1 February 2016

Ugly Christmas Sweaters QAL - 9 Patch Block #1

Welcome to the first block tutorial for the Ugly Christmas Sweaters QAL!
Today's tutorial is for the 9 Patch 6" quilt block.

Judging by the number of people who have downloaded the free Ugly Christmas Sweaters colouring page, which you can find here, lots of people will be quilting along. I am so happy! The more the merrier! Tell all your friends and let's cover the world with some pretty Ugly Christmas Sweaters quilts!

I am starting with the simplest block first. Here is my finished 9 Patch Ugly Christmas Sweaters block.

Ugly Christmas Sweater with 9 Patch

9 Patch 6" quilt block

9 Patch Block #1
4 @ 2.5” squares
5 @ 2.5” squares

Sew the (A) and (B) squares together, making three rows: two rows of pink/white/pink and one row of white/pink/white. Sew the rows together.

I chose to display my 9 Patch block using the Sweater #2 option, using the Luna (blue) fabric in place of the yellow and Canary (yellow) in place of the pink fabric.

Sweater #2 Assembly Instructions:

2 @ 1” x 12.5”
2 @ 1” x 12.5”
1 @ 1.5” x 12.5”
2 @ 2.5” x 6.5”
2 @ 1.5” x 2.5”
2 @ 1.5” x 8.5”
1 @ 1.5” x 12.5”
1 @ 1.5” x 12.5”
2 @ 3.5” squares
2 @ 1.5” x 4.5”
1 @ 1.5” x 4.5”

Block finishes at 12” square

Step 1:  Sew the (A), (B) and (C) rectangles together. Crosscut into 1 unit @ 6.5” wide and 2 units @ 2.5” wide.

Step 2:  Sew the 6.5” wide (ABC) unit to the bottom of the 6.5” feature block of your choice made in the previous steps of this pattern. For the Sleeves, sew the (E) rectangles to the 2 (ABC) units @ 2.5” wide.

Step 3:  To complete the Sleeves, draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the (F) rectangles, place them on the ends of the (G) rectangles and sew along the diagonal. Trim ¼” seam and press open. Sew this (FG) unit to the sleeve unit made in the previous step.

Step 4:
  Sew the Sleeves onto the sides of the feature block unit. Sew the (HJ) rectangle on top. Draw a diagonal line across the wrong side of the (K) squares and place them on the corners. Sew along the diagonal lines, as shown in red.  Trim a 1/4" seam and press open.

Step 5:  Sew the (L) and (M) rectangles together to make the collar and sew on top to finish the block.

Don't forget!!! You can use the cut off corners when following the shoulder instructions in Step #4 to make these bonus 2.5" half square triangles! I cut first and then sew along the cut edge to make mine. But you could also sew a seam 1/2" away from your diagonal seam at the same time. And then cut between the two seams.

You can click here to go to the Ugly Christmas Sweaters Quilt Along page for all the details. On that page you will find the layouts and quilt sizes and also see the full schedule. 

A quilt along is always more fun than quilting alone.
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It is not necessary to purchase the pattern in order to participate.  But if you would prefer the convenience of using a printable pdf pattern, Ugly Christmas Sweaters is available for purchase and includes complete cutting instructions and a detailed guide to finishing the entire quilt in any of the four different sizes listed.  The pattern is available in my pattern store here.

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Nancy J said...

I have so many blocks to finish and sew together, I gave this a miss, but your detailed instruction is so good, and easy to follow, I love your first one. Super colours together

Little Quiltsong said...

This is exciting!! Off to make my 'Sweaters' :)! Thank you for this fun sew along Lorna!

Rosa said...

So luscious block and fabric combo.I`m not sewing along but enjoy reading about it and sew you fabric choice.Your tutorial is fabulous,thanks for sharing!

Carol R. said...

Ok I finished my first sweater....unfortunately, for some reason unbeknownst to me - it finished at `12" x 11 3/4" give or take a thread. Sigh... well, I'm not going to let it get the best of me... I'll just have to 'fudge' it somewhere down the line. :)

Karen Ackva said...

Thank you, Lorna for this super cute SAL! The pattern directions and illustrations are easy to follow. I couldn't resist and made two blocks today. I really need to get my hands on some more fabric so I can make an entire Christmas quilt. This one is definitely a keeper! Hugs, Karen

Carol Swift said...

I'm late to the party as usual...dang it! Love those sweaters!

Indianna said...

These sweaters are fabulous, thanks for sharing the pattern.

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