Christmas Quilts


Bed Sized Pieced or Appliqued Christmas Quilts

With the Christmas holidays right around the corner Christmas Quilts are on the quilters list, many quilters deciding to make a special quilt or home decoration items to spruce up the house and give it a festive look. Fabric companies offer special lines every year. There is enough

fabricbundlevariety to make any quilt pattern a festive one by even choosing the simplest pattern and by using Christmas themed fabric, you can even turn the Nine Patch into a special holiday quilt. Many fabric lines offer panels that match their fabric holiday lines. By using a fabric panel as a central motif one can easily make a large quilt, surrounding it with blocks made with coordinating fabrics.
On the other hand, there are also block patterns that can be made with any fabric in green, red and white to make a Christmas quilt. Pieced star blocks are classic for holiday quilts, as are paper pieced blocks that depict Santa Claus, snowmen, pine trees and so forth. Coordinated fat quarter or fat eight bundles of Christmas fabrics add enough of a festive touch to make other fabrics in holiday colors into a quilt suited for the season. Log Cabin blocks can be made into a Christmas tree quilt by piecing the dark half with green fabrics, and positioning them in a pyramid shape.

Appliqué is another method to make amazing Christmas quilts. Snowflake like patterns, wreath patterns, flower blocks and other classic appliqué blocks can be made in holiday colors to achieve a look that fits well into a quilt for the season. Patterns are available to appliqué holiday designs onto blocks that can be sewn or fused with fusible webbing. Durabilitylog cabin is not so much an issue with Christmas quilts, since they are only used for a little while every year and they don’t suffer the wear and tear of an every day quilt. Folk motifs have become very popular as well. Folk style Santa patterns, mittens, angels and many others are available to be fused onto a base block. Many of these folk style patterns are embellished with embroidery stitching, or sewn with wool fabric rather than cotton. Blanket stitch, stem stitch or just a running stitch holds the edges of the wool to the base fabric and act as both an embellishment and a way to keep the edges of the appliqued pieces from fraying.
Redwork blocks either on their own or mixed with pieced or appliqued quilt blocks are also popular choices for festive holiday quilts.

Small Christmas Quilted Projects

But if time is a concern, there are plenty of small quilted projects that can be sewn in a limited amount of time. From wall hangings that can be quickly machine pieced and quilted, to the smallest ornaments, many of them paper pieced.
There are even no-sew fabric ornaments that can be quickly put together with Styrofoam balls as a base and folded pieces of fabric held in place with straight pins or glue. Pinecone ornaments made with folded fabric triangles and nosew ornamentembellished with bows or beads and floral picks can be made in an evening. Scraps or small cuts of fabric are perfect to complete these ornaments. Folded stars are another of these no-sew projects that require nothing but scraps and a little time to finish.

English paper piecing hexagons can be made into small holiday wreaths and can be embellished with bells or bows and beads to create ornaments. Two hexagons need to be sewn wrong sides together, turned right side out and, after completing six of these units, joined together into a circle by whip-stitching them. Paper piecing patterns for ornaments are available as free downloads. These can be machine sewn in little time and with scraps of fabric leftover from larger projects. Metallic fabrics, ribbon, beads and other embellishments can be used to add a touch of glitz.

A set of placemats and matching napkins and a table runner have become very popular quilted holiday items for decortablerunner and gift giving. A table runner can be made easily with as little as three blocks either set straight or on point with or without borders. Small projects like this one can be easily machine pieced and quilted even by novice quilters. Bring out your coordinated fat quarters and eight to complete these and use any other red or green fabrics from your stash to make binding and backing. Durability is an issue with these projects, so machine piecing and quilting or holding the edges of appliqued shapes onto blocks by machine stitching either a blanket stitch or a satin stitch is the best way to put these together.

Remember that no matter what project you decide to tackle to decorate your home or to give away, most red fabrics might bleed when washed. Choose good quality fabric and prewash them with a color grabber sheet to avoid bleeding if you are making a quilted Christmas project that will require washing such as placemats.


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