I'm so happy to be part of Celebrate Christmas Quilt-Along! We've seen some great blocks so far, along with some great deals! Make sure you stop by and check it all out!
I love the holidays and all the fun that comes with them. I have so many great memories of hanging out with my Mom in our p.j.'s, cooking up a storm. We usually had the Yule Log playing in the background on television while we cooked, chatted over some egg nog, and wrapped gifts. Some of you may know about the Yule Log and some of you may not. It is basically a looped tape of a fire burning in a fireplace with holiday music playing in the background. If you haven't seen it, it may sound kind of odd...watching on television a fire burn in a fireplace but we loved having it on. We would have the Yule Log playing on the television and a real fire burning in the fireplace a few feet away. It certainly became a great Christmas tradition! Check your local listings for a Yule Log program in your area on Christmas eve, some are even now in 3-D (wow)...or it looks like you can also buy a Yule Log dvd if it's not airing in your neck of the woods.
My block for our fun quilt-along is called Holiday Gifts. It has a great scrappy quality to it along with some punch from the contrasting fabrics.
For Holiday Gifts you will need
4 assorted Prints: From each print cut a 3" x 5-1/2" unit & a 3" x 3" square
Black Print: Cut 4, 3" x 3" squares and 1, 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" square
Red Sashing: Cut 4, 2-1/2" x 5-1/2" units
1. Begin by sewing a black 3" x 3" square to a 3" x 3" print square.
2. Next, sew the matching 3" x 5-1/2" unit as shown below. Repeat steps 1 & 2 with all the prints to complete the 4 corner units.
3. Layout your corner units as shown below, rotating them as needed. Then sew a red sashing strip between the top row and bottom row units. Next, sew the black 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" square between the remaining 2 sashing strips. Press all the seams towards the red sashing strips.
4. Sew the blocks rows together. Press seams open. Your block should measure 12-1/2".
Here are a couple of layout variations. I think they all look great, but the on-point layout is my personal favorite. Which layout do you like best?
Thanks for stopping by and letting me tell you a little bit about some of my holiday memories! I would love to hear about your favorite holiday memories! I would also love to know if they also involve the Yule Log! Make sure you upload your block to the quilt-along flickr group!
Cheers & Happy Holidays!