Christmas Quilts

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Tree Skirt
Christmas Tree
12 Days of Christmas
Christmas Stockings (4)
Wreath Table Runner
Advent Calendar
Christmas Swap
Christmas Tree Skirts (2)
Swirling Branches Wall Hanging
Dimensional Christmas Tree
Another Advent Calendar
'Tis the Season
Can't See the Forest


Tree Skirt

This Christmas tree skirt came from a pattern published by Susan Rand and Paula Kemperman and measures approximately 45". I machine pieced and hand quilted this one in 1989 or thereabouts -- I can't remember! ;)

 
 

Christmas Tree

I made this wallhanging in 1999, since we thought at the time that we wouldn't be spending Christmas at home. Huh? Let me explain. Since we weren't going to be home, I didn't want to put up my tree. However, I wanted something to look like a tree in order to get into a holiday mood. Hence, the idea of making this quilt was born! As it turned out, we did stay home, after all, so I ended up with this and the regular tree!
 
 

The quilt, machine pieced and machine quilted, is approximately 36" by 44" and comes from a pattern by Gail Abeloe (Back Porch Press). It fits pretty nearly perfectly into a little niche in one of the inside walls of my house.
 
 
  

12 Days of Christmas

This quilt started life as a Benartex panel depicting the 12 Days of Christmas; I bought it at the end of 1998, but I didn't get around to doing anything with it until the summer of 2001. The pattern was designed by Jackie Robinson, putting the individual pieces of the panel into a log cabin setting with dimensional stars in the sashing and border. I modified the pattern just a bit in size, so it ended up measuring roughly 43" x 65". It was machine pieced and machine quilted. I didn't think that it needed lots of fancy quilting, since the fabrics are so busy, so I just stitched in the ditch along some of the "logs" and then used gold metallic thread to free-motion outline the motifs in each block center. This is a photo of the quilt:

And here is a detail of one of the blocks:


 
 

Christmas Stockings

I made these two stockings in September, 2001, for two of my grandsons. Both use machine appliqué and machine quilting. The appliqué motifs were fused onto the fabric and then blanket stitched in place. Each stocking measures approximately 16 1/2" tall and 11" wide from heel to toe. The first one is for Benjamin.

And this one is for his younger brother, Dominic.


And now I've had to add a third stocking, since these boys now have a little sister. :) I made this one, which is the same size as the other two, in September, 2007.
 

Here's yet a fourth stocking! Our son-in-law had noted that his stocking was the only one hanging in their home that wasn't handmade; it was one of those generic ones from a discount-type store. He had definite ideas on what he wanted his to look like, and he finally sketched those out for me so I wouldn't be guessing. Yesterday I spent the day making his stocking, so it's ready in plenty of time for next Christmas, since it's only April (2012) now. ;) Can you tell what his favorite sport and team are?






Wreath Table Runner

I saw the pattern for this block online (the pattern is no longer online, sorry to say) and decided to make it into a table runner, which I finished in November, 2001. I didn't have enough of any red or green Christmas fabrics to do all of the stripes the same, so I decided to use two reds and two greens in each block. It worked fine. :) Then I added sashing, borders and triangular end pieces to the blocks. The finished table runner measures approximately 68" x 16.5". This is a photo of the runner on my table:

And here is a detail where you can see part of the machine quilting. I used gold metallic thread on this, since most of the fabrics had a touch of gold in them, too. The quilting motif in each block is a snowflake, though it's difficult to see here.


Advent Calendar

This isn't exactly a Christmas project, but it's related, since it's an Advent calendar. It started out as a preprinted panel in a kit that included batting and a coordinating fabric for the backing. Each of the 24 little "windows" in the house is actually a pocket, into which I can put small pieces of candy or little notes or whatever -- all for my grandchildren to find and enjoy. :)

The only piecing necessary for this was to stitch the pockets onto the panel. Then I machine quilted the whole thing. The panel already had black outlining the various parts of the picture, so I free-motion quilted in black over much of that. Parts of it, however, I did with silver metallic thread in hopes of giving the outdoor parts a sort of icy effect. That doesn't show in the photo, though. Oh well. This is the first quilted piece I've made without a binding for the outer edges. Instead, I turned the edges in and topstitched them. The finished piece measures 30 1/2" x 27" and was completed at the end of September, 2002.

