Hi Quilting Friends,
Welcome to the Christmas in July Pattern Parade! We hope that you’ll enjoy this stop on the hop, and that you’ll also take the time to visit the rest of the participating designers. We can’t wait to see their tutorials and patterns! A great big “thank you!” to our quilting friend Carole at “From My Carolina Home” for hosting this fun parade of patterns.
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We’re SEW excited to share our free tutorial with you today. This little quilt block is very easy to make, and it can be used in several ways depending upon your fabric choices. We LOVE how cute it looks when you make a pretty wreath for Christmas decorating. Sharon made a pair of hot pads for today’s project. Let’s get started!
The wreath block is made from two different sizes of squares, and employs the stitch, trim and flip method to make things super easy.
Choose two contrasting fabrics. For convenience, we’ll call them “Fabric A” (black print) and “Fabric B” (gray). Cut squares as instructed in the downloadable pattern file, and then draw a diagonal pencil line on the wrong side of the smaller Fabric B squares.
The 7″ x 7″ square finished block is a great size for a hot pad. Sharon added narrow gray borders, cut at about 1″ wide, to frame the blocks. She added a layer of fusible fleece and then quilted around the wreath edges with contrasting thread. There’s a layer of Insul-Brite between the backing and the quilted block for heat protection. Contrasting red binding and a loop for hanging complete the hot pads. Sharon made an easy 3-D fabric bow to embellish each wreath.
Part of the fun in creating simple blocks like this is the opportunity to play around with embellishments. We’ve included the easy holly leaf applique template (see photo below) with the block pattern. If you prefer, you could use miniature Christmas ornaments, buttons, jingle bells, sequins, rhinestones, ribbons, bows, lace, or whatever pleases your creative mind and suits the intended use of the finished project.
The Christmas Wreath block pattern is available to purchase right here!
You can create a cute little miniature quilt with your wreath block, like this one that was originally published with our November 2018 Block of the Month. Sharon added a narrow green accent strip and a pretty quarter-square triangle border to finish the 12″ by 12″ quilt. The miniature quilt pattern is available to purchase!
And now for something completely different, and yet very familiar:
Sharon’s Family Reunion signature quilt uses the same easy block with a scrappy fabric pull and revised cutting instructions. We love how the album blocks create a pretty frame to surround the little houses in the center of the quilt! Click the link below for a free downloadable instruction sheet for the album blocks.
The slideshow that follows includes photos of the Christmas quilt designs that we’ve created since we began designing quilt patterns back in 2015. All of these Christmas quilt patterns are available for purchase from Ms P’s Pattern Shop! As you can see, our style includes both whimsical and traditional designs for a variety of projects.
If you’d like to browse the rest of our quilt patterns, please visit Ms P’s Pattern Shop! We offer a variety of unique quilt patterns, all designed with you in mind.
When do you usually begin your Christmas quilting projects? We’d love to hear from you, so please leave a comment! We hope that you’ve enjoyed your visit today, and we hope that you’ll stop by again soon.
Sharon & Susan
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