Christmas Block-a-thon - Block 1
I know it is a bit late for thinking about making a Christmas quilt, but I figured if I started now, then I might have it done by 2020. You see, I just love Anita's Christmas quilt and the great thing about it is you can make blocks as you like then later put it all together. That's what I am planning on doing.
So today I decided to select a standard quilt block and use Christmas fabrics to make it into a Christmas block. I haven't done much patchwork lately so this will be a nice change. First up, I needed to find a block. The pattern suggests 8-12" blocks so I think I'll start with a 12" block. I chose to look in my EQ8 program's library.
I found a block called "French Silk Pie" and printed out a copy of the cutting instructions. However, I construct my blocks a little different than the EQ instructions mainly because I don't like sewing seams on the bias. Instead, I find it easier to cut squares and make half square triangles or corner sections. I'll show you want I mean as I go.
First up, I'll select some fabrics and then begin cutting.
- TWELVE 2-1/2" red squares
- EIGHT 2-1/2" white squares
- FOUR 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" white rectangles
- FOUR 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" print rectangles
- ONE 4-1/2" print square
- FOUR 4-1/2" cream squares
I'm going to start with the corner units first. To make those, I'm going to add 2 white squares to 1 red square and press the seams toward the white squares. In the photo below you can see the first white square added on the left and the second one being added on the right.
The four corner units will look like this...
Next, I'll add the cream squares, one to each corner unit. I've drawn a diagonal line on the back and you can easily see where the red section is. The diagonal line should go right through the intersecting seams.
After it's sewn along the diagonal line and pressed, it will look like this? The extra bits on the back can be trimmed back leaving 1/4" seam allowance. (BTW I never throw these excess bits away, I save them for something else)
The rest of the red squares will be stitched to the white rectangles as you would make flying geese. Start with drawing a diagonal line through the red square and positioning it on one side of the rectangle - 3 sides of the square should be even with one end of the rectangle. After it is sewn and pressed, lift up the top flat and trim back the two under sections leaving 1/4" seam allowance.
After one square is added and trimmed, the second square can be added to the opposite end. Make sure your drawn line is heading in the right direction!
With these units made, I like to lay all the pieces out, just so I know they will be sewn up correctly.
....But it is also fun to play and move around the sections to see what other arrangements I can create.
Enough playing around. It's time to add the print rectangle to the flying goose unit. It's best to check they are correct before stitching!
And now that all sections are equal to 4-1/2" square, I can join them in rows pressing the seams in the center row toward the center square and the two outside rows in the opposite direction. This makes the next step super easy!
I can finally stitch the rows together to make my block. One final press and here we have it.
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