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 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.
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.
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.
Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts’ Trees! pattern is found here.
I love this modern, minimalist red and white quilt by Sotak Handmade, incorporating Amanda Jean’s trees.
This free quilt pattern by Amber of Gigi’s Thimble is called Rustic Pines. I really love the patchwork look and the muted colors.
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.
I’m so in love with this giant, scrappy, pixelated tree by Maker Valley. You can buy this pattern here.
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.)
For something a little more complex check out Freshly Pieced’s Fair Isle quilt pattern inspired by classic Fair Isle sweaters.
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):
- Felt Snowflakes
- Triangle Star Block
- White on Red Felt Snowflakes
- Patchwork Star Block
- Scandinavian troll
- Christmas Tree
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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