December 2000

December 2000 Block

Twisted Ribbon Bow

Tips & Hints

This month's block is a 10 1/2" block. (That is - 11" unfinished.) This month we're doing a Christmas Bow. Use a pretty Christmas print for the bow. Metallics are especially appropriate. Use a complimentary solid for the back of the bow. Some fabrics are solid on the reverse side and that would be fine to use also. See the block and quilt graphics for ideas. We will be doing THREE blocks for December.

For EACH block cut: Cut from white-on-white print - one rectangle 8" x 3 1/2", four rectangles 3 1/2" x 2", two squares 2" x 2", and nine squares 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" (these are for your half-square triangle units.) Cut from Christmas print - seven squares 2" x 2" and six squares 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" (for half-square triangle units.) Cut from solid fabric - four squares 2" x 2" and three squares 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" (for half-square triangle units.)

Make a total of sixteen half-square triangle units. Twelve are made with white-on-white print and Christmas print. Four are made with white-on-white print and solid print. Press away from the white fabric. Be sure your half-square triangle units measure 2" x 2".

Sew a 2" x 2" Christmas fabric square between two half-square triangle units made with Christmas fabric. Press toward the middle square. Repeat. Make another two of these units and set aside for row three. Sew a solid 2" x 2" square to a white-on-white 2" x 2" square. Sew a half-square triangle unit made with solid fabric to the white-on-white square. Press toward the white square. Repeat, reversing the order of the pieces. (See diagram below.)

  

  

Join each unit made with Christmas fabric to each unit made with solid fabric. Press toward the solid fabric unit. Sew a 3 1/2" x 2" white-on-white rectangle between the two previous units. Press toward the white fabric. (See diagram below.)

Sew a 2" x 2" Christmas fabric square between the units you set aside earlier. Press toward the middle square. (See diagram below.) Sew to the previous two rows.

Sew a 3 1/2" x 2" white-on-white rectangle to a half-square triangle unit made with solid fabric. Press toward the rectangle. Repeat, reversing the order of the pieces. Sew a 2" x 2" Christmas fabric square between two half-square triangle units made with Christmas fabric. Press toward the middle square. Repeat, reversing the order of the pieces. (See diagram below.)

  

  

Join each unit made with Christmas fabric to each unit made with solid fabric. Press toward the solid fabric unit. Sew a 3 1/2" x 2" white-on-white rectangle between the two previous units. Press toward the white fabric. (See diagram below.) Sew this unit to the first unit, pressing away from row three.

Sew a 2" x 2" solid square to a half square triangle unit made with solid fabric. Press toward the solid square. Repeat, reversing the order of the pieces. (See diagram below.)

  

Sew an 8" x 3 1/2" rectangle between the previous units. Press toward the rectangle. (See diagram below.) Sew this unit to the previous rows. Press toward the large rectangle.

Where the two half square triangle units were sewn together, I clipped the seam and pressed each half in opposite directions. (See back of block here.) This leaves each point "x" open for sewing more easily.

Consult the block graphic to make sure all your rows are sewn together correctly. Your block should measure 11" x 11" unfinished.

Click here to see my block that I scanned.

Remember to label your blocks with your name, city, state, and email address on the BACK of your block. This may be a piece of paper tacked or pinned on, a sticky label or pigma pen in the seam allowance. Just be sure to label them in some way.

If you have questions or comments, post a note on the Yahoo club or email Squirrel (Patty) or Azpatch (Margo). You will be making THREE blocks for December. Blocks will be due to Patty by December 30, 2000. Patty and I will be getting together at the Quilted Apple on January 6th for Baltimore Masters and Applique Lovers clubs. Please keep up with your blocks. If you get behind it makes more work for Patty and I to send them out to the winners late. If lateness is unavoidable, please let one of us know and remember to include two stamps to help with postage.

If you have Electric Quilt 4, the file is available for download here. The file has four scanned fabrics and is 37 KB in size.

December 2000 Quilt

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