Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Deck the Halls QAL - Day 2

Welcome back for Day 2 of the Deck the Halls QAL! ♪♫

After a big day of cutting on Monday, we're going to start with some easy piecing today.  We'll use stitch-and-flip corners to make little holly leaf blocks.  Ok, they may look like diagonal lines right now, but they'll make sense later.   Try to think of them as abstract holly leaves—very artsy!

Here we go!

Day 2:  Holly Leaf blocks

You'll need to gather:

12 green print #2 squares 2½" x 2½"
16 background squares 1½" x 1½"
8 red print #2 squares 1½" x 1½"

To make your Holly Leaf blocks:

1.  On the wrong side of each of the background and red print 1½" squares use a pencil to lightly draw a diagonal line from corner to corner.

2.  Layer a marked background 1½" square atop one corner of a green print 2½" square with right sides together as shown. Stitch the pair together along the drawn line.  Press toward the green and trim seam allowance to ¼".

3.  Layer a marked red 1½" square atop the opposite corner of the same green print 2½" square with right sides together.  Stitch along the drawn line.  Press toward the green and trim seam allowance to ¼".

Here's what the pressed seam allowances should look like on the back of the block.

4.   Repeat steps 2-3 to make 8 Holly Leaf blocks with background and red corners.

Make 8.

5.  In the same manner, repeat steps 2-3 to make 4 Holly Leaf blocks with 2 background corners.

Make 4.

Easy peasy, right?!  If you're eager to keep sewing, fear not, we'll have lots more blocks to make on Friday!!  Sew exciting!!


  1. At the end, will there be a way to download or print these directions? Since my mac isn't beside my sewing machine, it would be nice to just print this off. Liking the mystery. :)

    1. Thanks for your question! You can actually print it now if you like. If you right click on the post title, a menu should appear with an option to print. If you select print, a dialog box should appear that gives you the option to print in black and white, etc. In the alternative, I'll have a condensed version of the complete pattern available in my Etsy shop soon after Christmas.

      Glad you're enjoying the mystery! Me too!

  2. I stumbled on your site while looking through emails (you were listed on a blog I was checking out) and I immediately signed up for your newsletter! I also went to your blog and downloaded all the instructions for the 2015-2017 QAL's you did for Christmas! I LOVE Christmas quilts, so your blog is PERFECT!!! SO glad I found you!! :-)

    1. Wow I'm so glad you found me too!! Have fun making your quilts and Happy Holidays!!


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