Christmas Wreath Quilt Pattern

Christmas wreath quilt

Christmas wreath quilt

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.




Christmas wreath quilt block

Christmas wreath quilt block

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

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

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.

Central area of block

Central area of block

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.

Add the next frame

Add the next frame

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.

Add the corners of the final frame

Add the corners of the final frame

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.

Christmas wreath quilt block full layout

Christmas wreath quilt block full layout

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 quilt borders

Add the quilt borders

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:

View from Gas Street

View from Gas Street

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.

Part view of the Cube

Part view of the Cube

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.

View down to the basement

View down to the basement

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!




Christmas Sweet Bag – Homemade

 

Christmas sweet bag

Christmas sweet bag

The Christmas sweet bag is I think the first time that I have managed to produce a festive project in July, in keeping with the Christmas in July trend which gives crafters plenty of time to make things for Christmas.  This is a very simple and easy to make bag, so that may be why I managed it now!  It would be great for either sweets or small trinkets and measures about 6″ square and a couple of inches high.

Cutting requirements for the Christmas sweet bag

10″ squares:  one each in green and red

cord:  about 40″of matching cord or ribbon

Place squares right sides together

Place squares right sides together

Making the Christmas sweet bag

Place the two squares with right sides together and sew around three and a half edges.  Clip the corners and turn the bag right side out through the gap in the stitching.

Close the gap with a small seam

Close the gap with a small seam

Turn under a small hem on the unsewn part of the seam and press in place.  Top stitch all round the edge to hold the seam in place.

Lay the square out so that the side that you wish to be the outside is on top – in my case that’s the red.

Turn a corner in towards the middle

Turn a corner in towards the middle

Lay the cord across a corner and fold the corner in towards the middle.  If you measure both sides of the folded section at 2.1/2″ then you’ll be sure that the turned in triangle is even.

Obviously in normal times the cord would have matched the fabrics, but most of my stuff is packed away ready for the move and all I could find was this pink cord – which is totally inappropriate, but illustrates the technique for making the bag.

Repeat with all 4 corners

Repeat with all 4 corners

Sew across the corner just inside the cord, but making sure that you don’t catch the cord in the stitching.  Backstitch at each end of this seam.

Repeat with the other three corners.

Slowly pull the cord from 2 sides

Slowly pull the cord from 2 sides

Tie the two ends of the cord together so make sure that they don’t slip out from inside those folded corners.  Slowly begin to pull the cord from two sides to draw up the sides of the Christmas sweet bag.

Christmas sweet bag with folds outside

Christmas sweet bag with folds outside

Keep tightening the cord until you feel that the bag is as tight as you wish it to be.  In the photo at the top I have the edges of the bag (between the folds) inside the cord so that they form folds within the bag, but you can see it here where I have pushed the edges to the outside -it’s up to you which way you prefer to arrange the fabric in your Christmas sweet bag.

I haven’t sewn the red folds in place on either of these versions, but you may wish to do so in order to make the bag more secure.  It really depends what you will be putting in the bag.

Here’s the video:

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I hope to see you again soon.

Rose

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