Christmas Baubles Quilt

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Hey there!  My name is Jen Daly and I’m so happy to be back at the Moda Bake Shop today with a new project to share with you all!  Christmas Baubles is a sweet little 18″ x 24″ quilt that you can make with a mini charm pack of your favorite Christmas fabrics.  My quilt features Kate Spain’s “Jingle” fabric line and I think her cheerful colors and fun prints are perfect for this quilt!

Here we go…

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  • 1 Mini Charm Pack (shown in Jingle by Kate Spain)
  • 2/3 yard white or tone on tone background fabric (shown in Jingle Noel Snow)
  • 1/8 yard gray fabric (shown in Steel Bella Solid)
  • 1 yard backing/binding fabric (shown in Jingle Noel Tonal Crimson)
  • batting measuring 22″ x 26″

Also Helpful:

  • spray basting adhesive
  • sandpaper board

 

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Before cutting, take a few minutes to organize your mini charm squares.  You’ll need 22 for the ornament blocks and 20 for the pieced border.

Here’s how I sorted mine:

 

For the ornaments:

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And for the pieced border:

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Cutting:

First cut your background fabric into the following:

  • 1 strip 1″ x WOF (width of fabric – or one selvage edge to the other)
  • 4 strips 1 1/8″ x WOF
  • 2 strips 1 1/4″ x WOF
  • 1 strip 3 1/2″ x WOF
  • 1 strip 7 3/4″ x WOF

Of the gray fabric, cut:

  • 1 strip 1 1/4″ x WOF

Of your binding fabric, cut:

  •  3 strips 2 1/4″ x WOF

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Further cut your background fabric strips into the following:

  • from the 1″ x WOF strip:
    • 15 – 1″ x 2 3/4″

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  • from the 4 – 1 1/8″ x WOF strips:
    • from 3 strips, 88 – 1 1/8″ x 1 1/8″
    • from 4th strip, 2 – 1 1/8″ x 20″

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  • from the 2 – 1 1/4″ x WOF strips:
    • 2 – 1 1/4″ x 2 1/2″
    • 1 – 1 1/4″ x 5″
    • 1 – 1 1/4″ x 7 1/2″
    • 1 – 1 1/4″ x 10″
    • 1 – 1 1/4″ x 12 1/2″
    • 1 – 1 1/4″ x 15″

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  • from the 3 1/2″ x WOF strip:
    • 2 – 3 1/2″ x 1 1/2″
    • 2 – 3 1/2″ x 2 3/4″
    • 2 – 3 1/2″ x 4″
    • 2 – 3 1/2″ x 5 1/4″
    • 2 – 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″

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  • from the 7 3/4″ x WOF strip:
    • 2 – 7 3/4″ x 3 3/4″
    • 2 – 7 3/4″ x 4 1/4″

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Further cut your gray strip into 1 – 1 1/4″ x 20″.

 

Finally, cut the 20 mini charm squares that you plan to use for the pieced border in half — each half should measure 1 1/4″ x 2 1/2″.

 

Ornament Blocks:

On the back of each of 88 background fabric 1 1/8″ x 1 1/8″ squares, lightly draw a diagonal line from corner to corner.  Note:  placing the squares on a sandpaper board before drawing lines helps to keep the fabric from shifting or distorting as you draw the lines.

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For each ornament:

Place 1 mini charm square on a flat surface with right side facing up.  Place 1 background fabric 1 1/8″ x 1 1/8″ on mini charm square with drawn line visible as follows:

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Stitch along drawn line.  Press away from background fabric.

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Trim excess fabric a scant 1/4″ from seam:

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Place 1 background fabric 1 1/8″ x 1 1/8″ atop mini charm square with drawn line visible as follows:

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Stitch along drawn line, press away from background fabric, and trim excess fabric a scant 1/4″ from seam.

 

Continue in same manner for all 4 corners of mini charm square.  The final ornament unit should measure 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″:

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Repeat above steps with remaining 21 ornament mini charm squares and 84 – 1 1/8″ x 1 1/8″ background squares.

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Strip Piecing Ornament Tops:

Using a scant 1/4″ seam and with right sides facing together, stitch 1 background fabric 1 1/8″ x 20″ to either side of gray 1 1/4″ x 20″.

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Press seams away towards background fabric.

