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Christmas Tree and Presents

I was in a very weird mood the past week. I started thinking about the block that I was going to code for this month and decided that I wanted to do something original and seasonal. Since we seem to work a couple of months ahead...that puts us up to after Thanksgiving...Christmas! I designed this block in my head and found that, for a change, it translated just as well into EQ4...with just a minor change. I hope that you all like it. We will be making this one 12" finished.

You will need a small amount of a number of fabrics: a WOW for the background, a green, a brown and 6 prints.

Posted: October 1999

Sample Quilt Layouts

You need to cut as follows:

  1. Green: cut 4 3" squares; cut 2 2-1/2"x4-1/2" rectangles; cut 1 2-1/2"x8-1/2" rectangle
  2. Brown: cut 2 1-1/2"x1" rectangles
  3. Prints #1,3,4,6: cut 1 1-1/2"x2-1/2" rectangle of each fabric
  4. Prints #2,5: cut 1 2"x2-1/2" rectangle of each fabric
  5. WOW: cut 4 3" squares; cut 8 2-1/2" squares; cut 2 1-1/2"x2-1/2" rectangles; cut 2 1"x2-1/2" rectangles; cut 2 1-1/2"x2" rectangles; cut 2 1-1/2"x12-1/2" rectangles

Sewing Instructions:

  1. Draw diagonal line on wrong side of all the 3" WOW squares; match right sides together with 3" squares of Green; stitch 1/4" on either side of diagonal mark; cut apart on diagonal mark; press toward Green...square up to 2-1/2".

  2. Using 1-1/2"x2" of WOW, brown and prints #3 and #4...join WOW to brown and press toward brown; attach prints to WOW/brown watching orientation show toward WOW.

  3. Using 2 HSTs from step#1 and 4 2-1/2" squares of WOW...join to create row as shown all seams to the right.

  4. Using 4 HSTs from step#1, 4 2-1/2" squares of WOW and 2-1/2"x4-1/2" rectangles of Green...join to create 2 rows as shown seams to the right on one row and to the left on the other.

  5. Using 2 HSTs from step#1 and the 2-1/2"x8-1/2" rectangle of Green...join to create row as shown all seams to the left.

  6. Using all print fabric units...join to create row as shown all seams to the right.

  7. Join all 5 rows together as shown in block drawing to create basic seams down...then attach a 1-1/2"x12-1/2" rectangle of WOW to the top and bottom of seams toward plain unit.
  8. IMPORTANT: Please square up your finished block to be sure it is 12-1/2". If it is larger or smaller, check your seams and redo if necessary. If you do not check your measurements, your block may not join properly with other blocks easily to create a finished quilt.
  9. Decorate your block as you wish!

This is what your block might look like.

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