Vintage Christmas Sampler – Fireflies Block

I love this block. It is block number 1316b – Fireflies.  It is in the Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns and is attributed to James.  It is a fun block and great for featuring a printed fabric. This is the next block in my Vintage Christmas Sampler.

I started out as I usually do – sketching the block onto my quilting graph paper to determine the appropriate cutting measurements. Note: when using graphing paper – you are drawing out the FINISHED size of the block – this means you will need to add half an inch to each block to account for seam allowances.

Get the know how after the jump!You will need 4 different fabrics – one of them should be a fun feature fabric.

Cutting and HSTs:

NOTE: All seams are 1/4″

Pair the 3 remaining 3 7/8″ white squares with the 2 Red and 1 Green Squares measuring 3 7/8″. Create half square triangles.

Block Layout:

Next step: Create Sections

Section 1:


Section 2:

Layout your block:

Sew squares together and you are all done!

Let me know if you have any questions!

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5 Responses to Vintage Christmas Sampler – Fireflies Block

  1. Kiera says:

    Another great block and tutorial Melissa! Love it!!

  2. Lisa L. says:

    This block is PERFECT!! I was buying fabric to make a Christmas qilt for my mom and found this print with kittens. I has no idea how I would showcase it or use it, but you totally just answered that question for me. Thanks! I love it!

  3. VickiT says:

    What a great looking block Melissa. Thank you.

  4. Brandy M. says:

    I really like the fireflies block, Melissa! 🙂

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