Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Christmas Quilt step two

Ok, so I have all the blocks made.  Now it is time top set them in rows.  For this quilt they will be set 4 rows across by 10 long.  2 1/2 yards of fabric will be enough for the sashing and outside border if you choose to put one on.  Today I cut two 6 1/2" strips from the white fabric for the sashing. 

OK, I really should have pressed it before cutting the strips (VBG), after pressing I sub cut these into 30 - 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangles. 

I then assembled them into rows, here they are hanging over the longarm quilting frame.

Tomorrow I will be cutting the horizontal sashings and assembling the quilt top.  I am really loving how this is coming together.   Please share with me if you make one of these.  I can't believe how fast this one is going together!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

This Years Christmas Quilt

I started with this

I was inspired by a pattern from the book, however the book is MIA so I can't give you the number or the name.  I will let you all know that when I find the book.  So after unrolling the Merry and Bright Jelly roll, last years Christmas line from Sandy Gervais.  I pressed the strips, I left them folded but made sure not to press the fold area.  I lined up the strips on my cutting board.

After cutting a straight edge I made two cuts, one at 13 1/2" and one at 2 1/2", this will give you two of each pieces in these sizes.,

Next take the left over strips back to the ironing board and press the fold out of your left over strips.  Then line them back up on the cutting board.  Give yourself a new straight edge and make your cut at 9 1/2".

Now take one of your 9 1/2" strips and chose a contrasting color of all of your other cut pieces to make up your block.  Sewing your 2 1/2" pieces on the ends of the 9 1/2" strips and the sew the 13 1/2" strips to either side as shown below.  These can be chain pieced, I did my blocks in groups of 10.  I started this quilt yesterday afternoon and by bed time I had all 40 blocks for the quilt top finished.

Check back tomorrow as we I will be giving you a yardage requirement for the sashing as well as the cutting and sewing instructions.

I so rarely am inspired to work so hard on getting a quilt finished.  I so love these fabrics and am really moved to get this quilt finished.