Download and make these two free patterns for Christmas quilts and check off two handmade gifts from your To-Do list! One quilt uses a panel and the other blocks with large prints so half the work is done for you.
Don’t you love this wintery scene? It is from the Wintry Mix collection by Elizabeth Medley for Blank Quilting. Flying geese and applique corner blocks frame it beautifully, and the stripes add whimsy and movement to the design.
The quilt measures 40″ x 60″ and works well as wall art or a throw. If you decide to hang it, check out this tutorial for a hanging sleeve. I also mention other ways to hang a quilt.
In the subject of hanging quilts, last weekend I walked around the yard looking for sticks to hang a few of my favorite projects in my dining room. How do you like it? I thought it went well with the theme of the quilt.
I love the fabric above that I chose for the wider border, as its airy feel does not detract from the main focus of the quilt – the center panel. This project comes together very quickly and the applique blocks on the corner are machine stitched. I have many tutorials of machine applique but you can start by clicking here just in case you are not so sure about this method.
You can make a few of these panel quilts and gift them to your family and friends next Christmas. The collection is shipping to stores in June so you have a couple of weeks to clear your project list to be ready for Wintry Mix.
The second of the free patterns for Christmas quilts is Quilt 1 for the same collection. One of the prints has gorgeous country winter vignettes and I chose to showcase it on the alternate blocks. The quilt measures 68″ x 81″ and the blocks finish at 12″.
The gray fabric lends a modern touch to the traditional red and green color combination and adds dimension to the overall design.
The star blocks I selected give the impression they are about to pop from the quilt and the squares in their corners create a lovely chain effect with the cornerstones on the sashing. This time, I added the stripe fabric as a narrow border near the binding.
You can see that both these projects are wonderful for beginner quilters, too, because you only need to know how to make half-square triangles and flying geese. That’s it!
The snowflake print is perfect for the background of the blocks (and I also used it on the flying-geese units on Quilt 2) instead of plain white. The more texture the better!
I fussy-cut the snowy landscape on the print above to display Elizabeth Medley’s artwork, setting each square off with a simple red border. I am in Georgia now and I will not get a chance to drive through the snow-covered countryside of Utah. This collection fills that void with the farm, red trucks, snowflakes, snowy pine trees and birds – all that tugs at my heart at that time of the year.
Homemade Christmas gifts are the best, in my opinion, so I have a binder with plastic sleeves filled with magazine cut outs, ornament ideas, and many patterns. We can never have enough Christmas quilt patterns, right? Check out Flights of Whimsy for a row-by-row project that you can also begin ahead of time and have it completed way before the first snowflake (or cold wind) hits you.
I like to make Christmas gifts throughout the year because I can purchase supplies when they go on sale and without having to stand in long lines forever, which is what usually happens when I leave this for the last-minute shopping trips in December. Speaking of supplies, Annie’s Catalog (affiliate link) is having major sales on their website, so you may want to check it out, too.
I sign off now as I have a few more patterns to write, but I hope you enjoyed these free patterns and all the quilting inspiration. Have a fun day,