Christmas Quilts

It is always fun at this time of year to get out the Christmas decorations and for me, that includes a few wall quilts. Since I have finally managed to finish decorating the house, I thought it would be fun to “hang” my Christmas quilts here as well. Ho, ho, ho!

Paper-pieced poinsettias were the feature of my first Christmas wall quilt. I was particularly delighted to discover the pink poinsettia fabric that I used in the border, because I tend to decorate with pinks and burgundies rather than reds. I chose the remaining fabrics to coordinate and was very pleased with the result. This is also the first quilt that I ever machine quilted – all straight lines, mind you, but it was a start!

Paper Pieced Poinsettias

This poinsettia quilt – also in pinks and burgundies – was made using a soft-edge piecing technique. The quilt itself is constructed from squares of fabric, but motifs from the print were cut out and appliquéd around the inside and outside edges to create a circular appearance. I seem to recall scrambling to finish this quilt in time to host Christmas whilst coming down with the flu – fun times.

Soft Edge Piecing Poinsettia Wreath
This Christmas wreath quilt is made from three-dimensional holly leaves. I stitched two fabrics right sides together, slit the back, then turned the holly leaves right side out. The leaves were then tacked onto the already-quilted background. Gold metallic thread was used for the veins; other embellishments include gold seed beads, buttons, and a wire ribbon bow.

Holly Wreath
The Santas in this wall quilt were paper pieced and so much fun to make. I enjoyed choosing the (burgundy) fabrics for their hats and embroidering their faces. The quilt hangs in my kitchen above a miniature Christmas tree so we can feel festive even at meal times!

Sew Many Santas
Another tradition I have during this season is to make a fabric Christmas ornament for each of my nieces and nephews. Watch for it next week!


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