Count Down to Christmas: Bonus Block

Happy Boxing Day! We have a bonus block for you today.

Greetings!  I am Barbara Esposito @thequiltedb wrapping up this awesome Countdown to Christmas 6” block tutorial project.  I hope your Holiday was everything you hoped it would be.  This block is the Bonus Block and I loved creating it because it can be an additional block or your project label.  The center is solid white, offering a place for embellishment or your message.  As with all of the Count Down to Christmas blocks, this block finishes at 6″ by 6″.  Now let’s sew!

1 Fat Quarter Green (Pictured here 55152 Bonnie & Camille The Good Life)
1 Fat Quarter Red (Pictured here 55143 Bonnie & Camille handmade)
1 Fat Quarter White (Pictured here Bella Solids 9900 98)


If you choose to embellish the center block, you will need lace, ribbon, ric rac, beads, etc.


Because there are so many intersecting seams on this block, I like to make it a wee bit bigger and trim it down.

Use a ¼ inch seam allowance throughout.

Begin by deciding what you will do with the center block.  If you will be using an embroidery machine prepare the design before you trim down the center block.  It will be cut to 3-1/2” and finish at 3” so design accordingly.

If you plan to embellish the center after the block is assembled start by cutting one 3-1/2” block from the white fabric.

From the RED fabric cut:

Two 1-1/2” squares

Four strips 1” by 22″ (or the width of your fabric)

From the GREEN fabric cut:

Two 1-1/2” squares

Four strips 1” by 22″ (or the width of your fabric)


Sew strips together alternating colors and also alternating the direction you sew each row.  This will help keep the rows from bowing.  Press all seams in the same direction.

Yes there is one extra red strip on my strip set – I got carried away and had to unpick it!  Your set will only have 4 green and 4 red.

Square up the strip set and cut:

4 pieces 1” by the width of the strip set

4 pieces 1-1/2” by the width of the trip set

Remove two squares (one red, one green in my strip set) from two of the 1” strips to make 2 strips that are 6 squares wide.

Sew the 6-square strip to the top and bottom of your 3-1/2” center block. Keep colors opposite on each side of the block.  Press.

Next sew the remaining two 1” strips to the sides, nesting the top and bottom seams, keeping colors alternating Press.

Now for the 1-1/2” strip sets.  Sew two to the sides of your block, again keeping colors opposite.  You can flip them around so most all those seams will nest nicely.

With the last two strip sets be sure the strips will nest and add a red and green 1-1/2” square to each end of the top and bottom strips keeping the colors alternating.

Sew these to the top and bottom of the block.  Press.

Square to 6-1/2” if necessary.  Now that wasn’t too bad, was it?

I hope you will tag me @thequiltedb when you make your own. I always enjoy seeing what you create.  It inspires me!

Hoping your New Year will be pieceful and sew happy!

Barbara Esposito, The Quilted B

15 comments on “Count Down to Christmas: Bonus Block

  1. Shari T. says:

    I hope to make a quilt out of all these patterns by next Christmas. Maybe one for each granddaughter(4).

    • Barbara Esposito, The Quilted B says:

      That would be amazing and I am sure they will treasure your hard work! Please be sure to tag me when you do. I would love to see them!

  2. Elle Carter says:

    So. Any instructions, suggestions on ginishing

  3. Sue says:

    Elle asked if there are suggestions for finishing. I am wondering if you are going to show a finished quilt with instructions and yardage. Such cute blocks.

  4. Barbara Esposito says:

    So many people came together for these blocks! I do believe it was part of the plan to offer suggestions for and pictures of completed quilts. One great place to keep an eye if you are on Instagram is #mbscountdowntochristmas, and there is also a facebook group. There are already finished blocks arranged and talk of finishing quilts!

  5. halejm says:

    Love the bonus blocks! Thank you….

  6. Caryl Brix says:

    I hope you will post some finishing suggestion on you Moda bake shop blog for those who aren’t on instagram of Facebook! Please please please!!!!!

  7. Becky says:

    Also would love to see some finishing suggestions on Moda bake shop or blog – for the ones that
    are not on Facebook or instagram! Thanks!

    • Barbara Esposito, The Quilted B says:

      I agree! Passing these requests on to the Moda peeps. I may need to get my quilt top done to post too!

  8. gsnyder2015 says:

    How many blocks were there all together. I hope I printed all of them and didn’t miss any

    • Barbara Esposito, The Quilted B says:

      Hi! There were a total of 26 blocks – one for each day in December 1st – 25th and then the bonus block. You can find them all on the Moda Bake Shop! Don’t forget to post what you have made because we really do love to see it! Happy New Year!

  9. lidia says:

    Are you. the Creator of the block on paper to sew over the lines ? What number this pattern is in ?or you stopped making them

    • Barbara Esposito, The Quilted B says:

      This is traditional piecing not Foundation Paper Piecing. This block was number 26 of 26. Hope this helps!

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