Morning everyone! Today is my designated day for the 12 Days of Christmas Sampler Quilt Along, and I designed a sweet little fireplace with festive stockings ready to be filled with goodies :)
The block itself is very simple, and most of the detail work is in the appliqueing. Here is a "naked" diagram of what the block looks like...
Here is a list of what you'll need to complete this block:
- Fusible Web (I use Heat n' Bond)
- Background fabric
- (1) 5.5" x 12.5" piece
- (1) 2.5" x 12.5" piece
- (2) 3.5" x 4.5" pieces
- (2) 1.5" x 3.5" pieces
- Fireplace fabric
- (1) 1.5" x 8.5" piece
- (1) 2.5" x 6.5" piece
- (2) 1.5" x 2.5" pieces
- Fireplace interior
- (1) 2.5" x 4.5" piece
- (1) 4.5" x 4.5" green solid
- Red and mustard yellow scraps (for ornaments)
- (3) 2.5" x 2.5" scraps
- (1) 2.5" x 3.5" mustard yellow solid
You will start by assembling pieces 1 thru 6 in numerical order. Start with piece 1, attach pieces 2 and 3 to the sides, and continue working in order until you've attached piece 6.
Grab pieces 7-9. Rather than attaching pieces 8 and 9 at the ends with a straight stitch, you will attach them to piece 7 by mitering the corners. If you need instructions on how to do this, you can find step-by-step instructions with photos on page 4 of this pattern.
Once you've finished sewing together pieces 7-9 in a long, skinny strip, attach it to the top of pieces 1-6. The bottom of your mantle will line up perfectly with the rest of the fireplace, but I stretched mine a hair to give it a little bit of overhang. I thought it would look a little more realistic that way, but it really doesn't matter either way - it's totally a preference thing.
Attach your top 5.5" x 12.5" piece, and then trim up your block on the sides (I had you cut pieces 8 and 9 a little longer than necessary to give you extra fabric to play with when mitering the corners, so once you've sewn together the first three sections, you'll probably have a bit of excess fabric hanging out at the middle section).
Before you attach the final 2.5" x 12.5" bottom piece of the block, you'll need to applique on the fire. Below is a pdf you can print out, and you'll need to cut out the three applique templates to finish the block. For this step, trace Template A onto your 2.5" x 3.5" piece of orange/yellow solid, iron onto fusible web, and then iron onto the correct spot on your block. Find some coordinating thread, and free motion around the edges of the fire to secure in place.
Christmas Block Templates
Once you're finished stitching, sew the remaining 2.5" x 12.5" block piece to the bottom.
Trace the remaining templates (B and C) onto their respective fabrics and iron to your fusible web.
To position the wreath, fold your block in half across the width and finger press the center crease along the top half of your block.
Center the wreath using the crease you just made as a guide. Iron in place, and free motion around the inside and outside edge to secure in place.
To make the ornaments, I ironed my red and mustard scraps to the fusible web, and then cut small circles of different sizes out of them with a fine pair of scissors. Once you've got your ornaments cut out, arrange them how you'd like, iron in place, and stitch to secure.
Repeat the same process to applique your three stockings. Cut, fuse, arrange on your block, iron, and stitch in place.