Welcome to Part 2 of the Christmas Memories Quilt SAL. Today we’re cutting the sashing and border strips (we’ll set them aside for later use), and cutting and assembling the Holly Blocks.
Download the pattern for Part 2 – Be sure to follow the instructions for Printing Patterns Full-Size Knowledge Nugget as precise piecing is necessary – a test PDF has been provided, and I highly recommend you test your printer settings before printing the actual patterns and cutting your fabrics.
All seam allowances are 1/4 inch and are included in the given measurements. Press seams as you work, and always press towards the darker fabrics whenever possible. Smaller pieces can be Finger Pressed as you stitch to save time and trips to the ironing board.
Step 1 – Cut the Sashing and Border Pieces
Cut the Borders, Sashing and Cornerstones:From the light red print fabric cut four (4) strips 1-1/2″ x 18-1/2″, 8 strips 1-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ and four (4) strips 1-1/2″ x 28-1/2″ for the sashing.
From the pale gold fabric cut two (2) strips 1-1/2″ x 38-1/2″ for the interior border side strips and two (2) strips 1-1/2″ x 30-1/2″ for the interior border top and bottom strips. Cut two (2) 1-1/2″x52-1/2″ strips for the first outer border side strips and two (2) strips 1-1/2″ x 40-1/2″ for the first outer border top and bottom strips.
From the deep blue fabric cut two (2) strips 1-1/2″ x 52-1/2″ for the second outer border sides strips and two (2) strips 1-1/2″ x 42-1/2″ for the second outer border top and bottom strips. Cut four (4) squares of deep green fabric 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ for the second outer border cornerstones.
From the deep red cut two (2) strips 4-1/2″ x 54-1/2″ for the third outer border side strips and two (2) 4-1/2″ x 44-1/2″ strips for the third outer border top and bottom strips. Cut four (4) squares of deep gold 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ for the third outer border cornerstones.
Set the sashing strips, borders and cornerstones aside while you assemble the blocks.
Step 2 – Cut and Assemble the Holly Blocks
We’ll be making 32 of these blocks.
From the deep red cut thirty two (32) A squares from the deep red, thirty two (32) A squares from the light red, sixty four (64) ii pieces from light green and sixty four (64) ii pieces from the deep green. From the off-white cut one hundred ninety two (192) B triangles, and thirty two (32) jj triangles.
Referring to the diagram above, stitch two B triangles to each red A square. Stitch one light green and one deep green ii piece to each side of the A/B unit to make a triangle unit (Fig. 1).
Stitch one jj triangle to each triangle unit to make a berry square (Fig. 2).
Stitch one B triangle to each end of the green ii pieces. Stitch the deep green ii unit to the left side of each berry square. Stitch one light red A square to the right-hand side of the light green ii unit and stitch this unit to the top of the berry square to make a block.
…Next week we’re cutting and assembling the Star Blocks.