Block 8 Christmas Ribbon
Christmas Ribbon is our block 8 of the Christmas sampler. This block was chosen by Karen in Wisconsin. The block Karen found is part of a quilt and is a 14” finished block. You can find directions for making the block and quilt by going to BOMquilts.com and then clicking on free Christmas quilts. The quilt is called “Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons”.
I decided to make my block to finish at 10-1/2” and construct it a bit differently. I am going to show you how I made mine.
You will need to cut the following:
1 rectangle at 3-1/2” x 8”
2 rectangles at 2” x 5”
4 rectangles at 2” x 3-1/2”
14 squares at 2”
Red (mine is the dots)
6 rectangles at 2” x 5”
1 square at 2”
Dark Red (mine is the red tonal)
2 rectangles at 2” x 3-1/2”
6 squares at 2”
Draw a diagonal line on the back of 2 background squares. With right sides together, align these on the ends of the dark red rectangles, with lines placed as shown. Sew on the drawn lines; trim seam allowance to ¼”; press.
Look at the lines
do your rectangles look like this?
Sew these units to the ends of the largest background rectangle. Your rectangle should measure 3-1/2” x 11”. Set aside to use later.
sew small rectangles to ends of large rectangle
Sew a background 2” x 3-1/2” rectangle to each side of the red square. Your rectangle should measure
2” x 8”. Set this unit aside also.
two rectangles, 1 square
Those were the easiest pieces so good to get them out of the way and ready when we need them. From here on, we will be making two of each unit and they will be mirrored, so pay attention to orientation henceforth.
Grab 4 red rectangles and 8 background squares. Draw diagonal lines on the back of all the squares and align (right sides together of course) on the ends of the red rectangles as shown. Make all four units the same. Sew on the lines; trim, press.
look at the lines
all four are the same
Draw diagonal lines on the back of two dark red squares and align on the ends of background 2” x 3-1/2” rectangles as shown. (Be sure to look at the orientation.) Sew on the lines; trim, press. Sew a dark red square to the end of each as shown.
look at the lines
sew squares on end of rectangles
Arrange the above units into two sets of three rows each—look at the picture to be sure you have the mirror image thing going on. Sew the 3 rows together for each unit. Your squares should measure 5” square.
2 units, 3 rows each
2 mirror units, each measures 5″ square
You should still have 2 dark red squares. Draw a diagonal line on the back of these and align on the ends of the background 2” x 5” rectangles. (Look at the picture.) Sew on the lines, trim, press.
look at the lines
The only thing you should have left now are two red rectangles and four background squares. Draw a diagonal line on the back of the background squares; align on the ends of the rectangles—be sure you look at the picture before you sew. Sew on the lines, trim, press.
look at all the lines before you sew
Sew the above units together—paying attention to orientation. These units should measure 3-1/2” x 5”.
2 units, 2 rows each
Sew these rectangles to the bottom of the squares you made. I know you are going to be sure to look at the picture so I won’t tell you to do so.
make 2 big rectangles
Remember when you started and set aside those two units..well it’s time to get them back out. You are going to sew one of the units between your two 8” x 5” rectangles and after you get that done, sew one of the units to the bottom. I’m not going to tell you which unit goes where so I hope it doesn’t take you too long to figure it out. If you figured it out, then your block is done! If you didn’t figure it out, well what can I say but just to keep trying.
sew on the bottom
The few weeks of making these blocks has certainly gone by quickly. There is only one more block for next week so be sure to check back then.