I told my bff just before Christmas last year that one of my goals for this year was to make a Christmas quilt out of all the vintage Christmas fabric I have from the late 80s and early 90s. Here is my first block:
|I’m just so lucky!|
I used 3 Christmas fabrics that I already had cut from a project that never happened last year.
I used two 12″ squares of the white stars, one 10 inch square for both the green and red.
Cut your fabrics:
From the white cut four 3.5 inch squares
From the white cut four 4 inch squares
From the red and green cut four 4 inch squares each
Start making your Half Square Triangles (HSTs)
Pair your fabrics up as follows:
Two pairs: 1 green square with 1 white square – right sides together
Two pairs: 1 red square with 1 white square – right sides together
Two pairs: 1 red square with 1 green square – right sides together
Using a fabric pen or pencil draw a line down connecting opposite corners, sew with your 1/4 inch foot on that line in both directions,
Next, cut along the line and you will end up with two matching triangles.
You should have a total of four triangles from each pair set of fabrics. For more detailed instructions on Half Square Triangles please see my Chevron Block Tutorial.
Iron your fabrics flat and layout your rows matching the picture below.
Sew your rows together. Press the seams from the top row to the left, second row to the right, third row to the left, and bottom row to the right – this will make it much easier to line everything up when you finish sewing your block.
Once all rows are completed pin them together at the seams:
This will ensure that your blocks line up properly (believe it or not I never pinned my blocks until the last month or so when I decided that perfection does sometimes matter!)
Sew your rows together and voila!
Sorry for the dark pictures, the weather has been typical rainy Washington weather and I haven’t been able to get outside to take any natural lighting photos.
Cutting and all, this block took me less than 30 minutes to make! Good luck!