There is no such thing as starting too early on a Christmas quilt. In addition, this isn’t really a pattern for a Christmas quilt at all.
It’s a variation of the Tennessee Waltz quilt block done in colors appropriate for the holiday season. You could easily do it in Halloween, fall, spring, or any other colors that you like. Any of those options would work just fine.
The thing about this quilt is that by alternating the Tennessee Waltz block with a simple Snowball block, you can highlight the design of the Tennessee Waltz block and create some interesting stars between the blocks. This is one of the reasons why this quilt is so popular.
Due to the fact that I wanted the blocks to be offset, there was some space remaining at the sides of the quilt. I decided to fill this space with “partial blocks.”
If you look closely, you’ll notice that there is one-third of a Tennessee Waltz and one-third of a snowball at the end of each row, as well as filling the top and bottom of the center of the quilt top.
When I was working on this quilt, I knew I wanted it to have a pieced border, so I made the decision to continue using the four-patch units that appear in each of the basic block’s corners.
On the other hand, rather than simply placing the four patches next to one another, I set them at an angle and filled in the gaps between them with muslin so that the patches could be seen in the border.
To ensure that the four patches in the border fit together nicely, the width of each of the other inside borders was increased to the appropriate level. In order to accomplish this, I took a diagonal measurement of the width of the four patch and calculated how many would be necessary to fit evenly around the quilt.
I was aware that I needed to add a border because it was bigger than the section in the middle of the quilt. I decided to add two inside borders of varying widths rather than a single border because it was relatively wide. The width of each border was different from the other.
Because I like to have my borders frame my quilt, I used a dark green next to the center of the quilt, and then I surrounded the 4 patches with red. I hope you like how it turned out! This quilt has a double fold bias binding that is 1 inch wide and rather substantial. The binding measures 1 inch.
This quilt presented some interesting opportunities for quilting designs as well.
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