Kitschy Christmas Quilt

Behold: the Kitschy Christmas quilt.  The inspiration for this quilt first came from a quilt I saw in an Anthropologie catalog.  I’d been thinking about it for a few weeks when I decided (on Thanksgiving Day) to make a Christmas version using all my scraps left over from last year’s Retro Christmas Quilt.  (I used my Accuquilt GO cutter  and the Isosceles Triangle die to cut out this whole quilt in a very short amount of time.)

Don’t worry if you don’t have a die cut machine – these triangles are really easy to cut on your own! Print out the triangle template here – preferably on to something heavy like card stock. Or cut out and trace onto template plastic.

Cut a 6″ strip of fabric and use the template as your guide for cutting triangles. (I like to still use the edge of a ruler to guide my rotary cutter and so that I’m less likely to trim down the template.)

OR you could use this Quilt Sense Kaleidoscope Triangle Ruler to cut your triangles.

Ashley of Mommy by Day, Crafter by Night has an excellent tutorial showing how to cut and sew together isosceles triangles here.

I’ve been collecting those retro-vintagey fabrics and now my stash is seriously depleted. But I’m okay with that since they’re far better appreciated in a couple of finished quilts than in closet in my basement.  The solid greens are Kona’s: Palm (lighter) and Holly.

I also used the last of my Holiday Happy fabric for the back. Perfect.

The perfect thing for my big blank wall during the Christmas season.  And I’m well-pleased that I finished it in time for the actual holiday.  It even goes well with my throw pillows from Christmases past. (Snowflake here,  Circles here, and red and white pillows here.)

And since we’re talking retro-Christmas, Merry Christmas from me (and my little sister) ca. 1978.  I’m pretty certain my mom made those gingham dresses.  I could have totally used some of that green gingham in this quilt!

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    December 23, 2011 at 6:54 am

    I love the quilt. I think I might attempt it for next year as a pillow top.<br />After the busy holidays, take a look at my new blog. I used your furniture make-over as my inspiration for a project.<br />Meggie

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    Happy Cottage Quilter
    December 23, 2011 at 7:01 am

    Totally awesome!!! I love this Christmas quilt. Merry Christmas Amy πŸ™‚

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    December 23, 2011 at 7:05 am

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    December 23, 2011 at 7:07 am

    Love it! That quilt from anthro has been on my to-do list too! Merry Christmas!

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    December 23, 2011 at 7:23 am

    Love the quilt, Amy! Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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    Rashida Khanbhai
    December 23, 2011 at 7:36 am

    Love the quilt and the cushions. <br /><br />http://rashisquiltblog.blogspot.com/2011/12/i-have-reached-my-first-goal-and-i-am.html

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    December 23, 2011 at 7:37 am

    Amy, I REALLY, REALLY like this quilt! And I will be a follower/ wanna-be sometime this next year because I would like to make one with my leftover Christmas fabrics, too!<br />Thank you for the inspiration, and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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    December 23, 2011 at 7:54 am

    Such a fantastic vision and quilt. Love it! Merry Christmas!

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    December 23, 2011 at 7:56 am

    I love your Christmas Quilt! It&#39;s perfect there on the wall above the sofa. Merry Christmas!

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    Sarah Craig
    December 23, 2011 at 8:04 am

    What a lovely quilt, Amy! And a great way to use up small pieces of varied Christmas fabrics – so I think it&#39;s going on my bucket list for this year! Merry Christmas!

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    December 23, 2011 at 8:37 am

    I love love love love it. Those greens are wonderful with those great fabrics.

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    Jessica @ Plum Patchwork
    December 23, 2011 at 9:07 am

    I have to admit I wasn&#39;t really feeling it when you posted a sneak peek, but the finished quilt is just fabulous! It reminds me of Christmas at my grandmother&#39;s home.

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    December 23, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Love those dresses! And if your mom made them, I&#39;m pretty sure my mom had the same pattern. πŸ™‚

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    December 23, 2011 at 9:08 am

    LOVE the quilt, Amy. I have a stash of vintage Christmas prints from my mom that I&#39;ve slowly been using. It&#39;s so fun!<br /><br />Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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    The Tulip Patch
    December 23, 2011 at 9:10 am

    I was excited when I saw the preview. This is awesome. You don&#39;t see that depression green a ton in new stuff and it is awesome here. I like the borders too and I am not a border kinda girl. I love the different shades of green…that is actually the best part!

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    December 23, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Oh Amy, I think this quilt is so cute. Love it!

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    December 23, 2011 at 9:15 am

    I love this quilt! It&#39;s so cute and fun!

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    December 23, 2011 at 9:25 am

    That&#39;s definitely MY kind of Christmas quilt – so charming!! Merry Christmas!

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    December 23, 2011 at 9:28 am

    I love the quilt Amy – it is so darling! It looks perfect hanging there above your couch and the pillow are just darling too. Have a Merry Christmas!

