A Handmade Christmas Challenge

January 24th 2014

I got so used to doing something every month for Christmas last year, following Julie and her “Christmas Once a Month” Along,  that I was wondering who was going to continue the tradition? You can type “Christmas Once a Month” in the search box on the right to see my projects or on the page on the menu that says Christmas.  Anyway….

It looks like the SewCalGal is having the Christmas event this year!

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And it’s a linky party! Yay!  You can hop on over to her blog and check out all the handmade goodies other talented quilters have posted.

I am making totally miniature quilts that are ornaments or gift tags this year that are tiny quilts that look like presents, spools and other tiny blocks.  I do want to say that I played with this design last year but never posted anything about it, so I made new ones for this challenge.

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It’s a perfect way to use up scraps and try new blocks!  I’d love to have a little tree decorated in just “quilty” stuff. So here’s how it’s done!

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First gather some leftover  squares. (2″ for top and 2 1/2 for box)

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Make some half square triangles with the 2″ squares by drawing a diagonal line and sewing 1/4 inch on either side, trim on the line and press.

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Trim your triangles to 1 1/2 inches.

Sew your squares together to make your box.

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Sew your triangles together and add some scrap white on either side,

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Trim and sew it to your box.

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Make your quilt sandwich.Each piece is the same size (about 4 1/2 by 5 1/2.  I used scrap batting and didn’t even join it, baste it or fuse it. It’s so small it’s totally manageable!

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Quilt as desired.

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Trim after quilting, check the front and the back.

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Before binding, secure a ribbon for hanging with a pin.

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Then attach binding.

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I finished binding by just creating a straight 1/4 inch seam, not on the bias, it’s too short!

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I hand stitched the binding in no time at all.  For the snowball/ornament block I used similar sized squares in a different arrangement, more HSTs and some rectangles.

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This present design was inspired by a little runner I made last year, with a tutorial and another similar pattern I created for a small strip quilt, see that here.  This is a great scrappy project for those Christmas quilt scraps!

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Now it’s your turn!

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