December 2023 NZP Block of the Month: Blocks Plus Assemble & Finish!

NZP 2023 Block of the Month December

December 2023 NZP Block of the Month: Blocks Plus Assemble & Finish!

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December 2023 NZP Block of the Month: Blocks Plus Assemble & Finish!

Our NEW! 2023 Nancy Zieman Productions Free! Block of the Month Mystery Quilt Series is a great way to finish a quilt in manageable monthly installments. One block at a time is an easy approach to creating a quilt. Plus our BoM23 is fat quarter friendly. Whether you’re a beginner quilter or seasoned quilter, our block of the month series is a great opportunity to get stitching in the new year. Team NZP is honored to continue Nancy Zieman’s Block of the Month program with our free monthly block sewing tutorials! We’ll be keeping the finished quilt design a mystery until later in December 2023! Hint: This year’s quilt is not a block sampler and will not have borders!   This year, you may choose from two different Fat Quarter Bundle Colorways by our friends at Benartex: Choose Hugs & Kisses Fat Quarter Bundle includes twenty-one 18″ x 21″ fabric rectangles –  Or, choose All American Gnomes Fat Quarter Bundle includes twenty 18″ x 21″ fabric rectangles.

2023 Block of the Month December Quilt Blocks at The Nancy Zieman Productions Blog

Gather Your Fabrics and Supplies

All blocks will feature fabrics from one Hugs & Kisses Fat Quarter Bundle or All American Gnomes Fat Quarter Bundle! Finished quilt measures approximately 72″ x 72″. For this quilt project, you will need:

2023 NZP Block of the Month Mystery Quilt Series Kick Off and Gather Your Supplies at Nancy Zieman Productions at ShopNZP.com

2023 NZP Mystery Block of the Month

The Hugs & Kisses Fat Quarter Bundle or All American Gnomes Fat Quarter Bundle by Benartex offers two beautiful colorways to choose from! Each Fat Quarter Pack  includes twenty 18″ x 21″ 100% cotton designer fabrics. Choosing just one collection may be the most difficult part of our BoM23!

2023 NZP Block of the Month Mystery Quilt Series Kick Off and Gather Your Supplies at Nancy Zieman Productions at ShopNZP.com2023 NZP Block of the Month Mystery Quilt Series Kick Off and Gather Your Supplies at Nancy Zieman Productions at ShopNZP.com

Join the 2023 Nancy Zieman Productions Mystery Block of the Month!

Our NEW! 2023 Nancy Zieman Productions Free! Block of the Month Mystery Quilt Series will feature Hugs & Kisses Fat Quarter Bundle or All American Gnomes Fat Quarter Bundle! Here’s the inside scoop:

  • 2023 NZP Mystery Block of the Month Series kicked off Saturday, January 21, 2023.
  • As always, there’s no cost to join and no need to formally sign up.
  • Block designs will be announced the Third Saturday each month.
  • 2023 NZP Block of the Month is fat quarter friendly.
  • 2023 NZP Block of the Month project lasts 12 months.

Sharpen Your Tools

Well, not really, but do make certain that you have a sharp blade in your rotary cutter, and gather your No-Hassle Triangles Ruler, rotary cutting mat and pressing notions. The main tools for our 2023 Block of the Month are our Exclusive No-Hassle Triangles Ruler by Team NZP and the No-Hassle Triangles Gauge by Nancy Zieman for Clover. You may have already guessed the blocks will be made with a few triangles! Great News! Half-Square and Quarter-Square Triangles are easy to create with our Exclusive No-Hassle Triangles Ruler and No-Hassle Triangles Gauge!

Basic Supplies for NEW! 2023 Nancy Zieman Productions Free! Block of the Month Mystery Quilt Series!

You’re the designer, choose between TWO Fat Qtr. Packs, then choose coordinating Block Background Fabric, and Binding Fabric by our friends at Benartex:

2023 NZP Block of the Month Mystery Quilt Series Kick Off and Gather Your Supplies at Nancy Zieman Productions at ShopNZP.com

No-Hasssle Triangles Gauge and No-Hassle Triangles Ruler available at Nancy Zieman Procuctions at ShopNZP.com

Quit Batting Available at Nancy Zieman Procuctions at ShopNZP.com

Sewing Notions and Quilting Supplies available at Nancy Zieman Procuctions at ShopNZP.com

Sewing Notions and Quilting Supplies available at Nancy Zieman Procuctions at ShopNZP.com

Sewing Notions and Quilting Supplies available at Nancy Zieman Procuctions at ShopNZP.com

Sewing Notions and Quilting Supplies available at Nancy Zieman Procuctions at ShopNZP.com

Get Started Today!

