Countdown to Christmas: Egg Nog

Hello, Kathy Ludowese here from Gathering Friends Quilt Shop!  We’re in our 20th year at Gathering Friends Quilt Shop, set in a small Midwestern village Bird Island, MN.  We’ve been designing and playing with color since we opened in 1998.  Moda has long been our fabric of choice and we have lots of it!!  There’s no better way to unwind then doing a bit of quilting.  It’s good for the soul!  Hopefully, this playful block adds a little motion to your project and a spot of happy to your day. 🙂

My block finishes at 6″ (6-1/2″ unfinished).

Fat Quarter of background fabric
Fat Quarter of Red fabric
Fat Quarter of Green fabric


From red:

  • (4) 2″ x 3½” rectangles

From green:

  • (2) 2½” squares
  • (4) 2″ squares

From white:

  • (2) 2½” squares
  • (8) 2″ squares


Layer a 2½” white square and a 2½” green square, right sides together.  Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner.
Stitch a scant ¼” on each side of line.  Cut on the  and press seams open.  Proof to 2″.  Make 4 pieced squares.

Sew a 2″ white square to the right side of the pieced square.  Press the seam towards the white square. Pay close attention to direction of the triangle.
Proof  to  2″ x 3½”.   Make 4 pieced sections.

Position a 2″ green square on the left end of a 2″ x 3½” red rectangle.  Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner.  Stitch on the line.
Trim seam allowance to 1/4″.  Press the seam open.

Repeat the procedure on the right end, using a 2″ white square.  Trim the seam allowance to 1/4″.  Press the seam open.

Proof  to  2″ x 3½”.   Make 4 flying geese.

Sew together a flying geese and a pieced section, as diagrammed. Press seam towards flying geese.
Proof to 3½”.  Make 4 units.

Sew together 2 units, referring to diagram for placement.  Press the seam in the top section towards the left and the seam in the bottom section towards the right.
Sew together the 2 sections. Press the seam open.  Proof to 6½”.

This block finishes at 6″ (6-1/2″ unfinished).

This is a sweet little spot of red, white and green in motion!  Use it to spice up any holiday project.  If you use this in a project, I’d love to see it!  Feel free to share it with me at

Kathryn Ludowese

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28 comments on “Countdown to Christmas: Egg Nog

  1. Margaret Reid says:

    Your link is not right.

  2. Judy says:

    Your link isn’t correct

  3. Umaesew says:

    Oops,, wrong link!

  4. Traci says:

    I like this block, simple and cute. It would look fun as a scrappy quilt, too. So many ideas for a one-block quilt. Thank you for sharing your time and talent!

  5. Pauline Hindley says:

    Link for Printer friendly version isn’t correct . Please help.

  6. maria m e roesink says:

    Patroon klopt niet groetjes uit Nederland

  7. Jamie Herrin says:

    The link is still wrong for the printer friendly version.

  8. stefanie says:

    love these block series – can you repost the correct link?

  9. Thanks for letting us know about the incorrect link. We’re working to fix it right this morning. So glad everyone is enjoying the block series!!!

  10. Chris Mott says:

    The link is incorrect. cute block. I miss it up North. I used to live in Wisconsin. Thanks for sharing your story.

  11. joan figlar says:

    oops…..wrong “printer friendly”

  12. Mel says:

    If you go to one of their past blocks and change the number in the link to 07, you can pull up the proper printer version. For example, I went to yesterday’s link for the block and changed the 06 to 07 and today’s block popped right up. 🙂

  13. Pam says:

    Love this block but wrong quilt on link !

  14. Ruth A. Clucas says:

    wrong link, would love correct pattern

  15. Bonnie L Thiem says:

    Link is still incorrect. Love the block, though.

  16. Donna says:

    I couldn’t get the Pinterest link to work either.

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