Christmas Ribbons

'Tis the season to be Jolly, Fa la la la la la la la la. Hi, I am Quiltjane from Want it, Need it, Quilt and I am very excited to be back with a festive recipe - Christmas Ribbons. It is winter in Australia and the perfect time to make Christmas projects and snuggle up near a toasty fire.

Today, I bring you a quilt made with French General's Fa La La La La collection. I have combined piecing and applique to create a ribbon effect that twines its way throughout the blocks.

1 x Fa la la la Layer Cake
  • 1/2 yd 13586-16
  • 1/2 yd 13587-14
  • 1/2 yd 13582-11 (Binding)
  • 1 1/4 yds 13583-14
  • 1/2 yd 13529-70
  • 3 1/2 yards backing fabric
  • Heat n Bond Light
  • Template plastic
From the light coloured yardage and layer cake squares cut:
  • 36 x 7" squares, cut on the diagonal to yield 72 triangles
  • 18 x 4 1/4"" dark squares and 18 x 4 1/4" light squares
  • 72 x 3 1/4" squares
  • 144 x 2 1/2" x 6 1/4" rectangles
    Sashing blocks 144 - 2.5" x 6.25"
    Ribbon pinwheels 72 - 3 1/4" squares
    Pinwheel Blocks 18 dark and 18 light  - 4 1/4" blocks
    Makes 12 pinwheels and 12 half pinwheels
    These are the four blocks we will be making.

    From top left: Sashing block, Pinwheel
    Ribbon Pinwheel, and Ribbon block
    Pinwheels - Make 12 Full, 12 Half
    To make the pinwheels:
    • Place a light coloured 4 1/4" square right sides together with a dark coloured 4 1/4" square.
    • Sew 1/4" inch all the way around the border of the squares.
    • Cut once across the diagonal and then without separating the block, cut on the opposite diagonal. Press open the seams.

    This technique yields 4 half square triangle ( HST's )

    • Trim back evenly to make an unfinished 2 1/2" square (or sew together first and then trim back to 4 1/2" unfinished block)
    • Sew four HST's together to make one pinwheel. Make 12 in total.
    • Sew two HST's together to make half pinwheels. Make 12 in total.

    Sashing Blocks - Make 30
    • Make 30 sashing blocks by sewing 2 - 6 1/4" x 2 1/2" strips together. Keep the remaining 24 single strips for outer sashing.

    Ribbon Blocks - Make 36
    • Cut the 7" light coloured blocks once on the diagonal to yield 72 triangles.

    • Trace the large ribbon template onto the fusible web ( Heat n Bond light ). Template can be found in 'Printer Friendly' version at the bottom of this post.
    • Cut around trace line leaving 1/8" around curve line. ( Stops the fabric fraying when bonded and cut ).
    • Don't forget to leave 1/4" seam allowance as indicated on the template.
    • Press to back of fabric and cut on trace line.
    • Peel off the backing paper and press ribbon appliqué onto a large triangle piece. Make sure to centre the ribbon.
    • With right sides together, sew the two pieces together along the longest side of the triangle. Press seam to one side.

    Trim finished block to 6 1/4" square. Remember to leave 1/4" at each tip of the ribbon appliqué when cutting.
    • Using matching thread machine appliqué your ribbon along the curve.
    Ribbon Pinwheel Blocks - Make 13 Full, 8 half, 4 single
    These are made the same way as the larger ribbon blocks.
    • Cut the 3 1/4" squares on the diagonal to yield 72 triangles.
    • Trace the small ribbon template onto the fusible web (Heat n Bond Light). Don't cut on the trace line. Leave 1/8" allowance.
    • Fuse to dark fabric per manufactures instructions. Cut on trace line for arc but leave a 1/4" seam allowance beyond the template. Make 72.
    Leave a 1/4" seam allowance.
    • Peel the backing off the fusible web and iron on one triangle, making sure to centre the ribbon appliqué.
    • Place another triangle right sides together and sew along the long side. Trim back to 2 1/2" squares.
    • Remember to trim the blocks evenly, leaving 1/4" at each tip of the ribbon.
    • Make 13 blocks as illustrated below
    • Make 8 half blocks and keep 4 single blocks.
    • Using matching thread, machine appliqué the curves of each ribbon
    Putting the quilt top together
    The quilt is sewn in 13 rows as illustrated below.
    • Layout your rows on the floor or design wall to ensure everything is facing the correct way, then sew the blocks together to make a row and then sew the rows together.
    This pattern has a slight variation. The ribbons in the pinwheels are facing upward.
    Finishing the Quilt
    • Layer backing, wadding and quilt top together and quilt as desired. I used an all over feathery pattern with fine matching thread.
    Back of Quilt
    • Cut 6 2 1/4" strips across the width of the binding fabric and piece the strips together at a 45 degree angle. Attach binding and stand back and admire your festive masterpiece.
    One festive quilt 58.5" x 58.5"

