Monday, December 17, 2018

Deck the Halls QAL - Day 7

Welcome back for Day 7 of the Deck the Halls QAL!  ♪♫  Today we're moving on to assembly!!!

Here's where we're headed...


This year we're making a medallion quilt!  And what a center medallion it is—wouldn't it be beautiful on its own as a mini quilt or even a pillow?!

I'm sure you're eager to see your own beautiful medallion emerge, so let's jump right in!


Day 7:  Center Medallion Assembly

First we'll start with some additional cutting.

You'll need:
  • the 5 background print strips, 1½" x WOF that you set aside on Day 1
  • the  yard of red print #3 

From the background print strips, crosscut:
  • 2 strips 1½" x 18½"
  • 2 strips 1½" x 16½"
  • 4 strips 1½" x 10½"
  • 4 rectangles 1½" x 6½"
  • 8 rectangles 1½" x 2½"



From red print #3, cut:
  • 4 binding strips 2¼" x WOF (if you're using red print #3 for the binding)
  • 2 strips 1¼" x 32"
  • 2 strips 1¼" x 30½"
  • 2 strips 1½" x 26½"
  • 2 strips 1½" x 24½"
  • 2 strips 1½" x 20½"
  • 2 strips 1½" x 18½"


You'll also need to gather:
  • 12 Holly Leaf blocks from Day 2
  • 4 Mystery Block As from Day 4
  • 4 Mystery Block Bs from Day 5
  • 1 Pinwheel block from Day 5
  • 4 red print #1 squares 1½" x 1½"
  • 4 red print #2 rectangles 1½" x 6½"


Assembling the Center Medallion:

1.  Lay out 4 Mystery Block As, 4 Mystery Block Bs, and Pinwheel block in 3 rows of 3 as shown.




2.  Join together the pieces in each row.  Press seam allowances open.



3.  Join together the rows to complete the center Rolling Star block (measuring 10½" square unfinished).  Press seam allowances open.



4.  Sew a red print #1 1½" x 1½" square to opposite ends of 2 background 1½" x 10½" strips.  Press seam allowances toward the background strips.



5.  Sew a background 1½" x 10½" strip to the left and right sides of the Rolling Star block from step 3.  Press seam allowances toward the background strips.  Sew a unit from step 4 to the top and bottom of the Rolling Star block.  Press seam allowances away from the center.




6.  Join together a background 1½" x 6½" rectangle and a red print #2 1½" x 6½" rectangle.  Press seam allowances toward the red.  Repeat to make 4 units.

Make 4.

7.  Sew a Holly Leaf block with one red corner and one background corner to opposite ends of each of the units from step 6.  Make sure that the red corner of the Holly Leaf block aligns with the red rectangle as shown.  Press seam allowances open.

Make 4.

8.  Sew a background 1½" x 2½" rectangle to opposite ends of 2 of the units from step 7.  Press seam allowances toward the Holly Leaves to make 2 short Holly Leaf borders.   

Make 2 short Holly Leaf borders.

9.  Sew a background 1½" x 2½" rectangle to opposite ends of the 2 remaining units from step 7.  Press seam allowances away from the Holly Leaves.  Sew a Holly Leaf block (with 2 background corners) to opposite ends of the unit.  Press seam allowances away from the Holly Leaves to make 2 long Holly Leaf borders.

Make 2 long Holly Leaf borders.

10.  Sew a short Holly Leaf border (from step 8) to the left and right sides of the unit from step 5.  Press seam allowances away from the center.  Sew a long Holly Leaf border (from step 9) to the top and bottom of the unit from step 5.  Press seam allowances away from the center.


 


11.  Sew a background 1½" x 16½" strip to the left and right sides of the unit from step 10.  Press seam allowances away from the center.  Sew a background 1½" x 18½" strip to the top and bottom of the unit from step 10.  Press seam allowances away from the center.




12.  Sew a red print #3 1½" x 18½" strip to the left and right sides of the unit from step 11.  Press seam allowances toward the red.  Sew a red print #3 1½" x 20½" strip to the top and bottom of the unit from step 11.  Press seam allowances toward the red.


Center medallion measuring 20½" x 20½" unfinished.

And that's it for the first day of assembly.  It's so exciting to finally see the quilt taking shape!  Have fun making your medallions and I'll see you back here Wednesday.  More lovely borders to come!!

—jen

Friday, December 14, 2018

Deck the Halls QAL - Day 6

Welcome back to the Deck the Halls QAL! ♫♪  It's Day 6 already and our last day of piecing blocks!



Today we'll be making Half Square Triangles and Split Quarter Square Triangles, which means marking and trimming, BUT because it's Friday we have an extra day to finish the blocks.  Funny how that worked out!  :)

Brace yourself...  Here we go!


Day 6:  Half Square Triangles and Split Quarter Square Triangles

You'll need to gather:

13 green print #1 squares 3½" x 3½"
1 green print #1 square 3" x 3"
27 red print #1 squares 3" x 3"
13 background squares 3½" x 3½"
2 background squares 3" x 3"



To make your Half Square Triangles:

1.  On the wrong side of the 2 background 3" squares, use a pencil to lightly draw a diagonal line from corner to corner.



2.  Layer 1 marked background 3" square atop the green print #1 3" square and the remaining marked background 3" square atop 1 red print #1 3" square with right sides together and raw edges aligned.



