It’s October and we have a little over two months left before the big day! Seriously folks, Christmas will be here before you know it! This month’s Christmas Once a Month project is a Cookie Plate Crumb Catcher.
These little quilts would be perfect for a hostess gift or make a bunch for co-workers and family members. And they are just the right size for placemats if you wanted.
The following is a tutorial for you that shows every step needed to make your own crumb catcher. If you want to download a shortened pdf file to print out, then you can find it here: Cookie Plate Crumb Catcher
Cookie Plate Crumb Catcher, finished size: 15″ diameter
- Fabric A (red): 1/8 yard
- Fabric B (red polka dot): 1/8 yard
- Fabric C (green floral): 1/4 yard
- Fabric D (white print): 1/8 yard
- Fabric E (red/white check): 1 fat quarter
- Backing: 1 fat quarter
- Binding: 1/4 yard
- Batting: Scrap, 18″ square
- Fabric A: Cut (2) 3 ½” squares; cut (4) 3” squares
- Fabric B: Cut (2) 3 ½” squares; cut (4) 3” squares
- Fabric C: Cut (4) 5 ½” squares
- Fabric D: Cut (8) 3” squares
- Fabric E: Cut (1) 9” square, subcut on both diagonals to make 4 setting triangles
Note: You will be making 1 pinwheel unit and 4 square-in-a-square units. They will all measure 5 1/2″ (unfinished). You can use your preferred method to make these units, but adjust the cutting instructions as needed. I will be using mostly traditional methods for this tutorial such as “stitch and flip” for the square-in-a-square units.
All seam allowances are 1/4″.
Make pinwheel block:
1. Draw a diagonal line on wrong side of Fabric B 3 ½” squares.
2. Layer Fabric A and B 3 ½” squares, right sides together and sew ¼” from each side of diagonal line. Cut on drawn line and press towards dark fabric.
3. Trim to 3” squares. (They should be slightly over-sized before trimming).
5. Notice how I pressed the seams in the last photo above. The final seam can be pressed so that half of it is up and the other half is down. You need to twist the center a bit to “pop” the stitches open to allow it to spiral. This gives you a flatter center intersection when pressed.
Make square-in-a-square units:
1. Draw a diagonal line on wrong side of each 3” square from Fabrics A, B, and D. Place Fabric A square on upper right corner of Fabric C (5 ½”) square. Sew just next to the drawn diagonal line. (This allows space for the thread and fold-over fabric).
4. Repeat for remaining corner squares. Make 4 square-in-a-square blocks.
As an alternate method, you can use my Perfect square-in-a-square technique to make these units.
Assemble quilt top:
Place the pinwheel unit, the 4 square-in-a-square units and the setting triangles into rows as shown below:
Press the top and bottom row seams toward the setting triangles and press the center row seams toward the middle.
The setting triangles are over-sized so you need to trim them. First, trim the points that hang over the short sides:
The last thing you need to do is add the binding. You have some odd corners here. They’re at a 45 degree angle (rather than 90) and you’ll need to approach them a little differently. Here’s how I do it:
As I approach the corner, I draw a 1/4″ line on the binding that follows the next side of the quilt that I’ll be turning on to. This will give you a pivot point.
Remove the quilt and clip the threads. Now rotate the quilt/binding so that you’re working on the next side. Flip the binding up and away from the quilt (the raw edges should form a straight line) and then fold the binding back down on itself so that the folded top edge is even with the corner. Continue sewing to the next corner.
And you don’t need to wait for Christmas to put this little quilt to good use. Halloween, here I come!
And still more Christmas versions. Notice how the fabric choices emphasize a “plus” shape:
And since you’ve stayed with me to the end of this vast tutorial, I want to reward you with a few cookie recipes! The snowball cookies that are pictured in the original version came from my best friends at Nestle Toll House: Mini-chip Snowball Cookies.
I make my Christmas cookies in November and freeze them. They will last three months in the freezer. I place them in Ziploc freezer bags and squirrel them away until it’s time to
eat them give them away.
In the meantime, get your cookie plate crumb catchers ready!