Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Christmas Quilt

I made this quilt using the leftover fat quarters from my Advent Calendar. I hadn't intended to make a quilt--at all...really! I was going to make another 1 or 2 more advent calendars to give away and then changed my mind. To those of you, who shall remain anonymous, who I had considered giving those calendars to, I'm so sorry.

I didn't intend for the reds or greens to line up as they did, but that is how my repeated "random" placement ended up in the final product. It's all good!

The quilt measures 64" W x 84" L---BIG!!! Which works out great for us tall folk. Those are my pink crocs peeking out at the bottom of the picture. I should've had my daughter take a picture of me from that back side so you could see just how big it really is. I was standing up and holding my arms up as high and as wide as I could just to get it to not hang on the ground.

This picture makes it look a bit crooked, but I am sure it it just how I am holding it. Or maybe I should blame the 13 yr. old photographer. ;)

I just did diagonal quilting through ALL squares. I am very happy with how it turned out. And even though I made it so that it would be used, I have felt a little protective of it already this month.


  • Cut 4 1/2" squares
  • Cut 2" sashing (white) between squares and on the top--3" sashing on the sides
  • Cut 3" border (yellow) for entire quilt
  • Cut 2 3/4" binding strips--and sew a 3/8" seam (I machine bind, not hand bind)10 squares across by 14 squares down = 140 squares total. (I maybe should have gone 11 by 13, but oh well...I'm still learning)
  • I used 18 different prints or solids. Mostly fat quarter pkgs. from Jo-Ann Fabrics.

I also made a little doll quilt (23" x 17") just to use up the remainder of the remainder. I used a disappearing 9 patch pattern. (It is 2 complete 9 patch down and 1 1/2 - 9 patch across). So now there are no more Christmas scraps floating around my sewing room. Whew!!
Stay warm and cozy this December holiday season!!


  1. You can never go wrong with red polka dots! I kind of like that the colors are all lined up. A happy accident.

  2. Love your quilt! So cheerful and bright.

  3. What an AWESOME feeling that must be..."So now there are no more Christmas scraps floating around my sewing room." Congratulations!

  4. B-E-A-utiful! Hmm, what have I done with the fabric for the advent calendar? Oh right, I haven't started yet. Maybe it will be my christmas present to me.

  5. That is huge! I love the arrangement of the squares. very nice. and man you are ambitious with Christmas

  6. Wow! You are awesome!!! Both of the quilts look wonderful. I think I would be a little protective too!

  7. lovely! and i love "the remainder of the remainder"!

  8. It's a beautiful quilt. I LOVE the back. Really, really love it!

  9. i LOVE that red polka dot on the back! and i think the reds lined up on the quilt make a nice statement. :)

  10. gorgeous! I really love the back in red too! it looks very bright and festive without being too red & green!

    well done!




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