Dec 7: Festival

Hi, Everyone!  Jessica Dayon- @jessicadayon– here today bringing you the tutorial for my contribution to Countdown to Christmas!  This block is called Festival and I think it is stunning in red and white!  I hope you like it as much as I do!  Mona Bake Shop’s Countdown to Christmas has become one of my favorite things to look forward to in December!  It’s like an Advent Calendar just for quilters 🙂

This block finishes at 6″ or 12″ square.

6″ Block 12″ Block
From white fabric, cut (8) 1½” squares, (8) 1½” x 2½”rectangles, (4) 1 7/8” squares From white fabric, cut (8) 2½” squares, (8) 2½” x 4½”rectangles, (4) 2 7/8” squares
From solid red fabric, cut (1) 2½” square, (4) 1 7/8” squares From solid red fabric, cut (1) 4½” square, (4) 2 7/8” squares
From red print #1, cut: (16) 1½” squares From red print #1, cut: (16) 2½” squares


NOTE: The instructions below are for the 12″ finished block, with changes for the 6″ finished block in parentheses.

Make 8 Flying Geese

Gather the 8 white 2½” x 4½”rectangles (8 white 1½” x 2½”rectangles) and the 16 red print 2½” squares (16 red print 1½” squares).  Lay one 2½” square (1½” square) RST on one 2½” x 4½”rectangle (1½” x 2½”rectangle).  Draw a line from corner to corner on the red square, as shown below, and sew on that line.

Trim 1/4″ from the sewn line, as shown below.

Press open.

Repeat these steps on the other side of the 2½” x 4½”rectangle (1½” x 2½”rectangle).

Repeat the above steps to make 8 flying geese total.

Make 8 Half Square Triangles (HST)

Gather the 4 white 2 7/8” squares (4 white 1 7/8” squares ) and the 4 red 2 7/8” squares (4 red 1 7/8” squares ).  Lay a red square on top of a white square, right sides together.  Draw a line from corner to corner and sew 1/4″ away from the center line on each side of it.

Cut on the center line.

Press open.  Trim each HST to 2½” square (1½” square).

Repeat with the remaining squares you gathered so that you have 8 HST total.

Assemble the block

Gather the 8 flying geese, 8 HST, 1- red 4½” square (2½” square), 8 white 2½” squares (1½” squares) and lay them out as shown below.

You can sew this block together any way you like.  I prefer to sew mine together as a nine patch.  To do that, sew the 4 squares in each corner together and the flying geese units together, shown below.

Sew the block together in rows.

Sew the rows together.

This block finishes at 6″ or 12″ square.

Thanks for following along with me today!  I hope you enjoyed this block and continue to enjoy all of our Countdown to Christmas block patterns!  Come, follow me, and see what I’m up to on Instagram @jessicadayon.

Jessica Dayon

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2 comments on “Dec 7: Festival

  1. Laurie says:

    I finished this one late last night. Great block. Challenging, with all those squares, but fun. Thanks!

  2. Mary Andra Holmes says:

    Love it. Thank you.

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