Here is a simple 6" paper pieced block that, when
rotated, creates a very interesting wreath design. It is surrounded by a
triangle border that enhances the overall design and gives the impression of
blocks set on point. Directions are provided below.
Notes before you start:
- Use thin paper for the paper foundations to make
removal of paper easier when you are finished (I like to use typing paper.)
- Don't remove paper foundations until borders are
- Always use a scant 1/4". This means a couple of
threads shy of a full 1/4".
- Use a short stitch length when paper piecing. This
will make removal of the paper easier.
Step 1: Print out the wreath
block (PDF file). Paper piece 36 blocks
using the block image above for color placement. .
Step 2: Lay the blocks out on a
flat surface (6 rows of 6 blocks) and rotate every other block to achieve the
design shown above. Join blocks, 6 blocks across to form a row then join each
row to form the quilt.
Step 3: The border is rotary cut.
From the red fabric, cut 24 3-7/8" squares. From the green fabric, cut 12
3-7/8" squares. From the neutral fabric, cut 12 3-7/8" squares and 4 3-1/2"
Step 4: With right sides together,
place a neutral square on a red square. Using a ruler and washable fabric
marker, draw a diagonal line from the top left corner to the bottom right
corner. Stitch a 1/4" seam on both sides of the line. Using a ruler and rotary
cutter, cut along the drawn line. Lightly press seam toward the darker fabric.
Repeat until 24 red/neutral half-square triangles have been
Step 5: Using the technique from
step 4, create 24 red/green half-square triangles.
Step 6: Using the quilt diagram
above as your guide, join half square triangles to create the borders. (Note:
Attach a corner block to the each end of the top and bottom borders and attach
these borders LAST.)
Step 7: Join left and right
borders to the quilt.
Step 8: Join top and bottom
borders to the quilt.
Step 9: Remove paper foundations
from the back of the quilt.
Step 10: Layer a 42" x 42" piece
of backing fabric**, same size batting, and quilt top. Finish and bind using
your favorite method.
** I like to cut my backing fabric and batting
a couple of inches larger, and then cut to fit the quilt top after it has been
quilted and before I attach the binding. This way, everything lines up
Not in the mood for a Christmas quilt? Here are
some other colorings of this quilt: