Jolly Holidays and a free gift!

Have you finished any handmade holiday gifts this year? Are you in need of a quick & easy last-minute gift? Well, we’ve got your back!

Today we are offering you a free table runner pattern (originally posted on Doris’s blog in 2008). Version 1 has HOLLY applique in opposing corners (original made with Hoffman Batiks):

Jolly Holly Runner Free Pattern Christmas Quilt

Jolly Holly Christmas Table Runner Free Pattern

Jolly Holly Christmas Holiday Free Quilt Pattern Table Runner Pattern

Jolly Holly Christmas Table Runner Free Pattern

And Version 2 features SNOWFLAKE applique:

Jolly Holly Snowflake Table Runner

Jolly Holly Snowflake Tablerunner

Instructions are for fusible, raw-edge applique, just as our applique critter patterns are; which is a fast and easy way to get sharp, detailed applique designs!

Download the Jolly Holly Table Runner PDF pattern and whip up a gift for a hostess, or maybe for yourself!  If you are new here, we’d love to have you become a follower! Either sign up in the right side bar, or leave your email in a comment below to receive newsletter updates on newly published patterns!  There is a beauty coming your way in early 2014!

Enjoy!………and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

We’ll be back on January 1 with our next Block Tutorial for the Building Foundations Quilt-along.

Happy Quilting,

Doris & Trina

Building Foundations Sampler QAL – Block 9


We’re back on schedule with the quilt-along this week with Block #9:

Block #9, the Squares Within Squares block, by Nancy Cabot, published in the Chicago Tribune on August 1, 1936.

Block 9 Squares Within Squares Block


Background fabric, cut 6 – 2 3/4″ squares.

Accent fabric 1 (lightest – yellow/green in diagram), cut 3 – 2 3/4″ squares.

Accent fabric 2 (medium – dark green in diagram), cut 3 – 2 3/4″ squares.

Accent fabric 3 (darkest – bright green in diagram), cut 4 – 2 3/4″ squares.

squares within squaresSquares Within Squares Block Diagram


1. Lay out 2 background squares and 2 Accent Fabric #1 squares for first row; Lay out 1 background square, 2 Accent Fabric #2 squares and 1 Accent Fabric #1 square for second row; Lay out 2 Accent Fabric #3 squares, 1 Accent Fabric #2 square and 1 background square for third row; Lay out 2 Accent Fabric #3 squares and 2 background squares for fourth row.

2. Join into rows; Press seam allowance to right on first row, then press to left on second row, etc. TIP: Pressing rows in alternating directions will allow your seams nest together snugly.

3. Join rows to make Squares Within Squares block.

Our finished blocks, side by side:

Block #9 - Squares Within Squares Nancy Cabot Quilt Block

Remember to share your pics with us via the Facebook page or the Flickr group!  Come back Friday for a fun holiday table runner pattern; perfect to whip up as a last minute hostess gift!

Happy quilting,

Doris & Trina

Building Foundations Sampler QAL – Block 8


December got away from me! I know this is late, but I promise to get back on schedule and not make you wait so long for Block #9!

Block #8, the Gem block, from The Patchwork Book, 1932. The Patchwork Book was published by Women’s World Service Library and offered pattern for sale from Women’s World, Chicago, Illinois:

gem block

Gem Block Diagram

Block #8 Gem Block:


Background fabric, cut 1 – 5 1/4″ square, and cut 6 – 3 1/8″ squares. Cut 4 of the 3 1/8″ squares in half diagonally.

Accent fabric 1, cut 2 – 1 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ rectangles, 2 – 1 1/4″ x 6 3/4″ rectangles and 2 – 3 1/8″ squares.


1. Draw a diagonal line on the two 3 1/8″ background squares. Pair with two 3 1/8″ accent squares, right sides together.


2. Sew a scant ¼” on either side of the drawn line. Cut apart on the drawn line and press to the darker fabric.  



TIP: Square-up/trim your HSTs to 2 3/4″ square before moving onto step #3.

3. Join a 1 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ rectangle to opposite sides of the 5 1/4″ square, press seam to darker fabric. Add a 1 1/4″ x 6 3/4″ rectangle to each side, press to complete Center Unit.

Gem Block Corner UnitCorner Unit Diagram

4. Layout 1 HST and two background triangles as shown in Corner Unit Diagram; join and press seams open. Make 4 Corner Units.

5. Lay out Center Unit and 4 Corner Units as shown in Gem Block Diagram. Join two opposite Corner Units to Center Unit, press. Repeat for last two sides. TIP: Pressing these 4 diagonal seams open may help your seams to lay flatter.

Our finished blocks, side by side:Gem Block Building Foundations Sampler QAL

Remember to share your pics with us via the Facebook page or the Flickr group!

Happy quilting,

Doris & Trina