I’ve made the Christmas Wreath quilt with four 21″ blocks of my own design – and obviously I have used Christmas fabrics. I’m a bit late starting on all my Christmas projects, but I felt that this design would be suitable for a throw, wall hanging or tablecloth, so it’s quite a versatile start to my Christmas sewing.
If you live in America, I hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration yesterday.
The quilt measures 50″ square and I have used 1.1/4 yards each of dark green and red, 3/4 yard of gold and 1/4 yard each of white and light green. You can buy these fabrics at a 10% discount in this week’s special offer.
Cutting requirements for the Christmas wreath quilt
3.7/8″ squares: sixteen each in dark green and white, twenty four each in red and gold, eight each in red and light green
3.1/2″ squares: thirty two dark green, sixteen red, forty eight gold
For the borders you will need to cut five 2.1/2″ strips in both red and dark green, cut across the width of fabric
Making the half square triangle units
Make half square triangle units with the 3.7/8″ squares in the colour combinations listed above. Place two squares with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal.
Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line. This will make two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares. Press the seam allowances towards the darker fabric and trim the two corners where the triangle tips stick out.
Making the Christmas wreath quilt block
As it’s quite a large block (classified as a seven patch), I’m showing the layout in stages. The central area of the block is a simple nine patch. There’s a red square in the middle with a dark green square on each edge of the central square. In the corners are four red/light green half square triangles, all placed so that the red is on the outside, forming the corners of this section.
Use red/gold half square triangles to form the corners of the next frame. Again these are placed with the red on the outside to form the corners. Between each pair of corners place three gold squares.
In the final frame of the block make the corners with one dark green square and two green/white half square triangles. As you can see, the half square triangles are placed so that the two green triangles with the green square form a large triangle across each corner.
Place one red square and two red/gold half square triangles in the spaces between the corner triangles. The red square is in the middle of each edge of the quilt block.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the block. Make four of these.
Add the borders
For the first border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of red. You’ll need two lengths of 42.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt and two lengths of 46.1/2″ for the sides of the quilt.
Make the second border with 2.1/2″ strips of dark green fabric – two lengths of 46.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt and two lengths of 50.1/2″ for the sides.
That completes the Christmas wreath quilt top. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.
Here’s the video:
I’ve always known that there are many parts of Birmingham that I haven’t explored yet, but it was a very welcome surprise when a friend took me to an area right in the city centre which I hadn’t known existed. It’s beside the canal and is called Gas Street because it was the first street in Birmingham to get gas lighting – obviously a very long time ago!
It’s a beautiful, very vibrant area with a cinema and loads of restaurants.
One of the buildings is called the Cube. That had always rather thrown me – most buildings are cubes, aren’t they? But it is a very unusual and attractive design.
What I hadn’t expected was that the inside of the building is hollow, so that you can see up and down to all the other floors. What a gorgeous design for a quilt that is on the basement floor!