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The finished background fabric/gray strip unit should measure 2 1/2″ wide.

 

From the background fabric/gray strip unit, cut 22 – 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ units.

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Assemble Ornament Blocks:

Stitch 1 ornament top unit to 1 mini charm ornament with right sides facing together as follows, pressing seam away from ornament top:

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Finished ornament block should measure 2 1/2″ x 2 3/4″.

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Repeat above steps to make 22 ornament blocks.

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 Assemble Quilt Center:

Lay out 22 ornaments blocks in approximation of tree shape as desired.  The quilt center is assembled row by row.

 

Row 1:

Lay out 1 ornament block, 1 background fabric (“BF”) – 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ (above ornament block), and 2 BF – 3 3/4″ x 7 3/4″s as follows:

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Stitch together ornament block and 1 background fabric (“BF”) – 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″.  Press seam away from ornament top.  Then stitch 1 BF – 3 3/4″ x 7 3/4″ to either side, pressing seams away from ornaments:

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Row 2:

Lay out 2 ornament blocks, 1 BF – 1″ x 2 3/4″ (in between ornament blocks), 1 BF – 1 1/4″ x 5″, and 2 BF – 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″s as follows:

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Stitch together 2 ornament blocks with 1 BF – 1″ x 2 3/4″ in between ornament blocks.  Press seams away from ornaments.  Then stitch 1 BF – 1 1/4″ x 5″ to top of previous unit.  Press seam away from ornament tops.  Then stitch 1 BF – 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ to either side, pressing seams away from ornaments:

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Row 3:

Lay out 3 ornament blocks, 2 BF – 1″ x 2 3/4″s (in between ornament blocks), 1 BF – 1 1/4″ x 7 1/2″, and 2 BF – 3 1/2″ x 5 1/4″s as follows:

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Stitch together 3 ornament blocks with 2 BF – 1″ x 2 3/4″s in between ornament blocks.  Press seams away from ornaments.  Then stitch 1 BF – 1 1/4″ x 7 1/2″ to top of previous unit.  Press seam away from ornament tops.  Then stitch 1 BF – 3 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ to either side, pressing seams away from ornaments:

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Row 4:

Lay out 4 ornament blocks, 3 BF – 1″ x 2 3/4″s (in between ornament blocks), 1 BF – 1 1/4″ x 10″, and 2 BR – 3 1/2″ x 4″s as follows:

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Stitch together 4 ornament blocks with 3 BF – 1″ x 2 3/4″s in between ornament blocks.  Press seams away from ornaments.  Then stitch 1 BF – 1 1/4″ x 10″ to top of previous unit.  Press seam away from ornament tops.  Then stitch 1 BF – 3 1/2″ x 4″ to either side, pressing seams away from ornaments:

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Row 5:

Lay out 5 ornament blocks, 4 BF – 1″ x 2 3/4″s (in between ornament blocks), 1 BF – 1 1/4″ x 12 1/2″, and 2 BF – 3 1/2″ x 2 3/4″s as follows:

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Stitch together 5 ornament blocks with 4 BF – 1″ x 2 3/4″s in between ornament blocks.  Press seams away from ornaments.  Then stitch 1 BF – 1 1/4″ x 12 1/2″ to top of previous unit.  Press seam away from ornament tops.  Then stitch 1 BF – 3 1/2″ x 2 3/4″ to either side, pressing seams away from ornaments:

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Row 6:

Lay out 6 ornament blocks, 5 BF – 1″ x 2 3/4″s (in between ornament blocks), 1 BF – 1 1/4″ x 15″, and 2 BF – 3 1/2″ x 1 1/2″s as follows:

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Stitch together 6 ornament blocks with 5 BF – 1″ x 2 3/4″s in between ornament blocks.  Press seams away from ornaments.  Then stitch 1 BF – 1 1/4″ x 15″ to top of previous unit.  Press seam away from ornament tops.  Then stitch 1 BF – 3 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ to either side, pressing seams away from ornaments:

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Row 7:

Lay out 1 ornament block, 2 BF – 1 1/4″ x 2 1/2″s (above and below ornament block), and 2 BF – 4 1/4″ x 7 3/4″s as follows:

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Stitch together ornament block and 2 BF – 1 1/4″ x 2 1/2″s (to top and bottom of ornament block).  Then stitch 1 BF – 4 1/4″ x 7 3/4″ to either side of previous unit:

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Lay completed rows out in order to create tree shape — Row 1 at the top and Row 7 at the bottom:

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Stitch rows together to complete quilt center, pressing seams towards bottom of quilt.