Prepare for the NEW! 2023 Nancy Zieman Productions Free! Block of the Month Mystery Quilt Series by gathering and organizing your supplies. Organize your sewing space, and as soon as you have your fabrics, press & starch all Fat QuartersDid you follow along with one or more of our previous NZP Block of the Month Series? If you finished part of all of the quilt blocks or the entire project, please share photos. We’d love to see and share them! Email your finished BoM quilt or quilt top photos to [email protected]Find all the Supplies for NEW! 2023 Block of the Month Mystery Quilt Series at Nancy Zieman Productions at ShopNZP.com! You’re the designer, choose one colorway from the Fat Quarter Pack options above with coordinating Block Background Fabric, and Border and Binding Fabric by Benartex, above!

Note from Team NZP

 

 

All blocks will feature fabrics from the Hugs & Kisses Fat Quarter Bundle or All American Gnomes Fat Quarter Bundle along with our Exclusive No-Hassle Triangles Ruler by Team NZP and Nancy’s No-Hassle Triangles Gauge by Clover. Follow along as we share step-by-step how to create the December Quilt Blocks.

December Quilt Blocks

NZP 2023 Block of the Month December

 

Note from Team NZP

 

 

Keep your fabric choices sorted using this handy Fabric Planner diagram. Download the planner(s), make notes, and/or pin cut block elements to the planner to remind you of the fabric placements. December 2023 NZP Block of the Month Planner(s)

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Quilter’s Starch Savvy available at Nancy Zieman Productions at ShopNZP.com

Note from Team NZPPrepare your fabrics! Pre-shrink fabrics by steaming and pressing. Then, stabilize fabrics for the sewing process by pressing and starching fabrics with Quilter’s Starch Savvy.

December 2023 NZP Block of the Month Quilt Blocks

This block is 12-1/2″ square; 12″ finished square. Approx. Finished Quilt Size 72″ x 72″ This month we’re featuring Two block designs. Follow along as we demonstrate how to create the December Quilt Blocks.

December 2023 NZP Block of the Month: Blocks Plus Assemble & Finish!

Note from Team NZP     This month we’re illustrating the

All American Gnomes Colorway! See below for the Hugs & Kisses Colorway!

Cut Fabrics for Two December Quilt Blocks

All American Gnomes:

  • Cut One  3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ Square from Star Spangled White Fabric.
  • Cut One 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ Square Liberty Hearts White Fabric.
  • Cut One 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ Square from Americana Butterflies White Fabric.
  • Cut One 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ Square from All American Gnomes Words White Fabric.
  • Cut Two 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ Squares from American Gnomes Patriotic Gnomes Fabric.
  • Cut Two 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ Squares from All American Gnomes Gnometown USA Fabric.
  • Cut One 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ Square from Americana Butterflies Red Fabric.
  • Cut One 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ Squares from Picnic Check Red Fabric.
  • Cut One 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ Square from Americana Butterflies Blue Fabric.
  • Cut Three 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ Squares from Liberty Hearts Navy Blue Fabric.
  • Cut Two  3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ Squares from Star Spangled Navy Blue Fabric.
  • Cut Two  3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ Squares from All American Gnomes Words Blue Fabric.
  • Cut Two 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ Squares American Trellis Royal Fabric.
  • Cut Two 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ Squares from White Stars Tone on Tone Fabric.
  • Cut Four 6-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ Rectangles from White Stars Tone on Tone Fabric.
  • Cut One  3-7/8″ x 3-7/8″ Squares from All American Gnomes Words Blue Fabric.
  • Cut One  3-7/8″ x 3-7/8″ Square from Star Spangled White Fabric.

December 2023 NZP Block of the Month: Blocks Plus Assemble & Finish!

NEW! Exclusive No-Hassle Triangles Ruler by Nancy Zieman Productions available exclusively at ShopNZP.com

December 2023 NZP Block of the Month: Blocks Plus Assemble & Finish!December 2023 NZP Block of the Month: Blocks Plus Assemble & Finish!

Construct Blocks

All seam allowances are scant 1/4″ unless otherwise stated. Half-Square Triangles (HSTs)

  • Create 1/2-square triangle blocks from White Stars Tone on Tone and All American Gnomes Words Blue fabrics.
  • Align 3-7/8″ squares right sides together. Pin

December 2023 NZP Block of the Month: Blocks Plus Assemble & Finish!