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    December 23, 2011 at 10:08 am

    I adore this quilt! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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    December 23, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Amy, you know I love it! So glad you got it finished in time! It looks perfect with your pillows! Merry merry to you!

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    December 23, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Very sweet quilt! It&#39;s true, the different shades of green really make it great. You are very talented!

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    December 23, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Very sweet quilt! It&#39;s true, the different shades of green really make it great. You are very talented!

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    December 23, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Very sweet quilt! It&#39;s true, the different shades of green really make it great. You are very talented!

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    Miss Crayola Creepy
    December 23, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Cutest Christmas quilt I have ever seen!

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    Katy Cameron
    December 23, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Love the quilt, it looks fab up there, and I particularly like the block(?!) with the housewife in it! <br /><br />My mum says I&#39;ve to tell you that in 1978 I was sporting a babygro ;o)

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    December 23, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    I love this quit! I made a Christmas pillow using the same pattern!

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    December 23, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    oh i LOVE it! love love love!

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    December 23, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Adorable! I made one of those pinafores for my Daughter too. So fun, thanks for the memory of the gingham.

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    December 23, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    What a beautiful quilt, perfect on that wall.<br />Love the photo, if you follow the youtube link on my blog post you can see/hear a little girl in full voice at her nativity, it is brilliant.<br />Have a very Happy Christmas.<br />Carol xx

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    December 23, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Bwhahahahahaaa!! Love, love, love the Ghost of Gingham Past!:) Everyone needs some gingham in their life!<br />Great photos…guess I really need to do something with that Christmas fabric I got from you last year!:)<br />Merry, Merry!!<br />xoxo

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    Bente-I like to QuiltBlog
    December 23, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    oh very beautiful and the cushions too!<br />I wish you and your a very merry christmas ☺<br />Liebe Grüße<br />Bente

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    December 23, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Amy,I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.<br />The quilt is just perfect for Christmas.

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    December 23, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    This is lovely! What a great finish!! Happy holidays!!!

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    December 23, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    What a wonderful quilt…Love the vintage Christmas feel.<br /><br />Happy holidays!<br /><br />Vee

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    December 23, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Beautiful quilt ,it looks great on the wall. Merry Christmas.

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    December 23, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Beautiful… are you going to do a tutorial? Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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    December 23, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    love the quilt and the dresses you and your sis are wearing. Merry Christmas!!

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    December 23, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Great quilt! Wish I had one of those cutters.<br />Love the photo of Christmas past, stirs up some memories for me too.<br />Merry Christmas.

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    December 23, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    What a fun, colorful Christmas quilt. Love it. It looks great on your wall &amp; looks so good with all those wonderful pillows. Wishing you &amp; your family a very Merry Christmas.

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    December 23, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    I love it! So festive.

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    December 23, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    What a great quilt. I have been trying to think of how to use up some of the Christmas fabric I have collected over the years and this is just the ticket. I think I can use my tumbler die. Thanks.

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    Evelene S
    December 23, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    I love the mix of fabrics it came out so pretty. I love how you are able to use it this year and how it unintentionally matches your pillows!

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    December 23, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Love your take on the Anthropologie quilt Amy!<br />Have a great Christmas!

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    December 24, 2011 at 12:24 am

    Beautiful quilt Amy, wishing you and your family and Merry Christmas !!

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    December 24, 2011 at 7:09 am

    Beautiful Christmas quilt. Happy Holidays!

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    December 24, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Really nice! I have a huge blank wall space that is screaming for some quilty things to look at. Hopefully in the coming year I&#39;ll be able to make a few different ones to put up there.<br /><br />Merry Christmas to you and yours. I hope it is truly magical.

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    Claire Jain
    December 24, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Very cheery indeed! Happy Holidays! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

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    notes of sincerity
    December 24, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    So so cute!! :o) <br />What an adorable picture!<br />Your quilt is gorgeous. :o)<br />Merry Christmas!! love ya, Trish

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    Lisa Langford
    December 27, 2011 at 1:18 am

    That turned out so cute. You have a real talent for color coordination. I love it. <br /><br />Lisa

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    December 27, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    I love this quilt! I really wanted to make a Christmas quilt this year, but never got around to it. Maybe I&#39;ll attempt it next year.

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    December 28, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    I love this cute little quilt. How simple but so colorful. It shows off your talent for putting colors and patterns together.

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    December 30, 2011 at 12:22 am

    I LOVE this quilt! And I love your old photo too πŸ™‚

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    December 4, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    The Christmas quilt is gorgeous. Wish I could quilt but I wouldn&#39;t even know where to start

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    December 11, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    Can you please tell me what size the isosceles triangles are please? So I can attempt it myself! Thank you

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      Amy Smart
      December 21, 2016 at 10:58 am

      They are 4″ wide at the base and 5″ tall from base to point. Enjoy!

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