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 Jingle Birds Christmas
 
Supplies:
 
1 yard Jingle Birds fabric                                          WOF=width of fabric
1/2 yard white fabric                                                  RST= right sides of fabric together
1/2 yard grey with red/white berries fabric              HST=half square triangles
2/3 yard red snowflake fabric                                   All seam allowances
1 yard white with red and green dots fabric            Press seams to one side as you go.
 
Cut: Jingle Birds fabric - (5) 5 x WOF to use as the large stripes in the quilt. Then cut (9) 4 x4 and (10) 3 x 3.
 
       White fabric - (20) 3 x 3  and (20) 4 x 4.
 
       Grey with red/white berries fabric - (2) 4 x WOF.  (1) 3 x WOF.  (5) 3 x 3. (6) 4 x 4.
 
       Red snowflake fabric - (4) 3 x WOF.  (5) 3 x 3. (5) 4 x 4.
 
       White with red/green dots fabric - (1) 4 x WOF. (4) 2 x WOF. (6) 2 x WOF.
 
Make (5) stars: Take (1) white 4 x 4 square and put it RST with any other color 4 x 4      
                        square. Mark a line diagonally from corner to corner on the back of one
                        of the fabrics. Sew on each side of this line. Cut on the drawn line to
                        make (2) HSTs. Press each open. These will be the points of the stars.
                        There will be (40) total. 
                        Using (8) HSTs, (4) 4 x 4 white squares and (4) 3 x  3 squares of 
                        various colors to make the stars. Randomly place the HST and corner 
                        pieces to your liking, there is no set pattern on the stars. These should
                        end up being 12 square blocks Set aside while working on stripes.
 
Stripes:  Some of the fabrics cut by WOF will be cut again. Taking (1) RED 3 x WOF,
             (1) JINGLE BIRDS fabric 5 x WOF, and (1) GREY 4 x WOF and sew these
              together in that order. Then sew ONE of the STAR BLOCKS to the right end of
              these, as in the picture at right. This section is done for now.

The next section will have (4) strips of fabric and one star block.
               Start by cutting (2) WHITE 2 x WOF into two pieces, 12 and leaving the
               remaining piece as is. Now you have (2) 2 x 12 pieces and (2) 2 x
               about 30-31 long.
               Do the same, cutting 12 off of (1) JINGLE BIRDS fabric; 12 off of RED
               fabric.
Sew: In order, sew the WHITE 12 piece to the JINGLE BIRDS. Sew the next WHITE
               piece to that, followed by the RED piece. This should end up measuring 12
               x 12. Press seams. Trim right edge to make straight.
               Now sew one STAR BLOCK to the right side of this piece, following the picture      
               at right..
               Taking the remaining (4) strips, sew in order as before; trim the left edge to
               make it straight and sew to the right edge of the star block. This completes the
               second section. (You can sew this section to the first one, or wait and sew
               sections together at the end.)
 
The third section will have (3) strips and one star block.
                Cut: (1) JINGLE BIRDS fabric 5 x 24. (1) GREY 3 x 24 (1) WHITE
                4 x 24.
Sew: In order, sew the JINGLE BIRDS to the GREY fabric, then sew the WHITE to the
                 bottom. Press seams Trim the right edge to make straight; sew one STAR
                 BLOCK to the right side of this piece.
                Taking the remaining strips of those three fabrics, sew in same order. Trim
                the left edge of that piece; sew to the right edge of the star block. This
                completes the third section.
 
The fourth section will have (4) strips and one star block.
                Cut: (1) RED  3 x 36.  (2) WHITE 2 x 36. (1) JINGLE BIRDS
                5 x 36 
Sew: Sew RED to WHITE to JINGLE BIRDS to WHITE fabric strips, in that order.
                 Press seams. Trim right edge of this piece and sew one STAR BLOCK to
                 that side. Taking the remaining pieces and in the same order, sew the strips
                 together; trim left edge; sew to the right edge of star block. This completes
                 this section.
 
The last section will have (3) strips and one star block. This one is easy like the first
                section. Sew (1) GREY 4 x WOF to (1) JINGLE BIRDS 5 x WOF. Then
                sew (1) RED 3 x WOF to the bottom of JINGLE BIRDS strip. Press seams.
                Trim left edge of this piece; sew one STAR BLOCK to the left of the piece, as
                shown in the picture.
 
This completes the quilt top! Complete the quilt with batting and awesome quilting!