Clover's No-Hassle Triangle Gauge available at Nancy Zieman Productions at ShopNZP.com

December 2023 NZP Block of the Month: Blocks Plus Assemble & Finish!
December 2023 NZP Block of the Month: Blocks Plus Assemble & Finish!

Stitch Blocks

December 2023 NZP Block of the Month: Blocks Plus Assemble & Finish!

  • Rotate blocks 180 degrees, stitch along the other side of center marked lines.

December 2023 NZP Block of the Month: Blocks Plus Assemble & Finish!

 

December 2023 NZP Block of the Month: Blocks Plus Assemble & Finish!

  • Press seams flat.
  • Open blocks and press seams open or press towards darker fabric – using a Tailor’s Clapper to set the seams.

December 2023 NZP Block of the Month: Blocks Plus Assemble & Finish!

December 2023 NZP Block of the Month: Blocks Plus Assemble & Finish!

Construct Blocks

All seam allowances are scant 1/4″ unless otherwise stated.

  • Layout squares  as show below. Rotate blocks as needed.

December 2023 NZP Block of the Month: Blocks Plus Assemble & Finish!

Join Columns

  • Place first column to second column right sides together. Pin.
  • Stitch.
  • Press seams flat, then press open or to one side – using a Tailor’s Clapper to set the seams.

December 2023 NZP Block of the Month: Blocks Plus Assemble & Finish!

  • Place first column set to second column set right sides together. Pin.
  • Stitch.
  • Press seams flat, then press open or to one side – using a Tailor’s Clapper to set the seams.

December 2023 NZP Block of the Month: Blocks Plus Assemble & Finish!

Join Rows

  • Place top row to second row right sides together. Pin.
  • Stitch.
  • Press seams flat, then press open or to one side – using a Tailor’s Clapper to set the seams.

December 2023 NZP Block of the Month: Blocks Plus Assemble & Finish!

  • Place third row to second row right sides together. Pin.
  • Stitch.
  • Press seams flat, then press open or to one side – using a Tailor’s Clapper to set the seams.

December 2023 NZP Block of the Month: Blocks Plus Assemble & Finish!

  • Place fourth row to third row right sides together. Pin.
  • Stitch.
  • Press seams flat, then press open or to one side – using a Tailor’s Clapper to set the seams.

Block A

December 2023 NZP Block of the Month: Blocks Plus Assemble & Finish!

  • Repeat steps above stitching the December Block B.

Block B

December 2023 NZP Block of the Month: Blocks Plus Assemble & Finish!

  • The December All American Gnomes Quilt Blocks Are Complete!

Note from Team NZP       Be sure to label each block upon completion. This will help with assembly below!

Cut Fabrics for Two December Quilt Blocks

Hugs & Kisses:

  • Cut Two 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ Squares from Hugs & Kisses So Sweet White Fabric.
  • Cut Two 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ Squares from Hugs & Kisses Hugs & Kisses Candy White Fabric.
  • Cut One 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ Square from Hugs & Kisses Latte Pink Fabric.
  • Cut One 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ Square from Hugs & Kisses Cupid’s Love Pink Fabric.
  • Cut Two 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ Squares from Hugs & Kisses XOXO Hearts Red Fabric.
  • Cut One 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ Square from Hugs & Kisses Shimmery Marble Red Fabric.
  • Cut Two 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ Squares from Hugs & Kisses Shimmery Marble Dark Pink Fabric.
  • Cut One 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ Square from Hugs & Kisses Hugs & Kisses Valentine Words Red Fabric.
  • Cut One 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ Square from Hugs & Kisses So Sweet Black Fabric.
  • Cut Two 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ Squares from Hugs & Kisses Valentine Words Black Fabric.
  • Cut Two 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ Squares from Hugs & Kisses Latte Black Fabric.
  • Cut One 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ Square from Hugs & Kisses Heart to Heart Black Fabric.
  • Cut Two 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ Squares from Hugs & Kisses Shimmery Marble Black Fabric.
  • Cut Two 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ Squares from Hugs & Kisses Shimmery Marble White Fabric.
  • Cut Four 6-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ Rectangles from Hugs & Kisses Shimmery Marble White Fabric.
  • Cut One  3-7/8″ x 3-7/8″ Square from Hugs & Kisses Latte Black Fabric.
  • Cut One  3-7/8″ x 3-7/8″ Square from Shimmery Marble White Fabric.

