Friday, October 26, 2018

Secret Santa Sew Along

S e c r e t   S a n t a   S e w   A l o n g
S t e p   T w o
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from a variety of light prints, cut:
35 strips, 1-1/4" x 11"
from a variety of red prints, cut:
43 strips, 1-1/4" x 11"
Using 17 light strips, 1-1/4" x 11" and 34 red strips, 1-1/4" x 11"
make 17 red|light|red strip sets a shown below.
Sub-cut into 136 | 1-1/4" units.
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Using 18 light strips, 1-1/4" x 11" and 9 red strips, 1-1/4" x 11
make 9 light|red|light strip sets (not shown)
Sub-cut into 68 | 1-1/4" units

Making strip sets is the easiest way to make multiple
block especially when they are all the same color.
For this project we will be making a variety of different
size strip sets, here are the simple steps.
1. Sew strips together along length of strip in order
outlined in each step. Example: light-red-light
2. Press seams toward the dark, being careful not to
stretch and distort the strip set.
3. Sub-cut multiple units by cutting from narrow end
of each strip set at indicated width.

Using light|dark|light units and dark|light|dark units
make 68 nine patches with dark corners. 
Finished block 2-1/4" square,
2-3/4" square including seam allowances


  1. so beautiful-Thanks for the tutorial!!

  2. Sheryl, your blocks always look so crisp. Do you starch before cutting and sewing?

    1. I do not starch, just a good press with a little steam

  3. Love it !what brand of fabrics

  4. When the red and white 9-patches are ready, is there a preferred way to press them? I've been spinning the center seams so they lie flat or should I be doing it another way?

  5. This is really cute, have to get started choosing fabrics.

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