    Spice it up with tiny yo-yos (suffolk pokes) or Christmas buttons in the centres of the pinwheels and ribbon pinwheels.

    I hope you have enjoyed today's Christmas recipe. Please upload a photo to my Flickr gallery if you make any of my MBS projects. I would love to see them.

    Jane Davidson
    {Want It, Need It, Quilt!}


    Anonymous said...

    Exactly! Want it, Need it, I am now going to go quilt this beautiful quilt! Thanks for sharing!!!!!!!!!!

    Sherry said...

    What a wonderful design. Can't wait to make this one. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    Wendy said...


    Lorraine said...

    Hi from Jersey U.K.How gorgeous is that quilt, just beautiful love the fabrics used.

    Giggles and Girlfriends Retreats said...

    Absolutely stunning, love the great instructions on the techniques, the tones are wonderful together, bang up job!

    Lynne (Lily's Quilts) said...

    Wow Jane what an amazingly beautiful quilt - I love Fa La La too but you've taken it to a new level of sophistication.

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    Suzanne S. said...

    Breathtaking!!! Thanks for sharing! I have to make this one!

    martin said...

    absolument superbe

    Connie said...

    Absolutely breathtaking! Thanks for a great project.

    Home a la mode said...

    This is an awesome design. I haven't been quilting lately due to business taking up all my time, BUT this project is definitely one that I would like to make! It will be on my sewing table to tempt my time to sew! Thanks for submitting such a treasure! Karen

    Debbie said...

    very, very nice!!!

    Quiltjane said...

    Thank you everyone for your kind comments. I really enjoyed making this quilt with the French General fabrics. It's freezing in Brisbane at the moment and it was nice to get into the spirit of Christmas in July.

    Kim and Jim said...

    Ooh, so nice! Good job, I really love the colors.

    Molly said...

    Lovely quilt but those pinwheel bias edges would give me the heeby-jeebies! If I made it, I'd have to make those pinwheel blocks so I'd have straight of grain along the outside edges....Very, creative and unusual design though!

    Petit Ange said...

    It is a beautiful quilt. I love it!! :)

    Tom and Marci said...

    Wow -- looks a little scary for me, but REALLY beautiful -- I may have to try it!

    Erica said...

    Wonderful design!

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    Anonymous said...

    Thank you so much for sharing such a lovely tutorial. This quilt is wonderful and I can't wait to begin making one!!!

    Anonymous said... lovely!!I think i am going to do it!!
    papoutchka from FRANCE

    Jeanie W. said...

    What is the finished size of this project?

    Quiltjane said...

    The finished size is 58.8" x 58.8".

    Aggiequilter said...

    Just lovely, great use of these fabrics & a great tute

    Erin said...

    I love this quilt. I'm currently making it and am having a bit of trouble with the large ribbons. For whatever reason, the template provided just isn't working with the 6.25" square (even adding the seam allowance and cutting an extra eighth of an inch). Not sure what I'm doing wrong with the given instructions; it's probably something really silly. I ended up making an expanded template to get through this part. Slowly but surely it's coming together. The fabrics are just perfect, and I love the way the colors come together in this pattern--so elegant.

    Erin said...

    Followup to previous comment: Quiltjane knew exactly what I had done wrong - When I printed the instructions, they printed "fit to page". Whoops! I printed out the template full-scale and it looks to be the perfect size. Thanks Jane!

    Quiltjane said...

    Glad it is all sorted. Please show me a picture when you are done.

    Suzan said...

    Well, printed, going to take it to class this orning to see if the girls are ready to make this, they want Christmas so this is perfect!!
    Thank you!!