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My Favorite Christmas Quilts

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

Quilty Trees by Emily Dennis of Quilty Love

image from Emily Dennis of Quilty Love

Emily Dennis of Quilty Love has another pixelated tree quilt version called Quilty Trees.

photo from Cluck Cluck Sew

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!

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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.

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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.

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Diamond Patchwork Tutorial by Andy from A Bright Corner

Favorite Christmas Quilts featured by top US quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: Patchwork Plaid Christmas Quilt tutorial by Maker Valley

Another fun patchwork variation is this free tutorial for the Patchwork Plaid Christmas Quilt by Maker Valley.

Or how about a Pixelated Christmas Flamingo quilt?! You can get the free instructions from Bev at Flamingo Toes

Here are a few festive variations on patchwork squares:

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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.

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photo from Maker Valley

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

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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.)

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.

Sugar Pin Stars by Sherri McConnell

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.

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photo from Freshly Pieced

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

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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!

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Favorite Christmas Quilts featured by top US quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter

I love the creativity of these two Christmas quilt patterns (Glorious and Merry and Bright) by Nadra Ridgeway of Ellis & Higgs.

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, 

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This festive quilt is made with the Free PDF pattern for Cluck Cluck Sews’ No Point Stars

image from Lori Holt

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.

Thimble Blossoms Vintage Holiday

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:

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

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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.

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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.

 

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photo from A Bright Corner

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

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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.

Favorite Christmas Quilts featured by top US quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: Amy Smart modern quilt pattern Chain Link

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.

Lindsey of Pen and Paper Patterns has another fun Santa’s hat pattern variation called Kris Kringle.

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.

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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.

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

Over 30 Fresh Favorite modern Christmas quiltsIf 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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20 Comments

  • Reply
    Jamie
    November 30, 2017 at 6:16 am

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

  • Reply
    Kay
    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

  • Reply
    Rebecca shepherd
    November 30, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Beautiful quilts….

  • Reply
    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!!

    • Reply
      Amy
      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!

  • Reply
    Karen Seitz
    November 30, 2017 at 9:13 pm

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

  • Reply
    Lizzie
    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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    Lea
    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.

    • Reply
      Amy
      December 2, 2017 at 9:36 pm

      I’m so glad!!

  • Reply
    Debra Lee
    December 3, 2017 at 3:21 am

    Thank you, that was inspirational.

  • Reply
    Kristi
    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!

  • Reply
    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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    Ann Conrad
    November 10, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    Thank you so much for your posts! I loved the Rustic Pines quilt and plan to make it soon. I made a darling quilt with your Gingham Girls fabric which I enjoy every day.

  • Reply
    Pat S
    December 5, 2018 at 4:47 am

    I’ve been wanting to make your modern improv trees quilt ever since I first saw it. Maybe I will start it now and finish it next year. Meanwhile, I’m itching to make everything I saw in this post. lol

  • Reply
    Susan Q
    November 21, 2020 at 6:45 am

    Thank you for creating such a beautiful blog Amy! I really enjoy your content, the patterns you share, and the designers you introduce us to. Happy Holidays to you and yours ❤

    • Reply
      Amy
      November 21, 2020 at 2:17 pm

      Thank you, Susan! Happy Holidays to you too! xo

  • Reply
    Gwyn
    November 21, 2020 at 9:24 am

    Last year I made the Maker Valley Patchwork Plaid Christmas for myself using her kit. Fabulous!! This October, I used Lori Holt scraps and your baby quilt charm tutorial to make a Christmas throw for my brother’s family. Now I have some Cotton and Steel Christmas bundles. I love the large triangle and diamond pattern ideas. They would be great for showcasing the fabric. Next year… I also want to make a modern white tree and applique yo-yos on it so it reminds me of the pink metal tree from Charlie Brown Christmas. 🙂 Thank you Amy for sharing your talent and creativity and that of others. Happy Thanksgiving!!

    • Reply
      Amy
      November 21, 2020 at 2:17 pm

      Love it! Why is it that Christmas quilts are just so much fun to make?

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