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!
Wow, I love your star block and also those halter dresses—totally adorable!!!
Beautiful pattern, this is going to be such a lovely quilt.
Melissa, thanks sooooooooooo much. I never knew this pattern was just triangles cut and rejoined. I am so going to make one of these soon!
I have thought and thought about the Deb Tucker rulers and may still go that route but I want to try it this way first. The “Y” intersections are a real “bear” for me so I am always trying to find a way to make the thing using half and quarter squares and other right angle shapes to make it happen. They all look easy in the demo and I have printed off several of them off line. What I really would like at this point is a way to calculate the sizes of each cut to achieve the block size that the pattern calls for. This is the crucst of why I am fighting the investment in the Tucker rulers. I mean how will I adapt them to my quilt pattern?
Well, thanks and hope I can make this work.