Tuesday, December 18, 2012

December Mystery Quilt

Giddy Up in Gingham  

(About 56 x 64 inches of pure cuteness)
Christmas is almost here!  We are so not ready - give me one more week please!
I am happy with the way this month's mystery quilt turned out.  It kind of evovled (as some of them do) from what I originally had in mind.
Here's what you do.
Sew a pink gingham triangle to opposite sides of a bandana square. 

Trim the excess points even with the edge of the square. 

 Sew triangles to the remaining two sides. Square the resulting block to 8 ½ inches. Repeat to create 28 blocks.
The star blocks will take two rectangles each of a background, a brown print and a colored print.
 Match a background rectangle to a brown print and one to a color print. Match a brown print to the other color print. 

 Draw a diagonal line from the top left corner to the bottom middle and another from the top right corner to the bottom middle.

Cut in half vertically and on the drawn lines. 

Square each half square triangle to 2 ½ inches and press open. 

Using four 2 ½ inch background squares and the half square triangles created above, arrange as diagramed to complete a star block. 
Here is a photo of the finished block.
Repeat the process using various prints with the browns and background to create a total of 28 star blocks.  The blocks should measure 8 ½ inches.

Sew the blocks together alternating the stars with the bandana squares. 

You will need 7 rows with eight blocks in each row.

Optional:  To enlarge the quilt, add a 2 ½ inch first border followed by a 6 ½ inch final border.  (Finishes about 72 x 80 inches.)   

Quilt as desired.  Bind and enjoy!

The fabrics pictured below are the ones planned for January's mystery quilt.

We want to thank you for your support and friendship.
Have a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

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