Christmas Cracker
Block of the Month - 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" unfinished

To Christmas Cracker PDF download

Make this Christmas Cracker block using patterned Christmas fabrics. The instructions below use red and green fabric but you may also use silver or gold fabrics as well.


  1. Cut one rectangle from red fabric measuring 6 1/8" x 2 3/8"
  2. Cut two rectangles from green fabric measuring 6 1/8" x 2 3/8"
  3. Cut one neutral and one red square measuring 4 7/8"
  4. Cut each square diagonally to form four triangles
  5. Sew the three rectangles together alternating colors
  6. Sew a neutral triangle along the long side of the green rectangles
  7. Sew the red triangles on, to form a square

Click on the image above to download a PDF of this BOM.

This block is also known by the name ' simple on-point autograph block' in my EQ7 programme. Like most quilting blocks out there it is most likely known by a few other names as well. Anyway I have decided to name mine this way just to add to the confusion.

I saw a fabulous Christmas quilt made using this block quite a few years ago at a quilt exhibition and it left quite an impression on me at the time. It was made using non-traditional Christmas fabrics (blacks, golds and silvers). I remember it having a very Christmasy feel that probably came from the tinsel effect within the fabrics. Quite contemporary looking.

Hoffman fabrics do a range of Asian prints that are heavily metallic in their fibers. These would also look stunning in this block, giving it an Asian feel.

It is a very easy block to construct so hopefully you will get a lot of blocks made by your group members. I have yet to see the completed quilt that uses these blocks - maybe it was shown at one of the meetings I couldn't attend.

Below is a wee quilt showing one way to combine the blocks into a quilt.

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