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Add Pieced Border:

Lay out 2 borders of 11 – 1 1/4″ x 2 1/2″ mini charm rectangles for top and bottom of quilt and 2 borders of 9 – 1 1/4″ x 2 1/2″ mini charm rectangles for sides of quilt:

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For each border, stitch together 1 1/4″ x 2 1/2″ mini charm rectangles, pressing seams in one direction.

 

Stitch long borders to either side of quilt center, matching centers and pressing seams towards border.

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Stitch short borders to top and bottom of quilt, matching centers and pressing towards borders.

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Done!

 

Finish quilt:

Layer the quilt top with batting and backing fabric.  Baste and quilt as desired.  I basted the quilt using both spray basting adhesive and thread just to make sure it stayed still during machine quilting.  I wanted the quilting for this project to be something fast and simple that I could do on my own at home, so I used my sewing machine to stitch both a tree shape around the ornaments and vertical lines in the background of the quilt.

 

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One cheerful and fun 18″ x 24″ quilt, perfect for adorning your wall at Christmas!

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Jen Daly
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Jen Daly

Jen Daly

Hi! My name is Jen Daly and I'm a pattern designer, blogger, and fabric lover! My patterns have been featured in Quilters Newsletter, Primitive Quilts and Projects, McCall's Quick Quilts, and American Patchwork & Quilting's Calendars.You can find out more about me and my designs at my blog, jendalyquilts.com, or on Facebook and Instagram @jendalyquilts.
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21 comments on “Christmas Baubles Quilt

  1. June Sommer says:

    Jen-your quilt is so cute and your directions are the best I’ve read in a long time! Thank you for sharing your design/pattern!

  2. CruiseFan says:

    This is so nice!
    Very clear instructions (I notice HOW ACCURATE you’re sewing ON THE LINES for the ornament blocks !!!)
    I will definitely keep this design in mind for replacing my ‘old Christmas wreath quilt’ which I have been hanging up every year so far.
    Thanks for sharing this “Christmas in June”-design.

  3. Meran Taylor says:

    Thank you for such a lovely pattern. Great pictures and directions. I am itching to make one!

  4. Kelly says:

    I love it! My maiden name is Daly and my birthday is on Christmas so I was destined to like it. Great job.

  5. Stephanie says:

    So adorable! Great instructions. Thanks.

  6. dispack says:

    Very cute and novel!

  7. blg2240 says:

    This is an adorable pattern and will go to the top of my Christmas list. I’m starting now for my Christmas items as last year I waited too long, ah procrastination is my biggest quilting error. Thank you for sharing your talent and I have some Moda mini charms that I know exactly where they are waiting.

  8. Rosemaryflower says:

    This is such a sweet quilt, and really a happy Quilt.
    Some how I could see even making something with your pattern as an advent calendar!
    This is wonderful.
    I am searching for the printable version… is it missing? or maybe I am just not looking properly.
    Thank you so much for sharing this marvelous pattern

    • Rosemaryflower says:

      Okay, I just found it. Either Firefox is having a headache or ??
      Thank you again. I adore this

  9. This is so cute! I love using mini charm packs and this is perfect for Christmas. Thanks for the great tutorial!

  10. laureneterry says:

    I love it – those are so cute. Great tutorial!

  11. This is so cute, thanks! I’m always looking for mini charm ideas 🙂

  12. Kiwimel says:

    this is gorgeous – thanks!

  13. pamelajs56 says:

    I adore it! The fabrics are beautiful and the design is super sweet. I have to make this one. Thank you for the tutorial. I appreciate it!

  14. pamelajs56 says:

    What about using larger cuts? Like charms or layer cakes and make a lap quilt for the holidays? Would those work as well? What do you think?

  15. Cheryl says:

    I’ll be making this! Thank you for the tutorial. 🙂

  16. Amy DeCesare says:

    So festive and pretty! I really want to make this lovely project!

  17. Brandy says:

    Love love love! Thank you for this great idea, can’t wait to make it!

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