December 2023 NZP Block of the Month: Blocks Plus Assemble & Finish!

  • Repeat steps above stitching December Blocks.

Block A

December 2023 NZP Block of the Month: Blocks Plus Assemble & Finish!

Block B

December 2023 NZP Block of the Month: Blocks Plus Assemble & Finish!

  • The December Hugs & Kisses Quilt Blocks Are Complete!

Note from Team NZP       Be sure to label each block upon completion. This will help with assembly below!

The BIG REVEAL!

Tada! below find the finished BOM23 quilt designs! Finished quilts measure approximately 72″ x 72″.

December 2023 NZP Block of the Month: Blocks Plus Assemble & Finish!

Assemble and Finish

Note from Team NZP

 

 

Keep your blocks sorted using this handy Planner diagram. Download the planner, make notes, and/or pin cut block elements to the planner to remind you of the fabric placements. 2023 NZP Block of the Month Planner.

NZP 2023 Block of the Month Planner

December 2023 NZP Block of the Month: Blocks Plus Assemble & Finish!

Construct Quilt Top

All seam allowances are scant 1/4″ unless otherwise stated.

  • Prepare quilt blocks by pressing and starching and trimming all blocks to 12-1/2″ x 12-1/2″ square.
  • Layout block rows as shown below, or you’re the designer, you may choose your quilt block layout!

December 2023 NZP Block of the Month: Blocks Plus Assemble & Finish!

December 2023 NZP Block of the Month: Blocks Plus Assemble & Finish!

  • Working with one row at a time, join blocks one and two, blocks three and four, and blocks five and six right sides together, using scant 1/4″ seams.
  • Pin and stitch.
  • Press seams open or to one side.
  • Repeat with remaining rows.

December 2023 NZP Block of the Month: Blocks Plus Assemble & Finish!

  • Working with one row at a time, join block sets one and two, block sets three and four, and block sets five and six right sides together, using scant 1/4″ seams.
  • Pin and stitch.
  • Press seams open or to one side.
  • Repeat with remaining rows.

December 2023 NZP Block of the Month: Blocks Plus Assemble & Finish!

 

  • Align row one and row two, right sides together, as shown:
  • Pin. Stitch.
  • Press seam flat, then press to one side.

December 2023 NZP Block of the Month: Blocks Plus Assemble & Finish!

  • Align row four to row three, right sides together, as shown:
  • Pin. Stitch.
  • Press seam flat, then press to one side.

December 2023 NZP Block of the Month: Blocks Plus Assemble & Finish!

  • Align row five to row four, right sides together, as shown:
  • Pin. Stitch.
  • Press seam flat, then press to one side.

December 2023 NZP Block of the Month: Blocks Plus Assemble & Finish!

  • Align row six to row five, right sides together, as shown:
  • Pin. Stitch.
  • Press seam flat, then press to one side.

December 2023 NZP Block of the Month: Blocks Plus Assemble & Finish!

  • Our quilt top is complete!

December 2023 NZP Block of the Month: Blocks Plus Assemble & Finish!

Finish Quilt

  • Quilt Layers using your favorite quilting techniques.

Watch Stitch it! Sisters Program 218 Absolute Easiest Way to Sew Quilt Binding!

Watch Stitch it! Sisters Absolute Easiest Way to Sew Quilt Binding Tutorial Video with hosts Deanna Springer and Dana Casey from Team NZP! In this video, Deanna and Dana share the last step in making a quilt, adding the binding! Try Nancy Zieman’s absolute easiest binging technique for great results with your next quilt. 

  • Cut Ten 2-1/2″ crosswise fabric strips from binding fabric, we’re showing All American Gnomes Fireworks Celebration Blue Fabric  for our All American Gnomes Quilt.

December 2023 NZP Block of the Month: Blocks Plus Assemble & Finish!

December 2023 NZP Block of the Month: Blocks Plus Assemble & Finish!

  • Cut Ten 2-1/2″ crosswise fabric strips from binding fabric, we’re showing Hugs & Kisses Shimmery Marble Black Fabric for our Hugs & Kisses Quilt.

December 2023 NZP Block of the Month: Blocks Plus Assemble & Finish!

December 2023 NZP Block of the Month: Blocks Plus Assemble & Finish!

Thank you for joining our 2023 Mystery Quilt Block of the Month Series! Mark your calendar for January 1, 2024 for our 2024 Mystery Quilt Block of the Month Launch, right here at The Nancy Zieman Productions Blog!

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