Well, Christmas in July passed me by again this year, but I felt that I must get a Christmas quilt pattern in before the end of August. I have used green Christmas fabric but the other two fabrics (red and white) were just normal fabrics. The quilt is 48″ square and I will probably choose to use it as a tablecloth – it’s very festive looking.
The red is intended to show the Christmas bows on a present and the white stars were just a bonus that appeared when I sewed the quilt blocks together. I made four blocks and sewed them together in two pairs.
I have used 1/2 yard of red fabric, 3/4 yard of green and 1.1/2 yards of white. For the red you will need the full 18″ so you might be better buying a little more than half a yard just to be safe.
Cutting requirements for the Christmas quilt
3.7/8″ squares: sixteen squares each in red and green, sixteen squares each in red and white, twenty four squares each in green and white (this last for the border)
3.1/2″ squares: thirty two green, thirty two white, sixteen red
For the border: twenty four 3.7/8″ squares each in green and white
forty eight 2″ by 2.1/2″ strips in white, twenty four 2″ by 2.1/2″ stripe in red
four white strips 2″ by 36.1/2″
Making each Christmas bows quilt block
Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles. Place two squares with right sides together and mark a line along one of the diagonals. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the line and cut along the line. It doesn’t matter what you use to mark the line in the fabric as that line is cut anyway.
Lay the squares out in six rows of six squares. There’s a green/red half square triangle in each corner (not all facing the same way) and on each corner there is a green square on one side and a red/white half square triangle on the other side. There are two white squares in the middle of each edge of the quilt block. Four half square triangle units in the centre of the block are arranged to form a pinwheel. To place the remaining squares, just check the photo.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows together to complete the Christmas bows quilt block. Make four of these blocks – they are 18″ blocks – and sew them together in two rows of two blocks. This is when those lovely stars appear!
Christmas quilt border
I decided to use a simplified Christmas tree for the border, to continue the festive theme. For each block I used two green/white half square triangle units placed so that the greens form a larger green triangle. The base of the tree is made using white and red strips 2″ by 2.1/2″. These are placed so that the 2″ edge is vertical and the 2.1/2″ edge is horizontal, going across the width of the block.
Sew the two triangles together in one row and the three strips together in another row and then sew the two rows together.
Make twenty four of these Christmas tree quilt blocks and sew them together in four rows of six blocks each. Sew a 2″ white strip 36.1/2″ long across the top of the border strip. Sew one of these strips to the top of the quilt and one to the bottom.
Cut four 6.1/2″ white squares for the cornerstones. Sew one of these to each end of the two remaining border strips and sew one strip to each side. The Christmas quilt top is now complete and ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found towards the bottom of the beginner quilting page.
Here’s the video:
On the subject of Christmas gifts, I have added a pattern for making a stand for a mobile phone to the gifts page. You can take a look at the handmade gift here.
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