Retro Christmas Quilt

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.

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    November 20, 2010 at 8:00 am

    Love that retro quilt – so fun and happy!

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    November 20, 2010 at 8:06 am

    Gorgeous quilt and I love the picture of your mom and Santa!! Brought back some memories…! Take care!<br />Paulette

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    Petit Design Co.
    November 20, 2010 at 8:10 am

    I can&#39;t believe you whipped that up already. It looks fabulous. I had seen those retro prints before and hadn&#39;t bought any. But I do have a stash of Sherri Berry holiday!

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    November 20, 2010 at 8:24 am

    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!

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    Kitten's Lost Her Mittens
    November 20, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Beautiful Christmas quilt!

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    Magnolia Bay Quilts
    November 20, 2010 at 9:05 am

    What a beautiful Christmas quilt! I love all the interesting fabrics, and you do a great job combining all of them.

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    November 20, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Where did you get the holiday happy from? Thanks

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    November 20, 2010 at 9:48 am

    I just checked your link and the green dots don&#39;t show up for Holiday Happy. I&#39;m really interested in purchasing some as I just purchased the quilt kit. Thanks so much.

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    Darlene's Quilts and Stuff
    November 20, 2010 at 10:26 am

    I love your quilt I grew up in the 50&#39;s like your mom. Good memories.

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    Jan Hatchett
    November 20, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Your quilt is beautiful and I also love the nostalgia prints from holidays gone by! Thanks for sharing it!

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    November 20, 2010 at 10:51 am

    It&#39;s just darling! Great job!

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    November 20, 2010 at 11:56 am

    love the quilt..I love bright green &amp; red

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    Liz @ LivingMySweetLife
    November 20, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    I am so happy I was able to get a kit!!!! I can&#39;t wait to start my quilt!!!

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    Mary Kate
    November 20, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    I&#39;m not surprised you sold out of the kits — super cute quilt!

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    November 20, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Oh! That will teach me not to check your blog hourly! 🙂 Love the quilt!

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    November 20, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    Beautiful! I wish I would&#39;ve gotten my act toether this year and made a Christmas quilt. Maybe next year. 🙂

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    live a colorful life
    November 20, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    amy, that quilt is fabulous! And the green and white polka dot binding could NOT be more perfect!

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    November 20, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    oh, i love it! every year i have plans to make a christmas quilt and every year it falls off my to-do list.

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    Cathy H.
    November 20, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    Your quilt is wonderful!!

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    November 20, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    i really love it, amy!! that back fabric AND the retro fabric are just TOO fabulous. love.

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    November 20, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Wow! Sure wish I had gotten in on a kit for this beauty. Can you imagine how many you could have sold?

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    November 21, 2010 at 1:56 am

    oh my goodness, this quilt is amazing!! I seriously can&#39;t get over how gorgeous it is.

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    November 21, 2010 at 11:48 am

    GREAT quilt … beautiful! You should take that pic of your mom &amp; Santa and fabric print it for use as the label on the back 🙂

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    Jodie B-C
    November 21, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    I love the quilt…and the picture! What a great treasure that is!

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    November 21, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    What a fun quilt!

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    November 21, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    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!

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    Dresden Quilter
    November 22, 2010 at 8:51 am

    I love this quilt. It is so fabulous! All the fabrics are great. I feel like getting out all of my Christmas decorations.

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    November 22, 2010 at 10:30 am

    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!

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    a little bit biased
    November 22, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Aghh! I love those fabrics! Great job and congrats on a beautiful quilt/pattern!

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    November 22, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    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&#39;s a bit early still

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    November 24, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Ack! I need that pattern! I have most of those same prints that I won a couple of years ago and haven&#39;t known what to do with them either! This is perfect! Such a great job!

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    Morgane @ Bear,Dolly and Moi
    November 29, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    lovely quilt and so much happiness, retro is definitively the way to go!

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    Nanette Merrill and daughters
    November 30, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    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&#39;d sit on santa&#39;s lap every year for a photo.

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    Liz @ LivingMySweetLife
    December 9, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    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 />http://livingmysweetlife.blogspot.com/2010/12/retro-christmas-quilt.html

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    September 1, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    I would love to now what the backing fabric is on this Christmas quilt. Reminds me of my childhood too!

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      September 3, 2019 at 5:13 pm

      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!

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