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.
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" squares.
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 completed.
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 better.
Not in the mood for a Christmas quilt? Here are some other colorings of this quilt: