats on your new line: it is AWESOME!!!! can't wait to get my hands on it!

  5. Thanks for the tutorial, I love how you bind your pillows.

  6. I showed my FQ bundle of your Nightfall to my sister last week and I may have to make her some of these pillows from it.

  7. This is a great tutorial! Do you add a lining to the back of the QAYG pillow front?

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