Wouldn’t it be great to have a Christmas quilt this season? There are any number of quilt designs that would only need the right colors to be holiday inspired. An easy Christmas Trip Around the World done in red, green and gold becomes a holiday treasure. This one is all holiday prints too. This is really such a fast and simple quilt, I made it in just 10 days from start to finish last Christmas, but luckily you have more time that that. The key is to start soon, so it is ready to enjoy ahead of time.
I started with 3-1/2-inch wide strips of my 8 chosen fabrics.
I cut all the strips, then made notes as to the order of the prints (numbering them one to eight) so I could sit and sew strips chain style.
I pressed toward the even numbered strips. This will make nesting seams easier.
Then complete the tubes by sewing the long ends together.
They won’t all be the same length, but that will not matter.
Now, take a deep breath, and cross cut the tubes into 3-1/2-inch wide square-strip sets.
Then, I started taking out seam lines between specific squares to start the pattern. First was to separate #1 from #8.
Then separate #1 from #2 – they are turned upside down here.
Sew those together.
Unpick the next one one square over so you have the squares running in diagonal lines.
Continuing on, constructing the upper left area first with 10 rows of squares.
I discovered a time saver, leave the pins in after you sew the row, and just move them up to the next row. Saves time taking them out, putting them back in the pincushion and then picking them up again.
On the lower half, the squares go the other direction, just flip the strip set. Just unpick one row at a time to be sure it is correct. Do nine rows, so the last row of this section is the transition with one red square in the center. Here is the quilt top down to row 10.
Left side done!
The right side of the pattern used only seven of the eight squares, and the strips are flipped around to create the diagonal lines running in the opposite direction. Note that the upper left and bottom right go the same way, while the upper right and bottom left go the opposite way. Here’s most of the right side done. Still only a few rows to go! You can see a little star post-it note on the top I used to keep me reminded of which end was the top. There’s one on the other side too.
I pressed the left side seams between the rows towards the top. The right side seams were pressed toward the bottom, so they would nest with the other side. Piecing done on the squares portion. Now for some borders.
The first border is the red print. Measured as per the standard way, and applied. See my Quilt Borders Tutorial to learn the proper way to add borders, and why doing it the right way matters.
Sometimes I use the longarm rail to do the measuring and pinning. Two more borders in cream and deep green.
I like this quilt more and more every time I add the next element. In total there are 15 squares side to side, and 19 top to bottom.
Then, loaded onto the frame for quilting, I worked on quilting a little each day. That is Warm and Natural batting, the brand I use most often as they are a local employer.
I used a pantograph with hearts in red King Tut thread.
I like how the darker thread fades into the fabric on the dark green, and shows nicely in the lighter patches and borders.
Add binding in red, then whip the binding to the back.
Then, some handwork while watching football on a Sunday.
All done, ready to greet holiday guests with the Christmas toile pillows. The final quilt measures about 60 x 70, large enough for an oversize lap quilt, or will cover the top of my queen size guest bed.
Of course, any pattern can be a holiday quilt, just choose the right colors. This one I made several years ago, and it graced our bed two years ago. Last year I kept it out on the sofa in the den during the holidays.
DH thought I had lost my mind when I pulled out the Christmas quilts and a few accessories for the table for a photo shoot. It was a rainy day, so the pictures are not as pretty as I would like. But, the thought of curling up on a rainy winter day with a good book and fire in the fireplace is so appealing. We’ll talk about the little stuffed tree on the table later in the year.
Thank you to the Fat Quarter Shop for a giveaway today! This giveaway will help you make a holiday quilt in time for this year! Thank you to the Fat Quarter Shop for this great prize of a full bundle gorgeous Midnight Clear fabrics from the Fat Quarter shop. Perfect for that Christmas quilt and will arrive in plenty of time for you to make one for this season. Fat Quarter Shop will ship internationally so anyone can win! To enter, visit the Fat Quarter Shop’s holiday site the Christmas Cloth Store, and view the new arrivals, enjoy one of their tutorials or visit the Jolly Jabber blog. Following Jolly Jabber will get you first notice great deals on items in the store every month, plus fun quilt alongs. Then come back to leave a comment on this post with your favorite thing from your visit. If you follow my blog, leave a second comment on how you follow for a second entry. Entries close on July 24th at noon, winners will be notified by email, and announced on the blog July 25th. Winner has been drawn.
Do you have a Christmas Quilt?