This charming Christmas ornament #6 quilt block is inspired by the vintage Shiny Brite Christmas tree ornaments that I’ve collected over the years.
I love the red, aqua blue, teal, pink, gold, purple, and green color combinations of the Shiny Brite ornaments!! These ornaments bring back the nostalgia of my childhood and decorating the freshly cut balsam tree on Christmas Eve.
Decorating with quilts during the holiday season is so cozy and brings a sense of warmth to your holiday décor!!!
Ornament #6 quilt block has a color burst in the center. This fun center is made with curved pieces cut from simple templates and easily sew together!
Lose your nerves about curves!! This unit comes together in a snap!!!
Cutting the Fabric for Ornament #6
For a quilt tutorial on using a rotary cutter check out my previous post.
Cut 2 – 2″ x 9 1/2″; 2 – 2″ x 12 1/2″; and 8 – pieces from Template A
Cut 1 – piece from Template B of each color
Cut 4 – 3″ x 3″
General Sewing Directions for the Ornament #6 Quilt Block
Accurate cutting and sewing enhances the final product of your ornament #6 quilt block!
Pin your pieces together before sewing them to ensure proper seam alignment.
Use a 1/4″ seam allowance. I recommend using a special presser foot with a 1/4″ guide if you have one for your machine. This will help you get uniform seams, and matching corners!
Follow the directions described below as you press the seams.
Finished block size is 12 1/2″ x 12 1/2″.
Sewing the Ornament #6 Quilt Block
Follow each of the steps below to make the Ornament #6 quilt block!
Cut all necessary pieces listed above.
For each of the colored pieces cut from Template B right sides together sew the curved side of a red piece cut from Template A to each side.
Find the center of A and B pieces by folding each of them in half. Place the pieces right sides together and put a pin in the located center. Pin each end and place three more pins between the ends and center to hold the curves in place.
Slowly sew the curved pieces together, removing pins as you come up to them. Snip 1/8″ along seam to help it lay flat. Finger press the unit open. Press seam toward center “Template B” piece.
Repeat this process to sew the other red “Template A” piece to the other side of the “Template B” piece.
This will give you four “petal” units.
Lay out the four petal units in the order you’d like them to be arranged, with the points meeting in the middle as shown in Step 3 diagram.
Sew the top two petal units together and sew the bottom two petal units together. Press the seam of the top row to the left and press the seam of the bottom row to the right.
Then sew these two rows together to make the center unit.
Press seam open.
Unit should measure 9 1/2″ x 9 1/2″, trim if needed.
Right sides together, pin and sew 2″ x 9 1/2″ red strip on each side of the center unit.
Press toward red strips.
Then pin and sew 2″ x 12 1/2″ red strip to top and bottom of this unit. Press toward red strips.
Using a straight edge and a washable marking pen, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on wrong side of 3″ cream squares.
Right sides together pin cream squares in each corner of the center star unit and sew along diagonal lines of cream squares.
Trim corners 1/4″ from seam, press toward cream corner.
Block should measure 12 1/2″ x 12 1/2″, trim if needed.
Have fun making this Ornament #6 Quilt Block.
Check out the links below for other ornament blocks inspired by vintage Shiny Brite ornaments!!!
And check back for more upcoming ornament blocks!