Have you done any holiday decorating yet? I like to watch “The Sound of Music” while I decorate my tree, and sip a cup of egg nog under my Christmas Quilts at some point in the last days of November, but this year is rushing by. It’s my own fault…I wanted some extra holiday cash so I started a seasonal job. The downside is that I am working from 4pm to midnight which doesn’t leave much time for holiday fun!
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Turning 20 at Christmas
let’s get to the good stuff! I have a few holiday projects to share. First is a classic quilt pattern – Turning Twenty.
I was trying to collect Christmas batiks, but I never found enough, so this quilt turned into a eclectic mix of holiday fabrics. It features lots of holly and snowflakes, with a few snowmen and ornaments thrown in.
Here is a closer look at the fabric.
I made a pieced backing from 16″ square, cut from the leftover fabric, but I did not line things up very well. Please look away if you are OCD…there are no straight lines on the back!
I found a great holiday pantograph for the quilting that features poinsettias.
My mom and grandmother always have fresh flowers for the holidays, but I worry about my cats and potential harmful effects, so we make do with our fake Christmas tree and wooden Nativity scene.
Christmas Quilts – Bargello
An easy pattern for the busy holiday season is bargello. I made the strata for this wallhanging with 2-1/2″ strips, then cut them to varying widths and offset the strips to form the wave.
Other Holiday Sewing Ideas
Every year, I wish I had a coordinating family set of Christmas stockings. That needs to be on my July agenda if I have any hope of finishing before Christmas 2017! Amy at Diary of a Quilter has a cute tutorial that I have bookmarked.
What about special holiday placemats? Check out my Stack-n-Slice technique on Skillshare! (This link gives you a discount on premium membership.)
Shopping on Cyber Monday? Please visit my quilting friend Sherri at Rebecca Mae Designs for some gift ideas and sweet savings!
Read about my Christmas Quilt with free motion designs here.