This time of the year I start thinking about Christmas presents. Like many of you, I love to make small quilted items as gifts for friends and family.
Last night I spent some time on Electric Quilt 7 playing with a number of options for a small wall-hanging/table runner that could be used to decorate your house or given away.
I thought it would be fun to share the instructions for the blocks with you over the next few weeks (three weeks for blocks and one week for setting instructions). This will give you plenty of time to get the project completed in time for Christmas.
I will provide you the secret link for the block instructions each week. The instructions will remain posted until the end of the year. So please either print them off or save them prior to that time if you are interested in a copy.
Information to get you started. There will be two setting options. One will finish 30" long by 14" tall. The other will 32" tall by 14" long. I am piecing the second one and will share photos of my finished blocks each week. It will make a great wall-hanging for a door.
Background - 2 different fat quarters
Ribbons/bows- 4 fat quarters
Presents - 4 fat quarters
Inner border - 1/4 yard
Outer border -1/4 yard
Binding 1/4 yard
You can use only fat quarters -- but will then need to piece the borders.
I used the Perfect Corner Ruler™. However instructions are given if you do not have the ruler. The Perfect Corner Method™ and Ruler™ were both developed by Ruthanna Grihalva, Forever In Stitches, LLC.
Additional instructions on using the Perfect Corner Ruler are provided in my 11/9 blog posting.
Here is block #1.
Christmas Block #1 8" x 8"
Please post a comment if you have any questions on the instructions or construction method.
As I was reflecting on Veterans Day, I realized that many of us have relationships with Veterans that we would like to honor. Give one of those a call today and let them know you appreciate them. I personally plan to call my Uncle who served in the Korean war.
Honor them with a Quilt
There are a number of awesome free patterns on the internet that can be used for a quilt to honor a veteran. Obviously anything with a star theme works well. Also any quilts in patriotic colors. Let me share a couple of them.
Stark Struck by Terri Karash
Star Struck by Terri Karash. The design is by Quiltville and is offered as a free pattern on Quiltville's website.
Pinwheel Plus by Lisa Feor
Pinwheel Plus offered on the Quilts of Valor Foundation website. If you are not familiar with Quilts of Valor, check out their mission and how to participate.
Favorite Quilting Patterns for a Veteran's Quilt
Star Spangled Banner by Wildflower Quilting
Flag by Quilts for Soldiers
Star Dance by Barbara Becker
Flag with Heart by Quilts for Soldiers
20% Discount - Veterans Day Offer
If you are interested in me quilting your Veteran's quilt, I will offer you a 20% discount for any bookings using these edge to edge designs during the month of November. Just mention this post. (Note that you do not need to send me the quilt in November -- just complete the booking at this time.) Information and standard rates on my machine quilting services are available on my website, or just send me a note to schedule an appointment to discuss.
Here is the full-size picture of the quilt I did with Star Dance quilting.