I absolutely love these fun Holiday prints, and they just shine in all of my favorite basic patchwork blocks. This quilt is comprised of 4 basic blocks. A Square, A 4 Patch, a Half Square Triangle, and a Quarter Square Triangle. Then just mix them all up and play until you get that perfect patchwork balance to make you smile!!!
And the great thing about this design is no two quilts will ever look alike, making it a special holiday treasure all your own. And with basic piecing blocks it will go together in a snap, making it a great "go to" Christmas quilt that you can make again and again.
And so let's get right to how you can make your own!!!
YOU WILL NEED:
2/3 Yard of Binding (I used Kisses in Black)
4 1/2 Yards of a Coordinating Print for Backing (I used Kisses in Red)
STEP 1 - PREPPING YOUR FABRICS
From Your 2 Christmas Delivery 10" Stackers
Sort the squares into 3 Piles of 20 squares each and 1 Pile of 21 squares
From the Binding Print cut
(8) 2 1/2" x Width of Fabric strips
STEP 2 - MAKING THE SQUARE BLOCK
We will start with the pile of 21 squares. Trim from two sides of each square so they now measure 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" square. I like to use an 8 1/2" square ruler to do this as it speeds up the cutting ;) You will now have 21 Square Blocks measuring 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" square and they can be set aside, super simple right!!
STEP 3 - MAKING THE FOUR PATCH BLOCKS
Now we can move onto our next set of Blocks, the Four Patch Blocks. Grab a stack of 10" squares and start but cutting each square into (4) 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" squares. I like to trim the square to 9" x 9" first, cutting off all the pinked edges, and then simply subcut 4 1/2" horizontally and 4 1/2" vertically to make (4) 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" squares. When you are all done cutting, you should have (80) 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" squares.
We will start by stitching the (80) squares into 2 Patch Units. To do this, place two squares with right sides together aligning the raw edges. Stitch a 1/4" seam along one edge. And then press the seam allowance towards the darker fabric.
Chain stitching here will save you a lot of time. Rather than clipping your threads at the end of each patchwork set, simply keep feeding sets through your machine until you have stitched a 1/4" seam along the side of all 40 units. Then clip your threads and press the seam allowances.
Now to make 2 Patches into 4 Patches. Place a Two Patch Unit onto a second Two Patch Unit with right sides together. Align and Nest/Pin the center seam. Stitch a 1/4" seam along the pinned edge. Again, you can simply chain stitch all 20 sets here to save time. Then clip the threads and press the seam allowance open.
Just like that, you have 20 Four Patch Blocks that will measure 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" square. And now these can be set aside and you are ready to move onto your next block!!
Now we can move onto our next set of Blocks, the Half Square Triangle Blocks. Grab a second stack of 10" squares On the wrong side of 10 of the squares, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner.
You will finish with 10 sets all stitched on either side of the drawn line. Again. clip the threads between your sets.
And now you have 20 Half Square Triangle Blocks that will measure 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" square. And again, these can be set aside and you are ready to move onto your last set of blocks!!
Now we can move onto the last set of blocks, the Quarter Square Triangle Blocks. And the good news is, they start out just like a HST Block. So grab the final stack of 10" squares and follow the same HST instructions as above to the point of trimming. Do Not Trim the blocks at this point!!!
And now you have 20 Quarter Square Triangle Blocks that will measure 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" square. And they can now be put with all your other blocks ready to make your quilt top!!!
STEP 6 - MAKING THE QUILT TOP
And with the blocks done, it is time to make a quilt top!!! Layout your blocks in 9 rows with 9 blocks in each row as shown below. Play with the placement until it is pleasing to the eye. This is where the endless possibilities come into play so really mix things around until you get a look that you like. Taking a picture of your layout is the easiest way to do this as your eye can see everything at once, and it is also great to have to refer back to so you make sure you don't mix up your block placement :)
Clip your threads and lay your rows back out again. Now place the third row onto the second row with right sides together. Place the sixth row onto the fifth row with right sides together. And finally, place the ninth row onto the eighth row with right sides together as shown below. Align and pin all of the seams in the three row sets. Chain stitch a 1/4" seam along the pinned edges of all three row sets.
And finally, place the bottom rows onto the middle rows with right sides together. Align and pin all of your seams and then stitch a 1/4" seam along the pinned edge. Now just press all of your 8 seam allowances open and you are done!!!
STEP 7 - FINISHING IT UP
So now it is time to turn that finished quilt top into a finished Quilt ;) Time to Baste It, Quilt It, and Bind It!!! Which is a whole lot in one little sentence. If you are new to quilting, you can see my Finishing Your Quilt Series of video tutorials that will walk you through Basting, Quilting, and Binding step by step ;)
STEP 8 - ENJOY QUILT
Have a very Happy Quilting Day!!!
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