This lovely Christmas ornament #9 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, 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 #9 quilt block has three sections to make up the teardrop shape. These fun sections use templates and easy applique to create the unique design.
Cutting the Fabric for Ornament #9
Use your favorite rotary cutter, plastic ruler, and cutting mat to cut out the following pieces for ornament #9.
For a quilt tutorial on using a rotary cutter check out my previous post.
Cut 2 – 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ and 1 – piece from Template I
Cut 1 – piece large enough that Template L fits on it and 2 – pieces large enough that Template M fits on them. Then iron larger piece of fusible web (according to directions on packaging) to aqua fabric and smaller pieces of fusible web to both the gold and the pink fabrics. Peel paper from fusible web.
Aqua (with fusible web attached):
Cut 1 – circle from Template L
Gold (with fusible web attached):
Cut 1 – circle from Template M
Pink (with fusible web attached):
Cut 1 – circle from Template M
Cut 4 – 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″; 8 – 2″ x 2″; 2 – pieces from Template J; 2 – pieces from Template K; and 2 – 2″ x 12 1/2″
Sewing the Ornament #9 Quilt Block
Follow each of the steps below to make the Ornament #9 quilt block!
Cut all necessary pieces listed above.
Using a straight edge and a washable marking pen, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on wrong side of 2″ cream squares.
Pin a cream square into two opposite corners of red squares, with the diagonal line running parallel to the corner.
Sew along the diagonal line.
Trim corners 1/4″ from seam, press toward red fabric.
Pin and sew other two cream squares into other opposite corners of red squares.
Trim corners 1/4″ from seam, press toward cream fabric to complete the two “square in a square” units.
Iron pink circle to the red center of one of the red square in a square units and the gold circle to the other red center of the other square in a square unit.
Stitch 1/8″ around circles twice to permanently applique circles to red fabric.
Sew 3 1/2″ cream square to each side of these appliqued square in a square units. Press seams toward cream squares to complete top and bottom rows of the ornament.
Lay out cream triangles cut from Template J in opposite corners of red shape cut from Template I. Flip the cream triangles over so right sides are together with red shape. Pin and sew cream triangles to red shape.
Press seams toward cream corners.
Lay out cream triangles cut from Template K in other opposite corners of red shape. Flip the cream triangles over so right sides are together with red shape, pin and sew cream triangles to red shape. Press seams toward cream corners.
Iron aqua circle cut from Template L to center of red diamond. Stitch 1/8″ around circles twice to permanently applique circle to red fabric. This will be the center row for the ornament.
Sew the top and bottom rows to the center row to complete the ornament unit. Press seams open.
Sew cream strips to the right and left sides of ornament unit. Press seams toward cream strips.
Block should measure 12 1/2″ x 12 1/2″, trim if needed.
Have fun making this Ornament #9 Quilt Block.
Check out the links below for other ornament blocks inspired by vintage Shiny Brite ornaments!!!