Saturday, October 18, 2014

Holiday Fractal Block Wreath

If you follow me on instagram or my facebook artist's page, beckandlundy, you'll know I've put a few quilt block patterns for sale on Craftsy recently. One of them is called "Fractal Block" and I originally envisioned it with multi-colored scrappy tones. Well, the other day I was looking at it and thought, that kinda' looks like a wreath. If I made it out of scrappy greens and added a red bow it would totally be a Christmas Wreath! And as someone who is frequently behind, especially when it comes to the holidays, I thought I'd better get a jump start, so here it is!



If you'd like to make one, too, here's what I did.

Basically, I just made up the 16in version of my Fractal block and added a 1.75 in. border along all four sides to give the wreath a little visual breathing room. I chose the same scrappy whites I used in the background of the block for visual consistency. See my quick (and not quite square) illustration showing the dimensions below.


I made the bow out of fabric, but you could also just use ribbon. Wire ribbon would work especially well because you could shape the bow exactly how you want it and it would stay that way.

I cut a piece of fabric 5.5 in by 34 in, then folded and pressed it in half longways with right sides together. I then sewed along the three open sides leaving a 3-4 in opening on the long side. Use this gap to turn the fabric right side out, give a good pressing and either top stitch close to the edge along both long sides or simply hand stitch the opening closed.




Now simply tie your length of fabric into a bow, pin on with a safety pin (or sew it on permanently) and voila! You've just made a gorgeous Christmas wreath!





Some alternate color versions.


If you'd like to see the original, non-holiday version of my Fractal Block you can view it here.


...and my second block pattern, "Engagement Ring".


I've seen a few photo of my blocks sewn up on instagram and would love to see yours. Tag me or send me a pic of yours because I'm planning a special blog post showcasing them!

Happy Sewing!





6 comments:

  1. I think this is so so cute!) I am searching for something not too complicated to make for my christmas decor and it might be it!! sending you many hugs from France! hope Emma is well.

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    1. Thank you, Sophie! These are pretty easy to make, especially if you like foundation paper piecing.. :) emma is doing great, she's running around now and just starting to talk. We have to really be careful now, she listens to and copies everything we say!

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  2. This is so sweet! I want to make something Christmas-y for my family but I don't like using seasonal fabrics, so this is a great solution!

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    1. I felt the same way about not wanting to use seasonal fabric. It was pretty challenging finding good Christmas-y greens without holly or ornaments on them!

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  3. I remember that door :) I am sending you a little email about a little something...

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