Friday, December 20, 2019

Christmas Eve Quilt

This quilt was begun as a sew-along with Mama Spark. In January she issued an invitation on Instagram to join her in making a few blocks per month from Moda Bakeshop's 2018 Countdown to Christmas. I decided to do two per month so that by November or December I should have plenty of blocks for a nice Christmas quilt. I made blocks through May then focused on other projects. The photos did not have good lighting, but hopefully you can get a good idea of the colors of red, green, pink, teal, and black.

My improv block

Block pattern from My Carolina Home

I really enjoyed choosing from the variety of blocks on Moda's website. Because each was from a different maker, some instructions were clear and some were sparse but all were fun to make. The two blocks above were not part of Moda's choices. One of the blocks I improvised to use up some leftover squares and another was a free pattern for Nine-Patch Star from Carole at From My Carolina Home. I liked her pattern so much I may make a full quilt of those simple blocks. At the bottom of this post I have photo of my quilt with numbers on each block. You can match each block to the list that includes links to each website.

Instead of my normal quilting from end to end,
I outlined the designs and added extra detail in each block.

The back was pieced with a panel and two of my favorite fabrics - a red/black checked and a print from Mary Engelbreit.

Quilt Details:
Pattern: variety from Moda's Bakeshop
Finished size: 58 x 58 inches

Blocks: A variety of Christmas prints from my stash, featuring Tinsel Glasses from a 2015 Cotton + Steel collection and Llama Navidad by Michael Miller, and creamy white background
Sashing: Mary Engelbreit Cranston Village
Cornerstones and border: Pearl Essence by Maywood Studios
Binding: Anne of Green Gables Swiss Dot Red by Penny Rose for Riley Blake
Backing: Panel - Frosty Fun by Sue Pipkin for Clothworks pieced with Red Buffalo Plaid from Robert Kaufman's Caroline Gingham Collection and Mary Engelbreit Cranston Village

Superior Threads:
Piecing: #50 So Fine in 503 Genoa Gray
Binding: #30 So Fine in 1105 Stop!

Top Row L-R: Regent Street Star, Night Divine, Grammy's Staircase, Prairie Christmas Star
2nd Row L-R: Let It Snow, Festival, Candy Cane Christmas, Hard Candy Christmas
3rd Row L-R: Special Gift, Reindeer Games, Grandmother, My improv block
Bottom Row L-R: Wrapped Up, Country Winter, Nine-Patch Star, Rocky Mountain Christmas


  1. WOW ... what a great project and outcome - i really love what you have created here.

    1. Thank you Sandy! I enjoyed working on it throughout the year.

  2. How fun that you did a bit of this at a time and have a quilt done in time for the holidays. The blocks are pretty, but my favorite is your very own llama improv block. :) So kind of you to keep track of each block and provide all those links for us. Making links is time consuming! Happy holidays to you, Linda, and happy quilting in the new year!

    1. I love that llama block too. The corner pieces of that block are actually leftover from a block that did not make it into this quilt, because I didn't follow instructions and made it too big! Yes it took awhile to sort match those links to the blocks in the photo, but it was worth it. At the beginning of the year I made a folder of all the blocks I thought I wanted to make, and I kept track of the ones I made in a "Done" folder, so they were readily accessible to me. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  3. Linda, that's so pretty! You found such a fun selection of blocks, and I live the colors, too. And I'm so impressed that you finished it right before Christmas! Enjoy!

    1. Thank you Diann! I still have a quilt I want to make before Christmas, but I doubt very much it will get done - lol! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  4. Oh Linda, what a beauty this is! Wonderful piecing and choice of fabrics. A treasured keepsake!

    1. Thank you Jocelyn! I wish it was going to be cold on Christmas day so we could cuddle under it - lol!

  5. This is adorable Linda. Fussy cutting for most of the centers is really cute - also love the colors you chose. It is a wonderful holiday quilt.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Bernie!


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