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Christmas Baubles Quilt

Christmas Baubles Quilt

Written by: 
jdaly

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Hey there!  My name is Jen Daly and I'm so happy to be back at the Moda Bake Shop today with a new project to share with you all!  Christmas Baubles is a sweet little 18" x 24" quilt that you can make with a mini charm pack of your favorite Christmas fabrics.  My quilt features Kate Spain's "Jingle" fabric line and I think her cheerful colors and fun prints are perfect for this quilt! Here we go... 8cb62-title_ingredients IMG_6170 (1000x744)

  • 1 Mini Charm Pack (shown in Jingle by Kate Spain)
  • 2/3 yard white or tone on tone background fabric (shown in Jingle Noel Snow)
  • 1/8 yard gray fabric (shown in Steel Bella Solid)
  • 1 yard backing/binding fabric (shown in Jingle Noel Tonal Crimson)
  • batting measuring 22" x 26"

Also Helpful:

  • spray basting adhesive
  • sandpaper board

  96b91-title_instructions Before cutting, take a few minutes to organize your mini charm squares.  You'll need 22 for the ornament blocks and 20 for the pieced border. Here's how I sorted mine:   For the ornaments: IMG_6183 (889x1000)   And for the pieced border: IMG_6186 (1000x669)   Cutting: First cut your background fabric into the following:

  • 1 strip 1" x WOF (width of fabric - or one selvage edge to the other)
  • 4 strips 1 1/8" x WOF
  • 2 strips 1 1/4" x WOF
  • 1 strip 3 1/2" x WOF
  • 1 strip 7 3/4" x WOF

Of the gray fabric, cut:

  • 1 strip 1 1/4" x WOF

Of your binding fabric, cut:

  •  3 strips 2 1/4" x WOF

IMG_6193 (1000x583)   Further cut your background fabric strips into the following:

  • from the 1" x WOF strip:
    • 15 - 1" x 2 3/4"

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  • from the 4 - 1 1/8" x WOF strips:
    • from 3 strips, 88 - 1 1/8" x 1 1/8"
    • from 4th strip, 2 - 1 1/8" x 20"

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  • from the 2 - 1 1/4" x WOF strips:
    • 2 - 1 1/4" x 2 1/2"
    • 1 - 1 1/4" x 5"
    • 1 - 1 1/4" x 7 1/2"
    • 1 - 1 1/4" x 10"
    • 1 - 1 1/4" x 12 1/2"
    • 1 - 1 1/4" x 15"

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  • from the 3 1/2" x WOF strip:
    • 2 - 3 1/2" x 1 1/2"
    • 2 - 3 1/2" x 2 3/4"
    • 2 - 3 1/2" x 4"
    • 2 - 3 1/2" x 5 1/4"
    • 2 - 3 1/2" x 6 1/2"

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  • from the 7 3/4" x WOF strip:
    • 2 - 7 3/4" x 3 3/4"
    • 2 - 7 3/4" x 4 1/4"

