CHRISTMAS STAR BLOCK PROJECT JOYEUX NOËL You will need Background fabric – 1½yds Fabric A (green) – 1¾yds Fabric B (red) – ¼yd Fabric C (green) – ⅞yd* Fabric D (green) – ⅜yd Fabric E (red) – ¼yd Fabric F (cream print) – ¾yd Fabric G (cream) – 1⅝yds Fabric H (green) – 1½yds Fabric I (red) – ½yd Fabric J (green) – ¼yd Fabric K (red) – ⅜yd Fabric L (red) – ¼yd Fabric M (red) – ¼yd Binding fabric – ⅝yd* Backing fabric – 5¾yds Batting – 85in x 103in Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Finished size Approx. 76in x 95in Q Notes Seam allowances are ¼in, unless Q Cutting out 1 From the BKG Fabric, cut as follows: Five (5) 2½in x WOF strips. Subcut into eighty (80) 2½in squares (for small Christmas Star corners). Six (6) 2⅞in x WOF strips. Subcut into eighty (80) 2⅞in squares (for small Christmas Star HSTs and FGs). Two (2) 3¼in x WOF strips. Subcut into twenty (20) 3¼in squares (for small Christmas Star split QST units). One (1) 4¾in x WOF strip. Subcut into eight (8) 4¾in squares (for large Christmas Star corners). One (1) 5⅛in x WOF strip. Subcut into eight (8) 5⅛in squares (for large Christmas Star HSTs and FGs). One (1) 5½in x WOF strip. Subcut into two (2) 5½in squares (for large Christmas Star split QST units). Q BEHIND THE QUILT Q STAR OF WONDER “We love Christmas in our house! It was actually a Christmas quilt that ignited my passion for quilting many years ago – my dream was to make a quilt for our daughter’s first Christmas. I imagined a beautiful heirloom piece, to be kept in a big wooden chest scented with pine, oranges and cloves. Each Christmas as we decorated our tree, we’d take out the quilt and snuggle under it together during those long winter nights, drinking hot chocolate and watching Christmas films in front of a crackling, roaring fire. “That quilt never came to be for a few reasons. Firstly, I chose a pattern that was far too complicated for a beginner, and at the time I didn’t own a ¼in foot, then I foolishly cut out hundreds of tiny individual half- square triangles that promptly disappeared down into the feed dogs of my sewing machine every time I touched the foot pedal! “The Marchés de Noël fabric, to me, just epitomizes Christmas and winter, it’s a beautiful collection of traditional red, cream, green and silver Christmas-themed prints. When I received the fabric, I knew that here was my chance to finally make that quilt! As the fabric collection is so classic and timeless, I decided upon a traditional quilt design – Christmas Star blocks set on point with sashing and cornerstones and an accented border to showcase the beautiful poinsettia print. “It’s not a difficult quilt to make for a more experienced quilter – time consuming perhaps – but I’ve given instructions for speed piecing techniques where possible. My advice would be to gather all your supplies, put your favourite Christmas songs on repeat, batch cut and chain piece… mulled wine is, of course, optional too!” – Q Q Q Q 2 From Fabric A ( green), cut as follows: Two (2) 4½in x WOF strips. Subcut into ten (10) 4½in squares (for small Christmas Star centres). Eight (8) 6½in x WOF strips. Sew the strips together end to end with diagonal seams and cut into two Q Q Amanda Little 32 Join us at www.gathered.how/todaysquilter
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