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Hi everyone, I'm Stacey from The Tilted Quilt and I am so thrilled to share another pattern tutorial with you. I don't care how hot it still is here in Texas, this will make you dream of Christmas and you will find yourself humming a Christmas carol!
When I first saw this fabric line, I immediately started dreaming up a fun quilt design - and for some reason, I kept thinking about peppermint candies. After playing around in EQ7 for a bit, this was my original inspiration rendering.
I didn't end up doing the double border, but you could definitely play around with the layout for your quilt.
I have to say, Kate Spain's Solstice line is just gorgeous. The fabrics do not disappoint. I was so excited to get my hands on it and play around. This pattern has a little something for everyone - patchwork and paper-piecing. As I can attest from personal experience, when I really want precision, I love to paper piece.
- 1/2 yard each of 5 different green fabrics
- 4 3/4 yard background fabric
- 1 1/2 yards red "Peppermint stripe"
- 1 yard border
- 1/2 yard binding
- 4 yards backing fabric
I used 27187-21 for the Peppermint Stripe, 27185-11 for the border and 27181-11 for the binding. I used the white tone-on-tone for the background and a gorgeous floral for the backing.
First we will start with the Square-In-A-Square unit.
Next, we will create the Striped Flying Geese units
This is the setup I like to use when paper piecing. I've got several posts (here and here) that can help you if you are a first time paper piecer, but I will walk you through the steps here as well.
I use the add-a-quarter ruler method. You will need an add-a-quarter ruler, a postcard, a rotary cutter , mat, and an iron close by!
Trim the paper unit and cover it with a green rectangle. The right side of the fabric is facing up and the printed side of the foundation is facing down.
Flip the unit over so the printed side of the fabric is facing you and the right side of the fabric is facing away from you.
Using your postcard, fold the paper over and trim 1/4 inch from the line between 1 and 2 (in the picture below, I actually started on the other side, but in this unit, since they are the same on both sides, it really doesn't matter).
Flip back over. This is what your trimmed fabric looks like. Remember, the fabric is right side up, and the printed foundation is right side down.
Take a piece of white fabric, and place it face down, lined up with the trimmed edge of the green fabric.
Flip the unit over and sew on the line between the 1 and the 2. Use a shorter stitch length, I recommend 1.6. Backstitch at the beginning and end to lock in the seam - this helps when it comes time to rip out your papers.
Flip the paper over & finger press or iron the white fabric.
Flip the paper over again, and place your postcard on the line between the 2 and the 3. Flip the paper over, line up the add-a-quarter ruler and trim.
The next section is the red peppermint stripe (section 3). Using the same method, add the red fabric. Flip, press, flip and trim as noted above.
Continue on with the white fabric (section 4)
Using the same method as described above, trim the green fabric and repeat all steps for sections 5, 6 and 7.
Trim the entire unit using the 1/4" seam allowance line as your guide.
That completes our striped flying geese. Each block contains four flying geese units. Keep your paper attached to the fabric at this point, it helps later when you are lining up your units to sew together.
Last, we have our striped square unit.
Using the same method as for the striped flying geese, you will paper piece these units. Start with the center background strip and work your way out. Trim the blocks using the 1/4 inch seam around the square as a guide.
Make four striped square units per block.
Once you have four striped flying geese, four striped squares and a square-in-a-square unit, will piece them together as shown below for your final block! Voila!
When piecing the blocks together, I left the papers in until all of the rows within each block were pieced.
I then removed the papers and sewed the block together, taking care to make sure the peppermint stripes lined up. Once you do the first block, you will get the hang of how it best fits together to make your lines seamless.
The final quilt contains 20 blocks, laid out in a 4 x 5 orientation and measures 58" x 70". I added a border using 5 1/2" strips for a 5 inch finished border.
I hope you enjoy - please feel free to contact me directly through my blog with any questions or concerns, especially if you are a first time paper-piecer.