I’ve updated this list of some of my favorite Christmas Quilt patterns! The list is up to 35 Christmas quilts now. So many fun options with a range from simple patchwork to modern improv, to more advanced techniques. Plus something for everyone’s style.
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I’ve been itching to pull out my Christmas quilt projects. For some reason this year I’ve got at least 4 I want to work on. It’s a bit ridiculous, I know. But I figure, we can all use an extra strong dose of the Christmas Spirit this year! And with fewer Christmas parties and activities to attend, I can make good use of that time. 🙂
I made myself wait until I finished the Autumn Love sampler and all of my Virtual Quilt Market prep before I started, but now that I’ve been a good girl and checked those things off the list, the Christmas sewing has commenced!!
(And the Christmas everything. Usually I’m a strictly Christmas-everything-comes-after-Thanksgiving kind of person. But this year, BRING ON CHRISTMAS!)
My first project is with this stack of Liberty of London’s cotton Christmas collection, simply called A Festive Collection. I am SO smitten with these prints. Here are some closeups. It’s available now in shops – I’ve seen it from a variety of Etsy sellers.)
I wanted to keep the design simple and let the delightful detailed prints do all of the work for this quilt. After much deliberation, I decided on simple Sawtooth Stars. (I’m making 10″ blocks.) I’ll share the final layout as soon as it’s done!
I tend to enjoy making Christmas quilts most at Christmas time. (Which is kind of a small window of time at a busy time of year.) So often I’ll start a quilt one year and pull it out and finish it the next. For some reason, this system just works for me.
Over the years I’ve been collecting a list of some of my favorite Christmas quilt inspiration, patterns and tutorials and every year there are always more to add to the list. I’ve picked a variety from traditional to modern, as well as easy to more complex. There’s definitely a Christmas quilt pattern out there for everyone!
Stunning Christmas Quilts
Tree Christmas Quilts:
I’m SUCH a sucker for all things trees. That’s what inspired the Holiday Patchwork Forest quilts.
One of the most popular tutorials on my blog is this Improv Patchwork Forest Trees quilt. I’ve since made a few different variations of this quilt. This quilt is all improv-piecing and really freeing. It’s also a fun one for playing with fabric. Large tree version found here.
Or if your time is limited, you can get the same creative satisfaction piecing a Mini tree version found here.
And this is my latest variation on my tree quilts- this one is called the Pine Hollow Patchwork Forest. You can read about it and find the pattern here. I also made a fun two-tone low-volume red & white version seen here.
This free quilt pattern by Amber of Gigi’s Thimble is called Rustic Pines. I really love the patchwork look and the muted colors.
Emily Dennis of Quilty Love has another pixelated tree quilt version called Quilty Trees.
This Christmas in the Suburbs by Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew is one of my favoritest Christmas quilts. Allison added a simple pine tree block to give her house quilt a Christmas feel.
Simple Patchwork Christmas Quilts
Christmas quilts don’t have to be fancy. You could easily make a simple patchwork quilt – or any quilt pattern really, and by using some fun Christmas-themed, or red and green fabric, you have an instant Christmas quilt!
This traditional quilt was made using my Quick Cornerstones tutorial (here). If you’re looking for a super fast quilt to make this Christmas, this is it. There’s a simple shortcut that helps it come together so quickly. Seriously.
This Christmas quilt is also a great one to make with precuts – 5″ or 10″ precuts. This version 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.
Diamond Patchwork Tutorial by Andy from A Bright Corner
Another fun patchwork variation is this free tutorial for the Patchwork Plaid Christmas Quilt by Maker Valley.
Here are a few festive variations on patchwork squares:
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 Christmas tree quilt 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.)
If you’re in the mood for a mini quilt project, Christopher Thompson, aka The Tattooed Quilter, created this cute little Under the Tree foundation paper-piecing pattern.
I’m SO smitten by the large, graphic style of this Knitted Star quilt pattern by Lo and Behold Stitchery. It looks striking in every color way that I’ve seen it.
For a little more complex Christmas quilt, 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!
Nadra has a stunning collection of Christmas quilts (this one is called Bright Stars) and blocks like Santa, the Star of Bethlehem, an angel, gift, etc. They can all be found in her Etsy shop as well as a bunch of adorable Christmas quilt blocks like Santa, the Star of Bethlehem,
This festive quilt is made with the Free PDF pattern for Cluck Cluck Sews’ No Point Stars
Lori Holt’s Vintage Christmas pattern book has a multitude of Christmas quilt blocks in assorted combinations and variations. And they’re all amazing. I’m working on a bunch of the blocks right now and they’re so much fun. Probably one of the best Christmas quilt pattern books there is.
Camille Roskelly’s Thimble Blossom Vintage Holiday pattern has darling vintage-inspired ornaments and is available in large and mini quilt variations.
Triangle Christmas Quilts
I’ve come across so many great triangle quilts. Here are a few 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
Speaking of Pinwheel quilts, this Peppermint Pinwheels quilt is deceptively simple!
Modern Christmas Quilt Ideas
If you’re looking for a fun modern twist on a Christmas quilt, check out Modern Handcraft’s Snowflake Quilt.
This pattern doesn’t look like a Christmas design, but look how cute it is when you plug in Christmas fabric! Pattern is Chain Link and it’s perfect for 5″ precut squares. Fabric is Way Up North by Jill Howarth.
Fun and quirky Santa’s Hat pattern by Melissa of the Polkadot Chair is a fun variation on a triangle quilt.
Also from Pen and Paper patterns is this fun modern holly berry quilt called Holly Jolly.
This creative pattern by Seamed to Be is called Jingle Jangle.
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 over 15 Christmas pillow tutorials and patterns.
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!