Welcome to SewVeryEasy, my name is Laura. And when we think of Christmas colors, we think of red, and green, and even blue now, silver and gold—but what about black and gray? Studio E has come up with a beautiful line of black, grey and gold, and clearly you can see it’s meant for Christmas, and it is called “Winter Memories.” There’s also a free pattern to go along with the fabric. I’ll put a link in the description to the free pattern so that you can follow along. Now this would make a great pattern even if you did not use Christmas fabric. And the first thing I do is I mark my fabric to correspond with the fabric on the list. You’ve probably seen me use these before. I have flat head pins that I just drew on and I have all the letters of the alphabet in it. So I now can have all of my pins corresponding with my letters. Sometimes I will choose one fabric and replace it with three. And in this case I’m going to put all three pins on that one fabric. So instead of having all of those colors, I’ve changed them so that the one color will have two additional ones. I’ve marked them with the pins and that keeps me straight. I take all of the cutting directions and I cut them all next. And I’ll start with one of my piles and I’ll cut them all and checkmark them off as I go along. And as I’m cutting the fabric, I transfer the pins to the appropriate color. Now I have all of the fabric ready to make the quilt, even the binding. At this point, there’s no guessing if I have enough fabric—I know I do. And from there, then I like to decipher my pattern. I have a center block and I also have center crosses that are going to go by with four corner units. This outside is a border so I have two borders. Knowing that before I start sort of helps the process go along a lot quicker. The next thing I like to do is I like to make any of the units that are half-square triangles or Flying Geese— anything like that, and then it’s easier to put it all together. So we’re going to start by making these two Flying Geese. So to make both of those Flying Geese I need to have long rectangles at 5″ by 9½”, and then square blocks at 5″. Both of these units are going to be sewn identical. And on the 5″ squares you need to draw diagonal lines from corner to corner on all eight of the blocks because those eight are going to go on the four. You’re going to place it right on the corner. And what you’re going to do is you’re going to stitch down that center line. And you’ll do that to all four of these units. When you have all four blocks sewn together, you should be able to fold this right back into that corner. And if you turn it over it should match perfectly because this rectangle is actually going to stay the same size. You’re just adding this piece on the end. Once you know it’s right you can cut this piece off a quarter inch. You want to cut it towards that corner, not into the big piece. Now you can take that and press it. Next we’ll be taking the four other 5″ squares and putting them on this corner. And what you’re going to do is create this triangle from this fabric. So the line must go in this direction. If it goes in this direction, you end up with a long thin piece. Match up your corners and stitch down that line. Trim off a quarter inch and press that back. Now this unit is commonly called Flying Geese. When the four are done, you need to do the other four which will now be opposite: The 𝒃𝒍𝒂𝒄𝒌 will be the large triangle. Put your square over top and stitch down and repeat the same as this. One corner on; now the next. And you will have four of the units that are opposite. Now we have four units with the light in the center and four units with the dark in the center. And when you match them up it creates this very large V. And the pattern recommends that you have the light in the center; however, you can choose to have the dark in the center if you’d like. So either way will work. So I’m going to sandwich them together and stitch along that line there and I will have one complete unit. So those units belong right there. I have the center block already cut and ready to go, so the next unit I’m going to make are these four corner units. So the first two pieces that are going to be sewn together are the two top pieces, which are these two. In the pattern it looks like you have to do two this way and two units that way. However, you can sew them together because two will go that way and two will go that way. The first section is done but I do lay them out how they have them looking. The next will be this secondary row. It has the same idea, that the square is sewn onto the rectangle. When you sew them together it will work out regardless which way you do them. I’m going to be able to now lay them out as they’re recommended and the seams are going in the right direction. We have the last row to do which we have the three squares to join together. And like the two top rows, you’re going to be able to flip that square afterwards. So sew the two seams together, and the seams are going to go out. And the last four units: Two are going to go in one direction, and the two are going to go in another direction. Now you’re going to be able to sew those two units together so you have two that look like this and two that look like this. You can now see the design. And this is going to equal your four corners. We’re ready to put the center of the quilt together. Start with your center square and then the points are going to go towards the center square all the way around. And for the corner pieces you’re going to have two go in one corner and two go in the other. So you’re gonna have a dark in the center, the light up at the corner, but this longer piece is going to go in towards the center. You will see this gray stepping into this area here. So now you’re gonna be able to sew them together. And sew them in rows, so you’re going to have one row, two rows, and three rows. Now you’re going to be able to sew those rows together. We only have two borders left to do. Before I saw any of the borders together, I lay them out as they’re supposed to be. And I make sure that I have all of the pieces. And by doing this it makes sure that I’ve used the right pieces to go in the right spot. If I had something left over or something didn’t fit, then I would know it wasn’t laid out right. Now I’m going to be able to sew the borders together. The shortest border is going to go on first, and it’ll go on the top and the bottom, and it will be pressed towards the outside. The next two borders are going to go on the sides. The last border needs to go on. We’re going to start with the shortest side. The quilt top is done and when it’s all quilted it will equal 39″ by 39″. I now have my first black and gray Christmas quilt. You don’t have to do it in Christmas fabric; it’s a great pattern. Nice big pieces which means you can use fabric that has big designs on them. Big prints, bold prints, even children’s prints would go really really great in this. Now I was able to get the entire quilt top done in an afternoon because I cut it the night before, even with the binding, had it all laid out; it went together really quick and easy. I’ll put a link in the description so that you can download this pattern and follow along and, as always, Thank you for joining me today on SewVeryEasy. Feel free to subscribe and, as always, come on back. Let’s see what we’re sewing next time
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