Countdown to Christmas: Old Fashioned Christmas

Merry Christmas!  I’m Deborah Jacobs of Gathering Friends Quilt Shop.  Our quilt shop has been in existence for almost 20 years and we  carry many of Moda’s gorgeous lines.  You will find our books and patterns on our website www.GatheringFriendsQuiltShop and also our Etsy site.  My “Old Fashioned Christmas ” block is a fun and easy addition to Moda Bake Shop’s Countdown To Christmas.  Hope you are all staying up to date making your blocks!

This block finishes at 6″ (6 ½” unfinished).

Fat Quarter of White fabric
Fat Quarter of Red fabric
Fat Quarter of Green fabric


From white:

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

From red :

  • (1) 3½” square
  • (4) 2″ x 3½” rectangles

From green:

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


Position a 2″ green square on opposite corners of a 3½” red square. Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner and stitch on the line.  Trim seam allowance to ¼” and press the seams toward the green.  Repeat on remaining corners.  Proof to 3½”.  Make 1 center .

Position a 2″ white square on one end of a  2″ x 3½” red rectangle. Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner and stitch on the line.  Trim seam allowance to ¼” and press the seams open. Repeat on the opposite end.  Proof to 2″ x 3½”.  Make 4 flying geese.



Layer a 2½” white square  and a 2½” green square, right sides together.  Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner.  Stitch ¼” on each side of the line.

Cut on the line.  Press seams toward the green.  Proof to 2″.  Make 4 pieced squares.


Sew a pieced square to each end of the flying geese.  Press seams toward the flying geese.  Make 2.  Sew a flying geese to each side of the center.  Press seams toward the flying geese.  Sew the units together, as diagrammed.  Press seams away from the center.  Proof square to 6½”.


One 6″ square finished block

Looking for more inspiration? Check out our books at Gathering Friends!

Deborah Jacobs

{Gathering Friends}

5 comments on “Countdown to Christmas: Old Fashioned Christmas

  1. Bonnie L Thiem says:

    I have enjoyed this Countdown to Christmas so much. Your instructions and illustrations are so easy and clear to follow. It’s not just this one but all your BOM’s, too. It is a pleasure working with you. Other quilt websites are difficult to work with and hard to follow their instructions. Sometimes with them it is impossible to download the patterns. Not with your website. (You did have one little glitch but you fixed if fast.) Thank you so much for all the time you put into it. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  2. halejm says:

    Thank you for the wonderful block!

  3. Susan says:

    Thank you! Those are great colors and a nice simple block that looks wonderful!

  4. Dianne Simons says:

    It appears that when you make the first square in a square you proof to 3-1/2 inches, not 3 inches.

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