I’m so excited to share this fun and festive Christmas quilt with you today. When I first started thinking of how to design this quilt I came up with a lot of small blocks and tiny piecing (quilts that will be shared later ;)). Then I started thinking how crazy busy the holidays can get and how it can sometimes be hard to have a date with your sewing machine. So I set out to design an easy quilt that you can have done in time to enjoy your Christmas.
This quilt use a 16″ block and you only have to make 20 of them. I know that sound big but its the perfect size to show off the prints in this collection. Postcards For Santa is one of my fave holiday collections this year. I always love the holiday collections that Riley Blake puts out. With big blocks and not a lot of them you can easily get this quilt top done in a day or two.
What you need: Quilt will be 64″ x 64″
2 yards background
1/4 yard of 4 gold prints
1/2 yard of 4 red prints
1/2 yard of 4 green prints
3/4 yard binding
4 yards backing
#1 Cutting- From your background you will need to cut 64 strips 4.5″ x 8.5″ and 32 squares 5.5″ x 5.5″. From each gold print you need 4 strips 4.5″ x 8.5″ and 2 squares 5.5″ x 5.5″. From each of your red and green prints you need to cut 2 squares at 8.5″ x 8.5″ and 8 squares 5.5″ x 5.5″.
#2 Half square triangles Take your gold 5.5″ squares and pair one with a red and one with a green. Draw a line down the middle on the back of the gold one. Sew a 1/4″ away from the line on both sides. Repeat this until you use all the gold. Then repeat with your background and the rest of the 5.5″ red and green prints. Cut the squares in half on the line that you drew. Trim your blocks down to 4.5″ x 4.5″. You will need to press these blocks flat. Pressing your seam to the darker (red and green) fabric.
#3 Top Units- on 32 of the 4.5″ x 8.5″ rectangles and 8 of the gold 4.5″ x 8.5″ rectangles you will need to sew a red and green HST. A different color on each side. It is very important that you make sure you sew all the reds on the same side and all the greens on the same side!!! Press these seams towards the middle rectangle.
#4 Middle Blocks- Taking your 8.5″ square you will need to sew the rest of your 4.5″ x 8.5″ rectangles. 4 of the blocks will have gold on them and the other 16 will have your background. Sew a strip on 2 opposing sides. Press towards background.
#5 Assembling the Block- Taking your middle blocks you will sew a top unit onto both sides matching up seams. When sewing the gold make sure all your golds match. (unless you’re going for a scrappy look) Press your blocks flat.
#6 Putting it All Together- Lay your blocks out in a 4 x 4 pattern. You can put the gold where you want. Sew the blocks into rows. Then sew row one to row two and row three to row four. Press those to sections flat then sew them together. Quilt as desired.
#7 Binding- I love a good stripe binding done on the bias. I love it even more when its a Christmas quilt and the binding reminds me of a candy cane. I have a quick and easy bias binding tutorial that I think you’ll love.
***I received the fabric to write this tutorial free of charge. All thoughts and opinions are 100% me***