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Season’s Greetings

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:

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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.

Step 1a

Step 1a

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.

Step 1b

Step 1b

Press the corners open. Set this center section aside.

Step 2a

Step 2a

Step 2b

Step 2b

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.

Step 3a

Step 3a

For Step 3, we need to make QSTs. Cut all of the remaining 3.5″ squares diagonally twice.

Step 3b

Step 3c

Step 3b

Step 3b

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.

Step 4a

Step 4a

Sew the QSTs into four units as pictured above.

Step 4b

Step 4b

Sew two of the QST strips to the sides of the center unit.

Step 4c

Step 4c

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.

Merry Christmas!

Categories: 10" TQ Blocks, HST's, Scrap Quilts, The Thrifty Quilter System, TQ Patterns, Tucket Trimmer (Studio 180 Designs) | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments

In a Spin

The county fair is happening this week, and it always wraps up with a spectacular fireworks show on Sunday night. To celebrate my new blog, I decided to treat you to a new block that reminds me of  a firework that when launched, spins into the air before exploding. I call it “The Spinner”.

To make this block, you will need one 6.5″ square for the center. You will also need twelve 2.5″ assorted print squares and sixteen 2.5″ white squares. 

Step 1 is to make twelve half-square triangles (HSTs).

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To make these HSTs, pair each 2.5″ print square with a 2.5″ white square, right sides together, of course. Draw a diagonal line on the white square and sew ON THE LINE. Sorry, I didn’t mean to yell, but quilters often sew to the sides of the line out of habit.

Trim 1/4″ to one side of the seam and press open.

I nearly always press my seams open, but you can press to the dark side if you prefer.

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Lay out your pieces with the HST’s surrounding the 6.5″ square, and 2.5″ white squares in the corners. Sew the three left side HSTs together and sew to the left side of the center square. Next sew the three right side HSTs together and sew to the right side of the center square. Then sew the three top HSTs together, add the white corner squares and sew to the top of the block, and repeat for the bottom strip to complete your “Spinner” block.

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The unfinished block should measure 10.5″ x 10.5″.    

Of course, the next question is, what are you going to do with a 10″ (finished) block?. Well, you could string four or five  together, add a border and have a festive tablerunner. One block could ne the start of a placemat.  One block with a few layers of leftover batting (or a layer of Insulbrite(tm) batting would make a large hot pad. I have plans drawn up for a receiving blanket quilt and a lap-size quilt that I will share with you soon. 

Categories: Thrifty Quilter Blocks & Patterns, Uncategorized | Tags: , | 1 Comment

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