Thursday, July 14, 2016

Christmas in July - Part 1

The new Christmas fabric collections are in the quilt shops now and that makes me think about making another Christmas quilt.  I've made quite a few over the course of my quilting career.  I'll show you some of them today and more tomorrow.

This sawtooth star was my first Christmas quilt.  I made a wall hanging size first, and enjoyed that so much, I followed it with a queen bed size version.  I used a lot of beautiful Hoffman prints in both and hand quilted both too.  Below is a close-up of the block and quilting.  The pattern was in an issue of American Patchwork & Quilting from long ago but I think they sell the individual pattern on their website.  

 A lot of the scraps and leftovers from the star quilt went into a traditional log cabin quilt.  This one was machine quilted in a holly leaf vine pattern.

Christmas Ribbons (below) as made from a pattern called Ruby's Ribbon Box; it featured the Ruby fabric collection by Bonnie and Camille.  I made my version in Christmas red and green prints from my stash.  It is throw size and usually resides on our window seat in the living room at Christmas time.

My only wool adventure so far was the making of this wreath in appliqued red and green circles.  I used black wool for the background and framed the finished result.  This goes on a wall in the living room, replacing a framed print just for the season.

I made Boughs of Holly from a Red Crinoline pattern called Crossroads.  The border is a from an April Cornell Christmas collection for Moda. I'd had it in my stash for a few years and this pattern was the perfect way to put it to use.

 Here are a few more Christmas quilts hanging on our second floor landing.  The quilts that hang here most of the year get swapped out for the Christmas season.  The quilts other than the log cabin are both from Miss Rosie patterns.  I made the quilt on the upper rod from a pattern called Brand New Day but I call my version Christmas Day.  The lower quilt is a good project for using lots of scraps and leftovers.  It alternates a sawtooth star block with a large nine-patch that contains smaller four-patch blocks.  I'm not sure what the original pattern was called and haven't been able to locate it.

 Come back tomorrow for Part 2.  Yes, I have even more Christmas quilts!

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  1. Yes, Christmas fabric is making its way into the shops. You've got a wonderful collection. What I noticed the most is how the greens have changed over the years. It doesn't seem like the reds have that much. Hoffman use to be the holiday fabric of choice when I worked in my LQS but now every designer puts out a line so there's a lot more Styles to choose from.

  2. I think that the pattern you couldn't find is a Miss Rosie pattern called Midwinter. It's an older one and on my long long list of patterns to do.

  3. Beautiful Christmas quilts! You are inspiring me to get out the red & green for this weekend's project! :-)


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