HOLIDAY WREATHS–A VERSION OF THE PAGANINI SCHNIBBLES PATTERN

INGREDIENTS: Schnibbles Paganini pattern 52 green 5" squares (scrappy is excellent) for wreaths 1-1/4 yard background (cream) fabric 2/3 yard gold fabric (for stars and middle border) 1/3 yard red fabric (inner border) 1 yard red print fabric (outer border) Wool in different colors for bows Red buttons for “berries”–a variety of sizes, types, shades are fine CUTTING: In addition to cutting the fabric for the Paganini blocks, you will need to cut the following: From background (cream) fabric: 36 2-1/2" x 8-1/2" pieces for sashing 2 12" squares Cut each square on the TWO diagonals (for a total of eight setting triangles) 2 8" squares Cut each on ONE diagonal (for a total of four corner setting triangles) From gold (star) fabric: 24 2-1/2" squares 144 1-1/2" squares 5 1-1/2" x WOF (width of fabric) strips (middle border) From red (inner border) fabric: 4 2" x WOF strips From red print (outer border) fabric: 5 6" x WOF strips

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CONSTRUCTION: 1 Using the Paganini pattern, version 2, as a guide, make 13 blocks (instead of 16). To do this, you will need 52 green 5" squares and 104 squares of background fabric. When sewing the green half square triangles, use a scant 1/4" seam allowance. This should allow you to trim each half square triangle to 4-1/2" rather than 4" as stated in the Paganini pattern. If some of your half square triangles are too small, trim all to 4-1/4" and adjust the measurements for sashing accordingly (deduct 1/2" from length). Once the blocks are made, set them aside and continue with sashing as described below. For each of the 36 sashing pieces, sew gold “star points” on both ends: Lay out, on a design wall, large table, or floor, the blocks and sashing pieces “on point”–see photo of quilt. Where sashing pieces meet between blocks, insert a 2-1/2" gold square to form stars. The top, middle, and bottom “rows” of wreaths each have three wreaths; the rows in between have two wreaths. In other words, set the wreaths 3, 2, 3, 2, 3 for a total of 13 wreath blocks. 4. Fill in the “blank” spaces in the top, bottom, and sides with the eight setting triangles; fill in the corners with the four corner triangles (these were cut from background fabrics). Sew together blocks, sashing, and setting and corner triangles. Press. Trim edges of quilt blocks so you have a straight, even line, cutting through centers of stars. Add inner, center, and outer borders. Cut bows from wool using freezer paper pieces traced from bow pattern. These can be appliqued by hand using a blanket stitch or sewed on by machine at the time the quilt is quilted. After quilting, add button “berries” by hand.

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Have fun with this pattern and Happy Holidays!

Kim Powers