“With Love at Christmas” is the name of this versatile block designed by Sola of Alice Samuel’s Quilt Co. I just know we’re going to see a lot of creative license with these pieced presents!
- grays (Stardust Dark Gray Metallic and Gray Metallic, Sleep Tight collection for Cotton + Steel)
- black (from Thicket by Gingiber for Moda Fabrics)
- gold (Glisten, Windham Fabrics)
I confess that I held off until practically the last minute to make this block. I will never, ever win a prize for accurate piecing, and getting the ribbons to match up looked pretty hard. But I loved the clean look of those pieced ribbons, so I gave it my best shot. Twice. I got pretty close, but even I couldn’t let the mismatched ribbons slide.
Sola has written in an option to appliqué just the top ribbon, but I decided to try an alternate-alternate method and appliqué all of the ribbon pieces to each pieced present.
I strongly encourage everyone to try the all-piecing method, but if you’re as impatient with a seam ripper as I am, here are the measurements I used to cut the pieces for each gift:
This eliminates a few of the steps from the original pattern.
Now for the ribbons. Be careful to cut the angles in the correct directions. (Ask me how many times I cut mine wrong! Okay, just once. But only because I checked obsessively after the first time.)
Place the edge of the front ribbon 1 3/8″ to the right of the side seam, then line up the narrower top ribbon based on that placement (parallel to the side seam). Line up the edge of the side ribbon 7/8″ to the left of the side seam, then line up the other top ribbon to match edges. I used a zig-zag stitch to raw-edge appliqué my ribbons. I may add a bow after quilting. We’ll see.After all that, stitching the second block went smoothly and I loved the look of the block after putting it all together.
Head over to Alice Samuel’s Quilt Co. to get the pattern. Make your block, and you can enter to win:
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Once you’ve finished up your Christmas quilt-a-long block, you can choose one of three ways to enter the drawing for the prize package of one pair of WarmCrochet scissors and a quilt pattern from Quilting JetGirl! The deadline for entering is 11:59 pm EDT (US) on Monday, October 23, 2017.
Here’s how to enter:
- Link your blog post featuring the finished block to the linky party, OR
- Post your finished block on the quilt-a-long Facebook group page, OR
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We encourage you to post and share your completed block as much as you’d like, but it will only count as one entry into the prize drawing.
I can’t wait to see your Christmas quilt-a-long block!