Christmas is coming on like a bobsled, and I still have gifts to finish, but I stopped today to whip up a little something for you.
Surprise…it’s a quilt block! :0) It’s a 10″ (finished) block, and I called it “A Christmas Wreath”.
Here’s the recipe:
One 6-1/2″ square novelty print
Three 3.5″ red squares
Three 3.5″ light green squares
Four 3.5″ dark green squares
Six 3.5″ white squares
Four 2.5″ white squares
I used a Tucker Trimmer® to make the half-square triangles (HSTs) and quarter-square triangles (QSTs). If you’re not familiar with this tool, CLICK HERE for a previous post that goes into more detail on its use.
The first step is to put white corners on the novelty print square.
Draw a diagonal line on the back of each of your 2.5″ white squares. Lay a square on a corner of the 6.5″ novelty print square and sew on the line, then trim 1/4″ outside the line. Repeat with all four corners.
Press the corners open. Set this center section aside.
Step 2 is to make four red and white HSTs. Cut two of the red 3.5″ squares and two 3.5″ white squares in half diagonally, and sew the red and white halves together. I press my seams open, but you can press to the dark side if you prefer. Use the Tucker Trimmer® to trim the HSTs to 2.5″ as illustrated. above.
For Step 3, we need to make QSTs. Cut all of the remaining 3.5″ squares diagonally twice.
Sew eight QSTs, each with two dark green triangles, one light green triangle and one white triangle, then use the Tucker Trimmer® to square them to 2.5″ as illustrated above.
You will also need four QSTs, each with two white triangles, one red triangle and one light green triangle. Square them to 2.5″ as well.
Sew the QSTs into four units as pictured above.
Sew two of the QST strips to the sides of the center unit.
To finish your block, sew the HSTs to the remaining QST strips as shown, and sew to the top and bottom of the center unit.
Of course, just because I called it a wreath and used red and green fabrics, that doesn’t mean you have to.