Download today this free quilting pattern that I designed for Moda Fabrics and begin making a beautiful and easy Christmas quilt for the perfect Holiday home decor! It will look fantastic by the mantel or as a table topper – you decide!
“Starry Eve” measures 59-1/2″ x 59-1/2″, the blocks finish at 20-1/2″, and the center block is machine appliqued. The gorgeous fabrics are from the Poinsettias and Pine Metallic collection by Moda Fabrics. It has all our favorite traditional holiday colors, with aqua for added brightness.
This Christmas quilt pattern is ideal to display all the prints in this collection. For a different look, place the aqua print shown below, first photo, on the setting triangles and you will have a more modern take on this design.
Gold outline and accents remind me of Christmas in Brazil when I was growing up. We wore brand new dresses always, spent hours at the beauty salon, and helped prepare the midnight feast for Christmas Eve.
There were a lot of bright lights coming from the decorations on the tree and from our accessories! Laughter, dancing, and colorful packages underneath the Christmas tree (opened right at midnight!) ensured the party went on until the wee hours of the morning.
So, to me, these amazing prints spell “Holiday Party”. Do you agree?
The instructions for Starry Eve, this free quilting pattern, are very detailed and feature lots of diagrams to take the guesswork out of assembling the blocks. The fun part is that the blocks are large allowing you to make this quilt in one day or weekend.
Each block has a different colorway so we can showcase a few of these amazing prints. The cream squares work as a canvas against which the stars shine… The on-point layout with the darker setting triangles also make the stars pop.
Of course I had to include machine applique’ in the quilt design! Easy-peasy as you fuse all the shapes to the background and then stitch them down using the blanket stitch (or your favorite stitch).
As I mentioned before, I do like to machine applique’ using a 40wt thread because it adds dimension and texture to the project. I usually match the color of the thread to each shape’s fabric for a more elegant look. Here is another free quilting pattern for Christmas where I used machine applique’, too.
If you prefer needle turn applique’, you will need to add 1/4″ to each shape. The best thread I like to use when hand appliqueing a project is a neutral YLI silk thread for, in this case, I prefer not to add texture to the work. Also, you may want to begin the project a little earlier to have enough time to complete it before the Holidays.
Darks and Reds are my all-time favorite colors for the Holidays. To be sure, I have made many projects with other Christmas color combinations but these are the best for me. What is your favorite Holiday colorway?
This is my contribution for all the Christmas in July buzz that is going on this month. I have made a few quilts for Christmas already, and hope this post will inspire you to begin or finish yours!
Have a great weekend,