Leftover Christmas Quilt

Welcome to SewVeryEasy, my name is Laura. I have some leftover Christmas fabric from a project from last year. It’s getting pretty close to Christmas so I guess it’s time that I use it up. If you have leftover fabric this is a great project to do it with. We need to start with a nice big square at 10½”. I’m going to have a border on the quilt and it is going to be 5½”, because all of these measurements work out to be 5½”. So my border is also going to be 5½”, and I did have to piece it to get enough. The border is going to have four cornerstones; they’re 5½” squares. For the body of the quilt we need half₋square triangles and eight solid blocks. I had enough fabric that I was able to trim out eight of these 5½” squares. There was even one that I had to piece to get the size that I needed. For my half-square triangles: I need to have eight in one combination and sixteen in another combination. I started with eight red squares, eight white squares, drew a line down the center, stitched on each side ¼”, then cut that square in half. Press those seams. From here I was able to trim this up to 5½” so you can start with squares at 6″, even 6¼”, and square them down to 5½”. For the black and the white: I started with four of the black squares at 6″, put the white on, sew down from corner to corner, trim them apart, and then trim those to 5½”. This is all that I’m going to need for the entire quilt. The quilt is going to end up a 40″ square which is a great size for a table topper. Out of these sixteen blocks, if you press eight with the seams going towards the dark and eight with the seams going to the light, they’re going to nestle up really nice. When you match up those seam allowances to stitch that ¼”, those seams are going to nestle together. Your block is going to consist of two of the half-square triangles going together to make a point and the other two are going to come together to add to that point. When you sew these together you just need to keep your seam allowances going in different directions. I’m going to need four units that look like this, so I’m going to start and sew that two units together down the center. Then I’m going to sew the top two together. When you open it up your points are going to be really nice and sharp/ Next you need to press one seam allowance going in one direction and the other seam allowance going in the other direction. It won’t matter which way you go as long as they’re opposite. From there you’re going to be able to match those up. If you stitch with the point up at the top you’ll be able to stitch through and get right into that little point. Our four arrows are now complete. These are going to make the four corners. We need to have two piles of four, then divide our half-square triangles into piles of four. The dark part of that triangle is going to go towards the center. We get to sew these together In rows. Sew the two together and the two together. If you want to bring them to the machine, you’ll be able to stitch them together in the same way. Then sew in the center. Press the seams going towards the green and that way they’re going to nestle together. We now have the four corners done. We start with that big 10½” center and have our arrows go into the four sides. The points go into the center. Next we have the corners. The green blocks go pointing into the insides. So what we’ve made is one really big quilt block, Depending on the fabrics used you can change this up. Because we have four sides and four corners, we can flip those over so we can have the sides into the centers. I’ve taken all of the arrows and I’ve pointed them so they’re going around, and my solid blocks are all going in the same direction. We can put those back into the center, and we can turn these so the arrows are pointing out. It now gives it a square-in-a-square look and we can still change those corner points. If we want we can have those squares pointing out and it gives it another look. Each block is going to look very different when you go to rearrange them. All the blocks are 10½” so you can rearrange them in quite a few different ways. If we put those solid squares an angle, it changes that yet again. We now can sew these together in rows. We’re going to do the row in the top, the row in the center, and the bottom row. Keep in mind that the seams need to be opposing each other. If you press this seam going to the inside, both of the outside seams need to be pressed outside. That way when we go to fill those rows together they’re going to nestle together. The center of the quilt is now done. We need to add one border. Each side is going to need a strip 5½” by 30½”. If you have enough to go all the way around you can do that, but in this case I need to add some little squares. The squares are also 5½” squares. The first thing I’m going to do is just add my strips onto two sides. It won’t matter what two sides. Once two sides are done we’re able to put on the last two sides. Before we do that, we need to add those 5½” squares on the end of those long strips. That way, they’re going to match up. Press that border going towards the outside and press this little square going to the inside. Those seams all nestle up. We’re going to be able to stitch that border in all the way along the side. My leftover quilt is now done. I definitely don’t have enough here for binding, so I’m going to have to find a red, black, or a green to match for binding. For binding you’re going to need about ½ yard if you cut them at 2½”. This quilt now is a 40″ square. You can make this quilt in any different color combination. This gives you a great chance to use up leftovers. With leftover quilts, I don’t worry about where the dark fabric or the light fabric placement is going to go. I’m just using up what fabric I have so the fabric just matches how much fabric I need. It’s amazing how many fun different combinations you can come up with. I’ve already made the original quilt, so I give myself permission to play around and have some fun with leftover quilts. The Christmas fabric was a perfect one to try. Thank you for joining me today on SewVeryEasy. Feel free to subscribe and, as always, come on back. Let’s see what we’re saying next time
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