This fun, patchwork Christmas quilt is full of some of my favorite retro-inspired Christmas fabrics. And I’ve got a free tutorial to make this quilt! This post was updated in 2019.
Ready for the full reveal of the Retro Christmas Quilt?
I’ve had a little growing collection of retro Christmas prints for a while now and this was the year to finally do something with them. The prints are so busy that I’ve struggled to decide how to put them all together. Once again, white fabric to the rescue (Kona Snow to be specific = seems appropriate for a Christmas quilt).
Aren’t these girls adorable?
Almost as adorable as this girl. This is my mom visiting Santa in downtown San Francisco in the 1950’s. I love this picture.
I think that’s the reason I love those vintage kids – they remind me of the Christmas decorations from my mom’s childhood that I played with when I was growing up . And they remind me of all those stop-and-go animation Christmas classics, a la Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer. (Remember in the prehistoric days before VCR’s when you had to watch the TV listings religiously so you wouldn’t miss it?)
The quilt was so ‘red’ – I was excited to find just the right green to finish it off. I used a green-dot basic by Lecien.
You can find an updated version of this quilt – as well as a step by step tutorial to make this quilt here.
If you would prefer a printable PDF version of this pattern, it is available in the Pattern Shop for only $2.00.
Love that retro quilt – so fun and happy!
Gorgeous quilt and I love the picture of your mom and Santa!! Brought back some memories…! Take care!<br />Paulette
Petit Design Co.
I can't believe you whipped that up already. It looks fabulous. I had seen those retro prints before and hadn't bought any. But I do have a stash of Sherri Berry holiday!
Fa-la-la-la-LOVE this! Just bought the kit 🙂 Will aim to get it done for next year! Also got some cute tags from your kiddos. Happy Christmas! Beautiful quilt, Amy!
Kitten's Lost Her Mittens
Beautiful Christmas quilt!
Magnolia Bay Quilts
What a beautiful Christmas quilt! I love all the interesting fabrics, and you do a great job combining all of them.
Where did you get the holiday happy from? Thanks
I just checked your link and the green dots don't show up for Holiday Happy. I'm really interested in purchasing some as I just purchased the quilt kit. Thanks so much.
Darlene's Quilts and Stuff
I love your quilt I grew up in the 50's like your mom. Good memories.
Your quilt is beautiful and I also love the nostalgia prints from holidays gone by! Thanks for sharing it!
It's just darling! Great job!
love the quilt..I love bright green & red
Liz @ LivingMySweetLife
I am so happy I was able to get a kit!!!! I can't wait to start my quilt!!!
I'm not surprised you sold out of the kits — super cute quilt!
Oh! That will teach me not to check your blog hourly! 🙂 Love the quilt!
Beautiful! I wish I would've gotten my act toether this year and made a Christmas quilt. Maybe next year. 🙂
live a colorful life
amy, that quilt is fabulous! And the green and white polka dot binding could NOT be more perfect!
oh, i love it! every year i have plans to make a christmas quilt and every year it falls off my to-do list.
Your quilt is wonderful!!
i really love it, amy!! that back fabric AND the retro fabric are just TOO fabulous. love.
Wow! Sure wish I had gotten in on a kit for this beauty. Can you imagine how many you could have sold?
oh my goodness, this quilt is amazing!! I seriously can't get over how gorgeous it is.
GREAT quilt … beautiful! You should take that pic of your mom & Santa and fabric print it for use as the label on the back 🙂
I love the quilt…and the picture! What a great treasure that is!
What a fun quilt!
I just bought one of your sets of stash fabrics, I cannot wait to get it! I could not decide who to make a quilt for so Ill try and streatch the fabric to make one for my Mom and one for my Mom in Law for Christmas!!! Thank you Amy!
I love this quilt. It is so fabulous! All the fabrics are great. I feel like getting out all of my Christmas decorations.
Just love the Christmas picture of your mom. So great. The quilt is super cute. Great job! I just love reading your blog. Happy Thanksgiving!
a little bit biased
Aghh! I love those fabrics! Great job and congrats on a beautiful quilt/pattern!
Such a great quilt – I really like the retro Christmas fabrics. Makes me want to dig out the Charlie Brown Christmas DVD, but I think it's a bit early still
Ack! I need that pattern! I have most of those same prints that I won a couple of years ago and haven't known what to do with them either! This is perfect! Such a great job!
Morgane @ Bear,Dolly and Moi
lovely quilt and so much happiness, retro is definitively the way to go!
Nanette Merrill and daughters
Love love this quilt. It is so cute. I have a pic like that from the 60s, but very similar. My mom would take me to the department store and I'd sit on santa's lap every year for a photo.
Liz @ LivingMySweetLife
Hi Amy! I bought one of your sets and made my own quilt!! It was so easy and the quilt came out lovely!! here is a link to it:<br />https://livingmysweetlife.blogspot.com/2010/12/retro-christmas-quilt.html
I would love to now what the backing fabric is on this Christmas quilt. Reminds me of my childhood too!
I love that fabric so much too! Sadly, I bought it about 10 years ago, so I’m sure it’s no longer in print, and I don’t know of anywhere that would still carry it. I wish I could help! Because the world needs more of that fabric!