Monday, December 3, 2018

Deck the Halls QAL - Day 1

Update:  The complete pattern for Deck the Halls is now available for download in my Etsy shop.  The pattern includes material requirements, step-by-step instructions and full color diagrams to help you on your way.  Click here to view the pattern.

𝅘𝅥𝅘𝅥𝅮 Deck the halls with boughs of holly! 𝅘𝅥𝅮𝅘𝅥𝅰 Fa la la la la la la la la 𝅘𝅥𝅮𝅘𝅥𝅯𝅘𝅥

𝅘𝅥𝅘𝅥𝅮 Tis the season... for the the Deck the Halls Quilt Along!

This year's quilt along is inspired by the garlands and greenery, holly and berries, wreaths and ribbons that we use to decorate our homes for the festive season.  And because I'm thinking of hearth and home, this year I'm using rich cranberry reds and forest greens to give my quilt a warm, cozy look.

Once again, here's a list of the materials that you'll need for this year's quilt along:
  • ⅞ yard background fabric
  • ⅞ yard dark red/burgundy print for piecing and binding*
  • 2 fat quarters red prints—one should be a medium red print and the other a lighter/brighter red
  • 3 fat quarters green prints—one dark, one medium-dark, and one medium
  • 1⅛ yard fabric for backing
  • 40" x 40" piece of batting
*If you'd like to use a contrasting fabric for your binding, you'll need only ⅝ yard of the dark red/burgundy print and ⅓ yard binding fabric.

I'll be posting every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between now and Christmas and we'll finish on December 21st.  With each post, I'll reveal a new block or component and we'll assemble the quilt during the last week of the QAL.  Some of the pieces we'll be working with are small, but this project is suitable for most quilters.

Ready?  Set?  Let's get started!

Day 1:  Cutting

Before we jump into the cutting, let's take a few minutes to organize our fabrics.

Here are the fabrics that I'll be using for the QAL.  I've assigned a number to each of the red and green prints (#1, #2, and #3 for each color from left to right) because the cuts are different for each of them.

Assign a number to each of your red and green prints using the following guidelines:

  • The lightest/brightest red print should be red print #2.
  • The darkest red/burgundy print (⅞ yard) should be red print #3.
  • The darkest green print should be green print #2.
  • The lightest green print should be green print #3. 

(My green prints #1 and #2 are pretty close in value but that doesn't impact the quilt.  What's important is that your lightest or most contrasting green is designated as green print #3.)

Once you've sorted and numbered your fabrics, you can move on to cutting!


Red Print #1 - medium red print
  • 27 squares, 3" x 3"
  • 2 squares, 2¼" x 2¼"
  • 4 squares, 1¾" x 1¾"
  • 4 squares, 1½" x 1½"
One fat quarter is just barely enough fabric for all of the above patches, so I made a cutting chart for this particular fabric/fat quarter to give you an idea of the order in which you should make your cuts.  

Here's a link to the cutting chart pdf.  Your fat quarter may be larger than the 17" x 19" dimension I used for the cutting chart.  If so, there's no need to pre-cut the fat quarter to this size.

Red Print #2 - lighter/brighter red print
10 squares, 3¼" x 3¼"
4 rectangles, 1½" x 6½"
2 squares, 2¼" x 2¼"
4 squares, 1¾" x 1¾"
8 squares, 1½" x 1½"

Red Print #3 - dark red/burgundy print
We won't be cutting any pieces from red print #3 at this point, so set it aside for another day.

Green Print #1 - medium-dark green print
13 squares, 3½" x 3½"
5 squares, 3" x 3"

Green Print #2 - dark green print
5 squares, 3¼" x 3¼"
4 squares, 3" x 3"
16 squares, 2½" x 2½"

Green Print #3 - medium green print
5 squares, 3¼" x 3¼"
4 squares, 2¼" x 2¼"
8 squares, 1¾" x 1¾"

Background Print
5 strips, 1½" x width of fabric (WOF) — set these strips aside too.
13 squares, 3½" x 3½"
20 squares, 3¼" x 3¼"
2 squares, 3" x 3"
4 squares, 2¼" x 2¼"
4 rectangles, 1¾" x 3"
24 squares, 1¾" x 1¾"
16 squares, 1½" x 1½"

Keep your patches sorted by color and if you like, use sticky notes to label the sizes.  Here's what my cut and labeled patches look like.  Don't you love having little stacks of fabric all cut and ready to go?  So much promise!!

That's it for Day 1!  Good luck with your cutting and I'll see you back here Wednesday for some actual sewing!

And by the way, if you share photos of your quilt in progress on Facebook or Instagram, please tag me @jendalyquilts or use #deckthehallsqal so I can see what you're up to!  Can't wait!


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