Modern Monday - Block 14

Santa's Belly
Block 14 - Santa's Belly
So this isn't a traditional block, but I thought it was really a cute idea. I was walking through a department store a while ago and saw these Christmas coffee mugs that were made to look like Santa's bottom half. Tacky I know, but they made me laugh! Later when I was trying to come up with a Christmas block I remembered those mugs and modified/translated it to a quilt block. (To get the full effect, you'll have to wait till tomorrow to see it in its pure form!) But how to make it Modern? Nothing worked for me until I messed around with layout options in EQ. 
This is a table runner idea. I think if I were to actually make this I'd add more. Looks kind of like some sort of computer code to me. Very Modern!
 For my Modern Santa's Belly, I had a tough time coming up with the right color combination. I tried several variations before settling on this one. I used two oranges, two grays and a light blue.

I toyed around with making this wonky - with wedges for the belt buckle, etc. But in the end, I decided that a little bit of precision sewing can be just as Modern, so I left it like this.
  • From the light orange, cut 1 - 4" x 6 1/2" rectangle
  • From the light blue, cut 1 - 1" x 6" strip
  • From the light gray, cut 1 - 1" x 6" strip AND 1 - 6 1/2" strip
  • From the dark gray, cut 1 - 1 1/2" x 6" strip AND 1 - 1 1/2" x 1 3/4" rectangle
  • From the dark orange, cut 1 - 1" x 9" strip
Here's the fabrics I chose.

And here they are cut into strips (minus the rectangle for the center of the buckle).

First, make the buckle unit. From the 9" dark orange strip, cut off two strips that are 1 3/4" and sew to the top and bottom of the dark rectangle. Press to the orange.

Then measure this and cut two more strips that length to add to the sides. Press to the orange.
And the buckle is done!
Next, sew the blue and light gray strips to either sides of the dark gray strip. Press to the dark. Cut this unit in half and sew to either side of the buckle unit, making sure to line up the dark grays so it looks like one continuous line (the belt).

Lay out all the units as they will look in the finished block and sew together, pressing to one side as you go. Trim to 6 1/2".
 Merry Christmas everyone!


  1. This block is so cute! It's Christmas themed without screaming Christmas. I love it!


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