December 2007

December 2007 Block

Christmas Star

Tips & Hints

For December we are doing an Ohio Star block in Christmas fabrics so I'm calling it Christmas Star. Use three Christmas fabrics (one should be light enough to contrast with the Moda Marble Black) and of course, your Moda Marble Black. You will be making TWO blocks for December.

Cutting directions for TWO blocks are below:

24 1/2" x 4 1/2"Print 1 (medium or dark)
45 1/2" x 5 1/2"Print 2 (medium or dakr)
85 1/2" x 5 1/2"Print 3 (light)
45 1/2" x 5 1/2"Moda Marble Black
84 1/2" x 4 1/2"Moda Marble Black

Place a 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" Moda Marble Black square right sides together with a Print 3 square of the same size. Draw a line from one corner to the opposite corner. Sew a scant quarter inch on each side of the line. Cut on the line and press the two units toward the black triangle. Trim to 5" x 5", making sure the seam goes from corner to opposite corner. Repeat with a 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" Print 2 square and a Print 3 square of the same size, pressing away from the Print 3 triangle. You will now have four half-square triangle units. Place a unit with a black and a Print 3 triangle right sides together with a unit that has a Print 2 and Print 3 triangle. The Print 3 triangles will be opposite one another and the seams will meet in the middle. Draw a line from the corners that do not have seams going through them and, as in the previous step, sew a scant quarter inch seam on both sides of the line. Cut along the line from corner to opposite corner. Press so the seams are all going in the same direction, either clockwise or counter clockwise, depending on how you pressed the first unit. There will be a small four patch in the seam allowance in the middle of the block. Trim to 4 1/2" x 4 1/2", making sure the seams go directly to the corners. Repeat for the other two units. You might want to practice this technique before you start on your fabric for the block. This is a super easy way to make this unit and very accurate. Repeat three more times for a total of eight units, four units per block.

Sew a star unit made in the previous paragraph between two black 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" squares. The two light triangles will be facing the black squares and the black triangle will be facing toward the edge of the block. Press toward the black squares. See block graphic above for correct placement. Repeat these steps for the bottom row. The row will be flipped the opposite way. Sew a Print 1 square between two star units. The black triangles will be facing toward the edges of the block and the darker print triangles will be facing toward the center square. Press toward the center square. This is the middle row. Repeat these steps for the second block. Sew the middle row between the top and bottom rows, matching seams. See block graphic above for correct placement. Press seam away from the middle row or open. Repeat for the second block.

We are making TWO blocks for December. The blocks are 12 1/2" x 12 1/2" unfinished. Do not trim your blocks. Let the winners of the blocks trim them as necessary when they set them into a quilt top. And remember to label your blocks (sticky address label is a good method). Send your blocks to Patty. The blocks should be mailed a week before the end of the month. By now you should have all sent in your Priority stamp and mailing label. And remember that if you haven't won yet, Priority postage has gone up and it would be nice if you sent an additional 55 cent stamp to Patty to help with postage prices. If your blocks are late, you won't be in the drawing for that month and you'll cause more expense and work for Patty. Another reminder, all blocks should be made with 100% cotton, quilt shop quality fabrics that have been washed, dried and pressed. Hope to see you back in 2008. It's going to be our 10th year on the internet!!

If you have questions or comments, post a note on the MSN BOM Group or email Squirrel (Patty) or AzPatch (Margo).

December 2007 Quilt