Melissa and I have been working together recently on several things and in the midst of that I decided that I'd better get going on this.
I've jumped ahead a little to try the Snail's Trail block, and I'm including a tutorial in this post on how I did it. Then Melissa's going to use my tute to make her vintage fabric block. Fun!
I've also decided to try something really different and use a rich chocolate brown Kona cotton as my background color.
From each of the 2 fabrics, cut the same blocks:
(2) 2-5/8" squares
(1) 3-7/8" square
(1) 5-1/4" square
(1) 6-7/8" square
Set the (4) 2-5/8" squares aside.
Cut each of the remaining squares diagonally to make half square triangles. We'll refer to these in sets - small, medium, large.
First, make a 4-patch from the (4) 2-5/8" squares, using a scant 1/4' seam allowance:
Lay the completed and pressed 4-patch on the table and select the 2 smallest HSTs that match the fabric in the upper left hand corner of the 4-patch. Sew one to the top and one to the bottom of the 4-patch unit. Press.
Next attach the remaining small triangles to the side seams and press.
Then, attach the middle sized triangles to the block, matching the same fabrics from the left, as shown below:
* * *sample of wrong way below: If this block were rotated 1/4 turn, the brown solid will be to the left rather than the print, which would stop the "spiraling" of the fabrics:
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Continue attaching the medium and large triangles to the block (pressing after stitching).
Watch to make sure the spiral always goes the same direction. Trim the little dog ears and square up the block to 12-1/2", if necessary.
That's it! This one's ready for the quilt.
Here's a recap of the Christmas Sampler so far:
1. Indian Mats (paper pieced)
2. Wonky Barn Fence
3. Christmas Tree
4. LeMoyne Star
5. Oatmeal Cookie Variation
6. Ohio Star Variation
7. Radiating Diamonds
8. Log Cabin
9. Blueberry Pie
12. 9 patch
13. Old Snowflake (paper pieced)
Oh yeah! The giveaway. :) Jump over to Melissa's SewBitterSweetDesigns blog and find out how to enter the drawing for a Ten Square bundle of super-funky O' Tinsel Tree fabrics. They'd sure make a cute Christmas Sampler!