Mystery Monday: The Christmas Quilt, Pt 1

Long ago and far away was a woman who loved to make quilt tops. She spent hours and hours working on tops and designing her own, sharing with the world as she did so. Unfortunately, a few things happened and an entire summer went by without her touching her sewing machine. Loss of funds to get quilts finished at the long armer, an online game that got in the way, mid-summer surgery that threw her out of sorts for several weeks and finally, just generally, life.

Two weeks ago, this woman had a friend send her a text on Facebook. It simply said, “Ok! The summer is over! I’ve waited patiently! Let’s get going! You promised a Christmas Quilt!” The woman decided enough was enough and it was time to hit the sewing machine again. Out came the pattern created from a photo many months ago and directions were poured over, trying to understand what was going on when it was written up. Materials and cutting instructions were double and even triple checked, posted to a few places and the woman came to life!

All cutting has been done, all of part 1 has been done and the woman waits anxiously to see the completed project, hoping her instructions are as perfect as can be. Now, she shares….

Materials List:

  • Print: 1 1/4 yd
  • Light: 3/4 yd
  • Red: 3/4 yd
  • Blue: 5/8 yd
  • Black Print: 7/8 yd
  • Inner Print (not too dark): 1 yd
  • First Border: 1 5/8 yd
  • Second Border: 1 1/8 yd
  • For backing, your choice: 10 yd
  • For binding, your choice: 3/4 yd

Cutting Instructions:

  • Print: (69) 4 7/8″ x 4 7/8″
  • Light: (13) 4 7/8″ x 4 7/8″ and (22) 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″
  • Red: (40) 4 7/8″ x 4 7/8″
  • Blue: (16) 4 7/8″ x 4 7/8″ and (14) 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″
  • Black Print: (20) 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ and (14) 8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″

Instructions:

We’ll start with the HSTs you need to create. Next week, we’ll be ready to assemble the top.

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These are the colors I picked because I couldn’t find any Christmas colors I liked. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to get to MY favorite quilt store an hours’ drive from me or I might have found something!

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Take (13) Print 4 7/8″ x 4 7/8″ and (13) Light 4 7/8″ x 4 7/8″ and create (26) Print/Light HSTs. The method I use is taking one of each piece, draw a line down the center on the back of the print piece, place the Print/Light right sides together, sew a 1/4″ on each side of the line, cut down the line to create two pieces, iron open, trim to exactly 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ and you’re done.

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Take (40) Print 4 7/8″ x 4 7/8″ and (40) Red 4 7/8″ x 4 7/8″ and create (80) Print/Red HSTs.

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Take (16) Print 4 7/8″ x 4 7/8″ and (16) Blue 4 7/8″ x 4 7/8″ and create (32) Print/Blue HSTs.

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Use (14) Black 8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ and (14) Blue 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ to create (14) Black/Blue 12 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ bars.

That’s it for now! Next week, we’ll be ready to assemble the pieces. It went pretty fast using chain piecing. The only slow down part was trimming all the HSTs to exactly 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ after creation. I hate that part and I do admit, this is where my mistakes usually come in!

Until next time…

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3 thoughts on “Mystery Monday: The Christmas Quilt, Pt 1

  1. Julie

    I will be saving these instructions. Too much going on in my life right now but I love all your quilts.

  2. Pingback: Mystery Monday: The Christmas Quilt, Pt4 (Final) | The Pen & Plow

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