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Santa Christmas ornament block

I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to share this year’s quilted decoration.

I used the same foundation piecing template in 3 sizes: 3″ x 3″, 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ and 2″ x 2″.

I chose to turn the larger sizes into tree ornaments and the small one into a brooch.

Other ideas for these blocks are: coasters, fridge magnets, pin cushion.

Have a look at the ornaments on this video:


To make the blocks into ornaments, cut a square the same size as the block, place block and square right sides placing together.

Place a piece of ribbon folded in half between the square and the block where you will hang the ornament with the ribbon edges facing the edges of the square.

Then sew around the square with a 1/4″ seam allowance leaving a 1″ opening to turn the bag inside out.

Fill with polyfill.

When filled use a ladder stitch to sew the opening.

Some recommendations

I used regular copy paper but you may find it to be a bit thick. You can use special paper for foundation piecing if you prefer.

Do you like miniature quilting?

2″ brooches template set

Get the templates to make 18 quilted brooches.

1 1/2″ quilt magnets template set

Get the templates to make 18 fridge magnets or a mini quilt.

3″ quilt blocks

Download the block templates

Blocks can be made with traditional piecing or with foundation piecing.

Is 1 1/2″ too small for you?

What about my 3″ quilt blocks Tiny quilt?

Tiny quilt - 3" x 3" blocks

Get the 3 sets of blocks

Miniature quilt blocks

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  • On Instagram please tag me with @teresadownunder and hashtag #teresadownunder
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My book Turnabout Patchwork

“Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist” is all about playing with blocks – making a block, slicing it up, and turning or repositioning the pieces to make a completely different block (sometimes two smaller blocks) to yield endless quilt tops.

Buy individual chapters of my book

Now that my publisher is going out of business I have bought the rights to publish my book. Now you can download individual chapters. Each digital download is a bundle with 4 quilt patterns in it.

As well as the instructions and fabric needs to make the blocks you’ll find a section on quiltmaking basics at the end of the pattern that discusses:

  • Tools
  • Squaring up blocks
  • Borders
  • Assembly and quilting
  • Binding

See all the quilts in the book in a real life project

Santa foundation piecing block


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