IMG_6200 (1000x936)   Further cut your gray strip into 1 - 1 1/4" x 20".   Finally, cut the 20 mini charm squares that you plan to use for the pieced border in half -- each half should measure 1 1/4" x 2 1/2".   Ornament Blocks: On the back of each of 88 background fabric 1 1/8" x 1 1/8" squares, lightly draw a diagonal line from corner to corner.  Note:  placing the squares on a sandpaper board before drawing lines helps to keep the fabric from shifting or distorting as you draw the lines. IMG_6205 (1000x678)   For each ornament: Place 1 mini charm square on a flat surface with right side facing up.  Place 1 background fabric 1 1/8" x 1 1/8" on mini charm square with drawn line visible as follows: IMG_6207 (1000x956)   Stitch along drawn line.  Press away from background fabric. IMG_6209 (1000x970)   Trim excess fabric a scant 1/4" from seam: IMG_6211 (962x1000)   Place 1 background fabric 1 1/8" x 1 1/8" atop mini charm square with drawn line visible as follows: IMG_6213 (1000x960)   Stitch along drawn line, press away from background fabric, and trim excess fabric a scant 1/4" from seam.   Continue in same manner for all 4 corners of mini charm square.  The final ornament unit should measure 2 1/2" x 2 1/2": IMG_6215 (1000x941) IMG_6218 (1000x974)   Repeat above steps with remaining 21 ornament mini charm squares and 84 - 1 1/8" x 1 1/8" background squares. IMG_6219 (1000x962)   Strip Piecing Ornament Tops: Using a scant 1/4" seam and with right sides facing together, stitch 1 background fabric 1 1/8" x 20" to either side of gray 1 1/4" x 20". IMG_6229 (1000x204)   Press seams away towards background fabric. IMG_6231 (1000x198)   The finished background fabric/gray strip unit should measure 2 1/2" wide.   From the background fabric/gray strip unit, cut 22 - 3/4" x 2 1/2" units. IMG_6233 (1000x807)   Assemble Ornament Blocks: Stitch 1 ornament top unit to 1 mini charm ornament with right sides facing together as follows, pressing seam away from ornament top: IMG_6236 (829x1000)   Finished ornament block should measure 2 1/2" x 2 3/4". IMG_6378 (966x1000)   Repeat above steps to make 22 ornament blocks. IMG_6239 (852x1000)    Assemble Quilt Center: Lay out 22 ornaments blocks in approximation of tree shape as desired.  The quilt center is assembled row by row.   Row 1: Lay out 1 ornament block, 1 background fabric ("BF") - 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" (above ornament block), and 2 BF - 3 3/4" x 7 3/4"s as follows: IMG_6242 (1000x283)   Stitch together ornament block and 1 background fabric ("BF") - 1 1/2" x 2 1/2".  Press seam away from ornament top.  Then stitch 1 BF - 3 3/4" x 7 3/4" to either side, pressing seams away from ornaments: IMG_6255 (1000x275)   Row 2: Lay out 2 ornament blocks, 1 BF - 1" x 2 3/4" (in between ornament blocks), 1 BF - 1 1/4" x 5", and 2 BF - 3 1/2" x 6 1/2"s as follows: IMG_6244 (1000x260)   Stitch together 2 ornament blocks with 1 BF - 1" x 2 3/4" in between ornament blocks.  Press seams away from ornaments.  Then stitch 1 BF - 1 1/4" x 5" to top of previous unit.  Press seam away from ornament tops.  Then stitch 1 BF - 3 1/2" x 6 1/2" to either side, pressing seams away from ornaments: IMG_6256 (1000x269)   Row 3: Lay out 3 ornament blocks, 2 BF - 1" x 2 3/4"s (in between ornament blocks), 1 BF - 1 1/4" x 7 1/2", and 2 BF - 3 1/2" x 5 1/4"s as follows: IMG_6245 (1000x249)   Stitch together 3 ornament blocks with 2 BF - 1" x 2 3/4"s in between ornament blocks.  Press seams away from ornaments.  Then stitch 1 BF - 1 1/4" x 7 1/2" to top of previous unit.  Press seam away from ornament tops.  Then stitch 1 BF - 3 1/2" x 5 1/4" to either side, pressing seams away from ornaments: IMG_6257 (1000x282)   Row 4: Lay out 4 ornament blocks, 3 BF - 1" x 2 3/4"s (in between ornament blocks), 1 BF - 1 1/4" x 10", and 2 BR - 3 1/2" x 4"s as follows: IMG_6247 (1000x252)   Stitch together 4 ornament blocks with 3 BF - 1" x 2 3/4"s in between ornament blocks.  Press seams away from ornaments.  Then stitch 1 BF - 1 1/4" x 10" to top of previous unit.  Press seam away from ornament tops.  Then stitch 1 BF - 3 1/2" x 4" to either side, pressing seams away from ornaments: IMG_6258 (1000x278)   Row 5: Lay out 5 ornament blocks, 4 BF - 1" x 2 3/4"s (in between ornament blocks), 1 BF - 1 1/4" x 12 1/2", and 2 BF - 3 1/2" x 2 3/4"s as follows: IMG_6249 (1000x248)   Stitch together 5 ornament blocks with 4 BF - 1" x 2 3/4"s in between ornament blocks.  Press seams away from ornaments.  Then stitch 1 BF - 1 1/4" x 12 1/2" to top of previous unit.  Press seam away from ornament tops.  Then stitch 1 BF - 3 1/2" x 2 3/4" to either side, pressing seams away from ornaments: IMG_6260 (1000x272)   Row 6: Lay out 6 ornament blocks, 5 BF - 1" x 2 3/4"s (in between ornament blocks), 1 BF - 1 1/4" x 15", and 2 BF - 3 1/2" x 1 1/2"s as follows: IMG_6251 (1000x249)   Stitch together 6 ornament blocks with 5 BF - 1" x 2 3/4"s in between ornament blocks.  Press seams away from ornaments.  Then stitch 1 BF - 1 1/4" x 15" to top of previous unit.  Press seam away from ornament tops.  Then stitch 1 BF - 3 1/2" x 1 1/2" to either side, pressing seams away from ornaments: IMG_6263 (1000x280)   Row 7: Lay out 1 ornament block, 2 BF - 1 1/4" x 2 1/2"s (above and below ornament block), and 2 BF - 4 1/4" x 7 3/4"s as follows: IMG_6254 (1000x348)   Stitch together ornament block and 2 BF - 1 1/4" x 2 1/2"s (to top and bottom of ornament block).  Then stitch 1 BF - 4 1/4" x 7 3/4" to either side of previous unit: IMG_6264 (1000x321)   Lay completed rows out in order to create tree shape -- Row 1 at the top and Row 7 at the bottom: IMG_6267 (666x1000)   Stitch rows together to complete quilt center, pressing seams towards bottom of quilt. IMG_6272 (789x1000)   Add Pieced Border: Lay out 2 borders of 11 - 1 1/4" x 2 1/2" mini charm rectangles for top and bottom of quilt and 2 borders of 9 - 1 1/4" x 2 1/2" mini charm rectangles for sides of quilt: IMG_6275 (1000x256)   For each border, stitch together 1 1/4" x 2 1/2" mini charm rectangles, pressing seams in one direction.   Stitch long borders to either side of quilt center, matching centers and pressing seams towards border. IMG_6277 (822x1000)   Stitch short borders to top and bottom of quilt, matching centers and pressing towards borders. IMG_6287 (789x1000)   Done!   Finish quilt: Layer the quilt top with batting and backing fabric.  Baste and quilt as desired.  I basted the quilt using both spray basting adhesive and thread just to make sure it stayed still during machine quilting.  I wanted the quilting for this project to be something fast and simple that I could do on my own at home, so I used my sewing machine to stitch both a tree shape around the ornaments and vertical lines in the background of the quilt.   4b2da-title_yield One cheerful and fun 18" x 24" quilt, perfect for adorning your wall at Christmas! IMG_6383 Jen Daly {jendalyquilts.com}