Christmas Swap

The local quilt circle I belong to had a block exchange with a Christmas theme in October, 2003. We had to select our block patterns from a list and then made them in our choice of two sizes: 6" finished or 12" finished.



As you can see, I grouped sets of four of the 6" blocks together and alternated those sets with the 12" blocks. I had four blocks left over, so those became the cornerstones for the border. I machine quilted this with a motif of continuous-line five-pointed stars in a variegated thread -- a mistake, since the colors melted into the fabrics. :S The quilt measures 47" square and was finished at the end of July, 2004.



Christmas Tree Skirts

My two daughters and their families need tree skirts, so I've finally gotten around to making them for them. I used the same pattern for both; it's from Eleanor Burns's Christmas at Bear's Paw Ranch and was pretty easy to make, though I've never seen square tree skirts before. But these are the biggest ones I've ever seen! They measure about 51" square, and they'd have been larger if I hadn't made the borders narrower than specified. I used some of the same fabrics for the geese in each, but some are different to go with the different stripes I used for each skirt's borders.





Both skirts were machine pieced and machine quilted. I used a neutral thread to stitch in the ditch along various lines in the border stripes, as well as along all of the sashings. Then I used variegated rayon thread in rich Christmas shades to make free-motion holly leaves and berries. One skirt has a garland of these leaves and berries arching over each flying goose, and the other has a long garland weaving through each row of geese. Here are a couple of details:

 

Both tree skirts were finished in March, 2005, in plenty of time for Christmas.





Swirling Branches Wall Hanging

I saw the pattern for this in the November, 2010, issue of American Quilter and was immediately intrigued by the very curvy effect of the straight-line piecing. The tree itself was paper pieced, though the background was added with traditional piecing. The pattern was designed by Renae Merrill. The finished piece measures 22.25" x 19.5", and I machine pieced and machine quilted it, finishing in October, 2010.


Using a variegated green thread, I put feathers into the light- and medium-green tree branches, with a swirl in the darker green. The background is done in straight lines of cream thread to suggest the light coming from the candle flames, and the area beneath the tree is done with a simple curlicue. Here are a couple of detail shots to show a bit of the quilting:


             




Dimensional Christmas Tree

This was one of our monthly projects at Green Valley Quilters in September, 2012. The layers of the tree are attached at the top of each and then tacked down at the outer corners, giving a dimensional effect.



All of the fabrics came from my stash, including the backing and batting. It is completely machine pieced, appliquéed and quilted. The quilting behind the tree includes simple feathers behind the tree branches and wavy lines beside the trunk. There are straight lines in the border.



The quilt measures 21.5" x 27.5" and was finished in October, 2012.


Another Advent Calendar

This year two of my grandsons moved out of state, and I sent the Advent calendar I'd made previously with them. That meant I needed to make a replacement for the three grandchildren still living here, of course. I bought another panel and made this one.


It's made up of scenes of Bethlehem, and I liked it a lot. I added the corded piping I like so much around the panel, followed by a navy border and more piping before binding it. It is minimally machine quilted and measures 23 3/4" x 25 3/4". I finished it in January, 2014.


'Tis the Season

In August, 2015, I took a two-day class in Phoenix from Claudia Dinnell; I'd fallen in love with her digitized quilt design, and taking the class was the only way to get the pattern. The class was well worth it, too, as she has a special technique to make multiple hoopings for embroidered blocks a bit more precise. I worked on the quilt on and off for several months and finally finished it in April, 2016. It is completely machine embroidered and machine quilted. Most of the quilting is free motion, though I did use the walking foot for the parallel lines in the red borders. The quilt measures approximately 62" x 62".





                           




Can't See the Forest

Last winter I saw a lovely quilt made with a variety of embroidered trees -- and I loved it! I immediately went to the digitizer's site and bought the designs in order to make my own version. As soon as I'd finished 'Tis the Season (above), I got busy with this quilt. I ended up buying sashing fabric three different times before finding one that I thought worked well! The quilt is machine embroidered and free-motion quilted on my Bernina 780. For the quilting, I used several different all-over fillers in the blocks, followed by circle-filled swags in the borders. I finished it in September, 2016, though I may go back and add some crystals to it. The quilt measures approximately 26" x 40".

  




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