Make this beautiful Christmas quilt pattern with poinsettias in one weekend! Display it on the wall, the table, or as a throw. However you use it, it is sure to contribute to the warm welcome you will extend to your family and friends this holiday, and for many to come!
“Holiday Cheer” was just published in the November 2021 issue of the American Quilter magazine. I love this photograph so much! It provides the perfect setting for this bold, geometric design. And the colors!!!
The quilt measures 63-1/2″ x 63-1/2″ and the blocks finish at 24″ and 12″. I worked with the gorgeous Moda Fabrics collection Starflower by Create Joy Project. I wanted to showcase the beautiful prints so the blocks feature smaller prints and solid fabrics for a more dramatic statement. How do you like it?
The triangle sections of this block are paper-pieced – this simple shape is ideal for beginner quilters, and a breeze for veteran ones. I’ve been using regular printer paper for this technique (as an editor once suggested to me) and its removal is quick and easy.
If you have not yet worked with this technique, check out this tutorial. I think you will get hooked! My first paper-pieced project was a small wall hanging with many little blocks. I enjoyed the repetitive aspect of the technique and how the points were perfectly aligned. If there aren’t many blocks or block parts that are paper-pieced, I will trace the templates. Otherwise, printing them directly onto printer paper or any other foundation paper is more efficient.
The center star block uses half-square triangles and flying geese units. The blue circle is machine appliqued once the pinwheel is completed. I could have omitted it but I thought it would bring focus to the center medallion. I am happy I left it in the design.
Another possibility for a design change to this Christmas quilt pattern with poinsettias was to make the corners all blue so the star would float. Instead, I anchored it to the block with the red snowflake fabric, as a color bridge to the poinsettia border. If you decide to float the star, send me a photo!
I added a hanging sleeve (also called rod pocket) using the same backing fabric to ‘hide’ it in case I decide to use it as a table topper or a throw. After the binding is hand-stitched, I pin the sleeve and stitch it with matching thread. It helps to have a fun audiobook to listen to while completing the final steps of the quilt. I have a friend who prefers to watch movies while hand-sewing. Which one do you prefer?
If you are ready to get started on the Holiday Cheer quilt, get the American Quilter magazine for the pattern. I am in love with the wool quilt on the cover and, perhaps, it is time to begin a wool project since I have not done one in a while. The other projects in this issue are amazing…
[Giveaway closed!] Ah, the giveaway! I have an extra copy of this American Quilter issue (courtesy of the American Quilter’s Society), as well as more than 3 yards of the fabrics I used to make Holiday Cheer (courtesy of Moda Fabrics). Here are the details to enter:
- Leave a comment telling me how many Christmas projects you have finished this year already, or how many you are planning to make;
- Let me know that you follow this blog or are a subscriber to the Newsletter;
- Mention your email in the comments using this format: soandso at emailprovider.com. This way you will not receive spam email.
The winner will be announced on Tuesday, October 12th. This giveaway is open to US residents only.
Have a fun weekend!