3.  Stitch the pairs together a scant ¼" from either side of the drawn line.  Press to set seams.



4.  Cut the pairs in half on the drawn line to make 4 half square triangles blocks ("HSTs")—2 green print #1/background and 2 red print #1/background.



5.  Press the seam allowances toward the green or red and trim the HST blocks to measure 2½" x 2½" unfinished.  Set blocks aside for next week.




To make your Split Quarter Square Triangles:

1.  On the wrong side of each of the 13 background 3½" squares, use a pencil to lightly draw a diagonal line from corner to corner.



2.  Layer a marked background 3½" square atop a green print #1 3½" square with right sides together and raw edges aligned.



3.  Stitch the pair together a scant ¼" from either side of the drawn line.  Press to set seams.



4.  Cut the pair in half on the drawn line to make 2 half square triangles units.



5.  Press the seam allowances toward the green and trim the HST units to measure 3" x 3" unfinished.  Repeat with remaining green print #1 and background 3½" squares to make 26 HST units total.

Make 26.

6.  On the wrong side of each of the 26 red print #1 3" squares, use a pencil to lightly draw a diagonal line from corner to corner.



7.  Layer a marked red print #1 3" square atop a green print #1/background 3" HST unit from step 5 with right sides together.  Make sure that the line drawn on the red 3" square is perpendicular to the seam between the green and background triangles on the HST unit.



8.  Stitch the pair together a scant ¼" from either side of the drawn line.  Press to set seams.



9.  Cut the pair in half on the drawn line to make 2 split quarter square triangle blocks.



10.  Press seam allowances toward the red print.  Notice that the 2 split quarter square triangle blocks are the mirror of one another



11.  Trim the split quarter square triangle blocks to measure 2½" x 2½" unfinished.



12.  Repeat with the remaining red print #1 3" squares and green print #1/background 3" half square triangle units to make 52 split quarter square triangle blocks—26 with the green print triangle in one quarter and 26 with the green print triangle in the adjacent, or mirror, quarter.

Make 52 total—26 of each.

Lots of little blocks today, but it'll all be worth it! 



Enjoy your weekend and I'll see you back here Monday.  We're moving on to assembly and I can't wait!!

—jen

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Deck the Halls QAL - Day 5

Welcome back for Day 5 of the Deck the Halls QAL!  ♪♫




Today is the mid-way point in the QAL—I can't believe how quickly time passes in December!  As promised we'll be making Mystery Block B and a familiar friend, a Pinwheel block.


Day 5:  Mystery Block B and Pinwheel

You'll need to gather:

2 red print #1 squares 2¼" x 2¼"
4 red print #1 squares 1¾" x 1¾"
2 red print #2 squares 2¼" x 2¼"
4 red print #2 squares 1¾" x 1¾"
4 green print #2 squares 3" x 3"
4 background rectangles 1¾" x 3"
8 background squares 1¾" x 1¾"



Let's keep it simple and start with the Pinwheel.

To make your Pinwheel block:

1.  On the wrong side of each of the red print #2 2¼" squares use a pencil to lightly draw a diagonal line from corner to corner.



2.  Layer a marked red print #2 2¼" square atop a red print #1 2¼" square with right sides together and raw edges aligned.



3.  Stitch the pair together a scant ¼" from either side of the drawn line.  Press to set seams.



4.  Cut the pair in half on the drawn line to make 2 half square triangles ("HSTs").



5.  Press the seam allowances toward red print #1 and trim the HSTs to measure 1¾" x 1¾" unfinished.  Repeat to make 4 HSTs total.

Make 4.

6.  Lay out the 4 HSTs in 2 rows of 2 each as follows.  Start with the upper left HST, making sure that the red print #1 triangle is located in the bottom left corner of that HST.  Then continue to lay out your HSTs in a clockwise direction being mindful of the orientation of each HST.



7.  Join together the pieces in each row.  Press seam allowances toward red print #2.



8.  Join the rows together to make a Pinwheel block measuring 3" x 3" unfinished.  Fan seam allowances open in back, pressing toward red print #2, to reduce the bulk at the center of the block.  Press.

Make 1.



To make your Mystery Block Bs:

1.  On the wrong side of each of the red print #1, red print #2, and background 1¾" squares use a pencil to lightly draw a diagonal line from corner to corner. 



2.  Layer a marked red print #1 1¾" square atop the right end of a background 1¾" x 3" rectangle with right sides together as shown.  Stitch the pair together along the drawn line.  Press seam allowance toward the background.



3.  Layer a marked red print #2 1¾" square atop the opposite (left) end of the same background 1¾" x 3" rectangle with right sides together.  Stitch the pair together along the drawn line.  Press seam allowance toward the background to make a Flying Geese unit measuring 1¾" x 3" unfinished.  Repeat to make 4 Flying Geese units paying careful attention to the orientation of the red prints.


Make 4.


4.  Sew a green print #2 3" square to the top of a Flying Geese unit from step 3 as shown.  Press seam allowance toward the green.



5.  Layer a marked background 1¾" square atop the upper right corner of the green print #3 square as shown.  Stitch along the drawn line.  Press seam allowance toward the green.



6.  Layer a marked background 1¾" square atop the upper left corner of the green print #3 square as shown.  Stitch along the drawn line.  Press seam allowance toward the green to make a Mystery Block B measuring 3" x 4¼" unfinished (including seam allowance).


Make 4.



Done!  That's it for Day 5!  Your pre-cut pieces should be dwindling and your blocks starting to stack up at this point—very exciting!

I'll see you back here Friday for Day 6 and another fun block.

—jen