Sandy over at SandyStar Designs has a simple and lovely poinsettia block for you!
- black (Thicket by Gingiber, Moda Fabrics)
- red and pink (Cherry Christmas, Moda Fabrics)
- green (25th and Pine, Moda Fabrics)
- gold (Glisten, Windham Fabrics)
Sandy wrote her pattern to be very easy to understand. I took care to cut my striped leaves on a 45° angle, and for the pink fabric I just used the wrong side of the red print.
Since I’m running a little low on the black I used in the background, I didn’t bother to try to sort out the directional fabric (because there was a good chance I would screw it up). Instead, I made a design decision that makes it look a little like the poinsettia is spinning. I dig it.
When you stitch the quarter square green/white triangles to the red and pink half square triangles, the pattern says to make sure the red or pink points line up on the green/white seam line. Here’s what that looks like:
When I trimmed those blocks to 3 1/2″, I wasn’t paying attention for the first few and didn’t make sure the seam between the green and black fabrics was centered. As a result, a few of the leaves came out a little wonky. Eh. Leaves in nature are seldom perfectly symmetrical, and with so much pattern going on, I don’t think it’s glaringly obvious. So the wonky leaves remain.
Head over to SandyStar Designs to get the pattern. Make your block, and you can enter to win:
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 a signed copy of The 4″ x 5″ Quilt Block Anthology by Carol Hopkins and a quilt pattern from designer Jennifer Fulton of The Inquiring Quilter! 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
- Post your finished block on Instagram with the hashtag #iwishyouamerryqal.
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!