Here is my finished Santa's Belt block. It measures 12 1/2" square.
I wanted to select fabrics from my focus fabrics. However, I needed some black for the belt and gold for the buckle. I decided to use one of my red print focus fabrics. I knew that I wanted either a small print or a large print that was scattered so that the seams in the santa suit would not be obvious. I auditioned the red snowflake fabric and it seemed to work.Then I added some black fabric with red candy and gold fabric from my stash. The gold fabric has phrases from the poem, "The Night before Christmas." That seemed appropriate. The photos below show my selected fabrics, and the auditioning of the fabrics. In particular, I wanted to make sure that the red snowflakes fabric would hide the seams. I think that it works well. I am always amazed at how the eye can grasp the whole of a block or quilt without focusing on the minor imperfections.
After selecting fabrics and cutting out the pieces, I made the buckle and the three vertical fabric sections. For the buckle, I ironed away from the center square. Please see the photos below.
I wanted the matching seams at the buckle and at the belt sides to lock so that they would lie down flat. Since I had ironed away from the center square of the buckle, I ironed the Santa suit and belt seams toward the belt. (See first photo below). As I sewed the seams between the center strip and the outer strips. I felt for the matching seams and made sure that the seams locked. After sewing the seams, I removed the three stitches from the seam allowance, and swirled the seams as shown in the second photo below, mashed the small four-patch with my finger and then pressed the seam flat.. This results in a very flat seam and can be done whenever you are sewing four-patch seams. I learned this method from Eleanor Burns at Quilt in a Day.
I really enjoyed making Laura's block! It is a fun design and easy to make.
Where Can I Find the Pattern and the Designer's Tutorial?
Go to Laura Piland at Slice of Pi Quilts for the pattern and the designer tutorial.
What are the Giveaways for Block 3: Santa's Belt?
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How Do I Enter to WIn the Giveaway for Block 3?
There are three ways to enter. Do one of the following by September 11, 2017 at 11:59 pm EST:
I Want to See More Versions of the Block. Who are the other hosts?
Abbie at Sparkle On
April at JANDA Bend Quilts (That's Me!)
Becca at Pretty Piney
Bobbi at Snowy Days Quilting
Diane at Cwilt Fabrics & Haberdashery
Jennifer at The Inquiring Quilter
Karen at Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts
Sandy at Sandy Star Designs
Sherry at Powered by Quilting
Vanda at Quilt in Piece
I Have Questions. Who Can I Ask?
You can ask me in a comment to this post or in an email, or you can ask the designer at Slice of Pi Quilts.
When Will the Next Block be Released?
September 12, 2017
Where Will I Be Able to Find Block 5?
You can find the Block 5 pattern by Sherry Shish at Powered by Quilting. A link to her blog will be found here at JANDA Bend Quilts, on I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long Facebook Group, or on any other host's blog.
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Thanks for joining me and Happy Quilting!
This post was originally published at JANDA Bend Quilts.
I am a quilter who is starting a new adventure. After retiring in May 2016, I became a certified Quilt in a Day Instructor. I am certified to teach workshops using Quilt in a Day patterns and techniques. In addition, I am designing my own quilt patterns.