My Favorite Christmas Quilts

I finished a quilt in time for Christmas! Which isn’t as impressive as it sounds, considering I pieced the top last December (lol). All it needed was the quilting and binding and it was ready go go.

This quilt was made using the adorable Pixie Noel line from Riley Blake, which is perfect for cute fussy-cuts. I also used the classic Riley Blake Red Swiss dot.

I used the aqua main print for the back – I love how it features all the cute pixies  – and a previous Tasha Noel red and white bias stripe that I had in my stash for the binding. It feels perfect.

The quilting was done by Sew Shabby Quilting using the Simple Snowflakes pattern. I love the added dimension it gives to the finished quilt.

This quilt was made using my Quick Cornerstones tutorial (here). If you’d prefer a printable PDF version of this pattern you can get one for $2.00 here.

This quilt is now ready to be gifted (since I already have my share of Christmas quilts on hand!)

I actually think this is a pretty good (and proven, for me at least) system: working on a Christmas quilt during the Christmas season – while I’m in the mood – and then pulling it out and finishing it the next year. 

I did this with my Improv Patchwork Trees quilt last year. I’d pieced the blocks 2 Christmases ago and finally got around to sewing the blocks together and finishing the quilt last year.

And now I’ll probably do it again this year. I’m itching to sew something Christmassy right now. In case you’re looking for some of your own Christmas quilt inspiration, here are some of my current favorites:

I’m TOTALLY smitten with this quilt on the cover of the latest issue of Quiltmania magazine. I just LOVE those houses! It’s sitting on my cutting table right now and I’m starting to pull fabric. I may only make one house block and then add another border, I’m not sure. We’ll see how long it takes to make the first block…


Here are a few others. Some of them are patterns to buy, others are free tutorials. There’s a variety of each and hopefully lots of creative inspiration.

Triangle quilts – here’s a couple of variations:

This is my Kitschy Christmas Quilt made with fussy-cut vintage reproduction prints.

Photo from Mommy by Day, Crafter by Night

This clean, pretty version by Ashley at Mommy by Day, Crafter by Night also comes with a tutorial of how to cut and sew the triangles together.

photo from Quilty Love

Here’s another Christmas-y triangle quilt for added inspiration. This scrappy version would be a great way to just play with colors from your stash – not necessarily needing Christmas Fabric. This one is by Emily Dennis of QuiltyLove.

photo from A Bright Corner

A fun, fresh take on pinwheels. Free Pattern by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner

Peppermint Pinwheels  – this quilt is deceptively simple!

Tree Quilts. I’m SUCH a sucker for all things trees. That’s what inspired the Holiday Patchwork Forest quilts.

This quilt is all improv-piecing and really freeing. It’s also a fun one for playing with fabric. Large tree version found here.

Mini tree version found here.

photo from Crazy Mom Quilts

Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts’ Trees! pattern is found here.

photo from Sotak Handmade

I love this modern, minimalist red and white quilt by Sotak Handmade, incorporating Amanda Jean’s trees.

photo from Gigi’s Thimble

This free quilt pattern by Amber of Gigi’s Thimble is called Rustic Pines. I really love the patchwork look and the muted colors.

photo from Moda Bake Shop

This wall hanging is made with mini (2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) charm squares. Adorable! This free tutorial is called Baubles by Jen Daly for Moda Bake Shop.

photo from Maker Valley

I’m so in love with this giant, scrappy, pixelated tree by Maker Valley. You can buy this pattern here.

photo from Trellis and Thyme

Speaking of pixelated designs, I love this mini quilt pattern by Trellis and Thyme. (They have a bunch more adorable felt and cross-stitch patterns in their Etsy shop. SO cute.)

photo from Freshly Pieced

For something a little more complex check out Freshly Pieced’s Fair Isle quilt pattern inspired by classic Fair Isle sweaters.

photo from Saw it. LOVED it. Made it.

I’m SO smitten with this adorable patchwork tree skirt from Saw it. LOVED it. Made it. Free tutorial here!

Finally, if you’re in the mood for Christmas sewing but time is limited (seriously, why is Christmas always at the busiest time of the year?) try making a festive pillow! Here are a bunch of ideas (starting at the top going clockwise):

If you’re looking for other smaller Christmas sewing projects, check out this post.

If you’re looking for more ideas, follow this Christmas Quilts Pinboard for inspiration all year round.

And if this year just isn’t the year, pin this image so you can find it in the future!

Whatever you end up sewing, Happy Stitching!

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  • Reply
    November 30, 2017 at 6:16 am

    Great collection of inspiring quilts! I especially like the triangle quilt with some solid fabric in it.

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    November 30, 2017 at 6:44 am

    I need to look at the tree patterns, they are adorable. Thank you for putting this post together. x

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    Rebecca shepherd
    November 30, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Beautiful quilts….

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    Sandra B
    November 30, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    Amy, I love Christmas quilts! and you have shown us some great ones for inspiration. I have been working on a red work quilt for several years now….I think I may be able to get the red work stitching done by this Christmas…then I will have a whole year to make the blocks and border, and hand quilt it, hopefully in time to enjoy next Christmas…at least that is the current plan!!
    I have a Christmas sampler quilt top that was finished many years ago which only needs to be quilted….I may break from my normal hand quilting and do this one by machine…Do I dare try for two Christmas quilts all done before Christmas 2018? I am going to try!!

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      December 2, 2017 at 9:37 pm

      I believe in you! A red work quilt is on my bucket list. I bet it will be wonderful!

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    Karen Seitz
    November 30, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    I love this post! Thanks for sharing all the quilty Christmas goodness.

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    December 1, 2017 at 12:30 am

    I totally agree with you – – sew it at Christmas while you’re in the mood, and finish it the next Christmas. You have a little time capsule the next year too. Thanks for the lovely roundup!

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    December 1, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    Thank you for showing off all of these Christmas beauties!!

    I’ve recently started your Modern Tree Quilt. I knew when I started it that I would finish it next year, not this year. I’m using scraps and also fabrics that I’m getting just for this quilt. I need to get more fabric for it but I have started it anyway. It is such a fun design and an easy tutorial to follow.

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      December 2, 2017 at 9:36 pm

      I’m so glad!!

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    Debra Lee
    December 3, 2017 at 3:21 am

    Thank you, that was inspirational.

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    December 3, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Thanks! Now I’m in the mood to start a Christmas quilt (for 2018). Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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    Lisa Hardley
    December 5, 2017 at 12:13 am

    Fabric is the most important part. Choosing the right fabric is very difficult. If you are willing to have Quit fabric then papilio prints provides you customized quilt fabric and many more thing that you would like to have for this Christmas.

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