The Quilts of Christmas

Sometime in October I was thinking I should make some Christmas themed quilts. I could not come up with any one thing to do. I’ve been working out of my stash since I returned to the Island eight years ago and only buy fabric when I need that one extra piece to make a project work. I have a bin of Christmas fabrics that are leftover from projects made and given to family and friends. I’ve made numerous wall hangings, stockings, table runners, placemats and ornaments, leaving me with a great assortment of scraps. The one thing I can do without thinking is “Scrappy.” To start, I offered to make a couple of items for my grandson’s hockey fundraisers. I hadn’t made use of my mini 10* ruler for quite some time. (the pattern is free on Phillips Fibre Art website) Making these round quilt tops is a lot of fun and pretty addicting.

Next up was a scrappy log cabin table runner for Mom’s dining room table. All 2 1/2″ strips around a 4 1/2″ fussy cut square of some Christmas birds. Seriously, make it up as you go along. Quilt using gold thread and some fancy embroidery stitches and it looks like a work of art.

For the next one, I had seen a picture of a quilt using a nine patch centre.  This one is another  variation on the log cabin using  2 1/2″ strips.




I used wool batting, a meandering stitch with gold thread and a very scrappy binding to finish it. It is now residing with my 85 & 90 year old second cousins in Victoria! There are fabrics in this quilt from items belonging to their aunty, my grandmother. It definitely has “Christmas Memories.”

I own one Christmas item, a table runner made from my trip down under. The bin was still fairly full and I was in scrappy quilting mode so decided I’d make myself a Christmas lap quilt. I had some pieces that needed to be fussy cut so decided on the Disappearing 9-patch. I love this block for I Spy quilts for babies. I cut the squares 5″. You need nine squares for each block. To keep the 4 fussy cut pieces upright you need to have 2 outside, opposite squares upside down. Using smaller motifs and tone on tone squares for 5 of the squares works well.

There are nine blocks in this quilt, a 2 1/2″ inner border and a 5″ outer border. While at Joan’s I had the opportunity to use the long arm machine. I used the Swinging on a Star boards with shiny green thread. It’s a very fun quilt with lots of family memories. The “Gifts of Christmas Past.”

“Winter Birding” is one last Christmas piece from the Christmas stash bin. Just a small wall hanging using the Disappearing 9-patch once again. These block pieces were cut using 6 1/2″ squares. Yes, it’s definitely a favourite block. The fabric that is left in the bin will be used to design a Mile-a-Minute tree skirt. It might just be time for me to own one of those too! :D

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Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Happy Quilting…Valerie Raye

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