Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Ryan's Holiday Ribbon Block - Celebrate Christmas Quilt Along


Hey everyone! I'm so excited to be hosting a block for the Quilting Gallery's Celebrate Christmas Quilt Along. Thanks for joining me today and thanks to Michele for inviting me to the group.

Fall and Winter are my two favorite seasons because some of my absolute favorite holidays occur right smack dab in the middle of them. Halloween and Christmas, respectively. I go crazy decorating the house for both holidays and occasionally have been known to keep my Halloween swag displayed year round. True story!!

When I think of Christmas, the song "My Favorite Things" by Julie Andrews comes to mind. I immediately picture wrapped packages tied in ribbons of different colors, snow falling outside a frosty window and entryway doors adorned in wreaths of green pine and sleigh bells. Ahhh, such a wonderful time of year.

I chose to share with you a ribbon block in honor of the aforementioned Julie Andrews song. Those of you who read my blog regularly know I LOVE to reproduce vintage quilt blocks in modern, colorful fabrics. This simple yet retro block is a quick-to-piece project and would look great in any fabric.

Make several and put them together for a one block weekend quilt project.


Ryan's Holiday Ribbon Block

Each block will consist of the following fabrics:

2 prints
1 solid

Step 1 - Cut the fabrics

From the solid fabric, cut 1 square 7 1/2" x 7 1/2".

Decide which fabric will be the top ribbon and which fabric will be the bottom ribbon.

From the bottom ribbon fabric, cut 1 square 7 1/2" x 7 1/2"

From the top ribbon fabric, cut 2 squares 7" x 7".


Step 2 - Assemble Your Block

Using a pencil or pen, draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of your solid 7 1/2" square and both of your 7" x 7" squares.


Layer both your 7 1/2" fabric squares right sides together (your solid and bottom ribbon fabrics) and sew diagonally, corner to corner, a scant 1/4" from the diagonal drawn line on each side.


Using your rotary cutter and ruler, cut the block apart on the diagonal line.


Press the two half square triangle blocks open and trim them to measure 7" x 7".


Layer your remaining two 7" fabric squares (your top ribbon fabric) and half square triangle blocks right sides together so the drawn line lies in the opposite direction of the seam line. Sew diagonally, corner to corner, a scant 1/4" from the diagonal drawn line on each side.




Using your rotary cutter and ruler, cut the blocks apart on the diagonal line.


Press your four quarter square triangle blocks open and trim them to measure 6 1/2" x 6 1/2".


Arrange your quarter square triangle blocks to create your ribbon pattern as shown in the photo below.


Using a scant 1/4" seam, sew the blocks together as shown in the photos below.




Finished block should measure 12 1/2" square.

Use several prints of your favorite line and make multiple blocks to assemble this throw.


Quilt block and quilt images use Flurry by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics.

Don't forget to upload you block images to the Celebrate Christmas Quilt Along Flickr Group!

Happy quilting,

42 comments:

  1. oh my goodness! I love Christmas too!! (we don't really "do" halloween here in Australia... mores the pity!)

    That said I'm already planning a tree skirt for our tree this year - hmmm... would this pattern work with charm squares do you think?

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  2. I really like this! I'm not too into seasonal quilts but I can see it in lots of other fabrics

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  3. WOW!!!! LOVE this pattern! Great job!

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  4. Love this block. I see so many ways to use it. Great directions. ;~}

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  5. Wow, this is very cute. I may actually make it up in Halloween fabrics first.

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  6. I love xmas and love this pattern,fantastic!!

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  7. Great tutorial, thanks! I can see this working with so many colours and patterns I'm sure I'll be giving it a go

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  8. Thanks everyone! I too am picturing this block made of all sorts of fabrics.

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  9. LOVING what you did with your block. This is taking the chevron to a whole new dimension. Fabulous!

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  10. What a wonderful block! Thanks. I think I'm going to try it in non holiday colors too

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  11. Ryan I love this block and it seems very user friendly. THank you.

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  12. Great block design! I can see this one in multiples as the top and bottom border for the Christmas Quilt Along blocks! Your block is a great one for showcasing favorite fabrics!

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  13. Aha! There's my next project! Aren't you clever! Thank you so much for sharing your tutorial!

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  14. ryan i love your block. and it really creates movement when there a bunch of blocks together

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  15. i too love these holidays, although i am not much into halloween itself, just love the theme and decor of it all!!

    thanks for this tutorial, i am definitely going to have to add this to my continually growing list of to do's!!

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  16. I love this block! Great tutorial! My Celebrate Christmas date is Nov 9!

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  17. What a great block! I have to make this one! Thanks for sharing.

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  18. Wonderful fabrics and pattern, love the way it came out. I am working on christmas, mostly hand stitching for now, but will do some machine pieces, as well.

    Debbie

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  19. This is so cute; thanks for sharing it! I'm sort of new to quilting. Can anyone give me an idea of yardages I'd need for a small "throw" sized quilt?

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  20. This is so cute; thanks for sharing it! I'm sort of new to quilting. Can anyone give me an idea of yardages I'd need for a small "throw" sized quilt?

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  21. And somehow I posted twice! Sorry! It's still a really cute block!

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  22. This is so gorgeous and I love the clever construction!

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  23. I love this and will be using this block but I'd like to save a copy so I can print it off but I don't see a print friendly version like the others or am I missing it?

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  24. Love this block..thanks for sharing it...linking to you on my Freebies blog...Khris

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  25. The block is spectacular!
    awesome job...

    hugz
    Pam

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  26. I really like the rick rack look of the pattern!! Thanks!!

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  27. How simple is that?? You're a genius!

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  28. Oh, I love how that looks! I'm going to bookmark this page so I can come back to it once I've gone on a stash enhancement spree! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  29. I too love this block & your excellent instructions. Can you give Candace & me the yardage needed for that awsome quilt that you are showing.
    Thanks so much, Nancy

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  30. I love this design...very creative...can you tell me though if I can get it in pdf so that I can save it or something...I can't seem to find a print friendly button..I am not usually this dense..heheheh..thanks again for sharing your wonderful talents...blessings

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  31. This is a fantastic block, Ryan! Thanks so much for giving everyone a terrific block pattern.

    Leslie S. in MN
    esclante at comcast dot net

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  32. Love this design and that it's so easy to do! Thanks for the tutorial, Ryan!
    xoxo
    Joy

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  33. You are brilliant! Thanks so much for a great tutorial Ryan!!!

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  34. Thank you for this pattern! It was perfect for a quilt I wanted to make for my son's preschool teacher. To save time, I turned the block on point and pieced it as very simple 4-patches. The top came together very fast indeed. I've blogged about it here:
    http://hobby.pavanashree.org/2011/12/21/purple-ribbons

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  35. Love this quilt! Thank you for the tutorial! Can't wait to make this!

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  36. I love this pattern! Definitely on my list of "have to makes". Thanks for sharing!

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  37. I am obsessed with this block and I can't wait to try it. Thank you for sharing this tutorial!

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  38. I need this figured out to finish off at 3 1/2 inches. I have to do a border and I'm not having much luck with the math I'm doing. Thanks in advance for the help.

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