Joyful QAL Christmas Cushion – Week 2

Welcome to Week 2 of the Joyful Quilt Along! For this weeks blocks we are making a Christmas Baubles and Log-Cabin Wreath block. You can have fun with these blocks by embellishing them with stitching or beads/sequins if you want to add bit of extra bling….beads would make some excellent berries on a holly wreath!

To make the Joyful QAL blocks, make sure that you have signed up here to be sent the FREE templates that you need for each of the blocks and if you haven’t already, you can find Part 1 here. There is also the opportunity to buy an ad-free copy of the pattern (which includes all block instructions and templates) in one handy file here.

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So, let’s get started…..

To Make the Christmas Baubles Block

  • Finished Block Size: 8″ x 8″
  • Materials Needed;
    • Background: 8 1/2” x 8 1/2
    • Bauble 1: 3 1/2” x 4″
    • Bauble 2: 2 1/2” x 3 1/2
    • Bauble 3: 3″ x 3″
    • Bauble ribbon: 11″ of 1/2” wide ribbon/ric-rac or binding
    • [Optional] Bondaweb – you don’t have to use this, but it does make it easier!
Joyful Quilt along Week 2 - tutorial for applique Christmas baubles block
  • On the shiny (paper) side of the bondaweb, draw around/trace the templates. Cut roughly to size.
  • Place rough side down on the wrong side of fabric. Press. Trim the fabric to size, following the template lines. 
  • Take the Background Fabric and fold in half RST and finger press to crease.
  • To position the Bauble Ribbons;
    • Take Bauble 2 Ribbon (5” long) and place on the centre creased line. 
    • Place Bauble 1 Ribbon (1 3/4” long) and approx. 1 1/2” to the left of Ribbon 2.
    • Place Bauble 3 Ribbon (3 3/4” long) and approx. 1 ¾” to the right of Ribbon 2.
  • Temporarily place baubles on the end of the ribbons to check position and adjust if necessary.
  • Once you are happy with the ribbons, pin/glue/stitch into position.
  • Remove the paper layer from the back of the Baubles.
  • Place baubles at the bottom of the ribbon, making sure that there is some over-lap to hide any raw ‘ribbon’ edges.
  • Press with an iron to secure. 
  • Stitch to secure eg. blanket stitch, free motion quilting, satin stitch

Note: this can be done at this stage or when quilting the finished cushion cover.

To Make the Christmas Wreath Block

  • Finished Block Size: 6″ x 6″
  • Materials Needed;
    • Background:
      • One (1) 3 1/2” square for the centre
      • Two (2) 3″ x 1 1/2” rectangles
      • Two (2) 4″ x 6 1/2” rectangles
    • Wreath: Two (2) width of FQ 1″ strips
Joyful Quilt along Week 2 - tutorial for applique Christmas wreath block
  • Use the Hexagon template to trim the background centre piece to size.
  • Take a strip of Wreath fabric (piece 1) and place RST with one edge of the hexagon. Sew. Press away from the hexagon.
  • Use a quilting ruler and align it with the raw edges of the hexagon on one side of Piece 1. Trim. 
  • Take another strip of Wreath fabric for Piece 2, and place RST on the hexagon, working clockwise. Ensure that the strip overlaps the end of Piece 1 and the hexagon. 
  • Sew. Press away from hexagon. Trim.
  • Continue in this way until you have completed two (2) whole rounds.
From Left to right: adding and trimming the strips for a log-cabin hexagon
  • Once you have completed the rounds, take the Top/Bottom Outside Backgound pieces, and place on opposite sides of the hexagon. 
  • Press away from the hexagon and trim to match the hexagon edges.
  • Take the background outside rectangles and cut diagonally in opposite directions to each other.
  • Take one (1) rectangle pieces and place on opposite side of the hexagon, off-setting the widest edge slightly. Sew. Press away from the hexagon. Trim.
From left to right: adding the background pieces to the outside to make the block square
  • Take the remaining rectangle pieces and place on the remaining hexagon sides, again off-setting the widest edge slightly. Sew. Press away from the hexagon.
  • Trim the block so that it measures 6 1/2 square, with the wreath in the centre.

To make the Joyful QAL cushion, you can find all the posts here and don’t forget to sign-up to be sent the templates;

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Happy Stitching,

S x

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